HSBC Phishing Scams
Date: 22 January 2007
Received from "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: HSBC Message ID 20814 - Online Banking Alert
The world's local bank
Our technical service department has recently updated our online banking software, and due to software upgrade we kindly ask you to follow the reference given below to confirm your membership details. Failure to confirm your membership details will suspend you from accessing your banking online.
Your account might be place on restricted status. Restricted accounts continue to receive payments, but they are limited in their ability to send or withdraw funds.
To initiate the update confirmation process. Please follow the link below and fill in the necessary fields .
HSBC Customer Service
Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. For assistance, log in to your HSBC Online Bank account and choose the "Help" link on any page. HSBC Email ID # 1009
Your account might be place on restricted status. I doubt that HSBC will send badly formulated e-mails like this to their clients. First of all, this is horrible English usage and secondly, they cannot make up their minds whether your account will be suspended or not. The fact that your account may be suspended, clearly shows that they do not even know how their own software operates. This e-mail is obviously not from HSBC.