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Sun, Aug 20, 2006 10:19 pm

Barclays Banking Scam Pointing to Russian Website

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.

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

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 @, the email address listed at Barclays Bank scam email page.

HTML version of Scam Email

[/security/scams/phishing/barclays] permanent link

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