We see lots of phishing attempts for email credentials. This one is slightly different than many others . It pretends to be a message from a company asking for a quotation. When you open the attached html file you eventually get redirected to a fake log in page.
The companies listed in the body of the email are all innocent companies who have had their details have been taken at random and used in this criminal scam. The phishers get ever more devious with their social engineering tricks. My first thought when I saw the email was for this to be a new malware campaign.
They use 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.
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: esco.com.sg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon 07/08/2017 18:55
Subject: ESCO Pte. Ltd. ORDER
Attachment: ESCO QUOTATION_PO-NO 0012.htm
I need to know if you can ship to Singapore, If yes
Please do quote the attached product list and get back to me with invoice
Expecting your swift response.
ESCO Pte. Ltd.
#05-02, HB@119 Genting Lane
Tel: +65 6744 3100
Fax: +65 6745 2898
Customer Service: +65 6743 3343
This email has an html attachment which if you open looks like .
The HTML instructions contain this which displays the above image sends you to the site listed
<META HTTP-EQUIV=”Refresh” CONTENT=”1;URL=http://fusionpoint.pk/dl/” >
After a few seconds you get automatically diverted to webpage looking like this: http://trewqaz12-001-site1.ftempurl.com/qpolu.htm where they pretend the PDF is secured and you need to log in to see it, complete with a blurry background that looks like an invoice or quotation
After you input your email address and password, you get told incorrect details and forwarded to an almost identical looking page where you can put it in again.
This continues to loop continually
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” or log in to view this invoice.
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.