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Internet Bankers in Worcestershire Warned of Phishers

In accordance with the news from bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk dated July 9, 2011, online-criminals are attempting at defrauding netizens in Worcestershire off their precious cash.

Consequently, the Regulatory Service of the county is advising everyone not to believe and become victims of cyber-criminals who dispatch electronic mails asserting that the messages are from the users' banking institution.

Indeed to begin, the scam gets hold of victims by telling them that their online banking has been accessed alternatively officials have blocked their accounts. States the fraudulent electronic mail that users can restore their accounts only by feeding in personal details particularly account numbers and passwords.

Meanwhile according to a Spokesman of the Regulatory Service, scams of this kind, popularly called phishing, is becoming more-and-more refined. The e-mail seems as though the recipient's bank has sent it while it diverts the user onto a copycat site where his personal information like credit card details, account number and password is asked, he explains. Bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk published this.

The Spokesman further says that the website in reality is false where if the requested information is entered then those details may subsequently get used for committing ID-fraud against the user.

And since the above kinds of scams are so very malicious, security specialists outline certain red flags which can be suggestive of the scams' deceptive nature. These are: e-commerce companies or banks usually personalize e-mails whereas phishing miscreants don't. Therefore, recipients must verify whether they've been personally addressed in the e-mails. Secondly, phishers frequently incorporate sensational but false messages into their electronic mails so that recipients will respond instantly.

Thirdly, established organizations like banking institutions don't direct consumers to provide their account details or passwords over e-mail. Still, if an end-user feels the e-mail arriving in his inbox is genuine then before replying, he must call the bank or go to its website and verify the message's authenticity, security researchers suggest.

Finally, according to both the Regulatory Service and security specialists, users must routinely review their financial statements by accessing their Internet related accounts so that incase they notice a dubious transaction they may immediately report it to their financial institution.

Related article: Internet Threat Volumes Overwhelm Security Companies

» SPAMfighter News - 16-07-2011

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