Updated 18 Feb 2014: After a long break the Barclays transaction notification spam run has restarted today. There is a slight change to the previous version, where they now use a fake PDF rather than an XLS file see also NatWest Personal Banking transaction notification – fake PDF malware
Barclays transaction notification is another one from the current zbot runs which try to drop cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. Most of these are using email addresses and subjects that are appropriate for the time of year.
Almost all of these have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing 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.
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.
Transaction is completed. £6109 has been successfully transfered.
If the transaction was made by mistake please contact our customer service.
Payment receipt is attached.
Barclays is a trading name of Barclays Bank PLC and its subsidiaries. Barclays Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register No. 122702). Registered in England. Registered Number is 1026167 with registered office at 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.
Updated Version 18 February 2014: Payment receipt Barclays PA77392733.zip (238kb) extracts to Payment receipt Barclays PA77392733.exe Current Virus total detections: 14/50
This Barclays transaction notification is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper Excel xls file or a 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.
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. 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.