Beware of "Tesco Account Suspended Due to TOS Violations" Email Scam
August 27, 2015
The email message below: "Tesco Account suspended due to TOS violations," is another attempt by cyber-criminals to trick Tesco Bank customers into sending them their personal and banking information, by claiming that their accounts have been suspended due to a violation of their Terms of Service. And, the recipients need to click on a link in the email message to restore access to their accounts.
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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 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 Fake Tesco Bank Email Message
From: Tesco Bank [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Tesco Account suspended due to TOS violations
This message confirms that the Tesco Bank - was suspended due to a violation of our Terms of Service that was left unresolved.
To attempt to restore access to the account, please visit our update-assistance page below immediately
Recover Account Now
It's quick and easy to set up Online Banking
Tesco Bank Accounts can only be restored within a short period of time after deletion.
The Tesco Bank Accounts team .
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.
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