But, the email message was not sent by Tesco Bank and is a phishing scam. Clicking the link within the email message, will only take the recipients to a fake Tesco Bank website that will ask them for their account credentials, personal and banking information that the cyber-criminals behind the scam will use to gain access to their accounts, steal their money and use the accounts commit fraud.
The Phishing Tesco Bank Email Message
Subject: important actions in your account
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2015 12:31:52 +0000
To keep our account healthy, Tesco Bank has temporarily disabled your account. This primarily occurs when we detect unusually high levels of activity on your account.
To attempt to restore access to the account, please visit our update-assistance page below immediate.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience.
Tesco Bank Accounts can only be restored within a short period of time after deletion.
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The security of your accounts is a priority for Tesco Bank. We feel that the best way to keep you secure without impacting your ability to use your accounts is by using a multi-layered approach that uses tools and techniques that targets individual fraud issues. We would like to tell you about some of the things we have in place to protect you and your money.
Category Director, Everyday Banking
The fake Tesco Bank website that the link in the email message goes to, will ask the potential victims for their Tesco username and password, 6 digits security number, sort code, account number, first name, last name, mother's maiden name, house address, postcode, mobile phone number, date of birth and security question.
If the potential victims submit the information on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals who sent the email.
Remember, never to click on a link in an email message to sign into your account.to avoid getting scammed by phishing email messages, you can go directly to Tesco Bank's website at http://www.tescobank.com/ and sign into your account from there. If there is a problem with your account, you will be notified after signing or logging in.
If you were or think you were tricked into sending your personal and banking information by the fake Tesco Bank email message above, please contact Tesco Bank.