[LINK] NAB Bank Scam Shut Down fast
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Wed Feb 9 10:04:27 EST 2005
Overall good news. But a sad statement on our society.
Decades ago "gossip" would have put an end to this, or made it bounce out
of control. Remember John Laws and the St George Is Bankrupt saga of the
1980's when customers rushed to withdraw their money, almost sending the
now Bank into liquidation?
Well, it's the same today. We focus on dobbing in Parents because of
scrapped knees or because they do things differently resulting in children
being taken from innocent parents. Or we'll take the word of a Father who
hasn't lived with his the Son for more than 15 years that the son doesn't
sleep and abuses his wife and has threatened to kill everyone so puts him
in a mental hospital.
And so on ...
But we'll happily go off to a web site and click a link and enter our most
critical access details because an e-mail says to do it.
The email says "All bank customers" but did anyone, ok only two in this
instance, but did they call a friend who is always with the bank and say
"Hey did you get this?"
I'm an NAB customer and I didn't get such an e-mail! But no one asked
me. Yet many would be happy to dob me in for having a green pool during
winter, or flying an aboriginal flag on my home, or putting a legal
shipping container on my property and so on.
Ahhh well, I guess I have to look on the bright side, if everyone who does
the wrong thing, does do the wrong thing, then it's their bank account and
not mine being cleaned out :)
Internet bank scam uncovered
February 9, 2005
A US-based internet banking scam targeting National Australia Bank
customers in Australia has been uncovered, a bank spokeswoman said.
A scattergun approach was employed by the cyber thieves as emails were sent
to NAB and non-NAB customers alike.
Under a NAB letterhead, customers were asked to click on a site address and
enter their account details due to a software upgrade.
"This instruction has been sent to all bank customers and is obligatory to
follow," the message said.
Of the bank's thousands of customers, only two followed the instructions
before the site was shut down, NAB spokeswoman Mikala Sabin said on Tuesday.
She said the bank would never send an email asking for such details, and
people banking on the internet had to be wary.
"We only had a couple of customers who actually replied but we've blocked
their accounts and they haven't experienced any fraud," Ms Sabin said.
"If they [cyber thieves] get the password and other things they can access
other people's accounts.
"In this instance we closed it all down very quickly and no one was affected.
"But we have to be very quick to it because once someone has your details
its very hard to determine in an online environment whether it's the real
person or not."
It is the second time the scam has been tried on NAB customers in six months.
Westpac customers were targeted on January 25.
A Westpac spokeswoman was unable to say on Tuesday whether any Westpac
customers had entered their details or had money stolen.
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