I received a message this evening purportedly from Barclays Bank, a bank in the U.K. The message is shown below:
Dear Sir/Madam, As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the Barclays Online Bank system. we recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account. We requested information from you for the following reason: Our system requires further account verification. Due to the recent update of the servers, you are requested to please restore your account info at the following link. https://update.barclays.co.uk/olb/p/LoginMember.do *Important* We have asked few additional information which is going to be the part of secure login process. These additional information will be asked during your future login security so, please provide all these info completely and correctly otherwise due to security reasons we may have to close your account temporarily. J. S. Smith Security Advisor Barclays Bank PLC.
Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. For assistance, log in to your Barclays Online Bank account and choose the "Help" link on any page. Barclays Email ID # 1009
But the URL was clearly pointing to http://www.spain-soccer.net.ru//administrator/components/ibank.barclays.co.uk/olb/p/LoginMember.do/.
I don't reside in the U.K. nor do I have a Barclays bank account, but I went to the webpage and put in dummy information. There were several pages of questions to answer with questions about one's Barclay bank account, spouse's information,and credit card information. After submitting the information I was taken to a valid Barclays Bank webpage. Anyone foolishly completing the questionnaire with valid information would not only allow the scammer to access his Barclays Bank account, but also commit identity theft.
I forwarded the information to internetsecurity @ barclays.co.uk, the email address listed at Barclays Bank scam email page.