uk: Brace yourselves for new wave of email scams, say security experts

Banks and security experts expect a wave of scam e-mails and bogus mailshots after the loss of the personal data of 25 million people.Executives from the largest high street banks fear that if the data falls into criminal hands the most damaging attack could come in the form of fake direct mail campaigns, possibly conducted over several years. “They could post leaflets that appear to come from a customer’s bank, would be able to quote an account number, be correctly addressed and could invite recipients to phone a fake call centre to apply for, say, a special offer,” one banker said. “Once you call, they ask for your password – and bingo.”

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