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A new email scam using St George Bank trademarks has been revealed, where scammers try and deceive victims into submitting their bank login details to a phishing site.

The scam email, detected by security firm MailGuard, has a realistic looking logo included and the text informs the recipient that “we detected irregular activities on your credit card,” and that “your account has been temporarily suspended for your protection, we must verify your identity.”

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MailGuard’s Emmanuel Marshall said in a blog post that the “cunningly designed scam” closely resembled a genuine St George communication, and the email contained a link “to restore your account,” which had been set up to look like a real St George link.

“The URL contains the text ‘stgeorge.com.au,’ like the genuine bank website, but the text is not the actual domain. The real domain is at the end of the URL and is: 'loginPage.action'; a malicious phishing page,” Marshall said.

MailGuard also notes that once the unsuspecting scam victim has entered their login credentials on the phishing page they are forwarded to further phishing pages that harvest their identifying details like email address and phone number.

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“Anyone who progresses to the third page of this phishing site will finally be asked to upload selfie photos of their driver’s licence and passport,” the alert says.

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