Account notification email warning? Don’t follow the instructions

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you’re returning to an overflowing inbox after the Easter holiday weekend, make sure that you don’t fall for the latest scam being distributed widely by spammers.

Emails claiming that recipient’s accounts have been temporarily suspended are being seen around the world today, attempting to trick users into believing that their email account has been accessed by somebody else.

The spammed-out emails try to hoodwink users into running the attached file (Instructions.zip) which is, predictably, carrying a malicious payload.

Here’s what the emails look like:

Dear Customer,

This e-mail was send by example.com to notify you that we have temporanly prevented access to your account.

We have reasons to beleive that your account may have been accessed by someone else. Please run attached file and Follow instructions

(C) example.com

In an attempt to make the email more convincing, the attackers reference the domain name…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.