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  • PHISHING - HSBC Bank 'Account Monitoring Process' Email
    Email claiming to be from HSBC bank advises you that your account has been suspended via an account monitoring process designed to protect you from fraudsters.
    Published: August 28, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Upgrade Your Bigpond Account'
    Message purporting to be from Australian internet and email service provider Bigpond claims that unused accounts are being cancelled to create more space and you must therefore click a link to re-activate your account and prevent its permanent closure.
    Published: August 14, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 90% Discount Coupon Email
    Email claims that you are the winner of an Amazon discount coupon for 90% off any Amazon product.
    Published: August 13, 2014

  • PHISHING - 'Security Alert Facebook Disabled' Email
    Message purporting to be from the Facebook Security team claims that, due to suspicious account activity that violates the Terms of Service, your Facebook account will be automatically disabled if you do not click a link and confirm account details within 12 hours.
    Published: July 15, 2014

  • LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.
    Published: July 14, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Netflix Account Cancellation's
    Message purporting to be from video streaming service Netflix claims that, due to a payment issue, your account will be cancelled unless you click a link and update credit card details.
    Published: June 5, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 'Password Reset Request' Email
    Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company has received a password reset request from an unrecognized device. Recipients are advised to protect their accounts by following a verification procedure outlined in an attached file.
    Published: May 16, 2014

  • ‘DSVX Virus’ Yahoo Email Phishing Scam
    Message claiming to be from Yahoo asks recipients to update their Yahoo email account on the grounds that a 'DSVX virus' has been detected in their account.
    Published: May 13, 2014

  • Google+ 'Fraudulent Verification Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the 'All Domain Mail Team' at Google+ asks recipients to participate in a 'spam and fraudulent verification survey'.
    Published: May 7, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Virgin Media Quick Pay Profile Update'
    Email purporting to be from Virgin Media claims the company has introduced extra security features and users must therefore click a link to upgrade their Quick Pay profile.
    Published: May 5, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Unclaimed Walmart Vouchers' Notification Email
    Email claims that the 'Walmart Reward Server' has identified the recipient's email address as being linked to $500 worth of unclaimed Walmart vouchers.
    Published: May 1, 2014

  • ATO 'Final Estimated Refund' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office claims that the recipient can claim a tax refund of $585.15 by following a link and filling in a claim form.
    Published: April 30, 2014

  • Telstra 'Refund Bill Account' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company Telstra claims that the customer is owed a refund due to a billing error.
    Published: April 30, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Visa Card Status Notification'
    'Status notification' email purporting to be from Visa claims that the recipient's card access has been limited because 'unusual activity' has been detected.
    Published: April 22, 2014

  • Westnet 'Upgrade Your Email' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Australian ISP Westnet claims that users must click a link to upgrade a soon to expire email account.
    Published: April 22, 2014

  • 'Update IRS E-File' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service demands that recipients click a link to update their IRS e-file.
    Published: April 22, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 'Integrity Check' Email
    Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company performs regular integrity checks on user accounts and the recipient must therefore click a one-time validation link to avoid account suspension.
    Published: April 14, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Click to Read Vital Newsletter'
    Email claims that the sender has uploaded a vital newsletter using Google Docs and requests that recipients click a link to gain immediate access by signing in with their email address details.
    Published: April 9, 2014

  • iTunes Purchase Receipt Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the iTunes store lists orders supposedly made via the user's Apple account. The email informs users that, if they suspect that their account has been hijacked, they should click a link and supply information to rectify the issue.
    Published: April 7, 2014

  • Capitec ‘Routine Maintenance’ Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from South African bank Capitec claims that users must confirm their online access as part of routine maintenance to ensure online safety.
    Published: April 3, 2014

  • Google Drive Email Phishing Scam
    'Urgent' email requests recipients to click a link to view a document that the sender uploaded using Google Cloud Drive.
    Published: March 25, 2014

  • Telstra BigPond 'Re-validate Account' Phishing Email
    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company, Telstra, claims that the recipient's email account has exceeded its storage limit and he or she must therefore re-validate the account by clicking a link.
    Published: March 19, 2014

  • Theme Park Accident Phishing and Survey Scam
    Circulating Facebook message claims that a fatal roller coaster accident has occurred at a large theme park and provides a link to video footage of the accident.
    Published: March 10, 2014

  • Microsoft Account 'Outlook Web Access' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Account Team claims that recipients must click a link to upgrade their email account and set up Outlook Web Access.
    Published: March 10, 2014

  • PayPal 'Cancel Payment' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has sent a payment to a specified merchant and offers instructions for cancelling the payment if required.
    Published: March 5, 2014

  • American Express 'Personal Security Key' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from American Express instructs recipients to visit a website and create a Personal Security Key (PSK) as an account authentication measure.
    Published: February 26, 2014

