You have an outstanding TV Licensing refund (Ticket Ref#:61601) [random numbers] pretending to come from TV Licensing (id Ref#:29959) <email@example.com> is one of the latest phish attempts to steal your Bank, credit card and personal details.
These do not come from TV licensing and are not coming from the open.ac.uk email address stated. That is spoofed . The one copy I have seen so far came from
|22.214.171.124||marx.multipattern.com||Atlanta||Georgia||US||AS13768 Peer 1 Network (USA) Inc.|
I really like the way the criminals tell you that if you input false information into their phishing site, they will take criminal action against you. Let’s see them try! However knowing our mixed up, stupid legal system in this country, they will probably walk away and the victim get prosecuted under some obscure section of the Computer Misuse Act 1990
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 original email looks like this It will NEVER be a genuine email from any other company so don’t ever click the link in the email. If you do it will lead you to a website that looks at first glance like the genuine TV licensing website but you can clearly see in the address bar, that it is fake. Some versions of this and similar phishes will ask you fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
You will probably see a different site in your browser address bar or by hovering over the link in the email. Normally these phishers use numerous pass through sites in the emails, to try to stop spam filters blocking the emails as soon as the actual site is known about. We often see 2 or 300 different compromised pass through sites in these emails. The one is THIS email was https://helmenkalastaja.com/.368Lic632x436TV536/ which is unusual because it uses a HTTPS (SSL ) certificate, which proves that a SSL certificate is not a sign of goodness.
The site performing this phishing scam is: http://greentomatoproject.com/.70236tv3241lic32342/432614TV1473Licensing6625/7364confirmation3433refund7146TV44453/9637users282admin09550TV003363Licensing75808/75347consumer2341confirmation47r3TV54040/17166TV22357Licensing25112consumer8438admin6722/
From: TV Licensing (id Ref#:29959) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu 22/12/2016 08:19
Subject: You have an outstanding TV Licensing refund (Ticket Ref#:61601)
TV Licensing Refund Notification!
TV Licensing refund of 84.06 GBP – Still Pending After the last annual calculation we have determined that you are eligible to receive a TV Licensing refund of 84.06 GBP. Due to invalid account details records, we were unable to credit your account. Please submit the TV Licensing refund request and allow us 5-10 working days to be credited your account. Click “Refund Me Now” and follow the steps in order to have process your request.
Refund Me Now
NOTE: For security reasons, we will record your IP Address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued.
Ref : 932ec230151469fc9e79127b8453d7c4 – message sent to [redacted]@thespykiller.co.uk.
If you follow the link in the email body you see a webpage looking like:
When you fill in your details you get a page looking like this, where the phishers try to validate your details to make sure that you are entering “genuine ” information. They make sure that the bank account numbers have the correct number of digits and that the credit card numbers have the correct number of digits and format.
They then ask for the validated by visa pin number / password
Before displaying a thank you page and bouncing you to the genuine TV licensing website
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.