Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
You may have received an email like the one below that looks very authentic, like it came from Co-operative Bank p.l.c. This email was not sent by Co-operative Bank p.l.c; Co-operative Bank p.l.c is a victim as well. If you receive an email similar to the one below, DO NOT click on the link, and do not enter any information on the forms there.
The website that the link leads to is a spoof; a fake website, not created by Co-operative Bank p.l.c. It goes to a separate secure domain, not Co-operative Bank p.l.c! When you enter the information they ask for, you will simply be handing the thieves the keys to your bank accounts. That is how spoofing and phishing works.
Remember, no reputable business would send you an email requesting your personal account information. Any such email you receive asking for this information should be considered phony and brought to the attention of the business being 'phished'.
Anytime you need to go to a website for your bank, credit card companies or other personal, financial or confidential information; do not follow a link in an email; just type their address in your browser directly (such as www.co-operativebank.co.uk )
Below are actual phishing emails that started circulating in early 2007. We have put a warning over the links to the phisher's website.
Dear Co-operative Bank p.l.c. Online customer,
The bank congratulates you as a devouted customer and rewards you with a shopping cheque of 500 pounds, but
We were unable to send your reward cheque due to a possible error your home address information.
This might be due to either of the following reasons:
- A recent change in your personal information .
- Submitting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
Consequently, we placed a temporary restriction on your account. We did this to protect your account from any fraudulent activity.
Please verify your information :
Co-operative Bank p.l.c. Customer Service
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