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'Verify Bank Transfer' Malware Email


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According to this email, the sender received a bank transfer from you and needs you to verify that the money was deposited correctly. The message claims that your email address was in the payment reference and invites you to click a link to read the full information about the transfer.

However, the claims in the message about a bank transfer are lies designed to trick you into clicking the link.

Clicking the link automatically downloads a .zip file. The .zip file harbours a malicious .scr file. If you run the .scr file, malware may be installed on your computer.

The exact nature of this malware may vary. Typically, however, the malware may download further malware, steal personal information such as passwords from the infected computer, and allow criminals to take control of the computer and use it for their own purposes.

The criminals bank on the fact that at least a few less computer savvy recipients will likely click the link and install the malware in the mistaken belief that their bank account has been compromised and used to transfer money to another account.

Details, such as the name of the supposed sender and the subject line, may vary in different versions of the malware emails. If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

   

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Subject: V1KK65183

Hello My name is [Name Removed]. Recently I received a bank transfer from you. I need to verify if it is deposited correctly. This email address was in the payment reference. Here is the full information of the transfer: [Link Removed]

Please review the report and give me a response what is the purpose of payment.



Malware Warning

Last updated: May 12, 2015
First published: May 12, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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