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‘New System Upgrade,’ Subject of Phishing Scam Targeting ANZ Bank

Customers of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Bank have been advised to watch out for phishing electronic mails which direct that they should adopt a fresh upgrade by providing their credentials, published onlinethreatalerts.com dated February 3, 2014.

Displaying a header "Subject: ANZ Secure Alert" and addressing recipients as "Dear Customer," the fake e-mails ask the reader to feed in his login credentials for Internet banking so he can upgrade to the bank's just launched system technology that will keep him maximally protected.

But, ANZ hasn't sent the message while the assertion about end-users requiring logging in for certain system upgrade too isn't true. The e-mail clearly represents one of the phishing scams devised for capturing A/C login details belonging to gullible ANZ clients.

Those users that follow the given web-link inside the e-mail will get led onto yet fake page which has certain login box. And similar as the ANZ purported electronic mail, the false web-page too copies an original ANZ page.

Furthermore, incase end-users key in their customer password or account number onto the spoofed web-page followed with hitting on the link labeled "Log on," they'll get diverted onto the real ANZ website. Thereafter, while thinking they've effectively got the said system upgrade, in reality they mayn't know they've been scammed till again they attempt at logging in.

In the meantime, the scammers become equipped to compromise people's accounts, move funds out of them as well as carry out fraudulent transactions.

ANZ.com too posted that the bank else any other bank for that matter won't ever dispatch e-mail requesting their clients for clicking any web-link as well as typing in their username, password, or logon details for Internet banking.

Therefore, security specialists suggest all those users, who may've been deceived into providing the above information on a supposed ANZ website, to reset their password before calling up ANZ at the earliest.

However, there's been another instance of ANZ Bank clients getting attacked with an e-mail phishing scam. That was during November 2013 when fake notifications reached ANZ customers telling that somebody had attempted at logging into their A/Cs via certain unidentified computer.

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