Leicestershire County Hit by a New Mail Banking Scam
As per the reports received from Leicestershire County, UK, the Leicestershire Trading Standards Service is cautioning the consumers about a fake official notice sent through mail, which apparently claims to be coming from one of the leading banks.
The security researchers described it as a new version of phishing scam. In this, the user is informed that someone has deposited a certain amount of money in his or her account - which is up to several thousands of pounds. Further, it also offers a link that looks like the site of the bank and asks for the user's data so that the user can check his or his balance details.
Security analysts informed that the private data extracted by one of the phishing scam could be used to access the user's account.
As per the news, Security Analyst of Trading Standards Service are alerting their users that if by mistake they have responded to the request, then they should contact their bank for remedies as soon as possible.
Security researchers also predicted that these fake mails, of which this is just one example, are sent randomly to deceive users into divulging their details.
Chief of Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards, David Bull said that phishing scams has multiplied both in terms of sophistication and in quantity and nearly all the banks have been attacked. The scam messages carry the bank's logo to appear authentic, and thus the users are easily deceived and they even contain alerts about warnings. However, the bank do not ask for details in such a manner. David advised not to reply any of the attached links in the mail scam, as reported by Loughborough on July 1, 2008.
Undoubtedly, the internet banking and e-commerce are safe, but security researchers still advised users to be cautious in giving out their private data on Web. The researchers recommended that users should be careful towards the mails which demand for private details immediately and users should confirm their authenticity from the bank by calling them or by typing the address directly in the address bar.
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