November 22, 2013
You will all have received spam, scam and infected emails. That’s the Internet world these days. Criminals earn big money from such emails. So many are sent out, that even if only 0.1% get a response, lots of money can be made.
So that you could see the nature of such emails I’ve downloaded a few onto my Ubuntu (Linux) computer that is unlikely to be affected by the infections.
First, an email that is pretending to be from a bank. As you can see from the screenshot below, the email wants you divulge all the information about your bank account that should remain personal to you. Never divulge any banking information about your credit card, your bank account, your passwords, your PIN and so on.
The next email is pretending to be from Kaspersky which is the security program I use. There are a number of clues in this email that it is dangerous. Firstly, the email address it comes from is not Kaspersky and I have never heard of the New York postal address given. Secondly, there is a zip file as an attachment. As a general rule, never open zip file unless you know that a friend or acquaintance has sent you one.
In this case, I did open the attachment as I had it in my Ubuntu computer. I would not open it on any Windows PC. The next screenshot shows you the file. It has an enormous long numeric file name (I’ve shown in 2 bits as it was too long) and ends in .exe, a Windows executable file.
When I downloaded this email on my Windows PC, Kaspersky Internet Security automatically removed the attachment as it was a Trojan infection.
The last one I’ll show you is probably just a scam. The weblinks that I didn’t follow are probably phishing links. The jpg attachment simply showed a poster, although, even here you do have to be a little careful as jpg files can have embedded infections.