Spam Mails Masquerade as PaybyPhone, Finds Avast
Security researchers at Avast report that they've detected one e-mail with the subject line "Pay by Phone Parking Receipt" that poses as communication from PaybyPhone and has the sender's address as email@example.com.
Notably, PaybyPhone is certain United Kingdom-based company, which enables cashless payment related to parking fees.
In the current scam, even with the company's name and e-mail id appearing genuine, in reality, they aren't so. For, the e-mails spoof the company so recipients proceed to view a given file attachment. The attachment, actually, contains malware that Avast identifies as Win32:Injector-AVW.
Apparently, the spammers believe that albeit people receiving the e-mail have not visited St. Barnabas Street situated in London's Westminster region, the e-mail telling them to make a 33.30 payment of an unspecified currency for a 24-hr parking may prompt them towards immediately clicking the attachment.
Meanwhile, the particular e-mail spread across Czechoslovakia cyber-space, security researchers detected. Therefore, it follows that the spam outbreak probably targeted Internauts in countries other than UK as well.
PaybyPhone, which has by now known about the malware-laced spam mails, has alerted about it via www.paybyphone.com, its official site.
The company stated that on November 7, 2012 (Wednesday), it was notified about several e-mails sent out sequentially from one unfamiliar 3rd-party with the messages masquerading as PaybyPhone while targeting some e-mail ids that had no association amongst themselves. Most of the e-mail receivers hadn't subscribed to PaybyPhone while the company was sure of no compromise occurring of its registered users' information records. PaybyPhone maintained stringent standards of security such as those that matched the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry, Data Security Standard) rules, the company explained. Community.norton.com published this dated November 8, 2012.
Further, advising users to delete the e-mail, PaybyPhone described that the spam message appeared like a parking receipt from the Westminster City Council.
According to it (PaybyPhone), similar to numerous large organizations, PaybyPhone is being targeted with a phishing scam, which little discloses its motive. The company is probing the spam mails' origin even as it states with conviction that the e-mails are neither PaybyPhone messages nor those of Westminster City Council, inform the officials.
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