You know about these email scams yeah ? Basically, as a rule of thumb – NEVER EVER click on a link which asks for your bank / credit card details in an email. It’ll take you to a site or pop-up which has the REAL site graphics / content showing – but all your details go to some guy, who’s about to get mega-rich. This one, which I received about 20 times last night REALLY takes the biscuit – read the text in this one. It’s possibly the most up-front and ballsy fraud email ever! It actually tells you to watch out for emails that ask you for your personal details, and then it asks you.. for your personal details!
The worst part about all of this is that soooooo many people will click on this and lose lots of cash. :( All the logos below are pulled direct from the HSBC website, and a lot of links will go to the official HSBC website – however, one thing to note is that HTML allows you to put ANYTHING into a link. For example, if you click here…
… it takes you to the Sky News website. Why? Because the link and the text you see are different – it’s so easy to do, so WATCH out for emails like this – the link below that reads “https://www.ukpersonal.hsbc.co.uk” doesn’t take you to the official site at all. Please, please, PLEASE be aware of these and let your friends and family know – a lot of people aren’t as “clued up” about these scams.. :(
Oh, and the link below has been deactivated now (as they usually do within a few hours), but if it does work, DON’T put any details in!
From: Swordfish A. Undiminished [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 10 November 2004 07:25
Subject: Protect yourself from Internet fraud
Protect yourself from Internet fraud
Financial institutions around the world have always been subject to attempts by criminals to try and defraud money from them and their customers. These attempts can occur in a number of ways (eg credit card fraud, telephone banking or Internet scams).
As a part of our ongoing commitment to provide the “Best Possible” service to all our Members, we are now requiring each Member to validate their accounts once per month.
These security measures are necessary to protect the integrity of your account. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you now, we know that in the long run this added security measure will help to keep your accounts protected at all times.
Two examples of common Internet scams include:
HSBC views all matters of security as serious. Following are a number of quick and easy methods to help you protect your details online.
Every time you connect to Internet Banking, the service sends your browser a piece of information called a ‘digital certificate’. This certificate securely identifies the site you are connecting to, and is used to establish the encrypted session. You can view the contents of the certificate when you are connected. For Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 and above, the certificate details can be obtained by double-clicking on the icon displayed on the status bar (bottom of your browser). For Netscape Communicator 4.77, click on the icon on the status bar and click the ‘Page Info’ button.
Each certificate also has a ‘digital fingerprint’ which is essentially a string of numbers. Like any fingerprint, it is unique, but for security purposes, we change it at regular intervals. You can verify the fingerprint by contacting the HSBC Internet helpline on 1300 655 505.
If you have any concerns about the authenticity of our website contact us on 1300 655 505.
Check your email has come from HSBC
You should be aware that all legitimate HSBC emails use the same style, layout, terminology and language. You should also be aware of the following actions you can take to ensure your security:
Please remember to always contact HSBC on 1300 655 505 if you have any concerns about the authenticity of an email, or if you have received a suspicious looking email.
Protect your PC from viruses and other malicious software.
If you suspect any misuse of your personal information, contact your financial institution immediately.