The email message below, which claims that the recipients should open the attached invoice and remit payment according to the terms listed at the bottom of the invoice, is a fake, and the attachment is a malicious Microsoft Word document. The malicious attachment contains a Macro virus or a set of malicious code instructions which, if open, will infect the recipients’ computers with a Trojan horse, spyware or other malware that will give cyber-criminals access to their computers. With full access to their victims’ computers, cyber-criminal will be able to spy on them, steal their files, personal information, financial information, usernames and passwords for their accounts, without the victims knowing. The cyber-criminals may also use their victims’ computers to commit other cyber-crimes, which will be traced back to victims.
Therefore, recipients of the fake and malicious email message should delete it, and should never attempt to open the malicious Microsoft Word document.
Recipients who were tricked into opening the malicious attachment, should scan their computers with an antivirus or antimalware software to remove any virus, Trojan horse, spyware or other malware that may have infected their computers.
The Fake and Malicious Bank of America Email Message
From: Bank of America email@example.com
Subject: Bank of America Payment
Bank of America
Please see the attached invoice and remit payment according to the terms listed at the bottom of the invoice. If you have any questions please let us know.
Mr. Jakes Jordaan J.D.
Accounting Specialist| Bank of America, The Jordaan Law Firm, PLLC
Banking products are provided by Bank of America, N.A. and affiliated banks, Members FDIC and wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.
Investment and insurance products:
Are Not FDIC Insured Are Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
Are Not Deposits Are Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency Are Not a Condition to Any Banking Service or Activity
Merrill Edge, available through Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated ("MLPF&S"), consists of Merrill Edge Advisory Center (investment guidance) or self-directed online investing.
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation.
Insurance products are offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc., Bank of America, N.A. and/or Banc of America Insurance Services, Inc., all of which are licensed insurance agencies and wholly-owned subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender
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