STRAT Posted October 8, 2004 Share Posted October 8, 2004 ----The majority of you know this, but for those new to the WWW or email, this is a quick warning---- Recently (especially in the UK) emails have been randomly sent to people supposedly from banks, credit card companies, PayPal, Ebay etc etc, asking you to fill out a quick on-line form confirming your account and password details. DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER DOING THIS. And don’t bother replying to the sender as it’ll not be delivered. (as the page is being loaded into your browser, you'll notice in the bottom left hand side of the screen the info is actually comming from an IP address and not an official address) I myself have received two emails this morning, one from the The Halifax Building Society and one from Barclays Bank, both with official looking email addresses (i.e., Halifax.com) and both with official logos on them. These are complete fakes and just designed to make you hand over your personal details to a central pool controlled by hackers and fraudsters. This warning has even been on the national news recently. Most of us are aware of this type of fraud these days, but even so, these emails are very authentic and real looking, and very tempting to complete. They make it sound most official and even threaten to suspend your bank account (if you have one with them) if you don’t verify your details. Banks will ALWAYS write to you personally if they require this type of information. Be very aware when handing over personal details over the web, however safe you think you are, hidden “trojans” or accidentally downloaded automatic processes could quite likely be lurking in the background on your pc waiting for you to type in a password or bank account number without you even noticing anything un-toward has ever happened. As i say, most peeps are on the ball these days, but even so, i just thought it worth a mention Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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