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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Exploits new IE flaw

Here's a copy of a Barclays scam email just received. I've forwarded a copy to the real Barclays. Found their email address in an article at zdnet news that explains how the scam email exploits new IE flaw - and what to do if you receive one of the emails.

Date: 14 April 2004 22:10:03 BST
To: ingrid.jones at --
Subject: Administration Barclays

Hello dear client Barclays Bank.
Today our system of safety at night has been cracked!!!
It not a joke!!! It is the truth!!!
We ask you, in order to prevent problems, to repeat
registration of your data. Make it very quickly!
Administration Barclays Bank.
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Update, I've just received this email reply from Barclays. I did not open the links in the scam email and have not given out details.

Subject: RE: Administration Barclays
Date: 14 April 2004 10:05:09 BST
To: ingrid.jones@ --

Thank you for your email. We will not respond to emails sent to this address unless we specifically need to. We are aware of a number of email scams that are currently operating. We will review the one you have sent us and take appropriate action. In the meantime please follow our security advice below:

- Do not respond to emails asking for your security details.
- If you receive such an email delete it and do not open any attachments.
- Ensure you are running up to date anti-virus software and a personal firewall on your PC. Barclays customers can purchase discounted anti-virus software from the Barclays website by clicking on the Security tab at the top of the pages within Online Banking. Alternatively you can get a free virus security check of your PC from
- For further advice on security please click on the Security tab at the top of the pages within Online Banking.
- If you think you may have given away your security details, please contact the Online Banking Helpdesk immediately on 0845 600 2323 (outside the UK dial +44 247 684 2063)*.

*The Online Banking Helpdesk is open 7 days a week, from 7am to 11pm. To maintain a quality service, we may monitor or record phone calls."

Barclays Online Banking Helpdesk

Internet communications are not secure and therefore the Barclays Group does not accept legal responsibility for the contents of this message. Although the Barclays Group operates anti-virus programmes, it does not accept responsibility for any damage whatsoever that is caused by viruses being passed. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Barclays Group. Replies to this email may be monitored by the Barclays Group for operational or business reasons. Barclays Bank PLC. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 4/14/2004
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