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From Martin Gregorie <mar...@gregorie.org>
Subject Re: why don't banks do more against phishing?
Date Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:50:11 GMT
On Wed, 2012-04-25 at 00:08 +0100, RW wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:23:28 +0100
> Martin Gregorie wrote:
> 
> > On Tue, 2012-04-24 at 14:25 +0100, RW wrote:
> > > On Mon, 23 Apr 2012 01:20:13 -0300
> > > xTrade Assessory wrote:
> > > 
> > > 
> > > > no serious bank, as any other serious company, would ever send out
> > > > emails asking for user details
> > > > 
> > > > the user who believes that, is or incredible ingenious or
> > > > incredible stupid, so: happy clicking
> > > 
> > > I don't think it's all that stupid given that many banks and other
> > > companies do more or less the same thing when they phone their
> > > customers. 
> > >
> > That merely shows that stupidity is extremely widespread: other
> > outfits being lax about security doesn't give the banks a free pass.
> 
> 
> I meant that it's understandable that people fall for phishing when
> banks set a bad example by phoning customers and requiring the customer
> to provide personal information to establish his or her identity.
>
Point taken, but its still inexcusable of a bank to do that. 

If somebody claiming to be my bank calls me and starts asking security
questions I tell them politely but firmly that I don't believe they are
from the bank and that I'll call them. Then I put down the phone and
ring the number I have on file for that bank. 


Martin


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