We see lots of phishing attempts for email credentials. This one pretends to be a message to confirm payment as discussed. It appears to be a Swift Transaction with an image of an invoice in the email and a link to download the invoice in PDF format. The link doesn’t download anything but goes to a website phishing for your email credentials, pretending to be an Adobe login page.
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.
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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: Anna Li <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri 17/11/2017 01:04
Subject: SWIFT Ref No: TT0019/5601431 / Amount: USD87,098
Sorry for the delay, we had issues with our account last week. Pls confirm payment as discussed.
1 Attachment | swft456.pdf | Download as pdf
If you follow the link inside the email body you see a webpage looking like this: https://email@example.com ( each link has the recipient’s email address inserted)
Your email address is already inserted in the boxes. After you input your password, you get directed to a page on a genuine document storage site
Then a genuine document appears. Docdroid or the writers of “Introduction to Business” are not involved in this scam in any way. Their products are just being misused by the criminals.
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.