This entry isn’t strictily Vienna-related, but since we pretty much have to represent for all Austrians (Except for the rocking folks from Linz and Graz, of course), I think I can safely share this with you. Just now, I got a nice mail from the folks at the Raiffeisen Bank group who told me that, because of new regulations to prevent money laundering, they have to check every e-banking account and kindly ask me to log in to prove I am a genuine customer. How thoughtful.
About the only problem is I am not, and never was a customer at this bank. Oh, and there’s the rather, let’s call it creative grammar in the mail. Yup, you guessed right, the practice of phishing has reached the sunny, land-locked shores of our little country. I’ve gotten similar mails like this in the past days, and let me tell you, I am disappointed. The quality of the fake sites is abysmal, there’s silly jokes in the URLs (I guess you’d have to be pretty dense not to be alarmed by “index-NA-NA-NA-NA-HEY-HEY-HEY-GOOD-BYE.html”), and most of the images in those mails won’t load.
This specific piece of forged information takes the cake, however – have a look at the name of the attached file. I personally would not have a problem with it, but I guess it will be a very, very cold day in hell before any bank sends me an image called “transsexuals.gif”. Shame on you, account phishers! Get your act together before you try to expand your business into international waters!