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while on the 27th October due to the problem (users received a notification by email that they had done so). These hoax emails have been sent to many people that do not hold an account at whichever Bank it pretends to be from. If the scammers had focused on the right customers with the right email, the complaints may never have arisen at the early stage that they have.
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The purpose of ...
You may hear
the email is sent from grungecafe.com's (in USA) mail server which passes through
a mail server at Club Internet (in France) and then on to
The email seems harmless enough and even comes in plain text. The sender will be shown as "Verification" and the return email address is shown as " firstname.lastname@example.org" which sounds okay doesn't it? Please note, that other sender addresses are in use, but they all contain "verify" with two numbers and "@barclays.co.uk". Remember, this scam is also professing to be from (and is targeting customers of) many banks including Halifax, Nationwide and Nat West, so the link will change in appearance. Now let's see the text of the email itself, especially since this is the part of the scam where the content remains much the same ( the link being the exception) in all reports so far .....
The web pages...
As discussed previously, the link actually takes you to somewhere other than barclay.co.uk. The page that it sends you to is coded to immediately redirect you to the genuine barclays.co.uk site, but also to pick up a mail form and present that in a small pop-up window in front of the genuine Barclays page .....
If you enter any information into this
little form and press 'Verify', you send all that information (which
they will no doubt attempt to use to your detriment.) to the scammer's
mail box, while the pop-up window changes to a confirmation message (shown
here at 100% actual size).....
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