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Westpac Bank are Warned of Phishing E-mail by Stay Smart Online

Intended to online safety, Australian government website, stay smart online had adapted had issued an alert to Bank's customers regarding new phishing email that hit them. The Australian government advisory is based on a recent published report by antivirus vendor AVG, reported softpedia.com on May 28, 2013.

The attacks initiate with a smart manufactured phishing email that notify users about security update. With the subject 'Notification', the phony notification says, "thank you for contacting us, your security is our first motto" And to escape the last spade of fraud and identity theft in online account holders. For this, we have updated our software and launched extra security tips in order to save our online customers those are warned by stay smart online regarding the phishing emails.

The links in these mails do not indicate to the genuine Westpac website, but the phony webpage have designed in such a way by the cybercriminals to con the victims so that they could grab their credentials.

The email however, contains a number of tell-tale errors that suggest it is a false, like: primarily, no greeting via full name (like all genuine emails from your banking institute contain). Secondly, asking you to 'upgrade' your information. Thirdly you will reach to a very scary replica of the Westpac banking website be, if you click on the link to upgrade.

You should ignore this, this is exactly like your normal banking page and also the setup is similar. Observing carefully, you will observe that there is a message that is uneven and the website looks like the last version of what the bank uses now, experts highlight.

It is advised you to report these type of emails to the address of Westpac if you are Westpac customer and got such emails.

In the end, Westpac customers have been targeted for the first time. In March 2013, phishing emails declaring that the user account has been limited because of three incorrect login attempts and they should submit the filled form and an attached within 24 hours, or the account may be discarded were reported.

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