Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Watch Out for the Scam

Whilst most of us are facing financial crisis at this time, there are others who want to steal all that we have worked for. I woke up this morning to find two scam emails in my inbox. The first, apparently from a bank requesting me to complete a form attachment that includes my security details for PINsenty upgrade, they called it.  Below is the email.   ScamThe email itself has the 'to:' as 'none' and the 'Cc:' as 'recipient not shown'. Some one or some group of people want to take this information for mischievous reasons.  Being a victim of scams like this in the past, I knew what I was going in for. After downloading the attachment, the details they are requesting is shown below:

Scam2Even the bank will not request such information from you so why do they want it now? Is it a security lapse in the organisation's IT system or is it an insider operation? I tried to investigate further.

When I copied the the domain name and pasted it into my browser, it came out as barciays.co.uk. So someone is playing with 'l' in the Barclays to read as capital 'i'. The web site is shown below:

Scam3 The website itself looks ok with nothing mischievous. So I wanted to find out who is behind this. Actually, I was able to know who is hosting this domain and the purported owner but due to legal reasons I can not disclose on this blog.

The lesson are straight forward:

  • Do not give your security details to anybody including the financial organisation you are dealing with.
  • Contact your financial organisation to report any suspicious scam
  • The Financial Services Authority has guidance on Staying safe against scams.


EboR√Ęguebi said...

At once! Let us stop the hunger in the world!
Join us in this cause!

Thank you very much

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Anonymous said...

Yes, really. It was and with me. Let's discuss this question.

Anonymous said...

Curiously, but it is not clear

Anonymous said...

Any publicity is good publicity

Anonymous said...

Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.