Credit limit increase pretending to come from Barclaycard <firstname.lastname@example.org>is one of the latest phish attempts to steal your your Bank, credit card and personal details.
Update: 6 February 2015 We are seeing a quite big run of this email today. We see these phishing emails frequently, but today’s spam run of them has a much larger number than usual. Over the last few days we have seen an increase. The attachment is a zip file named after the current date which extracts to the html file
This one only wants your personal details, Barclaycard log in details and your credit card and bank details. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your email, facebook and other social network log in details as well.
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.
The original email looks like this It will NEVER be a genuine email from Barclaycard or any other bank or company so don’t ever click the link in the email. If you do it will lead you to a website that looks at first glance like the genuine Barclaycard website but you can clearly see in the address bar, that it is fake. Some versions of this phish will ask you fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
We are in the process of increasing your credit limit but would like you to confirm you agree with this decision.
Please download the document attached and confirm this increase.
Please note, this increase will reflect in your account in 24 hours excluding weekends and bank holidays.
Please do not reply to this e-mail as this is only a notification. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.
If you open the attached html file you see a webpage looking like:
When you fill in your user name and password you get a page where the phishers try to validate your details to make sure that you are entering “genuine ” information. They make sure that the bank account numbers have the correct number of digits and that the credit card numbers have the correct number of digits and format. They then send you on to the genuine Barclaycard website.
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.