Some online banking customers have been receiving emails claiming
to be from NatWest Bank, asking users to confirm their email address
by entering their account details, including user id and PIN.
The link contained inside the emails may at first glance appear to
be legitimate, but it is a scam to steal users' account details and
potentially gain illegal access to accounts.
A typical version of the email follows:
Subject: NatWest E-mail Verification
Dear NatWest Bank Member, This email was sent by the NatWest server to
verify your e-mail address. You must complete this process by clicking on
the link below and entering in the small window your NatWest login ID,
Password and PIN. This is done for your protection --- because some of
our members no longer have access to their email addresses and we must
verify it. To verify your e-mail address and access your bank account,
click on the link below. If nothing happens when you click on the link
(or if you use AOL), copy and paste the link into the address bar of
your web browser.
A variant of the scam reads as follows:
Dear Valued Customer,
- Our new security system will help you to avoid frequently fraud
transactions and to keep your investments in safety.
- Due to technical update we recommend you to reactivate your account.
Click on the link below to login and begin using your updated