Security Centre

Phishing Scams

Some criminals will go to amazing lengths to steal your money – but the more aware you are, the less likely it will be that you will fall prey to internet or email phishing scams.

Internet and email fraud

While the internet can make life very convenient with services such as online banking and shopping, there is always the underlying security risk that criminals will abuse the internet to gain access to your personal information – such as banking details – and use this to steal your money.

Be aware of phishing scams

Fraudsters often send out emails claiming to be from Absa (or other reputable organisations) – commonly known as ‘phishing’ - many of which look very authentic as they make use of the Absa logo and corporate colours to convince you that the email is legitimate.

Often, the content of the email makes reference to your account being suspended, and the only way you can stop this suspension is to click on the link supplied and update your personal details. Although this link does not link to the real Absa website, these websites are usually designed to look exactly like the Absa site, and it becomes difficult to differentiate between this site and the real site.

Delayed phishing attacks

In some cases, fraudsters may obtain your access credentials long before any attempt is made to defraud your account. It is very important to change your banking logon information such as your PIN and password regularly to prevent delayed phishing attacks.

Steps to avoid being a victim of phishing attacks

Although we have a number of security measures in place to protect you, your awareness is the key to avoid being a victim of phishing attacks, so bear the following in mind when you receive an email claiming to be from Absa:

  • Never reply to these emails, and don’t click on any links
  • Never provide your personal details such as your PIN or account details via email or on any links within these emails. We already have information like your ID number, cell number and email address and will never ask for them via email.
  • Never navigate to our site using a link from an email – always type in the address (
  • If you receive eStatements – read this info to make sure that you are opening a legitimate statement.
  • Delete spam emails immediately. Even a request to remove your email address from the mailing list will confirm to the fraudsters that your email account is active, and could open you up to more attacks.
  • Never open an email attachment unless you know who sent the message.
  • Use the latest browsers which come with filters that alert you when you visit a website that contains potentially unsafe website.
  • Absa will never send you a letter or e-mail requesting you to complete your personal details by clicking on a link in an e-mail.

This is the latest scam fraudsters are using:

Absa- Must Read

Kliënt diens boodskap

Uncleared Amount Of R9200 On Your Online Banking

Absa Tjekrekening Staat - Fooi Afgetrek Aug 2013

Password Reset Confirmation

Sars efiling

[antiphishing-public] URGENT

Final Notice: eFiling Payment Confirmation

Absa Cheque Account Statement - 30 May 2013

Important Message

Your third and Final Notice

NotifyMe! Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) Received

Ebanking Message

Your Single Transaction Alert from Absa

NotifyMe Alert

13,000 eBucks Christmas Bonus Reward

Your Short Term Loan Has Been Approved

Cancellation Of Debit Order

NotifyMe Alert

Security Threat Alert

<Alert (Action Required)>

Payment Made From Sars - Validate SARS - eFiling!!

EFT Payment Received




Second Notification - Absa Reward Member


Absa Rewards Members

Your ABSA Internet Banking account has been violated

Banking Service Alert

Login to update your details

We are proud to inform you about the changes in our banking system

Login to Update your Profile

Important Profile Upgrades

Important Banking Message

You have a new Private Message

TVN Discontinued

2012 Free Trend Micro 2012 added to your account

ALERT-Pending Payment Notice

Your Transactions Have Been Put On Hold

Pending Important Notice

A Refund of 700.00 ZAR has been made back to your account


Important Banking Message

Treat As Priority

Payment Confirmation

Ebanking Message

Account Status: Payment Successful

New Reward programme

New Security Notice

Your statement made easy

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