Fake E-mails Circulating, Masquerading as Belfius Bank, warns Security Company
MX Lab the security company is cautioning Internauts towards being vigilant of fake electronic mails supposedly from Belgium-based Belfius Bank, which till lately was called 'Dexia Bank Belgium.'
The fraudulent e-mails, seeming as notices, arrive from various ids namely firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sample message informs the recipient that Belfius Bank is presently on task with its Online Banking Unit for technical developments. This unit caters to loading fresh software to aid the customer (e-mail recipient) in utilizing his online-banking account. The purpose apparently, is for freeing the user's online-banking from spam as well as supplying him protection from online fraud. However, for utilizing the service, the user requires following a given web-link while entering specific details, the e-mail continues.
And once these details are filled in, the user's online-banking account will mechanically become up-to-date with the fresh computer program. Thereafter, a Belfius Internet Banking Department employee will contact him over phone for completing the software installation process, the e-mail states, while reiterating that the bank is greatly concerned about the protection and security of the customer. Finally, the e-mail extends thanks because of the time and assistance the user had given.
However, if anyone follows the web-links embedded on the spam mail, he'll get led onto one bogus Belfius site that'll direct him for entering his debit/credit card particulars along with his financial and other personal information including birth date, telephone and postcode, analysts of the currently going e-mail scam outline.
Belfius Bank that's presently initiating for deactivating the fake website cautions that accountholders who may've provided the telephone number to contact them are chanced with being called for doing certain manipulations with their credit or debit cards; hence, it's advisable that they don't proceed for doing so.
But, if anyone has already supplied the information on the fake website he should, according to Belfius Bank, call at the Bank's Electronic Banking Helpdesk phone-number.
Meanwhile, it isn't just Belfius Bank as the financial institution being targeted with phishing scams recently. During the 1st-week of January 2013, spoofed e-mails hit clients of Namibia-situated Bank Windhoek that boar the caption "New upgrade alert."
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