This scam email (shown in the screenshot, above) is designed to look like a “company complaint” notification issued by the British Government body Companies House.
This email appears to come from the senders “Companies House"; noreply[at]cp-gov.uk - or noreply[at]cpgov.uk.
It is well formatted so it looks quite convincing and the attached word document contains a malware payload designed to infect victims computers if they open it.
Please share this scam alert with your Twitter network and help others avoid the threat:
#ZERODAY #FASTBREAK Well-formatted HTML email contains malicious word document attachment, #brandjacking UK's @CompaniesHouse. Forward any emails from this #scam? Forward them to phishing(at)companieshouse(dot)gov(dot)uk. https://t.co/G1aU8Rhisa #Malware @scamwatch_gov pic.twitter.com/aqTIvGJxCj— MailGuard (@MailGuard) April 26, 2018
Companies House are aware of this scam and wrote on their blog to warn their customers:
“We’re aware that some customers have received suspicious emails about company complaints. These emails are not from us.
The email is sent from: “firstname.lastname@example.org”
If you receive any emails from this sender, forward them to email@example.com as soon as possible. Do not open any attachments.
You can read our guidance for more information on reporting fraud to Companies House.”
Don't get scammed
If your company’s email accounts aren’t protected, scam emails like the one above are almost certainly being received by your staff. Cybercriminals know people can be tricked; that’s why they send out millions of scam messages and put so much effort into making them look convincing.
People are not machines; we're all capable of making bad judgement calls. Without email filtering protecting your business, it’s just a matter of time before someone in your organisation has a momentary lapse of judgement and clicks on the wrong thing.
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