There are a few major common subjects in a phishing attempt. Lots of them are either PayPal or your Bank or Credit Card, with a message saying some thing like this :
- Urgent: Your card has been stopped !
- There have been unauthorised or suspicious attempts to log in to your account, please verify
- Your account has exceeded its limit and needs to be verified
- Your account will be suspended !
- You have received a secure message from < your bank>
- We are unable to verify your account information
- Update Personal Information
- Urgent Account Review Notification
- We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address
- Confirmation of Order
The original email looks like this. It will NEVER be a genuine email from PayPal or Your Bank so don’t ever follow the links or fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
From: Fifth Third Bank <email@example.com>
Date: Thu 06/07/2017 01:45
Subject: Online Account Blocked
Fifth Third security prevented suspicious sign in attempts to your online account.
As a result of this unusual activity, your account has been blocked and will affect
your future transactions.
We request you sign in now to reactivate your account with us.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. Your protection is our concern.
Fifth Third Bank
Please do not reply to this email
This email was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org because you are a Fifth Third Bank customer
Copyright © 2017 Fifth Third Bank, All Rights Reserved Member FDIC, Equal
The .dat file attachment that you can see in the screenshot is harmless and just contains the recipient’s email address
The link in this case goes to http://raseli.xyz/rsfvhhcxnpouighbvmxngrhqpaodfkgjvnc/pwoeirufhvncmsjdhfrueidjhfjsaskdjvn which redirects to http://supvse.date/orwtyukjbvcxswertyuikmnbvcxswertykbv/peirjeognfhgvtgvbfdpoqeunchfbuv/bjdvshjfbyurufpoufdbvber/jgdchjsbvgsmgcjsdhvfdhjdfb/3bfcbe8fff99fa8cbd95a55f8aaf4ab0/
Where you see this page
If you fill in the user name and password you get this page saying incorrect details and try again
Fill in that and you go to a typical phishing page asking all your details.
I didn’t go any further because I don’t have typical USA SSN available to be able to fake that part
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 or click the link in 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.