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Right well ive just got a lovely email through from Halifax (a bank in the UK). About security. Oddly enough... I've never had an email from Halifax ever before.. I was curious as to why they were sending me one now... I opened it up, and immediately I knew it was fraud. Its just sad, its not even convincing, although it annoyed me how some people fall for it. Allow me to post the email on here, where I will comment on it & dissect it in red surrounded by square brackets:<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">[There was a taccy Halifax logo on here, but I wont include it]</span><br><br><b>Dear Client of Halifax Online!</b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[They would never refer to me like that, they'd refer to me as my account name]</span><br><br><b>Summer 2006 has been hard for our Bank due to the increasing number of clandestine practices.</b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Clandestine!? Would a bank use that word!?]</span><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Sensible information about our clients is of constant interest for swindlers.</span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Sensible info? Shouldn't it be sensitive, or private, or confidential? Also, that sentence is poorly constructed. They would have employed a person good at English to write an important email to people.]</span><br><b>Lots of people seek protection from the hazard of losing money from their bank accounts.</b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Who are you to say that!! You're the fricking fraudster!! Just an effort to convince the reader...]</span><br><br><b>In this respect, Bank announces that September is the fraud-fight month.<br>
Before <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Octomber</span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Spelt incorrectly]</span> <b>1st all our clients should activate new account protection system.<br>
We have upgraded and considerably improved it. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Top EFT specialists tested the system, and independent experts have already affirmed its reliability.</span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[A bank would never say this]</span><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">We do not publish this information in mass media in order that malefactors could not employ it criminally.</span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Duh... umm you are the criminal]</span><br><br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">You have been randomly chosen for the final testing of the account protection system.</span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Oh goody! Because banks randomly choose people to test security systems don't they!]</span><br><b>Now we offer you to go to <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://*********</a></span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[I censored the link to prevent people going to it from here.. but the link was rubbish, halifax wouldnt entice you with a link]</span> <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">and activate the new security system by entering the Internet banking as always.</span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Classic sign of fraudster email- asking for you to enter your details. Sad.]</span><br><b>Currently you may notice some defects.<br>
We are aware of them so you do not have to inform us of these problems, we shall obviate the difficulties on our own.</b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Here they are covering up their crappy site, as it obviously doenst function other than taking your details. A bank would never say this anyway, they'd make sure everything would be working fine BEFORE they go and tell people to use it. This is just stupid.]</span><br><br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Please note that on and after September 1st you will have to use the new security system, otherwise your account will be blocked until your identity is proven.</span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Thats the big one, pressuring people into doing it. Also another blatant sign of fraud. A bank would not say this]</span><br><b>That is why we strongly recommend changing over to the new security standard as soon as possible.</b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[I'm sure you do, !^%*£%*£&"$))^"*&^er!!</span><br><br><br><b>Best regards,<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Fraud Fight Department</span></b> <span style="color:#FF0000;">[Now thats just sad]</span><br><b>Halifax Online</b><br><br>
Complete rubbish. Was it written by a 10 year old??!?<br>
Its a shame some people fall for it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Frown"><br>
Have you guys ever been sent something like this?
 

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yeah i got one from a bank that i had never heard of (dont remember the name) and said in similer text allthough it was put together much better then this one was<br><br>
but i had never heard of the bank and they said my bank account needed to get its information updated so i was suppose to enter all my information then confirm it was correct, yeah right<br><br>
i reported them to my real bank, they confirmed they were a fraud and were investigating them or something like that
 

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Yeah I should report this to halifax
 

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i usually don't answer emails. If something like that pop up i just delete it, not gonna open it up. And banks call you, they don't send email over stuff like this. They'll schedule an appointment to see you personally so that there are no fraud involved.<br><br>
Anywho, you should email to the email and tell him to stick the middle finger up theirs bottom <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lachen.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Lachen"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lachen.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Lachen"> .<br><br>
That's just sad. What's even sadder is that people actually fall for that kid of stuff. Did you report it with your bank? Scamers like these deserve the worst.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i usually don't answer emails. If something like that pop up i just delete it, not gonna open it up. And banks call you, they don't send email over stuff like this. They'll schedule an appointment to see you personally so that there are no fraud involved.<br><br>
Anywho, you should email to the email and tell him to stick the middle finger up theirs bottom <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"></div>
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Some do e-mail you (at least Wells Fargo does) with important announcements. Recently I had a scare with my online banking. However, real official e-mails never include links, and if they do they are to a recognizable site. It's always best to call them yourself to confirm anyways.
 

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Well I've reported it as Phising mail to ZoneLabs at the mo, im probs gona call the bank and tell them about it. Weird thing is I just went to the bank today before coming home!
 

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You should always enquire with the real company when you receive an e-mail like this.
 

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I've gotten some of those myself as well, from... you are guessing it, indeed a dutch bank and was also very poorly written with tons of spelling mistakes in it.
 

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What's even better is the people who try to scam you on craigslist by giving you their UPS account number and then tell you that the USPS will send you a money order. The email I got had soooo many spelling errors, the scanned MO was for the wrong dollar amount, I gave the guy my phone number and he used one of those web based phone things that the mute can use to call me at 4am, and the kicker? It said "Protected by FBI.gov <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"> I need to see if it's illeagle to but bricks in a package and have them pay for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)">
 

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Call the bank your unsure if its real or not, though you know its fake the bank will tell you its not real then keep you in the know of what their doing about it! they would get the authorities involved and hopefully bring them down, though i doubt they will catch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Frown">!<br><br>
Yea i goty one from 'ebay'.<br>
It immediately asked for your details and they expected you to update them like right there and then in the actual e-mail!!
 

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If I don't know EXACTLY where an email is coming from...I delete it. Take no risks.
 

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I always report them to my ISP and the company that they are trying to defraud! <br />
Once my efforts got a hacker busted that was working out of the company he worked for <img src="/images/smilies/devil-smiley-019.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Devil Smiley 019" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Nice one duke!<br />
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I'm sure most of us here know the feeling here when something expensive of your gets stolen, or a lot of your money gets stolen. <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /> not nice at all! one of the worst feelings!
 
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