Rent Arrears Alerts Featuring Bogus E-mails Target Unwitting Internauts
According to security experts, cyber-crooks are dispatching bogus electronic mails cautioning about rent arrears overdue while attempting at duping Internauts into pulling down malicious software, published softpedia.com dated February 7, 2014.
Captioned as "Customer Reminder," the fake e-mails inform the recipient that a warning stands against him to clear his rent arrears within ten days since he owes a 2,000 pounds overdue rent indicating that the Residential Tenancies Act has been breached as well as the Tenancy Agreement settled among the e-mail sender and the recipient.
Specifically, the e-mails assert that failing to make the outstanding balance payment in totality within ten days from the receipt of the e-mail will mean legal action against the user to secure the amount as also suspending the tenancy agreement.
The e-mails suggest clicking a given web-link to know further about the user's rent record.
But, these aren't surely any formal demand notice as also they aren't any landlord's intimation. Rather they're another version of several e-mails associated with court orders while delivering malware which, during recent weeks, have been hitting Internauts worldwide.
Essentially, the crooks responsible for the scam think they'll get responses from at least some e-mail receivers who angered or panicked after reading the message will click the web-link devoid of prudence. Subsequently, incase these respondents go as far as decompressing the downloaded zipped attachment followed with executing its .exe file, they'll likely load malicious software onto their PCs.
Characteristically, with such malicious software, the infected PC may get added to certain network-of-bots as also take down and load additional malicious programs.
Some more versions of the e-mails include messages telling the recipient that he can't anymore use the rented premises and so vacate it within a particular date alternatively go through legal proceedings; that court just got a complaint seemingly from e-mail recipient; and that the message is a formal "Notice-to-Appear-in-Court." In each of these versions, the recipients are so duped that they unknowingly download malware via clicking/viewing a web-link/attachment.
However, for keeping one's computer safe or suppose anyone has been victimized with the attack, it's necessary to run the latest anti-virus scan for the system.
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