Australian police are warning the public not to respond to a new phishing e-mail that claims to be sent by Detective Superintendent Col Dyson, commander of the New South Wales Fraud Squad, on behalf of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).
The hoax e-mail, which requires people to access a link and enter debit card account details, claims to be part of the central bank's measures to fight terrorism and prevent money laundering.
The mail says that failure to provide debit card details could result in the cancellation of individual bank accounts.
In a statement, Detective Superintendent Col Dyson warned people not to respond to the spam mail.
"I want to make it clear that I did not write, nor authorise, this e-mail", he says. "Furthermore, this has not come and is not endorsed by NSW Police or the Reserve Bank of Australia."
The Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC) and NSW Police Fraud Squad are investigating the source of the e-mail.