  • Westpac 'Bill Payment Successfully Processed' Phishing Scam
    Message supposedly sent by Australian bank Westpac, notifies recipients that a payment to a biller has been successfully processed and invites them to click a link to view transaction details.
    Published: February 25, 2014

  • PayPal 'Your Transaction was Declined' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from PayPal claims that a transaction was declined because recent activity on the recipient's account seemed unusual. The email instructs users to process a form in an attached file to confirm account information.
    Published: February 20, 2014

  • Microsoft 'Reactivate Your Email Account' Phishing Scam
    Mail purporting to be from Microsoft claims that recipients must click a link to complete a 'one time automatic verification' in order to avoid having their email account suspended.
    Published: February 13, 2014

  • RBS 'Latest Statement Available' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) advises recipients that their latest statement and pre-advice of interest & charges is available for viewing online.
    Published: February 10, 2014

  • cPanel 'Account Verification' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from website hosting control system cPanel claims that recipients must click a link to login and re-confirm their accounts.
    Published: February 6, 2014

  • ANZ 'Upgrade to New System' Phishing Scam
    Email pretending to be from large Australian bank ANZ claims that customers must click a link to upgrade to a new system technology designed to give users maximum protection.
    Published: February 3, 2014

  • Mint.Com.Uk 'Minimum Credit Card Payment Due' Phishing Scam
    Message, which pretends to be from UK based credit card provider Mint, claims that the recipient's minimum credit card payment is due and advises that the latest bill can be found in an attached file.
    Published: January 23, 2014

  • Lloyds Banking Group 'Online Access Suspended' Phishing Scam
    Email that pretends to come from Lloyds Banking Group claims that the recipient's online account access has been suspended because login details are incorrectly entered several times.
    Published: January 31, 2014

  • Apple Account 'Update to New SSL Servers' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the user's online access has been blocked because customers are required to update their information in order to use new ssl servers.
    Published: January 21, 2014

  • Nigerian Government 'Office Refunding Today' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Central Bank Of Nigeria claims that a fund previously promised to the recipient has finally been approved and will be paid before Christmas if the recipient provides details requested in an attached file.
    Published: December 23, 2013

  • Vodafone 'Check Your Bill Online' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from mobile phone service provider Vodafone, invites recipients to click a link to view their bill online.
    Published: December 19, 2013

  • Halifax Bank 'Third Party Intrusions' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from Halifax Bank announces that 3rd-party intrusions have been detected and the recipient's account has therefore been limited for security reasons. The recipient is instructed to click a link to confirm his or her identity and verify that the account has not been used fraudulently.
    Published: December 13, 2013

  • American Express 'Card Not Present' Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from American Express claims that the recipient's account was used to make a purchase, but the card was not presented during the transaction. The message suggests that recipient click a link if he or she does not recognize the transaction.
    Published: December 6, 2013

  • 'Account Billing Subscription Expired' Virgin Media Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Virgin Media claims that the recipient's billing subscription has expired and the associated email account is about to be suspended.
    Published: December 4, 2013

  • PayPal 'Account Access Limited' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's account has been limited because PayPal needs more information to help provide a secure service.
    Published: November 29, 2013

  • Royal Bank of Scotland 'Irregular Activity' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) claims that the bank has noticed irregular activity on the recipient's debit card. The recipient is instructed to click a link to answer verification questions.
    Published: November 26, 2013

  • ANZ Phishing Scam - 'We Detected a Login Attempt With a Valid Password'
    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.
    Published: November 6, 2013

  • 'Apple ID Information Updated' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient's Apple ID information was updated. The recipient is urged to click a link and change the account password if her or she believes that the change was in error or was unauthorised.
    Published: November 5, 2013

  • Westpac 'Login Attempt From Unrecognized Device' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac claims that a login attempt with a valid password from an unrecognized device has been detected on the recipient's account.
    Published: October 31, 2013

  • PayPal 'ASDA Stores Order' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has submitted an order for 59.99 GBP to Asda Stores.
    Published: October 23, 2013

  • Orange 'Account Notification' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK mobile and Internet service provider Orange claims that new features have been added to the recipient's profile and that he or she must click a link to update account details for the new system.
    Published: October 18, 2013

  • American Express 'Unusual Activity' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from credit card provider American Express claims that irregular and unusual activity has been detected on the recipient's account and he or she must click a link to verify account details or the account will be restricted.
    Published: October 10, 2013

  • 'Secutiry Info' Phone Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from the "technical security services department" claims that an error found in the user's account could result in an account suspension unless the user calls an included phone number to validate card information.
    Published: October 8, 2013

