Imagine an angler casting a
line into a pond, hoping that some poor unsuspecting fish grabs the bait and
gets collared. Replace the angler with a conman, replace the rod and line with
an email and replace the fish with... you. That's
and it is vital to be aware of both, it and its consequences.
Millions of these emails are sent out annually. Typically they
will appear to be from your bank or building society, but also they may appear
to come from online merchants such as Amazon, eBay or PayPal - anyone in fact
may appear to be sending these emails to you. They may look genuine and even
include a link to a website which may appear to be genuine, but it is NOT
The giveaway to a phishing mail is that
they will require you to enter your login details, personal information,
password or account number. The email is phrased such that there is a server
upgrade or that they need to check your account or some other excuse to make
you think you need to re-register.
companies will NEVER send out such emails. If you receive this type of email,
try and delete it without opening it. Never follow the link and most
importantly, never enter any information into a website linked from the email.
Such cons are very clever, they imitate the real website and you may actually
believe that you are in the official site. Even the URL may appear to be
correct, be warned - it is almost certainly a dummy site.
Remember than anyone can register a domain name as long as the
name is available. You can check the real official URL either by searching
Google or looking in Logolinks - we carry official links for many banks and
financial institutions. For example, Natwest Bank have an official website at
www. natwest.com, but any Tom, Dick or Harry could register
www.natwestaccounts.com or any other similar sounding domain name.