This is a standard phishing scam, the original message having been tricked out with images and fancy formatting to make it look official. (Only the text is reproduced here, with the links deactivated.) By blasting this message to thousands or hundreds of thousands of people, the scammers hope to get a few suckers to click on the links and give away their bank account numbers and passwords.
from: Alliance & Liecester (email@example.com)
date: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM
subject: Your account information Security upgrade
ONLINE BANKING INFORMATION UPGRADE,
Thank you for banking online at Alliance & Leicester. At Alliance & Leicester bank, your security is our primary concern. And in order to guard against the recent spate of fraud and identity theft involving online account holders, we have recently introduced additional security measures and upgraded our software to protect our online account holders.
The security upgrade will be effective immediately and requires our customers to update their access and Sign in Protection activation.
Please Upgrade Your Information
For your security, you won’t be able to gain access to your accounts until you’ve done this.
Alliance & Leicester Security Department Team.
Alliance & Leicester is part of the Santander Group, one of the world’s largest banking groups. More information on Banco Santander can be found at www.santander.com
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