Bank account locked

Egg Internet Banking - Your Online Banking Account Is Locked

It would appear from these 13 emails that I received this afternoon — in the seven minutes between 14:02 and 14:09 — that access has been locked to my Egg Internet Banking account.

That might otherwise concern me, were it not for the fact that I don’t actually bank with Egg Internet Banking.  I have a shoebox stuffed with cash stored securely in the safe of another UK bank.

Don’tcha just love spam!

Remember folks, if you get an email purporting to be from your bank: treat it with the utmost suspicion.  I don’t ever remember my bank ever emailing me.  If in doubt: phone the bank, or visit your local branch, never reply to those emails.

Apart from that one time when I had to arrange for US $23,000,000 to be paid into it for a couple of weeks while I was helping out some displaced African prince who’d kindly got in touch with me via email.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

3 thoughts on “Bank account locked”

  1. Simple tricks:
    a) hover over any link in a mail before clicking it and *check* where it’s going
    b) use thunderbird, which attempts to detect phishing attacks
    c) type the organization’s well-known web address into the browser yourself rather than following the link out of the mail. If the mail purports to be promoting something and their website isn’t, it can’t have been all that important!

  2. I’ll second Tim’s first tip. I always hover over links from a “bank” I actually saved quite a few friends from that pitfall and also quite a few customers in a recent Tesco scam email bout using that tip.

    also, if in doubt – phone them, gets things done faster.

    p.s. I love Thunderbirds spam detection, for me it detects anything from a mailing list as spam! and Gmail put a recent email into junk!

  3. Thanks for the tips, guys!

    What I failed to included in the post was that my spam filter picked them all out of an email line-up and directed them towards the folder entitled Junk E-mail (aka Mail from the Spamming Underclasses).

    I’ve set my e-mail client (Microsoft Outlook 2003) to display ALL e-mail in both plain text format and without images. That way I can clearly read the actual (phishing) URLs that are being displayed.

    If the e-mail is safe then I can display it in HTML format (if required) and/or display the images.

    While I like/admire Thunderbird it doesn’t synchronize with my Psion PDA and Windows Mobile phone. I manage my entire life in Outlook — works a treat.

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