The email message below: "Important - Please complete attached form," is a fake and contains a link to a virus or Trojan horse that will infect your computer, if you attempt to open the file that the link will download onto your computer. The email message was sent by cyber-criminals and NOT by NatWest bank.
The Virus Email Message
From: NatWest [donotreply @netwest .uk]
Date: 19 January 2015 at 14:02
Subject: Important - Please complete attached form
This message has been scanned by the Bankline CSC SSM AV and found to be free of known security risks.
Please find below your Banking Form for Bankline.
http://www.ipawclp.com/ NEW-IMPORTANT-NATWEST_FORM /new.bankline_document.html
Please complete Bankline Banking Form :
- Your Customer Id and User Id - which are available from your administrator if you have not already received them
Additionally, if you wish to access Bankline training, simply follow the link below
If you have any queries or concerns, please telephone your Electronic Banking Help Desk.
National Westminster Bank Plc, Registered in England No. 929027. Registered Office: 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3UR.
Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
This e-mail message is confidential and for use by the addressee only. If the message is received by anyone other than the addressee, please return the message to the sender by replying to it and then delete the message from your computer.
Internet e-mails are not necessarily secure. National Westminster Bank Plc does not accept responsibility for changes made to this message after it was sent. National Westminster Bank Plc may monitor e-mails for business and operational purposes. By replying to this message you give your consent to our monitoring of your email communications with us.
Whilst all reasonable care has been taken to avoid the transmission of viruses, it is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that the onward transmission, opening or use of this message and any attachments will not adversely affect its systems or data. No responsibility is accepted by National Westminster Bank Plc in this regard and the recipient should carry out such virus and other checks as it considers appropriate
The cybercriminals behind the malicious email message aim is to trick the curious recipients into clicking on the link in the message, which will infect their computers with a virus or Trojan horse.
Once your computer has become infected with this malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind this email message will be able to access and take control of your computer remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on you, use your computer to commit cyber-crimes, or steal your personal and financial information.
Now, if you have already opened clicked on the link, downloaded and open the malicious file, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it.
If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, please click here for a list of free antivirus software.
Click here for a list of email attachments you should never open, regardless of where they came from.
For a list of other virus email messages, please click here.