We some very simple phishing scams that nobody should fall for. They are so obvious. But of course you always get some recipient’s who just don’t read anything and click every link and fill in every form on a webpage regardless
We all get very blasé about phishing and think we know so much that we will never fall for a phishing attempt. Don’t assume that all attempts are obvious. Watch for any site that invites you to enter ANY personal or financial information. It might be an email that says “you have won a prize” or “sign up to this website for discounts, prizes and special offers”
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.
Remember many email clients, especially on a mobile phone or tablet, only show the NatWest and not the bit in <xxxx>. This one has a HTML page attachment, not even a link to the phishing site in the email body. The attachment has the link which goes to http://www.immosouverain.be/css/supst.html which redirects you to the actual phishing site http://planurday.in/css/WaL0eHW/4!@_1.php?s0=;87d929c328f8c62a231c1cc95057fb7087d929c328f8c62a231c1cc95057fb70
Update: planurday.in has been suspended by its host for “bad behaviour” . The current phish site that immosouverain.be redirects to is http://hi-linefurniture.com/images/WaL0eHW/4!@_1.php?s0=;58b751aecb2a91e38ff891522ae4124758b751aecb2a91e38ff891522ae41247
The email looks like:
From: NatWest <email@example.com>
Date: Thu 02/03/2017 11:26
Subject: Disputed debit card transactions – NatWest.
We have declined a transaction on your behalf,
Recent POS purchase transactions has been revoked,
We have attached your recent transaction estatement for your view.
The attachment reads
NatWest Debit Card reversal request status,
Login to Natwest Online service
Natwest Online Team
Only individuals who have a NatWest account and authorised access to Online Banking should proceed beyond this point. For the security of customers, any unauthorised attempt to access customer bank information will be monitored and may be subject to legal action.
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. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. 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.