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Warning to be sceptical about emails from bank.

A NEW warning has been issued by consumer watchdogs about scam emails which try to trick people into giving out personal information.

Trading standards officials in Northumberland are urging people to be on their guard against a number of emails currently in circulation which look like they have been sent by leading banks and building societies.

They aim to obtain personal details which could be used in identity fraud or to secure payments from bank accounts.

This type of scam is known as phishing and the emails commonly ask recipients to update information such as passwords, national insurance numbers and bank accounting details by visiting a website.

There is a threat that failure to do so could result in their account being suspended, and sometimes users are told there has been unauthorised access to the account.

Trading standards officials say some of the emails are very convincing and use bank and building society symbols and logos to authenticate them.

They are urging people to be vigilant and to report any suspected email scams on the website www.banksafeonline. Alan Kirsop, Northumberland's head of trading standards, said: "We have had concerns about scams which are claiming to come from three companies in particular. "We are urging residents to be sceptical if they receive an email claiming to come from a bank or building society asking for further personal details.''
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2010
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