We see lots of phishing attempts for email credentials. This one is slightly different than many others and surprisingly creative from the phisher. It pretends to be a message saying to download a payment copy and please ship the goods they have ordered. This was sent to a small business who might well see lots of similar emails. It asks you to log in to the site to download the payment copy.
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: ACCOUNTING [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Date: 03 August 2017 07:15
Subject: RE: Payment copy please ship immediately
I have made the payment as we disused please check tt copy if everything is ok, see in attachment below payment copy and prepare for shipment immediately.
Regards Catherine Liu Accounting Manager
HONG_WIU INT’L CHINA
1 attachment (14kb) View | Download
If you follow the link inside the email you see a webpage looking like this: http://clcktoviewnow.a-acheter.org/ which contains an Iframe to http://www.pensiunea-ciobanelu.ro/view-ttcpy/ which actually displays the phishing attempt ( part way through writing this post the clcktoviewnow site went offline for me)
After you input your email address and password, you get told “Please wait download will start in a minute”. It never does, there is no download of anything, whether malware or a genuine “fake” invoice or payment receipt and this is simply a phishing scam to get your email account credentials.
The original view source page. I don’t know what the window open was all about.
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 or follow links in emails. 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.