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Phishing Email Emulating Tesco Bank Targets Customers

A new phishing email bearing the subject 'Tesco Bank Changes to Interest rate' is currently targeting Tesco Bank's customers. The email tells its recipients that can have a look at the most recent interest-rates and modifications from the Bank by simply opening an attachment, reported hoax-slayer.com on April 21, 2015.

But, the email has no link with Tesco Bank, based in UK. It's a phishing email campaign orchestrated to embezzle users' login credentials.

The attached file within the fake email if opened loads a fake webpage on the user's default browser. It (fake webpage) comprises the logo of Tesco Bank. It also recommends the user to click on a login link so as to view his net-banking services and the latest changes made to his account.

The link directs the user to a hoax website that very closely emulates the real website of Tesco website. Landing on the bogus website, instructs the user to give his username, password and security number.

Identical to Tesco's actual login process, the fake webpage asserts that the user has been texted an access code on his registered mobile number. But, as the scammers are clueless of the user's mobile number no text arrives.

Consequently, out of mere curiosity the user may end up clicking 'Didn't get our text message'. Clicking on this link leads to the opening of another phony Tesco webpage that instructs the user to give his personal as well as financial details along with his security Q&A.

Subsequently, the user automatically gets redirected to the actual Tesco website.

In the meantime, fraudsters can gather all the submitted details by the user and equipped with it can easily hijack his bank account or embezzle his identity.

Cybercriminals frequently target net-banking users with the help of phishing emails, fake texts messages and fake voice calls pretending to be from their banks. While online scamming is becoming increasingly advanced a large number of users still fall prey to these rudimentary ways of conning innocent people, hence, users need to be cautious of them, security experts comment.

Hence, if you suspect of being scammed, report the incident immediately to your Bank and cancel all types of payments or transactions.

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