Activity Alert: A Check Exceeded Your Requested Alert Limit –Fake PDF Malware

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Activity Alert: A Check Exceeded Your Requested Alert Limit pretending to come from Bank of America Alert <onlinebanking@ealerts.bankofamerica.com>is another one from the current zbot runs which try to drop cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers.

Almost all of these have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your facebook and other social network log in details.

Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.

Activity Alert
A check exceeded your requested alert limit
We’re letting you know a check written from your account went over the limit you set for this alert.
For more details please check attached file
Amount: $32,960.40
Check number: 00000001107
Transaction date: 07/21/2021
You can sign in to Online or Mobile Banking to review this activity. If you don’t recognize this transaction, please call us at 1.888.287.4637.
Security Checkpoint
To confirm the authenticity of messages from us, always look for this Security Checkpoint.
Remember: Always look for your SiteKey® before entering your Passcode. We’ll ask you for your Online ID and Passcode when you sign in.
This is a service email from Bank of America. Please note that you may receive service emails in accordance with your Bank of America service agreements, whether or not you elect to receive promotional email.
Read our Privacy Notice.
Please don’t reply directly to this automatically generated email message.
Bank of America Email, 8th Floor-NC1-002-08-25, 101 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28255-0001
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender 

© 2021 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.

This email was sent to: derek@thespykiller.co.uk

21 July 2021: report072114_349578904357.zip : Extracts to report072114_349578904357.exe Current Virus total detections: 3/53

This Activity Alert: A Check Exceeded Your Requested Alert Limit is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.

All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.

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