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Fake E-mails Pretending to be from Lloyds TSB Target Unwary Internet-users

An e-mail claiming to arrive from Lloyds TSB the retail bank of UK is presently doing the rounds while hitting the inboxes of innocent Internet-users, reported Help Net Security dated Aug 1, 2012.

Displaying a header, "Your Attention is Needed From LloydsTSB Bank" and addressing the recipient as 'Dear Customer,' the scam electronic mail requests the user to keep in mind that as August begins there'll be fresh Internet banking validation process from the Bank so personal info of every accountholder doing Internet banking may remain protected.

Thereafter the e-mail asks the recipient for substantiating his Internet banking particulars as account access won't be possible without the said validation.

A web-link is provided in the e-mail that the recipient requires clicking, states the e-mail that eventually finishes by expressing gratitude to the reader.

But account holders, who believe the fraudulent message as also follow the given web-link, land up on one fake page where they get directed for providing personal bank login particulars. Cyber-criminals crafting that page make it nearly resemble the actual login page of Lloyds TSB. Thus, as victims enter their login credentials into the bogus web-page, a form for account confirmation appears on another bogus web-page, which directs them to provide their names, banking and credit-card info; identification details; along with addresses. And suppose the victims supply everything that's requested as also press on "submit," they'll next get the end message regarding the so-called successful completion of their account validation.

Unsurprisingly, there's no connection between the e-mail and Lloyds TSB, while the message isn't surely one genuine banking notification. Indeed, it's a phishing e-mail. For, after crafting one e-mail, which merely poses as one genuine announcement from a bank, the message actually expects to dupe unwitting clients of Lloyds TSB enough to get them to divulge their financial as also other sensitive information.

Eventually, it's the second instance when scammers have targeted Lloyds TSB. Earlier during September 2008, one likewise scam e-mail attacked it wherein the phishing message told accountholders that there'd been a tentative deactivation of customer access to the online-banking service of the Bank following login errors that were manifold.

Related article: Fake-mails Troubling Credit Union Customers

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