As a public service I thought I’d do a quick post on what seems to be becoming quite common and hopefully stop at least one person becoming a victim of malware. If you’re not sure what malware is you probably already have some on your computer…. Malware includes computer viruses, ransomware, worms, trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, dialers, spyware, adware, malicious BHOs, rogue security software, and other malicious programs; the majority of active malware threats are usually worms or trojans rather than viruses. You can read more on it here.
We get a few suspicious emails through to our address with it being public and plastered across many websites. Most of the shady looking emails just go right in the bin including the other fake email invoice’s we receive (three today). However this one we received today looked pretty legit. It was from a company asking for payment for an invoice.
The first question that went though my head was…what the heck did I buy from this company? I pretty much know every penny that gets spent as it’s usually for a business investment if its from the photography account. I then looked a bit closer and my tech-brain kicked in…Who sends an invoice zipped up? It’s usually just a PDF attached to the email. Another dead giveaway is the email address the email was sent from so I hit reply to see it. It looked legit to a certain degree which was a bit confusing which impressed me; the lengths this hacker has gone to! The company actually exists in some form and the telephone numbers are all correct. CHEEKY! Fake email invoice!
As a general rule never, ever, open an attachment from anyone, even someone you know unless you know a person is sending you an attachment in an email. We’ve had clients who’s emails have been hacked and have had iffy emails sent from them. Hackers count on the fact that most people aren’t suspicious of messages that seem to come from friends. I would recommend confirming the authenticity of any emails that arrive out of the blue which contain attachments.
You can read more here. http://voices.yahoo.com/another-dangerous-scam-beware-fake-invoices-in-12467478.html