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'C-93 Virus Alert' Phishing Scam Email


Outline

An email claiming to be from Windows Outlook warns that a 'C93 Virus' has been detected in your mailbox and you are therefore required to click a link to run a Norton anti-virus scan to resolve the issue.

C93 Virus
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Brief Analysis

The email is not from Outlook or Microsoft. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving your Microsoft Account login details to criminals.

Example

Dear Outlook Member,
A C93 Virus has been detected in your mailbox, You are required to apply the new Norton AV security anti-virus to scan and to remove all Trojan and viral bugs from your mailbox Account, Failure to apply the scan your mailbox will be De-Activated to avoid our database from being infected.

Click on Optimal Scan and Log in to apply the service.
Thank you,
Windows Outlook.


Detailed Analysis

'Outlook' Email Warns of C-93 Virus

According to this email, which claims to be from 'Windows Outlook', a 'C93 Virus' has been detected in your mailbox. The message instructs you to click a link to run a Norton anti-virus scan that will 'remove all Trojan and viral bugs' from your account.

But, warns the message, if you fail to run the scan, your mailbox will be deactivated.

Email Not From Outlook - Phishing Scam

However, the email is not from Windows Outlook and the claim that you have a C93 Virus is untrue. The message is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving your Microsoft Account login details to cybercriminals.

If you click the link, you will be taken to a fake webpage that is designed to look like a genuine Microsoft account login. When you enter your login details and click the 'Sign In' button, you will be automatically redirected to a genuine Microsoft account page.

Meanwhile, the criminals can collect your login details and use them to hijack your real Microsoft Account. Because the same credentials are used to login to various Microsoft services, they are a valuable commodity for scammers.

Similar to Earlier 'Virus' Alert Phishing Scams

This phishing campaign is very similar to earlier attempts that claimed that a 'DGTFX virus' had been discovered in your mailbox. These attempts target less computer savvy users who may be panicked by claims that they have a virus and follow the instructions without due caution.

If you receive one of these fake virus warnings, do not click any links or open any attachments that they contain.



C93 virus

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Last updated: November 4, 2014
First published: November 4, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Phishing Scams - Anti-Phishing Information
DGTFX Virus' Email Account Phishing Scam