NatWest's online banking customers have become the latest to be targeted by a fraudulent e-mail scam.
According to press reports, The UK bank was forced to temporarily shut down its site after some of its Internet banking customers received a fraudulent e-mail .
The e-mail asks customers to verify their e-mail addresses by clicking on a URL contained in the e-mail which leads to a replica site. Customers are then asked to enter their NatWest login ID, password and PIN.
This is the latest in a series of e-mail scams to hit UK banks. Last month LloydsTSB posted a security notice on its Web site warning customers of a fraudulent e-mails, whilst Barclays Bank was forced cut the daily payment limit on its personal accounts to £500 to protect customers that were duped into revealing security details at a bogus site.
Earlier this week, the British Bankers' Association (BBA), The Association for Payment Clearing Services (Apacs) and the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) to issued guidelines to help consumers protect themselves against these so-called 'phishing scams'.