Sunday, February 01, 2009

A bank scam that goes to ponyfarm...

If my bank has a problem with my account, they call me. They even call me when they want to offer a bad deal of a visa for the 11th time a year, just to check if I'd be interested in it now. But no real bank would ever email me (and never to undisclosed recipients for sure) - and I've never even been in a Alliance & Leicester bank - so good, they can glady keep the acount I don't have, blocked.

Internet Banking Access Blocked
From: "Alliance & Leicester Internet Banking Service"
To: undisclosed-recipients

Dear Valued Customer,
We use the very latest industry-standard technology, plus multiple levels of security to safeguard your personal and transaction details, so that you can bank online with confidence.
We are committed to continually developing our security systems to ensure that Internet Banking remains safe and secure. We hope that you will also take the necessary precautions to protect your computer and your personal security details.
Internet Banking access blocked. For your protection Internet Banking access to your accounts has been blocked. Your security details have been incorrectly entered 3 times. Please follow the reference below and you will be guided to where you can instantly To re-establish access.
Log in to Internet Banking
it will only take about five minutes.

Thank you.
Online Banking Security Team

"Service" means the Alliance & Leicester Internet Banking Service We provide which enables You to give Instructions to Us relating to Your Account by logging on at or alternatively
"We" / "Our" / "Us" means Alliance & Leicester plc

The domain they direct you,, for sure isn't owned by a UK bank, but the German whois queries returned only MS server errors.

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