Date: 24 January 2006
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A U S C E R T A L E R T
AL-2006.0006 -- AUSCERT ALERT
Fake Reserve Bank of Australia email and website entice
users to disclose banking ATM card number and PIN
24 January 2006
A new fraudulent email is being sent, falsely claiming to be from
the Reserve Bank of Australia. The email entices users to visit a fake
Reserve Bank website and enter their banking ATM debit card details
Details are requested for the debit cards of all Australian banks and
credit unions. The Reserve Bank and Australian High Tech Crime Centre
have produced a media release warning of this fraud, and showing an
example fake email. 
The information gathered by this website can be used to create fake
bank debit cards, allowing attackers to steal money from the bank
accounts of victims who visit the site and provide details.
Users should avoid clicking on any links in emails, unless the email
was already expected.
System administrators may consider configuring web proxy servers
or firewalls to block the following destinations:
Additional addresses may also be used.
Checking proxy logs for these addresses can help to determine if
any users may have already been affected.
The fraudulent email appears to be from "Reserve Bank"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and has a Subject line of
"Verification Required!" or similar.
The email attempts to convince recipients to click on the link to
visit the fake website and verify card details by claiming that
this is required by "anti-terrorism legislation aimed at preventing
On visiting the fake website, it requests that users first select
their bank name from a range of Australian banks, then enter their
name, ATM debit card numbers, PIN, expiration date and email address.
Credit card numbers are not being targeted by this site.
 RBA and AHTCC joint media release
AusCERT has made every effort to ensure that the information contained
in this document is accurate. However, the decision to use the information
described is the responsibility of each user or organisation. The decision to
follow or act on information or advice contained in this security bulletin is
the responsibility of each user or organisation, and should be considered in
accordance with your organisation's site policies and procedures. AusCERT
takes no responsibility for consequences which may arise from following or
acting on information or advice contained in this security bulletin.
If you believe that your computer system has been compromised or attacked in
any way, we encourage you to let us know by completing the secure National IT
Incident Reporting Form at:
Australian Computer Emergency Response Team
The University of Queensland
Internet Email: email@example.com
Facsimile: (07) 3365 7031
Telephone: (07) 3365 4417 (International: +61 7 3365 4417)
AusCERT personnel answer during Queensland business hours
which are GMT+10:00 (AEST).
On call after hours for member emergencies only.
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