Going phishing?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by freakhatz, 22 Jan 2008.

  1. freakhatz

    freakhatz New Member

    Recently I received the following email and think it must be phishing? I haven't attempted to log on through the link given..

    ps I have sent the email back to the building society, to an address I got from their genuine website. No reply as yet..

    Am I being paranoid?
  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Definitely phishing. I can't imagine any bank would communicate by email.
  3. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    yes, looks dodgy. Ringing them to confirm might be a good idea.
  5. radger

    radger Über Member

    a good giveaway that an email is phishing is that they don't use your name - rather 'dear customer', or 'dear valued customer' etc. the link won't actually go to the building society's site either, although it will look like it.
    check your bank's website to see if they ask for suspect emails to be forwarded to them
  6. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    I received an electronic phone call in a robotic voice from my credit card issuer asking me to phone them on a specific number. It sounded very phishy. However when I contacted the bank on another number I knew to be correct, I found my card had been cloned and they were trying to contact me to confirm the last genuine transaction. According to them as I was on the phone, persons unknown were attempting to download Itunes and buy mobile phones.

    Why not ring me personally rather than leave an obviously machine generated robotic message which sounds well dodgy? I very nearly didn't respond as I thought it was some computer generated fraud from Nigeria (or Peckham).
  7. Smeggers

    Smeggers New Member

    Never trust any email from any bank ever!
  8. I never trust the stuff they send me through the post either! :smile:
  9. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Good point. Following recent overspending (:smile::wacko::angry:) I got a call from my bank, or rather someone with a strong Glaswegian accent purporting to be from my bank. "Mr Fnaar (blah blah, I'm from the bank); I have the first part of your postcode, can you tell me the second?"
    it was very weird, and I was very distrustful, until he gave me his name, so I could ring back via normal channels and get through to him again. It was for real, but a weird way to contact folk, given the amount of phishing that DOES go on....
  10. Slim

    Slim Über Member

    Plough Lane
    While we're on the subject...

    Keep an eye out for phishing attempts supposedly from Paypal.

    I had a very authentic looking mail the other day. The suspicious bit is the return EMail address looked nothing like a Paypal address.

    The mail was passed on to Paypal who confirmed it was duff and passed it on to their counter-fraud dept.

    Keep 'em peeled :smile:
  11. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    If you don't trust it get in touch with the company it is purportedly from. NEVER risk it.

    On a more comical side I work for a well known department store at the weekends, and lost my staff credit card. Some little weed found it, and knowing that it is only a signature card (because they used to be an employee) tried to buy over £1300 worth of suits on it.

    Being a student, and only working there one day a week, my credit limit is a whopping £12 as I have never bothered to ring them and ask for it to be raised to something sensible. But the card is a very nice Gold Level staffcard, as I have worked here for 3 and a half years and have done a couple of courses to increase my pay, so it looks like a Gold Level unlimited card mwahahahahaha.

    They were not working for the company for long after that transaction got busted ;)
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