Credit card one week overdue? Malware disguises itself in spam attack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Have you received an unexpected email telling you that your credit card is one week overdue, and that you must pay the debt within two days or face additional charges?

Well, don’t rush to open the attached file – or your computer could be struck by a malware attack.

The emails, which have been spammed out widely, try to frighten you into opening an attached file called Report#113.zip.

Dear Customer,

Your Credit Card is one week overdue.
Below your Card information

Customer 0066594169
Number XXXXXX
Card Limit XXXXXX
Pay Date 27 Jun 2011

The details are attached to this e-mail.
Please read the financial statement properly.

If you pay the debt within 2 days, there will be no extra-charges.
In 2 days $25 late fee and a finance charge will be imposed on your account.

Please do not reply to this email, it’s automatic mail notification…

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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