  • Phone Text Message Credit Card Phishing Scam
    "Mobile banking alert" sent via phone text message claims that the recipient's debit card has been blocked. The message instructs the recipient to go to a "personal link" to unblock the card.
    Published: September 26, 2013

  • 'Apple Account Frozen' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from Apple advises that the recipient's Apple account has been frozen and will remain frozen until the recipient opens an attached file and validates account information.
    Published: September 13, 2013

  • HM Revenue & Customs Refund of Overpayments Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the UK tax department HM Revenue & Customs claims that the recipient has made tax overpayments over the last three years and is therefore owed a refund. The recipient is instructed to fill in a form contained in an attached file to claim the repayment.
    Published: September 12, 2013

  • 'Email Account Pending Deactivation' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the "Mail Administrator" claims that the user's email account is pending deactivation and will be terminated within 24 hours if the user does not click a link to sign in and update the account.
    Published: September 6, 2013

  • NatWest 'Bonus Reward' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient's account has been selected to receive a bonus. The recipient is instructed to click a link to confirm identity and claim the bonus.
    Published: September 6, 2013

  • Phishing Scam - 'Account Reported for Annoying and Insulting Facebook Users'
    Message claiming to be from "Security The Facebook Team" warns recipients that their account has been reported for violating Facebook policies. Users are told that they must click a link to reconfirm their account within 12 hours or the account will be disabled.
    Published: August 23, 2013

  • Phishing Email Masquerades as 'Trojan Virus' Infection Warning
    Email purporting to be from an email service provider claims that the recipient's email has been infected with a Trojan Virus. The message claims that the recipient must click a link to delete the virus and recover the email account.
    Published: August 22, 2013

  • Westpac 'New Confirmation Form' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac claims that all customers must complete and submit a new "confirmation form" contained in an attached file.
    Published: August 22, 2013

  • Facebook Team Security 2013 Phishing Scam - 'Last Warning - Your Account Will Be Disabled'
    Message purporting to be a "last warning" from Facebook Security 2013 claims that recipients must click a link and re-confirm their account within 24 hours or their Facebook account will be deleted.
    Published: August 20, 2013

  • Suncorp Bank 'New Database Transfiguration' Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the recipient's Suncorp account is about to expire due to a "new database transfiguration" and he or she must click a "security link" to keep the account from being suspended.
    Published: August 16, 2013

  • 'Unclaimed Tesco Voucher' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Tesco claims that the recipient is eligible to receive 2000 pounds worth of unclaimed Tesco vouchers.
    Published: August 9, 2013

  • BT Yahoo! Mail 'Classic Version Closing' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from BT Yahoo warns recipients that the classic version of the BT Yahoo! email system is closing and users must click a link to upgrade to the new system. Users are warned that their email will no longer work if they fail to upgrade.
    Published: July 30, 2013

  • American Express 'Online Security Service Notification' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from American Express informs recipients that they must click a link to update online banking account information because new security measures are being imposed.
    Published: July 24, 2013

  • MBNA 'Request to Terminate Online Card Services' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from online credit card provider MBNA claims that they are processing the recipient's request to terminate his or her online card services. The user is instructed to click a link if he or she did not request such a termination and wishes to continue using the service.
    Published: July 22, 2013

  • 'Confirm Your Apple Account' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient needs to click a link to log into his or her Apple account and confirm ownership.
    Published: July 18, 2013

  • Windows Live - Hotmail Account Closure Phishing Scam
    Emails purporting to be from Windows Live - Hotmail Customer Care claim that the recipient must confirm his or her Windows Live account by replying with account login details within a specified time frame or risk having the account closed down. Alternative versions instruct users to click a link to supply login details.
    Published: July 17, 2013

  • Amazon 'Important Message From Security Center' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Security Center at Amazon Web Services claims that recipients need to click a link to read an important message or risk having their Amazon account restricted.
    Published: July 11, 2013

  • Wonga.com 'Account Error' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from short-term loan company Wonga.com claims that, due to a database error, customers must fill in and submit an attached HTML form to update their account and avoid a hold being placed on their funds.
    Published: July 5, 2013

  • Bank of Montreal 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) claims that it is conducting a customer survey and will credit $180 to the accounts of those willing to participate.
    Published: June 26, 2013

  • HM Revenue & Customs 'Unclaimed Refund' Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from the UK's HM Revenue & Customs, advises that the recipient is yet to claim a tax refund and should click a link to submit a tax refund request.
    Published: June 18, 2013

  • NAB Survey Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from the National Australia Bank (NAB) claims that customers can earn a reward of $100 by clicking a link and filling in an online form.
    Published: June 6, 2013

  • Vodafone Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that recipients are eligible to receive a tax refund and should click a link to access an online refund form.
    Published: June 4, 2013

