Twin Phishing E-mails Supposedly from Tesco Bank Target Accountholders
Twin phishing e-mails, supposedly notifications from Tesco Bank are currently circulating online. They are titled "Account Notification from Tesco" and "Tesco Credit Card Verification" respectively, published softpedia.com dated October 29, 2012.
The e-mail captioned "Tesco Credit Card Verification" tells the recipient that while Tesco Bank doesn't ask customers to provide their private data, it wants him to substantiate his credit card with the Bank for rectifying all problems related to his account. Soon as this gets completed, the user's credit card utility will continue as usual. For substantiating his credit card details, he must follow the given 'Tesco Credit Card Validate' link, the e-mail adds. Millersmiles.co.uk published this dated October 27, 2012.
Moreover, e-mail titled "Account Notification from Tesco" tells the recipient that as the Bank was performing the routine update along with validation of its Credit Card system, it discovered that his account was eligible for a higher credit amount. For finishing the process, he's requested to make his information up-to-date via clicking a given web-link, the e-mail concludes. Millersmiles.co.uk published this dated October 28, 2012.
Apparently, the cyber-criminals' gang sending out one fake notification is also the sender of the other as both are crafted for enticing victims onto hijacked Internet sites from Ukraine. These compromised Internet sites carry phony Tesco pages where users are directed for providing personal account particulars.
But regarding both e-mails, they aren't Tesco Bank messages, according to security analysts reviewing the scam. If any customer logs in onto the fake site properly, he'll be directed for supplying huge personal information, they remark.
Disturbingly, phishing scams as above happen to be very common, while despite widespread awareness campaigns people still get fooled worldwide and divulge personal information including their financial details.
Bank Officials remark that genuine banks similar as Tesco or other financial institutions won't ever dispatch uncalled-for e-mails to customers which ask them to follow any given web-link where to provide their private details.
Meanwhile, during October 2012 alone, Tesco Bank became a target of cyber-criminals twice. Earlier, during the 1st-week, phishing e-mails entitled "Important information regarding your Tesco Bank Online Banking" struck Tesco clients.
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