Randolph Bank Clients Struck with Phishing E-mails
Officials from Randolph Bank situated in Ashebero, North Carolina (USA) alerted the Bank customers on March 29, 2010 about phishing e-mails that the scammers were dispatching.
The Bank said that Asheboro's residents were getting e-mails stating that someone compromised their debit/credit card accounts. With this, the scammers try to deceive potential card owners into revealing personal account numbers along with PIN (personal identification numbers), its officials said, according to a statement published by Digtriad.com on March 29, 2010.
Randolph officials are reminding all the customers that the above e-mails are not sent from the Bank.
It's worth noting that con artists are employing techniques to distribute large amounts of e-mails. Thus, with the shotgun tactic, they're sure that at least a few recipients will respond out of fright and reveal what seems as authentic.
Consequently, there's solely one way by which the bank's online users can prevent themselves from getting cheated. They must evaluate critically everything they find within an e-mail, especially when it arrives from their bank.
Additionally, users must also treat e-mails the Web-links as suspicious. For, such links could be associated with a phishing campaign, which leads recipients onto fake Web-pages resembling their original ones. The pages are created for theft of users' personal details or sensitive data like credit card information. Moreover, for logging in, users must perform the act independently, as also use the login page rather than follow a web-link.
It's further important to ensure that one has landed onto the accurate website.
Besides, one must also ensure that he's feeding in personal details within a secured environment. This can be done by checking https:// in the URL address. That would indicate that the link joining the user's Web-browser with the site's Web-server is encrypted. That will eventually mean that messages interchanged are safe as well as un-intercepted.
Meanwhile, Randolph Bank once again reiterates to clients that in case it's necessary for the Bank to ask for their account details like PIN, they won't at least do so over e-mails.
Finally, users who receive such an e-mail are advised not to provide the details of personal accounts no matter whether the e-mail or associated website looks real.
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