Phish Alert - 'Your account is about to expire"

Threat Level: Medium
Threat Type: Phishing Alert
Advisory Date: 07/13/2023


There is currently an email message circulating that has been received by many users with the subject "Your account is about to expire" and it appears to be from "The Bank of Montreal (BMO)." The message claims that your credit card needs to be authenticated and asks that you click on a link, log in to your online account and verify your identity with some security questions.


Phishing is an online fraud technique used by criminals to entice you to disclose personal information. It is the fastest rising online crime method used for stealing personal financial information and perpetrating identity theft.

Phishers use many different tactics to lure you, including email and web sites that resemble well-known, trusted institutions. A common phishing practice involves spamming recipients with a fake message under the name of a trusted institution. The purpose of this fake message is to trick you into providing personal information, such as user name and password, or clicking on a link which may create malware risk.

People who respond to phishing e-mails, and input the requested financial or personal information into e-mails, websites, or pop-up windows put themselves and their institutions at risk.


If you received this message, please delete it immediately if you have not already done so. This message did NOT come from the Bank of Montreal (BMO).

If you inadvertently clicked a link and entered your credentials, please change your password right away to something you have not used previously:
  • Go to the Information Services homepage at 
  • Click "Change Password" in the Quicklinks on the right side


Please contact the IT Support Centre if you require assistance:
Phone 306-585-4685
In person at ED 137 or Archer Library Main Floor Commons