NatWest customers targeted in 'phishing' scam

Monday, 27 October 2003, 8:24 AM EST

Net fraudsters have targeted NatWest customers in the latest fake email scam.

Reg readers report receiving emails today purporting to be a security check from NatWest, which are in reality attempts to trick users into handing over sensitive account information to fraudsters.

The scam mail invites NatWest customers to input their debit card details on a bogus site, whose URL has been cunningly disguised to resemble the real thing. At the time of writing, the site, which seems to have been run off the servers of Hotbox hosting in Russia, has been replaced by a holding page. The fraudsters used email forwarding and routing via a New Zealand-based service provider to cover their tracks.

All indications are the scam emails were spammed to numerous people randomly in the hope of ensnaring unwary customers of the targeted organisation, in this case NatWest. It's a classic 'phishing' scam of the type previously targeted at customers of Lloyds TSB and Barclays, and before that PayPal and eBay.

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