Fake Email Message with Virus Attached - "Urgent Notice!!! Dispute No F863540"
March 17, 2015
The email message below with the subject: "Urgent Notice!!! Dispute No F863540," has a malicious Microsoft Word document attached to it that will infect the recipients' computer if they open it. The email message and attachment are fakes and were designed to trick the recipients into opening the malicious attachment disguised as a bank statement. So, if you receive the same email message, please do not attempt to open the attachment. Just delete it.
Please continue reading below.
The Fake Email Message with a Malicious Word Document
Subject: Urgent Notice!!! Dispute No F863540
The online transaction (#: 749554021), recently sent from your bank account, was cancelled by the bank.
Please see the statement provided with this email to get more info about this problem.
Important If you have any problems with viewing the document, please save it on your PC before opening. A special details on the Word document must be opened only via MS Word on Win PC.
The email message has a Microsoft Word document attached, that contains a set of Macro instructions that will download malicious files (viruses, Trojan horse, spyware) from malicious websites onto the victims' computer.
The malicious Microsoft Word document is dangerous to the recipients if they open it and enable "Macros" or enable content. The malicious attached Microsoft Word document will display the following message with the intention of tricking the recipients into enabling Macros:
"Attention! This document was created by a newer version of Microsoft Office. Macros must be enabled to display the contents of the document."
The cybercriminals behind these malicious email messages aims are to trick the curious recipients into opening the malicious attachment, which will infect their computers with a virus or Trojan horse.
Once their computers have become infected with this malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind this email message will be able to access and take control of their computers remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on them, use their computers to commit cybercrimes, or steal their personal and financial information.
Now, if you have already opened the malicious attachment, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it. The name of the attachment may change, so be careful when opening email attachments.
If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, please click here for a list of free antivirus software.
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