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Email Scam 'Tesco Bank Charges'

Posted on 23rd April, 2015


An email is in circulation regarding 'Tesco Bank Changes to Interest rate', stating you can view the latest interest rate news and changes from Tesco Bank by opening an attached file.

However, the email is not from Tesco Bank. It is a phishing scam designed to steal you account login details.

Opening the attachment in the scam email loads a fraudulent webpage in your default browser.

The webpage, which includes the Tesco Bank logo, advises you to click a login link to visit your online banking service to view recent changes to your account. The link leads to a bogus website that has been built to closely mirror the genuine Tesco website. Once on the fake website, you will be asked to provide your username, security number, and password.

As with Tesco Bank's real login procedure, the page claims that a text message with your access code has been sent to your designated mobile phone. However, since the scammers do not have your mobile phone number, no text message will arrive. Thus, you may be tempted to click the link labelled 'Didn't get our text message'. Clicking this link opens another fake Tesco page that asks you to provide account details, name and contact information as well as your security questions and answers.

Next, you will be automatically redirected to the genuine Tesco Bank website. Meanwhile, the scammers can collect all of the information you submitted on the fake site and use it to hijack your bank account and steal your identity.

Be wary of any email that claims to be from your bank and asks you to login by clicking a link or opening an attached file. This is a very common phishing tactic.

It is always safest to login to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser's address bar or via an official app.



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