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Security software company Sophos is warning Australian banking consumers not to be duped by a spam campaign aimed at tricking Westpac customers into ‘reviewing their account information’ online.

The company reports that the phish, which arrives with a subject line of ‘Westpac Internet Bank hardware problems’, has shown up exclusively in its Australian spamtraps, but at around ten times the local volume typically seen in less targeted spam campaigns.

Sophos Head of Technology for Sydney, Paul Ducklin said, “Westpac has suffered neither ‘recent hardware failure’, nor ‘partial loss of information’, as the scammers claim. This scam has been specifically targeted at Australia and has been distributed far and wide inside the country. Don’t fall for it!”

Sophos reports that the fake websites linked to this phish are currently off-the-air, which limits the damage that can be done, but urges users not to click through anyway, even in a spirit of research. “You know the links are bogus, so don’t tempt fate by trying to look at them to prove it,” Ducklin added.

See: www.sophos.com.au

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