Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Increase in Dutch banking phishing

Recently I made a post on Malware Disasters about an increase of targeted phishing in the last few monts. The focus was mainly on Dutch (and Belgian) customers of respectively Rabobank and ING, two major banks.

Here's a small excerpt:

The last few months there was an increase in a phishing campaign targeted on customers from Rabobank and ING, two major banks in The Netherlands and Belgium. Some examples of a phishing mail:

Phishing email for ING with the subject “Account Verificatie” (or in English: “Account Verification”)

You can read the full article here:

You can also download a Dutch (Nederlands) translation from the following link:
Click HERE to download. (hosted on


The following tips do not only apply to the above story, but apply to any other (suspicious) email you receive:
  • Do not click on any of the links (or anything for that matter) in the email you have received.
  • Do not reply to the email.
  • Delete the email immediately, certainly if you are not a customer of the aforementioned bank or did not order anything, changed your password, and so on.

  • If you really need to access or check your bank account, visit the website directly by typing the address in your browser’s address bar. Also verify the URL starts with https instead of http.
  • Another useful trick is to hover over the link in the email. In the bottom left corner you should be able to see the real address behind the URL displayed.
  • When in doubt, you can double-check using URL scanning services such as VirusTotal or URLVoid

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