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Banif Bank warns about fake e-mails masquerading as the bank

Malta situated Banif Bank is warning Internet users that the electronic mail captioned "Dear Banif Bank Customer You Have a New Message" that many individuals have received in Gozo and Malta, apparently from the bank, is nothing but part of an e-mail scam, published gozonews.com in news on May 24, 2013.

The e-mail directs recipients that they should open a given web-link that seemingly contains one fresh security message that is provided on the online banking service of Banif.

But, according to Banif, it doesn't send e-mails to clients, carrying web-links alternatively software that must be instantly installed.

Declaring on the bank's regular website regarding the new fraud, an official representing the Bank while belonging to its IT Department remarked that clients were advised for being cautious in case they got an e-mail telling they should visit the Internet site of Banif Bank by clicking a web-link. For, the online banking site of Banif was solely accessible via the bank's authorized site, he reminded Banif.com.mt published this in news on May 24, 2013.

Meanwhile, for Banif customers who may've given away personal information within the current scam, they're urged for calling a Banif Bank branch-office else communicate at customercare@banif.com.mt, the bank's customer care without delay.

Banif Bank adopted every required precautionary measure for protecting its clients' interest, therefore, contacted the Cyber-Crime Department requesting it to investigate the incident.

Disturbingly, it's because of the above kinds of scam e-mails that there has been an increase in phishing campaigns online during the recent months, Commtouch the security company reports through its Internet Threats Trend Report for Q1-2013. The company, which collected statistical data, found that phishing incidences increased enormously, with an over 74% explosion in the total number of spoofed messages during March 2013 in comparison with December 2012.

In the meantime, besides the case of Banif Bank, a phishing assault hit Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Bank customers too during mid-May 2013. In that, the e-mails, which displayed the title "ANZ Internet Banking Online Survey," encouraged recipients to answer an online survey and get AUD35.00, through the downloading of a 3-questioned easy questionnaire.

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