Fake infringement notice scam detected

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 30 May 2018 12:34:03 AEST


MailGuard has detected a new email scam that uses fake infringement notices to try and lure victims into clicking on malicious files. 
If you see a message like the one shown above in your inbox, don’t click on the “view infringement notice” link. The link actually points to an archive file which is infected with JavaScript malware.

Malware scams of this kind are an attempt by fraudsters to implant spyware, ransomware or other kinds of viruses onto the computers of victims.

Malware delivered via email can perform a wide range of functions including data theft, building botnets and harvesting login credentials.

These “infringement” scam messages are coming from a wide variety of sender email accounts including:

  • Jody Charles: nick@blackbyte.co.uk
  • Aidan Murphy: doris@vogelcity.de
  • Billy Campbell: info@best-media-consult.de
  • Jenson Roberts: info@werbung-verlag-event.de
  • Logan Saunders: laurabi@valdoallianzbank.it
  • Billy Campbell: susan@dance-a-cross.com
  • Jacob Parry: giuseppetulone@a4graphicsdesign.it
  • Stephen Oliver: kenneth@kmglaw.co.uk
  • Hayden Reynolds: sabina@i2000net.it
  • Jenson Roberts: jonas@boutter.de
  • Derrick Jackson: otgonsuren@monmap.mn
  • Paxton Dunlap: mail@ueberfuhr.de
  • Ben Moore: contactus@lavernlingerie.com
  • Cyrus Weber: davtheor@reliable-mail.com
  • Ethan Anderson: alankar@sawai.in

There are several variations on the basic email format with different fine amounts and “officer names,” including the examples shown in the screenshots below:

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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.

For a few dollars per staff member per month, you can protect your business with MailGuard's predictive email security.
Talk to an expert at MailGuard today about making your company's network secure: click here.

 

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