CIBC Anti-Laundering Email

How the scam works:

Beware of an email coming from criminals impersonating the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). It asks recipients to keep their account according to the national anti-laundering regulations. The message lures the victims into believing that they need to confirm their identity in order to avoid suspicious anti-laundering activity showing on their profile. The call to action and the end result are the same: the recipients need to click on a provided link.

If you click on the link, you are redirected to an official-looking website with the bank’s logo. You’ll be asked to login by entering your account number and password.

Below is the latest scam e-mail circulating now, coming from domain names such as (which is in India). Subject titles might be: “Notice #02112015”, while the name of the sender could be simply CIBC:

To comply with Canadian Anti-Money Laundering regulations, we are required to verify your identity. Therefore, click here [link to the compromised webpage] to confirm your identity. The security of your personal and financial details is paramount to us. This is why we ask you to confirm your identity, not just when you first become a CIBC customer, but sometimes after you’ve been with us for a while. To keep life simple, we generally recommend that customers get verified online [hyperlinked .

Best regards, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

How to avoid:

Keep in mind that the scammers could use the name of any bank, not just CIBC. These type of emails became so common nowadays that it should be easier to figure out that they’re not from your actual bank. However, there are still a lot of people who click on the links without giving a second thought.Ignore these messages, especially if they refer to you as “Dear Customer”, instead of addressing you by your full name. Banks never email clients about any sensitive information unless the client has signed up for it. Delete, you’ll get another one next week!

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