I often scoff at people who are such suckers that they fall for online scams. However, here is a perfectly reasonable looking security email from firstname.lastname@example.org:
Halifax Online banking Security Department has been receiving complaints from our customers for unauthorised uses of the Halifax Online accounts. As a result we are temporarily shutting down some selected Halifax Online Accounts perceived vulnerable to this, pending till the time we carry out proper verification by the account owner. Halifax Online banking is committed to ensure the safeguard of each customer personal information, making sure only authorised individuals have access to their accounts.
As a first step to have Your Halifax Online Access reactivated please reconfirm your identity by using the link provided below.
It was going so well, until the bit where it tries to get you to sign on. Have a look at the email in situ below. Notice the actual place that the "sign on" button takes you:Click to enlarge
Some random place in France. Yes. This is French spam scammers trying to get your banking details. It was very convincing.
Always check where a link is going before giving them your details. Don't be fooled.
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