This email with the subject "Security Alert." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 07 Jan 2011 01:19:20 -0800 and has been classified as a Phishing, ID Theft Scam.
The sender was HSBC Bank UK <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
We are aware that fraudsters are actively exploiting computers that are already infected with Malware to make payments on behalf of Internet Banking users.
The Malware being used is undetectable from Anti-Virus Software and as a result users would not know that their computer is infected.
The normal signs of unauthorized activity will be once security credentials are input a message appears stating the service is unavailable. There is no attempt to request a further security code because the fraudster has used the initial security code input by the user. The fraudster is then able to carry out any number of payments.
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We spoken to a number of users and advised them to download Rapport from our website which will protect the users computer from this type Malware. This can be downloaded from our Help Centre
If you experience any issues or you are worried about potential threats please contact our Internet Banking Helpdesk on 08456 022014.