  • Vodafone System Update Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that, due to a new system update, customers must click a link to login and confirm their email address.
    Published: June 4, 2013

  • SunTrust Bank Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be an Activity Summary from US based bank SunTrust claims that the recipient's contact information has been updated and that he or she can click a link to view the updates.
    Published: June 3, 2013

  • Westpac 'Quick Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australia's Westpac Bank claims that the recipient can have a reward of up to $100 credited to their account in exchange for clicking a link or opening an attachment and filling in a short survey.
    Published: June 3, 2013

  • Webmail Account Phishing Scam
    Emails claim that recipients must confirm or re-validate their account by clicking a link or opening an attachment and providing username and password details or their webmail account will be permanently closed.
    Published: May 29, 2013

  • Facebook 'Fan Page Verification Program' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook Security claims that a new security feature called the "Fan Page Verification Program" is being implemented and that Page owners must click a link and choose a ten digit security code to complete the process. Recipients are warned that their Page will be suspended permanently if the process is not completed by May 30, 2013.
    Published: May 24, 2013

  • Woolworths 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be a "Customer Satisfaction Survey" from Australian supermarket chain, Woolworths claims that the recipient can receive a $50 gift certificate just for clicking a link and participating in a short 5 question survey.
    Published: May 17, 2013

  • ANZ 'Quick 3-Question Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from ANZ claims that recipients can have $35 credited to their accounts just for opening an attached file and filling in a brief survey.
    Published: May 14, 2013

  • Email Exceeded Storage Limit Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the user's email account has exceeded its storage limit and instructs him or her to reply with the account username and password in order to restore full functionality.
    Published: May 7, 2013

  • Facebook 'Account May Not Be Authentic' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook account is to be blocked because the account may not be authentic. The recipient is instructed to click a link to reconfirm the account within 24 hours and is warned that failing to reconfirm will result in permanent removal of the account.
    Published: April 24, 2013

  • Telstra Bill Account Update Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications provider, Telstra, claims that the company has detected a billing error or was unable to process a recent payment and the recipient is therefore required to click a link and update billing information or risk interruption to service.
    Published: April 22, 2013

  • NatWest 'Inadequate Security Enrollment' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient's online banking has been disabled due to "Inadequate security enrollment" or a login error. The recipient is instructed to click a link to login to reactive the account.
    Published: April 11, 2013

  • 'Warning Code: 11XXTT8765' Email Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the "Admin Team" claims that, due to a scheduled maintenance and upgrade, users must reply with their email password or their email account will be terminated.
    Published: April 5, 2013

  • 'Your PayPal Account Was Deleted' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's PayPal account has been deleted and he or she must click a "Recover Account" link to get the account back.
    Published: April 3, 2013

  • 'Confidential Document' Google Docs Phishing Scam
    Email asks the recipient to click a link to view an important confidential document in Google Docs.
    Published: March 18, 2013

  • AOL Password Phishing Scam - 'TJ2117 Virus Detected'
    Email purporting to be from AOL claims that a TJ2117 virus has been detected in the recipient's computer folders and he or she must click a link to login and switch to a secure anti virus system.
    Published: March 15, 2013

  • Westpac '3 Incorrect Logins' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac, claims that the recipient's account has been limited due to three incorrect login attempts and he or she should fill in and submit an attached form within 24 hours, or the account may be suspended.
    Published: March 13, 2013

  • Facebook Page 'Violation of Terms' Phishing Scam
    Inbox message purporting to be from "Mark Zurckerberg" claims that the user's Facebook Page has violated the Facebook Terms of Service and may be permanently deleted unless the account is verified by clicking a link in the message.
    Published: March 4, 2013

  • BT Yahoo 'Final Warning' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be a "Final Warning" from BT Yahoo claims that users must immediately click a link to verify their account before they can receive pending emails.
    Published: February 28, 2013

  • Facebook Team Security 2013 Phishing Scam - 'Last Warning - Your Account Will Be Disabled'
    Message purporting to be a "last warning" from Facebook Security 2013 claims that recipients must click a link and re-confirm their account within 24 hours or their Facebook account will be deleted.
    Published: February 26, 2013

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    Email purporting to be from UK based service provider O2, claims that recipients can open an attached file to view their bill online.
    Published: February 16, 2013

  • St.George Bank Phishing Scam Emails
    Emails, purporting to be from Australia's St.George Bank, claim that the recipient needs to click a link to login to his or account in order to update information, retrieve messages, or rectify specified problems with the account.
    Published: January 21, 2013

  • Westpac 'Credit Card Suspended' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from large Australian bank Westpac claims that there was an error detected in the recipient's credit card account and asks him or her to click a link to update account information or risk permanent suspension of the card.
    Published: January 11, 2013


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