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Standard Bank Cautions Customers About Fake E-mails

Standard Bank of Namibia has been the recent target of phishers who sent fake e-mails that pretend to represent the bank and asked its customers to disclose their personal information.

Moreover, officials from Standard Bank of Namibia (South Africa) have cautioned its customers to safeguard themselves from phishing mails as the bank has been the recent target of phishers.

The bank officials claim that many customers are getting mails from an unknown source, usually offering a big prize and asking for personal information.

Thaddius Maswahu, Head of Marketing, Standard Bank Namibia, said that in a digital world like ours, it is not at all surprising that phishers and fraudsters attack mail and Web. He also added that this mail appears to follow the known technique of fraud with which hackers have attacked local banks' clients, as reported by allafrica on November 11, 2008.

Further, he pointed that being a concerned corporate citizen, the bank is adopting a proactive approach in making its customers aware about safeguarding themselves and their money from phishing and ID theft.

Security experts also claim that phishing is a dangerous scam as it includes sending of a mail which appears to have come from a legitimate bank with a link inside that takes the user to site bearing close resemblance to the bank. These kinds of mails ask the user to give his PIN, card details, password or account number and other personal information.

Also, the bank officials caution its customers not to reply such fake mails as they are not from the bank, but from the hackers who eye on user's money.

They further added that legitimate mails from banks will never ask customers for their private information.

Finally, Mr. Thaddius advised that recipients of these mails should not click on the attached link in mails to access the bank's Website; instead they should type the address of the bank's site in the browser.

Related article: Standard Bank & Absa Customers Receive Phishing E-mails

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