We see lots of different phishing attempts. This is the first time that I have seen phishing for Match.com log in credentials in a very long time. The email says “Linda replied your message ” ( probably random names) and pretends to come from MATCHk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
They use email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment or follow the links in the email
have not been hacked or had their email or other servers compromised. They are not sending the emails to you. They are just innocent victims in exactly the same way as every recipient of these emails.
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Remember many email clients, especially on a mobile phone or tablet, only show the Name in the From: and not the bit in <domain.com >. That is why these scams and phishes work so well.
The email looks like:
From: IMATCHk <email@example.com>
Date: Thu 25/01/2018 05:15
Subject: Linda replied your message
He just emailed you!
You caught his eye and now he’s expressed interest in you… Could he be the one?
You have 2 unread messages. Connect Today!
If you follow the link in the you see a webpage looking like this: https://storage.googleapis.com/klanz/index.html. There is a second link in the email going to https://storage.googleapis.com/pics365/index.html which is giving me a 404 not found message.
Once you enter your email address and password then you sent to the genuine match.com home page.
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.
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.