Every now and then I check my email’s spam directory to see what new and improved pills and money laundry schemes are available. While I’m there I check if any emails from friends and foes got wrongly filtered as well….but I’m mostly there for the pills 😉 ANYWAY….
So going through the spam box, I came across this email:
Important Banking Information from ABSA
ABSA was my bank of choice back in South Africa. So I thought I’d take a look. This is how the email read:
Absa Security Update
Dear Valued Customer
This message is from Absa informing you of a series of invalid
logon attempts into your online bank account with us.
In order for it to remain active, we will require you to upgrade some
important details in your account profile to prevent limitations to your
Please go to https://ib.absa.co.za/ib/upgrades to update your security details with us.
Note* You are advised to match your account details correctly to avoid service denial.
You will also need to verify your TVN upon request.
NB: Please do not reply to this email directly.
To ensure a prompt and secure response, SIGN ON to email us.
Absa Privacy and Security Department
Copyright (c) 2010
Now this is a bit of a concern. So I logged in to my old ABSA account to make sure I can still, but not going through the provide link, just the old fashion way. It worked fine and no secure mail saying that there is a problem.
So I thought to myself: “Myself, did someone really try to hack my account or was this a redirect-id-theft-attempt?”
It couldn’t be a real hack because I’m pretty sure that if they got through the massive ABSA security system that comprises of an account number, pin, password and verification number that is sent to your mobile, they would realise that I’ve got nothing….ziltch…fokol. So I was expecting a donation from the hacker with the comment…”leave it here so I can hack your account and steal it back”.
Since the above was not the case, I took a closer look at the https://ib.absa.co.za/ib/upgrades link in the email. Hovering the mouse over it reveals the beast’s true nature. It redirects to :
WTF! is that the best website domain they could come up with for ID theft? REALLY! http://tires.namhoamai.vn
So that is apparently a valid company set up in Vietnam. So I’m still deciding weather or not to email them and complain that the site linked to their main site did not update my ABSA account details as requested and that I would like them to start a formal investigation.
I mean really…what is happening to service these days? They say I should change my details…but then they don’t update it for me…pfft..