Arsenal Lotto scam spammed out via PowerPoint file

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The scammers must be getting more and more desperate to get their claws on our money.

Their criminal business model is messed up somewhat by anti-spam filters blocking their fraudulent messages from reaching potential victims.

What’s a bad guy to do?

Well, they could do what this scammer has done – wrap their scam email up into a format that anti-spam software might not look at so closely.

Subject: Please quote your !
From: Arsenal <notification@hqsportslottery.com>
Attached file: Arsenal.ppt

Message body:
Please find attachement

The scammer doesn't give away much information in the email itself, but only the attachment (a PowerPoint file) and you'll read that Arsenal Football Club have awarded you a £2,350,000 prize in their lottery.

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.

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