Halifax Bank Alerts Accountholders to Phishing E-mail
Halifax the banking conglomerate based in UK is advising accountholders for exercising caution following one fresh scam e-mail, which while circulating online, is targeting their mailboxes. Softpedia.com published this on March 26, 2012.
Carrying a header: "IMPORTANT -Halifax Online Service Message," and addressing recipients as "Dear Customer," the fake electronic mail seems to inform them that beginning March 23, 2012, the bank's new validation process for Internet banking will be launched towards safeguarding all its Internet service consumers' private information.
Thereafter, the e-mail states that recipients need to substantiate the particulars of their Internet banking with Halifax failing which they'll lose access and thereby utility of their accounts.
Moreover, the e-mail tries to sound lawful as well as genuine so it tells the reader that on completion of the confirmation of the particulars, he will be equipped with handling his money anytime he may wish, and thus gain increased control over his funds.
Ultimately, the phony electronic mail concludes by signing off from the Halifax Online Service's Security Team.
Meanwhile, inside the e-mail along with its fake bank website, an end-user can find the graphics, logos and formatting of Halifax. The illusion is further increased via leading him, by default, onto the actual Halifax site following his filling up of the bogus online form.
Now there've been several similar type of phishing e-mail scams, which aimed at Halifax accountholders, although, the details in all of them varied.
Moreover, owing to the latest fake e-mail, Halifax, after separating itself from it, reiterated to clients that the bank might e-mail them alternatively dispatch text messages intermittently; however, it wouldn't ever request them for providing personal online-banking information via e-mail, website alternatively text message.
Besides, Halifax suggested accountholders that if any scam e-mail reached them then they must send that message as it was to firstname.lastname@example.org without answering it and before erasing it from their mailbox permanently. But, if anybody had already answered, then he must notify the incident over Halifax's helpline number alternatively on the bank's http://www.halifax.co.uk site. This'd help lessen the possibilities about becoming a prey to ID-theft, the bank concluded.
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