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    Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

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    Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 29 Sep 2013, 12:17 pm

    What is "phishing" ? Find out HERE.

    It is an amazing coincidence that just as I enter a posting about sales assistants trying to con us into taking out extended warranties I spot two, that's TWO attempts at bank "phishing" scams coming into my private e-mail box one after the other yesterday.

    While "phishing" has been a con-trick that has been well known for a very long time, these events have become less frequent lately and because of this we are less prepared for them when they do pop into our e-mail boxes.

    Here is a copy of one of the two phishing scams that I received in my e-mail box yesterday:

    1)..... Purported to come from The Halifax

    Dear Valued Customer,

    It has come to our attention that your Halifax Online account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website.If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your billing records so that you will not run into any future problems with our online banking service.

    However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension. Once you have updated your account records, your Halifax Online session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

    To Get Started,Kindly follow this link, ( link deleted ), to complete operation online.

    This email was sent by the Halifax Online server to verify your e-mail address. This is done for your protection , because some of our members will no longer have access to their online banking and we must verify it.


    Online Security Department
    Security Advisory
    Halifax Bank Plc.


    The second one was almost verbatim to the first one and purported to come from the Natwest bank.

    Of course I sent copies of these phishing scams to the security departments of the two banks so that they might be traced via their return links.




    I guess that all we can do is to keep vigilant for these scams and to NEVER take them for their word.


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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 1:00 pm

    See another update to this particular scam HERE.


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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 11:54 am

    Thanks for that Paps. I do like the red writing BTW.

    Mind you these particular scams have been going for a very long time now and I expect that most people will know all about them and be able to recognise them when they see them.

    The people that I worry about are the elderly folks that are just not as sharp as they used to be as it is these folks that are liable to be frightened by such tricks and who might actually get caught by them.
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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 11:01 am

    Dead right mate.

    And that is exactly why it is such vulnerable people who are targetted by these cowardly thieves. They are an easy target.


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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by hughh on Sun 06 Oct 2013, 2:01 pm

    A new scam going round

    YOU HAVE BEEN LOGGED INTO A CHILD PORN SITE YOU HAVE BEEN FIND 100 IN ONE WEEK IT WILL 1000.

    It appears on a very official looking document and will frighten many people.
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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 07 Oct 2013, 11:09 am

    Although I have never seen that one before I do see a trend there that is in most of these scams:

    The unconnected threat of a fine with the extension to that fine if "something" is not done is typical of all scams that are at the minimum looking for a confirmation that they have got your e-mail address right.

    Any response at all does that !

    Any answer at all to an enclosed link will at least guarantee more junk mail and at worst will follow on with a request for your banking information.

    Because almost all of these scams originate from abroad a Mail Preference Service registration cannot help here either.

    If ever in doubt simply bin them without even opening them as sometimes even opening an e-mail triggers the release of a virus into your computer.

    Tip.....

    If your e-mail client has a preview pane in the layout do not use it as sometimes showing the body of an e-mail, ( email messages automatically opened ), in the preview pane will trigger a hidden virus.



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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by hughh on Mon 07 Oct 2013, 2:03 pm

    The rule is never open an email or an attachment unless you know who they are from. But this is very difficult for many elderly people to understand.
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    Post by papa_umau on Tue 08 Oct 2013, 11:08 am

    Yes Hughh, you are right and the warnings that I give on ROB are designed for just those people.

    A lot of crooks go to a lot of trouble to design these computer scams and if we are not going to be caught by them we have to recognise them as soon as we see them.

    It can be a terrible temptation to many to just open an e-mail out of blind curiosity, and we all know that happened to the cat that did that.catTwisted Evil


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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 11:15 am

    hughh wrote:A new scam going round

    YOU HAVE BEEN LOGGED INTO A CHILD PORN SITE YOU HAVE BEEN FIND 100 IN ONE WEEK IT WILL 1000.

    It appears on a very official looking document and will frighten many people.
    With spelling like that it wouldn't fool me for a second.
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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by hughh on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 11:31 am

    Sorry to say they do fool many, and they make a good living out of it.
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    Post by Hell's Granny on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 11:38 am

    That's due to our failed Education system.
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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by hughh on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 11:58 am

    With spelling like that it wouldn't fool me for a second.


    Spell check please because my spelling not very good. Had to check the word PORN but there two ways of it being spelt, and both in full use on the same subject.
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    Re: Potential victims of the "phishing" scam.

    Post by papa_umau on Thu 10 Oct 2013, 10:07 am

    Sadly the common use of the word "porn" is now accepted as correct because of that common use.

    That is how new words are added to the dictionaries every month or so.


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