We see lots of phishing attempts . This one is trying to get your credit card details. It pretends to be a warning that your WhatsApp subscription has expired.
They use email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment.
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: Whats!App <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue 05/09/2017 15:18
Subject: Whats!App Subscription Expired code: 284070421
Whats!App Subscription Expired
WhatsApp is free to use for the first year.b51e3lbzep
Once the free one – year trial period ends,i3c5ox7i31
there is an annual subscription fee of £0.89 GBP.lt9x3jjq2g
Click here to subscribe and continue using our app.qa5vegjysv
Thank you for supporting Whatsapp.ls9zminj26
The email has a short url link to http://hyperurl.co/z0a7yl which redirects you to http://www.whatsapp.com.security.trackid.piwikb7c1867dd7ba9c57.3561328d52e6a6915ecbaad283e80251.bme-trading.fi/wp-includes/Text/Diff/.x/dat/data/18eb4c8220e6b561717f37527d3df4b1/validate.php?&sessionid=4a5cde808fda79c7dd84970ab5249b65&securessl=true
The criminals have actually been very clever with this one. A direct visit using the url above fails to work. You need to visit via the hyperurl link. The numbers after piwikb7c1867dd7ba9c57. change with each referred visit as do the numbers between data/ and /validate. That makes it very difficult for anti-phishing sites to block without completely blocking the compromised / hacked bme-trading.fi site completely
Which is not a genuine WhatsApp url. You have to look at the bit in bold right before the first “/ ” not the first www.whatsapp.com, which is all that will show on a mobile phone or tablet.
This appears to be a compromised WordPress site. bme-trading.fi has been registered since 2009 so is extremely unlikely to be knowingly involved in this criminal scam.
If you follow the link in the email you see a webpage looking like this where you are immediately asked to insert your credit card details:
After you input them you go to a processing page with a spinning disc
After a few seconds you then get to verified by visa page where they ask for your password
Then you get a success page
And you then get sent to the genuine WhatsApp home page
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.