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E-mails Impersonating RBI in Circulation

With an intention to target the personal credentials of Indian Internet users, phishing e-mails making rounds in the internet these days seemingly from the RBI, reports softpedia.com on November 19, 2012.

The e-mails are titled "All Indian Banks Customers Online News Update" and the message conveyed in the mail is addressed to the online bankers. It claims the RBI with the intention of safeguarding bankers have issued online security protection to all banks in India, under which all credentials of the Indian Banks would be protected and safeguarded from theft and online phishing. The new online protection introduced by RBI is called "Netsecured". For the security and protection of all online bank accounts, it's mandatory that all online banking customers in various banks in India updates with this program.

To continue with the same, one has to follow the official update through the website link provided in the mail so that their accounts are secured and updated further. And for the same, one has to click on the official website provided below.

However, it is pertinent that the message is not sent from the RBI and the fake claim to safeguard and protect customers is a way to get hold of their personal credentials. People who fall prey to this forgery do click on to the link and are taken back to a fake webpage that provides an "Online Banking Portal" and lists various banks like Allahabad Bank, Axis Bank, ING Vysya, Barclays, Citibank, RBS, HDFC Bank, Indian Bank and ICICI amongst a host of others that sound authentic to a certain extent.

On contrary, the RBI has shown concern by claiming that these fraudulent emails had not been sent by it, not has it launched any such online security protection as mentioned in the fake e-mail.

Thus, RBI lays down the recommendation that nobody should rather open the e-mail or the attachment. Also, one should not try to download the same in their computer and provide any confidential information on such links. Security experts analyzing the phishing e-mails claimed that there is a possibility that the data provided by the recipient might be compromised. Thus, security experts sufficed that if anybody falling prey under such circumstances must immediately contact their financial institution and enable their account that monitors services.

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