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Phishing Scam Targets Tesco Bank Customers

Security experts are advising customers of Tesco Bank towards remaining vigilant of dubious e-mails captioned "Important information regarding your Tesco Bank Online Banking!" published softpedia.com dated October 5, 2012.

A text inside the fraudulent, phishing e-mail, drawing attention towards a development related to the user's online banking, states that an effort was made for performing an Internet banking on Friday October 4, 2012 around 4 EDT but it was denied. The reason for the denial was either of the following:

- Erroneous efforts for making access followed with failed logins,
- Source of attempted access found as some other location or computer that didn't match with the recipient's location or Internet Protocol address.

After this explanation, the e-mail continues that if the recipient recalls attempting at performing 'Internet Banking' the same time and date as stated above then he's requested to click on "THAT WAS ME" else to click on "THAT WAS NOT ME."

Here analysts following the scam electronic mail ask Internet-users for exercising caution while clicking web-links, which arrive via shady-looking notices.

Additionally, according to them, the e-mail in question doesn't bear any association at all with Tesco Bank like it's asserted within the message. Account holders that get duped with the spurious message as also click the given web-links are sure to be first led onto one fake page and then directed for providing personal bank login credentials.

Moreover, this fake web-page nearly exactly resembles the actual login page of the Tesco Bank website. And if any user signs up on the said web-page, he'll get asked to give his identification particulars along with his banking and credit card information. Doing the latter will, however, result in the cyber-criminals compromising that user's account.

Meanwhile, Tesco Bank has posted online that it won't ever dispatch customers e-mail requesting to give personal information alternatively asking them for logging into the Bank's website towards substantiating their login particulars like it appears within the above instance. Hence, incase anyone thinks he's got one fraudulent e-mail then he's requested to forward that message to phishing@tescobank.com prior to deleting it forever, the Bank observes.

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