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! your account on Halifax Internet banking
6th May 2004

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Report Summary
Date Reported
6th May 2004
Apparent Sender
Return Address
Halifax <>
! your account on Halifax Internet banking
HTML - image only
image link leads to bogus web content which is set in a pop up style window in front of the genuine halifax page (which is opened in a separate browser) to give the appearance of being generated by the genuine Halifax web page. Submitted form data is captured by a local script.
Bogus Web Content?
URL of web content (obfuscated in the email)

1. Note the URL of the forged web page given above - its a sub domain of and has been created to give the appearance of a genuine domain.
2. The domain has been used in a number of recent bank email and phishing scams such as the recent Nationwide Bank scam. Learn more in our Forum.
3. Whilst the forged web page is loaded into a pop up style window, it is also scripted to defeat a right click menu, so determing the true URL or origin of this page is very difficult for all but the experienced coder.


" Dear client of the Halifax Internet Banking, The recent cases of fraudulent use of clients accounts forced the Technical services of the bank to update the software. "...


Update at 18:24GMT - We have just received this statement from Halifax ...

I can confirm that this has not been issued by Halifax plc or any subsidiaries of the Halifax Bank of Scotland plc Group. This is not the first time we have seen such an e-mail and is referred to as "phishing", we urge any recipients to ignore them and delete them.

Our position on such e-mails can be found at .

Jason Clarke
Senior Press Officer
Group Communications
HBOS plc



The Spoof Email ...

! your account on Halifax Internet - email


The bogus web page (which opens in a pop up style window in front of the genuine page as shown) ...

! your account on Halifax Internet - forged web page

If you have received this email, please remember that it is very common for these email scams to be redistributed at a later date with only slightly different content or the same but with the fake page(s) hosted by a different provider. Also, once you have received one of these hoaxes, it is also common place to receive at least another one and usually a day or two after the first, although not necessarily from the same apparent sender.

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