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Online bankers hit by email scam

Two of Britain’s biggest banks were forced to close their online banking operations after their customers were sent bogus emails asking for personal account details, it emerged yesterday. Halifax, Britain’s biggest mortgage lender with 1.5m registered online customers, closed its internet banking operation on Saturday night after receiving calls from worried customers. It reopened the site yesterday afternoon. Natwest, which has 1m online customers, also closed its internet banking website for several hours on Friday afternoon after receiving calls about similar emails. Barclays, Lloyds TSB and building society Nationwide were also affected but all kept their internet banking operations open. The scam, known as “phishing” and “spoofing” involves emails being sent indiscriminately to bank customers, requesting that their account details, Pin numbers and passwords are entered on bogus websites. Full Story

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