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Barclays Bank Customers Hit by Phishing Scam

A hoax phishing scam has hit the Barclays Bank, encouraging its customers to provide their confidential details by visiting the link that takes them to a fake Website, as reported by precisionmarketing.

According to the security researchers, Barclays' customers have received an e-mail with title 'restore your account', asking them to visit the fake Website of Barclays for providing their personal details. However, the security experts reveal that the spoofed URL does not match with the actual URL of Barclays Website.

Meanwhile, Barclays Bank has denied any association with the e-mail. It also said that if any person receives an e-mail asking for 'account verification', 'confirmation of sign-in details', or other similar request, then it is clearly a phishing scam. The bank has asked its customers to delete the e-mail immediately or send it at internetsecurity@barclays.co.in, bank's Internet security address.

A spokesperson for Barclays has urged customers to avoid replying or clicking on such mails as they are associated with phishing scams wherein users' personal details are stolen. Generally, fraudsters purchase customers' data from companies and target both businesses and consumers to exploit their personal banking details, as reported by precisionmarketing on October 3, 2008.

In addition, the bank illustrates that the links given in these phishing e-mails take users to fake Websites where they are asked to update or verify their banking details. The bank has also asked its online customers to be extra cautious, as these sites appear authentic and genuine.

Furthermore, Barclay has reminded its customers that some genuine e-mails from the bank might contain links but they will not take them directly to the home page or log-in page of the site.

As per the security experts, phishing attack on Barclays Bank is not a new trend. The bank was targeted in September 2006 also when a phishing threat was circulating on the net. The scam involved four domains created by attackers to host the fake Web pages of the bank to give an impression that bank customers were log-in in genuine Website.

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