Sunday my daughter got an e-mail purporting to be from Natwest saying that someone had been trying to access her Online Banking. E-mail said they had temporarily disabled her Online Account and if she wanted to use it again she had to go and re-confirm her
identity. She clicked on the link supplied, which led to (what she now knows to be) a facsimile of the normal Natwest login page and she logged in (reassured by her 2 flatmates that the page looked legitimate).
On Tuesday she got a phone call from someone purporting to be from the NatWest Fraud Office saying that there had been unusual attempts to log into her Online Banking (ie exactly the same thing as the email had said) from an overseas IP Address. They reviewed
her account with her online and noted that on Monday there had been a request for a loan of £5,000, and this was now in her Account.
So now the Online Access has been disabled, and she was told to go into her Natwest branch this weekend and cancel the Loan. Supposedly her ATM Card still worked. Then she contacted me.
I pointed out that she had no proof that the Phone Call was really from Natwest, or that there really was £5,000 (or anything) in her account - as she no longer had accesss to her Account - and the next day another £2,000+ Salary going in.
Motivated to contact Natwest Online Banking Helpline, they confirmed that her Account was indeed blocked online, but that meant they couldn't see the Balance. The next day she went to a local Natwest Branch, and was reassured that her money was still in
there, but also that there was a £5,000 loan sitting there.
Only due to a timely detection by Natwest of access from a Hong Kong-based IP Address, plus tardiness by the Fraudsters that they didn't immediately take out the £5,000 loan, has saved the day.
Although I'm still waiting to hear how come they could arrange a £5,000 loan so readily? Banks still too willing to give out Loans?