DNB warns against e-mail scam

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Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, was warning its customers on Monday not to be duped by an e-mail sent out during the night that the bank calls “a typical attempted swindle.”

The alleged swindlers used DNB's new logo in their fraudulent message to DNB customers. PHOTO: DNB

The e-mail swindle attempt is believed have been sent to thousands of DNB customers, using the bank’s new logo and containing a link to a false version of DNB’s website. Once there, customers are encouraged to reveal sensitive personal information that could provide access to their credit card accounts.

“This is a very typical attempted swindle that both we and other banks unfortunately see during the course of a year,” DNB spokesman Thomas Midteide told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), which was airing warnings to customers on morning newscasts.

Midteide said it was “very simple” to forge both e-mails and websites “and there’s always someone trying to lure sensitive information out of you.”

DNB, which has many of Norway’s expatriate workers as customers, doesn’t know who’s behind the false website but was working to get it shut down. Meanwhile, the bank was urging any customers who revealed their information to immediately contact the bank and have their credit cards stopped.

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