We see lots of phishing attempts for email credentials. This one is slightly different than many others. It pretends to be a message saying log in to Google Drive to get some documents that have been sent to you
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: IMPORTANT DOCUMENT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed 14/06/2017 01:47
Subject: IMPORTANT DOCUMENT !!!
I’m trying to send you some documents through attachment, but it is multiple, so i had to save it online and shared. Please view [documents] online
|220.127.116.11||mailout04.t-online.de||DE||AS3320 Deutsche Telekom AG|
|18.104.22.168||192-3-10-117-host.colocrossing.com||Buffalo||New York||US||AS36352 ColoCrossing|
by knight.knighthosting.co.uk with esmtps (TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:256)
id 1dKwTx-0004AH-RZ; Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:48:25 +0100
Received: from fwd38.aul.t-online.de (fwd38.aul.t-online.de [172.20.26.138])
by mailout04.t-online.de (Postfix) with SMTP id BB1CC4198C2C;
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 02:48:27 +0200 (CEST)
Received: from [22.214.171.124] (r2+LK+ZGYhgsxw7ew9pGV5BpKfXCJdhCwZ5a+yHDQAszhotBEGDaWy0pAoCaX6mgev@[126.96.36.199]) by fwd38.t-online.de
with (TLSv1:DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA encrypted)
esmtp id 1dKwTt-1zeVXi0; Wed, 14 Jun 2017 02:48:21 +0200
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary=”===============1705926624==”
Subject: IMPORTANT DOCUMENT !!!
To: Recipients <email@example.com>
From: “IMPORTANT DOCUMENT” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:47:27 -0700
If you follow the link ( all are identical) you see a webpage looking like this: https://www.mealcare.ca/gdrive/drive/drive/auth/view/share/ but it is HTTPS so it is “safe“. That is nothing you give to the criminal can be intercepted, so your email log in details can’t be stolen by another criminal on the way.
Remember a green padlock HTTPS does NOT mean the site is safe. All it means is secure from easy interception between your computer and that site
After you select click here on this identical copy of the Google drive page ( if you are not looking at the url bar) you get
After you input your details you get sent to a 404 not found page on Morgan Stanley website. I can only assume the phisher tried to link originally to a genuine pdf on Morgan Stanley who quickly removed it
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.