Losing $20,000 – The easy way!

June 2nd, 2008

Cautionary tale:

Identity thieves have stolen £10,000 from the bank account of Miss Scarborough after she fell foul of an email phishing fraud.

Jade Saunders, a 20-year-old student who was crowned Miss Scarborough in April, clicked on a link purporting to be from her bank Halifax. The link took her to a genuine-looking website.

However, the website was a fake site set up to defraud surfers. Ms Saunders entered her account information following a request for her bank details to be updated.

This let the cybercriminals set up a standing order on her account for £10,000. Ms Saunders, who is a semi-finalist in Miss England 2008, was only made aware of the scam when she visited her branch and noticed that one of her accounts was £3,000 overdrawn.

How to stop this happening to you.

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