Fresh Phishing E-mail Campaign Alert for Bank of Queensland Clients
Accountholders with the Bank of Queensland in Australia have been warned about e-mails circulating these days which seem as being sent from the bank, published softpedia.com dated October 15, 2012.
Displaying the header, "You Have 1 New Security Message" the fake e-mail tells the customer (e-mail recipient) that there's a vital security message for him because the bank (BOQ) considers his security as highly crucial. The single secured message can be viewed via clicking on a given web-link named "Log In" that'll also enable him to gain admission into his BOQ Internet A/C.
The bogus e-mail also attempts at appearing legitimate and real so it mentions "BOQ Customer Service. 2012 Copyright Bank of Queensland."
But, BOQ hasn't sent the message. Actually, the e-mail represents one fraudulent, phishing scam crafted for duping readers into giving away personal account login credentials that eventually land up with cyber-criminals. Anyone believing the scam e-mail as also following the log-in web-link is sure to land on a false Bank of Queensland site where he's directed for typing in the login details for accessing his BOQ account. Scammers have created this phony web-page for logging in to look literally same as the real one.
Thus, web-surfers who may feed in their credentials as also hit on the login option are sure to be quickly led onto the genuine site for BOQ login where the crooks can gather the information the victims already provided thereby enabling the former to compromise the latter's original BOQ accounts.
And while the fake web-page diverts onto the real web-page, victims may think there'd been a failed login attempt so they may login again. As a result, they may perceive only very late that their private information has been phished off, remark security analysts studying the phishing campaign.
Now, phishing criminals have targeted BOQ earlier too. During December 2007, spoofed e-mails masquerading as BOQ informed readers that abnormal operation was noticed within their accounts; therefore, the Bank has restricted access to such accounts. However, the problem could be resolved if accountholders followed a given web-link that indeed resulted in phishers stealing off the victims' accounts.
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