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Bermuda Internet Users Alerted of Phishing E-mails

The Financial Crime Unit of Bermuda Police Service is repeatedly urging everyone for staying watchful of phishing e-mails, which are trying to acquire sensitive data and also those pertaining to personal details, published bermudasun.bm dated January 2, 2013.

It maybe mentioned that Bermuda, which's as well called the Somers Isles else Bermudas, is one region situated inside the northern Atlantic Ocean under Britain's governance.

A sample of the presently-circulating hoax e-mails assert as being sent from HSBC with the caption "Dear Customer -Account is disable. (Important)." The e-mail, addressing recipients as 'Dear Members,' issues a new warning telling clients that their accounts were deactivated to conduct security update and verification. It then announces that the A/Cs must be verified immediately otherwise they'll remain closed. Finally, it thanks the clients for staying and being committed to HSBC, and signs off wishing Happy New Year.

A Spokesperson from HSBC Bermuda said that the Bank knew about a few clients potentially getting the fake e-mails directing that they should visit one (fake) website on which to enter personal financial details. Internauts must note that spoofed electronic mails were continuously circulating, the Spokesperson further said. Royalgazette.com published this dated January 3, 2013.

Additionally according to the Spokesperson, HSBC Bermuda was suggesting its clients that any queries got through electronic mail towards substantiating personal information mustn't get answered. For, the bank would never dispatch e-mails asking for updating or confirming customers' credit/debt card details together with their private log-in particulars.

Unfortunately, the above kind of incidences yet again shows how online phishing remains an extremely common as well as effective kind of criminal operation, which daily discovers fresh victims globally. However, to remain safe, one must always log into his Internet accounts via accessing the related website after typing the URL inside his Web-browser's address bar instead of following a spam mail's web-link, remark the HSBC officials.

In the meantime, during April 2012, phishers similarly targeted HSBC clients when security officials intercepted a phishing electronic mail, which told that somebody attempted at unsuccessfully accessing the recipient's A/C, while the bank, for safeguarding him, deactivated his account.

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