Russian website cons Westpac customers

Mozo

Friday 21 May 2010

A scam website has tricked at least 50 Westpac customers into disclosing their account passwords and PINs, it has been revealed.

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The website bombarded thousands of email accounts with a message featuring Westpac symbols which asked account holders to click on a web link to complete a "quick identity check".

A source at the bank told the Herald Sun that the website domain name had been registered through a Moscow business well known to Australian banks and international law enforcement agencies.

The false emails were sent from a web domain known as https://akamai.net, which is already registered as a scam operation with Russian internet authorities.

Westpac’s David Lording said the bank was working with police to close down the website while also using tracking software to identify customers who clicked on the web link and gave away account details.

In advice relevant for Aussies looking to compare savings accounts, he
added: "Customers should be aware that Westpac never asks customers for secret passwords and log-on details in emails."

Westpac is among the banks currently being targeted in Australia’s biggest ever class action by IMF Australia, which aims to recoup customer refunds for "unfair" exception fees.

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