Phishing Scam - "Please Update Your Lloyds Online"
May 7, 2015
The email message below with the subject: "Please update your Lloyds Online," is a phishing scam and was not sent by Lloyds Bank. The email message was designed to steal the recipients' Lloyds Bank usernames, passwords, personal and financial information, by attempting to trick them into clicking on a link in it, which will take them to a fake Lloyds Bank website.
Please continue reading below.
The Fake or Phishing Lloyds Bank Email Message
From: Lloyds [mailto:email@example.com]
Subject: Please update your Lloyds Online
Dear Lloyds Customer
Online Service needs updating
We believe it's important to keep you up to date with the latest online security measures.
We are committed to keeping you and your online service with us safe.to protect your accounts, we recently flagged your online service.
Please click below to reinstate your online to avoid permanent suspension of your account.
Click here to update
We just wanted to confirm that once you process the request susscessfully your account will be restored with in 2 to 4 hours. There’s nothing more for you to do as we’ll take care of everything.
Head of Lloyds
Please do not reply to this email as this address is not manned and cannot receive any replies.
Lloyds plc, 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Registered in England and Wales
The link in the email message goes to the fake or phishing Lloyds Bank website, which will ask the potential victims who clicked the link, to enter their Lloyds Bank's username, password, credit, personal information and other security information, needed to hijack their accounts.
If the potential victims enter the information requested, it will be sent to the scammers behind the fake email and phishing website.
With the potential victims information, the scammers will be able to gain access to their accounts, sell the information to the highest bidder and further scam the victims.in this case, the Lloyds Bank customers can end up being victims of identity theft and credit card fraud.
If you unknowingly clicked on the link in the email message, please change your Lloyds Bank's password immediately and contact them.
Never click on a link in an email message or anywhere else to login or sign into your online accounts. Always go directly to the website by typing the name of the website into your web browser's address bar.
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