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UK Banks Attacked by Increased Spam

As per the security firm, ClearMyMail, there has been a major increase in spam, which causes trouble to the UK banks.

The company claims that there has been almost 246% increase in the amount of phishing and spam mails relating to Llyod TSB, Halifax and Bradford & Bingley (financial institutions in the UK).

Also, it is said that fake mails involving these banks have increased 3 times as cyber crooks are directly hitting on the users' anxiety.

ClearMyMail has advised the e-mail users to erase the mails containing subject lines 'Important messages from Llyod TSB' and the same is applied for Halifax Bank and Bradford & Bingley, as these are the most famous subject lines used by hackers to steal user's password and private account details.

Security Researchers at ClearMyMail said that these fake mails are sent by the hackers residing in the US and Canada and using developed methods to escape detection.

Managing Director of ClearMyMail, Dan Field, said that this is a very ruthless series of phishing e-mails attacking tense and vulnerable online bank users in the UK and unsafe inboxes are specifically revealed at this time, as reported by SCMagaine on October 2, 2008.

Field also added that it is not just the UK users who are facing trouble; the US users have also witnessed an increase in Lehman Brothers fake mails during the last few weeks, but not at the same extent as in the UK.

Security experts explained that in a phishing scam, hackers send mail to users pretending to be represent one of the banks and urge users into revealing their account and password information on an unauthentic site.

ClearMyMail also informs that the most prominent origin of these mails is the US, with some other originators like Brazil, Romania, Canada, and UK.

Further, payment firm, APACS, said that the group witnessed a smashing 185% increase in online banking fraud owing to phishing and spyware scams, estimating losses about 21.2 Million pound in the UK.

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