Sunday, 25 January 2009

Alliance & Leicester New Year Update

Oh look - the Alliance & Leicester have merged with Santander and need me to register my account.  Doesn't seem to matter that I'm not a customer!

If you've been following this blog you will know that you should NEVER click on a link in a bank email, even if you are a customer.  

This is a phishing email.  The A&L don't need your account information - but the scammers would like you to enter all your account info.  Look at this screenshot - this is what they ask for:
Everything the scammer needs to know to empty your account. 

Note:  I use an uptodate browser with a built in phishing filter, which tried to stop me accessing this page.

Dear Customer,

On Thursday, 22nd January, 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,

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