On 12 Feb 2009 at 7:18pm l.pierre wrote:
Watch out people,I've had 2 emails from "Abbey" telling me that people have been trying to gain access to my account,and that I must log-in my bank details or risk account suspension. I have phoned Abbey,and despite my poor grasp of the Indian accent,understood that this is a scam!
On 12 Feb 2009 at 8:03pm Lewes Laugher wrote:
I get five or six of these a week from a range of banks, only one of which I have an account with. I suppose some people must do as they're told or the crooks wouldn't bother.
On 12 Feb 2009 at 8:27pm Musher wrote:
You'll be warning us about loud bangs on the 5th next.
On 12 Feb 2009 at 10:15pm dave wrote:
You'll be warning us about loud bangs on the 11th next.
On 12 Feb 2009 at 10:49pm Andrew Richardson wrote:
Your bank will never ask you to "confirm your details", or anything of that nature, over email. Telling the bank will have no effect, as they have no control over these emails and will already be aware. Simply ignore and delete them and inform anyone else you know to do the same.
On 12 Feb 2009 at 10:56pm zola wrote:
I get at least one a week from banks I do not bank with.I just delete them straightaway.The time I did get one from my bank,I smelt a rat,and passed it onto them.They got back and said it was a fake.
The thing to watch out for,apparently,is they start the E mail with 'Dear member',and not your actual name.And if you look carefully there are usually a few smelling pistakes,cos they normally come from Nigeria.Apparently.....Bin them.
On 12 Feb 2009 at 10:57pm Mystic Mog wrote:
Banks do not send emails, only scammers do.
On 12 Feb 2009 at 11:23pm Smiler wrote:
the thing to do is just hover over any links in the email and see what the actual address the link is to, if its different from the apparent link just delete the email.
Or use Gmail and that gets rid of any rubbish for you
On 13 Feb 2009 at 5:43am l.pierre wrote:
I'm disappointed by some people,thanks for any sensible replies on this thread!
On 13 Feb 2009 at 8:48am Lord Landport wrote:
l.pierre I think people re making a joke of this because it's a known scam anybody with a understanding of computers knows these inside out.
But for some they still see the possibility it's real just as a guide line
banks don't send emails asking for information on you asking you to re enter your security details they already know this.
Dont log onto online banking from a link in a email it's possible its a spam site trying to grab your info.
In Short the bank's know more about you than your mum if they think something is wrong they will write to you if it's serious enough they will call you they have all your details if you think any email is spam dont even open it just delete it.
most banks will only ever email you to tell you about the next best deal on credit cards and mortgages
moneysaving expert or one of those sites has a "is this email spam" quiz very interesting if your a novice google it
On 13 Feb 2009 at 10:22am sashimi wrote:
Smiler's idea is very sensible. Gmail has excellent spam filters. We switched our email to come through gmail (without changing our email address) and almost all the viagra, Nigerian bank account and bank phishing stuff has disappeared. The only stuff I still get is bogus 'undelivered mail' messages. It is only when it stops that you discover how really irritating all that spam is. Gmail isn't the only one with good filters. But they are free. Anyone not too paranoid about large corporations (like Tesco) taking over the world and reading our emails should consider them.
On 13 Feb 2009 at 2:37pm dats wrote:
Banks DO send emails. They just have additional info in them to (hopefully) identify themselves as legit.
But chances are 99% of bank-related emails are phishing, so better to be safe & delete/report/get a gmail account.