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Weird Hsbc Email - Fake?  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

Got this email from HSBC today:


Please contact HSBC on 0800 6335693 or +44 1226 261 010 if calling from
Overseas, as a matter of urgency.

************************************************************
HSBC Bank plc
Registered Office: 8 Canada Square, London E14 5HQ
Registered in England - Number 14259
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority
************************************************************


-----------------------------------------
SAVE PAPER - THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT!

This E-mail is confidential.

It may also be legally privileged. If you are not the addressee you may
not copy, forward, disclose or use any part of it. If you have received
this message in error, please delete it and all copies from your system
and notify the sender immediately by return E-mail.

Internet communications cannot be guaranteed to be timely secure, error
or virus-free. The sender does not accept liability for any errors or
omissions.

---

Do you think it's fake? It certainly seems suspect.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1255 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

Fake. The way I see it, if it was a matter of urgency, email or snail mail is not the way to contact you quickly. They would call YOU, not the other way around.


Every problem has a simple solution; finding the simple solution is the difficult problem.
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

Try to call HSBC to verify (and use the phone numbers listed in the phone book, not those in the e-mail). Ask them, if they did send that e-mail and give them as much information as possible on the contents of it. At least the e-mail is not asking you to put your personal on a website for verification, which is standard SOP in Phishing mails.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8764 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
It certainly seems suspect.

It certainly does - you could ask HSBC directly if they've sent that mail.



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

Quoting JakeOrion (Reply 1):
They would call YOU, not the other way around.

Even then I wouldn't trust it too much. I never give anyone a Social Security number (insert whatever they use in other countries here) over the phone if they call me.



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

Thanks. I guessed it was fake. The email they used was: paul2walton@hsbc.com. The subject: "Urgent Contact." Both of those in themselves seem odd.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1255 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 4):

Sad its gotten that way, isn't it?  Sad



Every problem has a simple solution; finding the simple solution is the difficult problem.
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 5):
The email they used was: paul2walton@hsbc.com

Very suspicious. Usually corporate e-mail addresses have a format similar to these: name.surname@domain.com, surnamen@domain.com (the n before the @ stands for the first initial of the name) and nsurname@domain.com (the first n stands for the first initial of the name)


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

HSBC. I shudder when I hear that name. They literally own us.  Big grin All our loans, and most of our credit that we're trying to get rid of is virtually all tied to them.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 7):
Very suspicious. Usually corporate e-mail addresses have a format similar to these: name.surname@domain.com

Not only that but I can get an email address to say pretty much whatever the heck I want it to say. If you dig a bit deeper into the header you will probably find a completely bogus address with no mention of HSBC in the domain name.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3566 times:

I thought you were supposed to be intelligent?

Adam

edit. A bit harsh actually of me, I'll admit, seeing as you did put it seems suspect.

[Edited 2006-10-12 16:42:55]

User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6843 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3552 times:

The phone number

+44 1226 261 010

Is a genuine HSBC phone number. It's on their website as a number to contact regarding Pin Services.

http://www.ukbusiness.hsbc.com/hsbc/...er-information/using-your-new-card



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3550 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 9):
If you dig a bit deeper into the header you will probably find a completely bogus address with no mention of HSBC in the domain name.

True. That's where the IP address comes in play. It can certainly help determening whether the address is spoofed


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 9):
Not only that but I can get an email address to say pretty much whatever the heck I want it to say.

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I have received plenty of mails @paypal.com asking to verify information/reactivate my account/take whatever action with my account... the fact that PayPal is not even available in my country notwithstanding, it seems.



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

I receive every day many similar e mails from many different banks, even banks that are not on my Country...
It´s fake.



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Generally, if a bank or organisation involved with finance wishes to contact you, they will provide your name or account number at the top of the email to confirm that it is indeed intended for you, and is relevant to you.

HSBC use namesurname syntax, BTW  Smile



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User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

The phone number provided in the email is a legitimate number for HSBC's credit card department.

They may be trying to notify you that you have been the victim of a fraud.

On the other hand, there is a fraud-alert posted at this link:

http://www.millersmiles.co.uk/report/2395



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