FW: Customer Acct. No.: 186588 – Invoice 9782264 Needs To Be Paid – Fake PDF Malware

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FW: customer acct. no.: 186588 – invoice 9782264 needs to be paid pretending to come from Geir Myklebust (DHL NO) <Geir.Myklebust@dhl.com> is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using 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.

Almost all of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details.

All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person or company who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have previously found. The bad guys choose companies, Government departments and organisations with subjects that are designed to entice you or alarm you into blindly opening the attachment or clicking the link in the email to see what is happening.

In this instance as stated by Dynamoo’s blog, Geir Myklebust is a real employee for DHL in Norway, but neither he nor DHL are responsible for this spam run in any way (their systems have NOT been breached either).

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.

The email looks like:

Dear Sir.

The attached invoice from Villmarksmessen 2021 has still not been settled.
Please advise as soon as possible.
Thank you and regards,

Geir

Med vennlig hilsen/ Kind Regards
Geir Myklebust
Product Manager, Avd. Trade Fairs & Events
DHL Global Forwarding (Norway) AS
Avd. Trade Fairs & Events
Messeveien 14
2004 Lillestrøm
Postboks 154 Leirdal
NO-1009 OSLO
NORWAY
Direct line: + 47 90 95 58 26
Fax: + 47 64 00 71 87
Mobile: + 47 90 78 52 44

10 September 2021: invoice_9782264.zip: Extracts to: Invoice copy 882991(2).exe Current Virus total detections: 2/55

This FW: customer acct. no.: 186588 – invoice 9782264 needs to be paid is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.

Be very careful with email attachments. 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.

The basic rule is NEVER open any attachment to an email, unless you are expecting it. Now that is very easy to say but quite hard to put into practice, because we all get emails with files attached to them. Our friends and family love to send us pictures of them doing silly things, or even cute pictures of the children or pets.

Never just blindly click on the file in your email program. Always save the file to your downloads folder, so you can check it first. Most ( if not all) malicious files that are attached to emails will have a faked extension. That is the 3 letters at the end of the file name.

Unfortunately windows by default hides the file extensions so you need to Set your folder options to “show known file types. Then when you unzip the zip file that is supposed to contain the pictures of “Sally’s dog catching a ball” or a report in word document format that work has supposedly sent you to finish working on at the weekend, you can easily see if it is a picture or document & not a malicious program. If you see .EXE or .COM or .PIF or .SCR at the end of the file name DO NOT click on it or try to open it, it will infect you.

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