Alliance and Leicester. It had to happen I guess. All those bank takeovers were bound to lead to an outbreak of phishing attempts. And here is one. The Alliance and Leicester have been taken over by Santander. For some reason the A&L couldn't tell Santander my account details - oh no, they need me to tell them. Not b****y likely.
NEVER confirm/reconfirm/update or otherwise give your account details via any link in any email, even if you think the email might have come from your bank. Get to know the true address of your bank website and enter it directly in your browser.
November 2008Dear Customer,On Friday, 24th October, we formally completed the acquisition of Alliance & Leicester. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Santander Group.You are now part of one of the world's most successful banks. Santander is first bank in the Eurozone by market capitalization, and fifth in the world by profits, with over 70 million customers in 40 countries.You are kindly advised to follow the instructions below to register your account to allow easy merger. Please Click Here To Start The addition of Alliance & Leicester will further strengthen our UK presence. A&L has strengths in areas where Abbey intended to grow and both banks have built reputations as challengers to the big banks with attractive offers such as high-interest current accounts, strong savings rates and good mortgage and credit card deals.By becoming part of the Santander Group, Alliance & Leicester has acquired strong backing, which is crucial in these difficult financial times.I am convinced that Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley, as part of the Santander Group, will be a leading UK bank focused on giving you great service and value-for-money products.Yours sincerely, Chairman, Emilio Botin