PayPal Receipt For Your Payment To OMER SALIM – Fake PDF malware

caution malware

Receipt for Your Payment to OMER SALIM pretending to come from service@intl.paypal.com with  a zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and 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.

These emails are NOT from PayPal and your PayPal account has not been compromised, although your PayPal account, bank account and lots of other information almost certainly will if you were unwise enough to open the attachment and run it.  PayPal do not send receipts in any attachment to an email. The email is an exact copy of a genuine PayPal invoice or receipt with an invalid  transaction id number.

OMER SALIM  might or might not be a genuine person, Please do not email the email address given or ring the phone number in the email. The addrss does exist but I doubt anyone called OMER SALIM  lives there

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.

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:

 

PayPal logo Jun 16, 2015 19:43:49 PDT
Transaction ID: 2UK346RGYH368G4JM

Hello ,

You sent a payment of £60.00 to OMER SALIM. (o.salim1975@yahoo.com)

Check receipt attached for further instructions.

 


Merchant
OMER SALIM
o.salim1975@yahoo.com
+62 293004857
Instructions to merchant
You haven’t entered any instructions.
Shipping address – unconfirmed
Omer Salim
United Kingdom
London str 38a Thornton road
Belvadere, Belvadere
Da176dd
United Kingdom
Shipping details
The seller hasn’t provided any shipping details yet.
Description Unit price Qty Amount
Omer Salim office £30.00 2 £60.00
Subtotal £60.00
Total £60.00
Payment £60.00
Charge will appear on your credit card statement as “PAYPAL *OMERSALIM”
Payment sent to o.salim1975@yahoo.com
From amount £100
To amount £20.15
Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 0.238983 U.S. Dollars

 

Issues with this transaction?
You have 180 days from the date of the transaction to open a dispute in the Resolution Center.

Currency conversion: To complete this transaction, we converted the payment amount to the currency of your card based on our agreement with you. PayPal’s currency conversion fee is added to the exchange rate, set by an external financial institution. For more information about fees, see our user agreement.

 

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Copyright © 1999-2015 PayPal. All rights reserved.

PayPal (Europe) S.à r.l. & Cie, S.C.A.
Société en Commandite par Actions
Registered Office: 5th Floor 22-24 Boulevard Royal L-2449, Luxembourg
RCS Luxembourg B 118 349

PayPal Email ID PP810 – 3jb45hfj2en1b

17 June 2015: Receipt99704.zip:   Extracts to:   Receipt99704.PDF.exe            Current Virus total detections: 10/57

This 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.

While the malicious program is inside the zip file, it cannot harm you or automatically run. When it is just sitting unzipped in your downloads folder it won’t infect you, provided you don’t click it to run it. Just delete the zip and any extracted file and everything will be OK. You can always run a scan with your antivirus to be sure. There are some zip files that can be configured by the bad guys to automatically run the malware file when you double click the zip to extract the file. If you right click any suspicious zip file received, and select extract here or extract to folder ( after saving the zip to a folder on the computer) that risk is virtually eliminated. Never attempt to open a zip directly from your email, that is guaranteed way to get infected. The best way is to just delete the unexpected zip and not risk any infection.