A Santander spokesperson said: “Fraudsters will often use personal or financial detail previously obtained through phishing, smishing or vishing to make their approach to potential victims look more convincing.
“If customers are in any doubt at all about whether a message is genuine, they should get in touch by calling the Stop Scams number on 159.”
The Twitter user said he would send Santander the bogus email he had received. He added: “This was a realistic one, nearly had me fooled.”
In these fake emails, fraudsters sometimes say a person’s account is at risk or they need to transfer their money to another account to secure their funds.