An email with the subject Your Recent Attempt to Transfer Funds pretending to come from Tesco Bank is a currently spreading phishing attempt.
There are a few major common subjects in a phishing attempt. Lots of them are involve your Bank or Credit Card, with a message saying some thing like :
- Urgent: Your card has been stopped !
- Your Recent Attempt to Transfer Funds
- Transaction Alert
- There have been unauthorised or suspicious attempts to log in to your account, please verify
- Your account has exceeded its limit and needs to be verified
- Your account will be suspended !
- You have received a secure message from < your bank>
- We are unable to verify your account information
- Update Personal Information
- Urgent Account Review Notification
- We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your account from a foreign IP address
- Confirmation of Order
The original email looks like this. It will NEVER be a genuine email from Your Bank so don’t ever follow the links or fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
This message is in regards to your recent attempt to transfer funds from your Tesco account to another Bank account. The attempt was unfortunately not successful, and no funds were charged to your account.
Please note that in order to transfer funds to another Bank account holder, both the sender and receiver must be active in receiving payments to their Bank accounts.
If you did not attempt to transfer funds to another Bank account, please contact us immediately.
Thank you,The Tesco Bank Team
The link in this case goes to http://bawaslu-diy.go.id/god/hhaa.html which redirects to http://cefix.com.tr/wp-content/plugins/oye/tesco/f1le/authUID.html
This particular phishing campaign starts with an email with a link. ( all the social media icons in the email do go to genuine Tesco bank social media sites or to a company called Payoneer who say “Payoneer empowers global commerce by connecting businesses, professionals, countries and currencies with its innovative cross-border payments platform.” )
Update 25 December 2015: A slightly different email with the subject of Transaction Alert. pretending to come from Tesco Bank <Tescobank@bt.net> is circulating this fine Christmas Morning, hoping to catch the unwary drinking their eggnog and eating mince pies while blearily checking emails while the kids are screaming in the background using the same phish sites as yesterday
CASE ID: 2796459
We have recently detected Inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our system.
As a result, we have temporarily suspended your online access and we need to go through some verification.
To begin please click here and start with the verification procedure.
Tesco Bank safeguards your account whenever there is a possibility that someone else is attempting to sign in. Please understand that this form must be completed within 24 hours. Sincerely,
(©) 2015 Tesco Bank. All rights reserved.
Sends you to
If you fill in a user name you get a page asking for password and security number
Fill in that and you get to a typical phishing page.This one wants your personal details, your account 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.
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.
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email or click the link in 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.