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Eviction Notice Malware Email


Outline

Email claims that recipients have been evicted and must vacate their premises within a specified time frame or risk further legal proceedings.  Recipients are instructed to open an attached file for more information about the eviction.

Eviction notice letter illustration design over white
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Brief Analysis

The supposed eviction notice is bogus. The message is designed to panic recipients into opening the attached file, which contains malware. If this email comes your way, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.

Example

Eviction Notification,

Please be advised that you are obliged to
vacate the living space you occupy until March 28, 2014, 11 a.m.

If you do not vacate it in the specified terms,
the court will have to assign the forcible eviction for April 5, 2014, 11 a.m.
If nobody is home we will not be responsible for safe keeping of your belongings.
Besides, if you fail to comply with the requirements of the court bailiff
you will be fined for up to 200 minimum wage amounts
with a subsequent doubling of the penalty amount
and can be made criminally or administratively liable.

The details of the circumstances that caused the judicial decision

of eviction are attached herewith.


Detailed Analysis

A rather threatening email purporting to be an eviction notice has been hitting inboxes around the world.  The email informs recipients that they are obligated to leave their premises within a specified time frame. Recipients are informed that if they do not move out within the time frame provided, they will be forcibly removed along with their property by order of the Court. They are also warned that they may have to pay fines and face other legal consequences if they do not comply with the eviction notice.

Recipients are instructed to open an attached file to view further information about the eviction. 

However, the message is bogus and was not sent by the court or any other legal authority. The message is intended to scare recipients into opening the attached file without due caution.

Those who do open the attached .zip file in the hope of finding more information about the supposed eviction will instead find a .exe file. If they click this .exe file, malware may be installed on their computer. Typically, such malware can download and install further malware and join the infected computer to a network of compromised computers known as a botnet. Criminals can use botnets to distribute more malware, send spam and launch further scam campaigns.

Details in the malware emails may vary. There are several versions with different wording, subject lines, and "eviction" dates. But all claim that recipients must vacate their homes within a given time frame or face forced eviction and further legal consequences. 

This campaign is very similar to another recent malware attack that claimed that recipients were obligated to appear in court on a specified date. Again, an attachment with the emails contained malware.

If one of these emails comes to your inbox, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.



Last updated: January 31, 2014
First published: January 31, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
'Urgent eviction notification No2621' spam
'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails






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