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Bank of New Zealand Users Fall Prey To Phishing Emails

Security experts connected with the Bank of New Zealand supposedly revealed about a recent phishing scam, which is rapidly victimizing the Bank's online clients, as reported by stuff on September 2, 2008.

According to the reports, phishers are continually sending messages to the Bank of New Zealand's clients, trying to convince them that these emails are genuine and originating from the bank.

The reports further disclose that the phishing messages being mailed to the online customers of the Bank of New Zealand enclosed a fake Web link more sophisticated than the regular or conventional type of phishing messages. The officials describing this latest phishing scam state that the BNZ logo included within the phishing message lends it more credibility and prevents the bank's users from questioning its authenticity.

Furthermore, the message in the phishing email scares receivers, the Bank of New Zealand's clients, into revealing their account details by threatening action against an illegitimate payment.

In the meantime, the probe being carried out by security authorities discloses that the link enclosed in the phishing mail gives an impression that it is originated from secure Bank of New Zealand Website, in reality, it guides the client to a spoofed site registered in Japan. The site is a very similar to the actual Bank of New Zealand site, stated news reports.

Investigating officials together with security researchers and security experts believe that such fake emails, which appears to have originated from Bank of New Zealand, are in reality being dispatched by phishers and should be deleted immediately. However, in case customers of the Bank of New Zealand have the slightest of misgivings about the e-mail's legality and genuineness, then they should directly contact the Bank to enquire about their banking data.

But all internet users using online banking facilities for their banking activities are repeatedly warned by security researchers and experts that they should not believe e-mail headers since they can be faked effortlessly, and subsequently be utilized by phishers to transmit spoofed or phishing messages to the bank's user's.

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