We see a lot of phishing attempts to steal your email log in details. This is a typical one
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 log in details, 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.
Remember many email clients, especially in today’s mobile world only show the From name not the full email address. All you see is “From: Mail administrator”. That is why so many victims are fooled by this sort of very easily set up phishing scam.
The original email looks like this,
From: Mail administrator <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun 15/01/2017 11:41
Subject: Your Email account has been Limited
Your account will be Blocked due to system error CODE: A2507LU296.
Please refer to your configuretion settings below, verify and apply automatically the Defualt Settings.
Failure to verify your e-mail account shall result to account lock out.
The link goes to http://email@example.com
OK lets follow next and see what happens
Insert a false password telling the scammer what to do with himself ( in something less than the Queen’s English) and press Apply Changes, you then get
Press OK and you are sent to the genuine Google.com page
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.