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Spam Mails Disguised to Appear from Europcar Circulating, Cautions Sophos

Sophos Labs the security company is alerting Internauts about one fresh spam mail outbreak that seems to be using the name of Europcar the car rental enterprise situated at Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France.

Reportedly, the spam mail captioned, "Europcar Invoice 0985435234" is somewhat haphazardly written. At the outset, it requests the recipient to see his invoice in a given attachment. Then it states that because the message is automated he mustn't answer it. Further, if he wants additional information, he may e-mail to Customer Services of Europcar UK at
CustomerServicesUK@europcar.com.<mailto:CustomerServicesUK@europcar.com. Thereafter the message signs off with regards on behalf of Europcar UK Ltd., but continues that car rentals are available at highly-favorable rates, with vacation offers alongside concession rentals for UK cars. The latest promotions as also offers can be found from the website http://www.europcar.co.uk, the e-mail concludes.

Meanwhile, the attachment named "EuropCar Invoice.zip" contains malware that Sophos identified as Troj/Invo-Zip.

Telling more about the currently circulating bulk e-mail scam, Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley at Sophos posted online that certainly the e-mails weren't of Europcar's. According to him, the cyber-criminals dispatching them had just spoofed the sender's id to appear as coming from Europcar. Nakedsecurity.sophos.com published this dated January 16, 2013.

Additionally Cluley wrote that even when the e-mail recipient hadn't rented a car from Europcar he could yet get worried that there'd been a sting on his credit card that could lead him to view the zipped attachment. But, then instantly his computer would become infected that could give away its control to remote hackers who might utilize it for spamming else for filching information from its user.

Disturbingly, it's due to the above kind of spam mail attacks which has given rise to increased spam, remark Sophos' security specialists. Besides, distributing zipped attachments for hijacking Internet-users' computers is a frequent strategy of cyber-criminals perpetrating spam attacks. Therefore, it's advisable that users treat unsolicited e-mails with suspicion which attempt at enticing recipients into extracting .zip files in attachments. Further, such campaigns involving harmful e-mails can be avoided if one maintains up-to-date anti-virus solutions, while deploys the necessary patches, specialists state.

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