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Flintshire Residents Asked to be Vigilant against Hackers

Flintshire Neighborhood Watch Association (FNWA) [Flintshire, North East Wales, UK] is warning the residents to be cautious of new mail banking scams, as reported by FLINTSHIRECHRONICLE on July 16, 2009.

A Spokesperson for Online Watch Link (OWL), a service that manages FNWA's website, said -the mail scams may be different from each other but they may have the following words written at the top 'Your Internet banking account is due to expire please click on the link,' as per the news by FLINTSHIRECHRONICLE on July 16, 2009.

In one of the scams, hackers are informing customers that the latest security system would help them to avoid scam transactions. Therefore, to keep the investments secure, customers are required to click on the link given in the scam mail.

In another example of phishing e-mail, hackers are telling customers that because of technical updates, the Bank urged customers to click on the attached links for reactivating their accounts. Further, they inform the customers to click on the attached link to login and begin using updated bank accounts.

The Spokesperson also tells the residents of Flintshire that if they click on the link, it could ask them to divulge their bank account details which include account number, password and even three digit security number.

Therefore, users are suggested to check their name at the top of the mail, as the banks surely know the name of their customers. Hackers are unlikely to contact account holders personally. Hence, the spokesperson cautioned not to provide any details of credit card, telephone banking, login or any Internet banking details.

In the first week of July 2009, another phishing mail claiming to be from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was discovered to be attacking the residents of Flintshire.

Security experts informed that a spam filter could decrease the number of phishing mails received by users in their inbox. Moreover, users should download antivirus and anti-spam software to avert any troublesome files and online attacks.

Related article: Flintshire Residents Warned of Tax Rebate E-mail Scam

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