The email message below with the subject: "Online banking Security Alert," is a phishing scam being used by cyber-criminals to steal Barclays Bank customers’ information. The fake email message claims that the Barclays Bank has enhanced their online security, and due to the enhancement, errors were discovered on the recipients' accounts. It then further states that the recipients must click the link in it, in order to verify their accounts. But, the link will only take the recipients who have clicked on it, to a phishing website, looking like Barclays Bank’s website, where they will be asked to sign-in with their account credentials. Once the victims enter their account credentials on the fake website, it will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam, who will use it to gain access to their victims’ accounts, where they will steal the victims’ money and use their accounts fraudulently.
The Phishing Barclays Bank Email Message
From: Barclays Bank PLC . [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 05 August 2016 18:30
Subject: Online banking security alert
This is to notify you that we just enhance our online security to ensure a secure and saver online banking.
During the processing, errors were discovered on some Barclays Online Accounts, it shows that your account is one.
You will be restricted from accessing your account until this issue is solved.
Click Here to continue to online verification
Thanks for taking the time to learn about our upcoming plan for Enhance Online Security - it's one more way that Barclays Bank plc can makes your Online banking experience better..
It is important for internet users to remember that they should never click on a link to sign into their online accounts, especially links in email messages. The safest way to sign into their online accounts is to go directly to their online account providers’ websites, by typing the addresses of the websites in their web browsers or using a popular search engine to find the websites.
Barclays’ customers should go directly to http://www.barclays.co.uk/ in their web browsers or search for “Barclays Bank” using a popular search engine.
Recipients of the phishing Barclay email, who have clicked on the link and have attempted to sign into the phishing website with their accounts’ credentials, should change their passwords and contact Barclay Bank immediately.