There are a few major common subjects in a phishing attempt. Lots of them are either PayPal or your Bank or Credit Card, with a message saying some thing like :
- Urgent: Your card has been stopped !
- There have been unauthorised or suspicious attempts to log in to your account, please verify
- Your account has exceeded its limit and needs to be verified
- Your account will be suspended !
- You have received a secure message from < your bank>
- We are unable to verify your account information
- Update Personal Information
- Urgent Account Review Notification
- We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address
- Confirmation of Order
- Tesco Bank Interest Rate And Tax
This one from Tesco is no exception
The original email looks like this. It will NEVER be a genuine email from Tesco, PayPal or any other Bank so don’t ever follow the links or fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
The link in this case goes to http://grupomathile.com.br/hhaa/hhaa.html which redirects to http://agapechurchindia.org/jss/tesco/tesco/Log.htm
This particular phishing campaign starts with an email with a link.
Thank you for visiting Tesco.com.
We would like to inform you that we have acted on your request,
Changes has been made on Tesco Bank interest rate and tax,
Click here to review your statements www.tescobank.com/interest/tax
The Tesco Team
Copyright © 2016 Tesco Personal Finance plc
If you fill in the user name you get sent on to a series of pages asking for more information
Which is a typical phishing page that looks very similar to a genuine Tesco Bank page, if you don’t look carefully at the URL in the browser address bar
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 or click the link in 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.