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Issue 166 - November, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 23

ANZ Phishing Scam - 'We Detected a Login Attempt With a Valid Password'

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Notification email purporting to be from Australian bank, ANZ, claims that a login attempt with a valid password from an unrecognized device has been detected.  Recipients are urged to click an account review link if they did not make such a login attempt.

ANZ Login Phishing Scam


Brief Analysis
The email is not from ANZ. It is a phishing scam designed to trick recipients into posting their account login credentials and credit card details to Internet criminals.

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Subject: Account Incident ID:Z60496200 on November 06, 2013

On Wednesday, 6 November 2013 9:04 AM, ANZ Bank wrote:
This is an automated message to notify you that we detected a login attempt with a valid password to your account from an unrecognized device yesterday @

Location: UNITED STATES, COLORADO, COLORADO SPRINGS,IP= Latitude, Longitude: 28.57046, -51.5962 , Connection through: MCI Local Time: 2013 04:57 PM (UTC -06:00) IDD Code: 1 Weather Station: COLORADO SPRINGS (USCO0078) Usage Type: ISP

Was this you? If so, you can disregard the rest of this email. If this wasn't you kindly follow the account review link:

[Link removed]

ANZ Bank Customer Care

2013 ANZ Financial Corporation. All Rights reserved

Email ID:102849568097074775464

Detailed Analysis
This email, which masquerades as a notification message from large Australian bank ANZ, warns the recipient that the bank has detected a "login attempt with a valid password" via an "unrecognized device".  The message lists the time and location where the suspect login attempt supposedly took place.

The user is told to disregard the message if the login attempt was legitimate. However, warns the message, if the user did not try to login as described then he or she should click an account review link.

Clicking the link opens a fake login webpage designed to emulate the genuine ANZ website. Once victims have logged in via the fake site, they will next be presented with a fraudulent web form that asks them to provide account and credit card details:

Rather ironically, after submitting the information on the fake site, victims will be automatically redirected to an Internet security information page on the genuine ANZ website.

Meanwhile, all of the submitted information, including the login details will be sent to the criminals who can later use it to hijack  real ANZ accounts and commit credit card fraud. This scam message uses the same tactic as another current phishing attack that is targeting customers of the Westpac Bank.

As a security measure, some online services do send an automatic advisory message if a login from a new device or location is detected. The scammers responsible for this phishing campaign are obviously aware of such measures and are no doubt confident that at least a few recipients will be fooled into believing that the notification message is genuine.

Real login advisory messages are very unlikely to tell customers that they must click a link to provide account information.

To help stay safe online, always login to your accounts by entering the account web address into your browser's address bar rather than by clicking a link in an unsolicited email.

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Last updated: November 6, 2013
First published: November 6, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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