Bermuda Police Reveals Circulation of Fake Bank E-mails

The Bermuda Police Service Financial Crime Unit has cautioned customers to be careful of an email scam that is presently trying to deceive Butterfield Bank's customers, as per the news by bernews.com on October 28, 2011.

The fake mail entices recipients to click on a link in order to go through the latest security message. This link takes forward the user to a phishing website claiming to be the Butterfield Direct log in page for Internet banking.

This website asks for the recipient's user ID and password. When the user entered the information, the log in fails and the process repeats itself. After that, the user is redirected to the real site of Butterfield Bank site. By the time a user is redirected, their password and user ID is hacked.

Butterfield Bank stated that it will never ask a customer for private information or account details through e-mail, as per the reports by bermudasun.bm on October 28, 2011.

The Bank also claims that customers must immediately delete any mail that asks them to visit a site and reveal their information as it is fraudulent. Netizens are also required to remain extra alert for scams and remain acquainted with all new technologies on a daily basis. People should use all updated security solutions and protect their PCs from redundant and uncanny senders.

Police informed that any suspicious mails that arrives with fraudulent or suspicious addresses or with any possible questions or comments and a Financial Crime Unit member will be responded at the earliest.

The suspicious mails can be forwarded to the following address fraud2[AT]bps.bm. These forwarded mails can be utilized in preparing a storehouse for Internet scams which can be examined so that precautionary measures against scam mails can be taken.

Acting Detective Inspector Paul Ridley of the Financial Crime Unit stated that the objective of the dedicated email address is to offer an authentic and easy response to the public with respect to e-crime particularly Internet scams, as per the reports by royalgazette.com on October 28, 2011.

Chief Inspector, Sean Field-Lament at the Drugs and Intelligence Division reminded for the prevention of Internet crime and sends a message saying that if the offer seems too good to be true then it is generally a scam, as per the reports by bermudasun.bm on October 28, 2011.

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