Your Debit Card Notification pretending to come from Barclays Bank Plc is one of the latest phish attempts to steal your Barclays Bank, debit card and personal details.
This one only wants your Barclays log in 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 email looks like this It will NEVER be a genuine email from Barclays or any other bank 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 Barclays 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.
Your barclays debit card has been blocked and restricted from making atm withdrawals,
We need you to verify your account with us before your debit card can be re-opened for use.
Verify Your account immediately.
Barclays Security Department.
The link in the emails I have received were from various different sites but all of them forward you to http://www.gardendecore.pl/img/kolory/admin.access/Barclays.bddatabase.login.aza.loading.updating.system.online.questions.answers
Update 10.50 on 2 February 2015. The website at gardendecore.pl have cleaned up the phishing pages and hopefully plugged the security holes or vulnerabilities that let the bad guys get in in the first place.
If you follow the link you see a webpage looking like the genuine Barclays log in page :
When you fill in the required details there, the phishers then send you on to the next page where they ask you to fill in your name, details and passcodes, 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.
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.