HSBC ACCOUNT VALIDATION REQUIRED – Fraud Emails

The latest bank Phishing Fraud emails to make the rounds via email are targeting HSBC Bank customers and clients.

The emails typically arrive shouting out warnings in all capital letters:

Subject:     ACCOUNT VALIDATION REQUIRED!

And greet you as their “Dear Esteemed HSBC customer,”

Strong wording explains that you need to take immediate action to protect your account. An example of such a message:

Your Account Validation did not work properly. We are experiencing difficulties in updating your account from our maintainance servers as some information are either out of date or missing from our systems.

To this end, we are contacting you to please validate your account information with us.

To begin log on to internet banking on https://www.hsbc.ae/1/2/InternetBanking/?SecureLogin with your internet Banking credentials and validate your account with us as soon as possible.

This Email is subject to mandatory action. Failure to comply will lead to suspension of account activities with HSBC. HSBC will bear no responsibility of any mishaps caused if no action is taken.

While the email warning appears to present a secure “https” link to a valid HSBC server, in reality clicking on the links will take you to spoofed versions designed to trick users into providing their actual HSBC username and password.

HSBC Phishing Login Page

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Needless to say, providing your login credentials to the spammers behind this campaign will be hazardous to your financial health.

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