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Watch out for fraudulent emails regarding banking

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

We’re still receiving complaints from users who fall victim to cyber criminals by blindly submitting their banking details via email. (see example below) Staff are once again warned under NO circumstances to do any activation of your bank details by clicking on a link in an email. Pay attention to the following: – ¬†Your bank will never send you an email requesting personal and confidential information. – The address where the email is sent from is not an official bank email address. It might seem similar, but if you look closely you’ll notice small differences. – Take note of the address where the link diverts you to when you click on it. You will immediately notice it’s not a typical bank web address, but something completely unrelated. – You will also see that your name is never mentioned in the email. It’s a generic email sent to random people to harvest their information. If any irregularities occur on your account, your bank will call you. You also won’t receive an email from them if a large amount is deposited into your bank account. Remember, a cyber criminal knows what will grab your attention. If you have any doubts, rather contact your bank directly and make sure.

Begin forwarded message: From: “” Subject: ABSA:Security Centre Date: 28 February 2012 7:32:07 AM SAST To: Recipients We noticed illegal activities on your account, due to this, we have temporarily suspended your account. We need you to update your account information for your online banking to be re-activated click below or visit your nearest branch Re-activate now Terms Of Use | Banking Regulations | Privacy Policy | Security Centre | Site Map Authorised Financial Services Provider and a registered credit provider (NCRCP7) a


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