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BitDefender Detects Scam E-Mails Supposedly Providing Users’ Financial Statement

According to investigators at BitDefender, the security company, malicious e-mails are circulating online asserting that they have a vital financial statement detailing the bank account of the recipient.

The e-mails, it's reported, attach a Microsoft Word document that supposedly contains the crucial information, and is named "Financila_Statement.exe."

States BitDefender, in the case of an ordinary computer-user, particularly if he regularly goes online to conduct his banking transactions, any information regarding his finances is very much likely to receive instant attention. But, that can also ensnare him into online miscreants' trap, bemoans the company.

Meanwhile, there's really no important information in the attachment rather a Trojan is included which replicates itself onto the victim's computer.

What's more, the malicious file attached tries to con contaminated end-users into buying a fake anti-virus application popularly called scareware, emphasizes BitDefender's researchers.

Elaborating on this, BitDefender states that the application overwhelmingly produces alert pop-ups that frighten the user so much that he agrees to pay for a malware removal product that's actually worthless.

Additionally, the Trojan disables any software that was so long running on the computer, while it tells the user that a worm has infected his software programs, according to the company. Msnbc.msn.com published this on July 15, 2011.

Worryingly, incidences similar to the above outline that malicious software all over the Web are in fact growing. Furthermore, they demonstrate that online crooks' attack methods are getting more-and-more advanced, security researchers remark.

And because the above kinds of scams are so malicious, BitDefender suggests end-users to follow a few security tips. First, they must always scan e-mail attachments before downloading or viewing them. Second, they must remember that online criminals give their malware items catchy names like they named the attachment in the above mentioned scam, a Microsoft Word file.

Third, users mustn't view e-mail attachments simply because they present a financial status of an end-user since banks provide such info to anybody who's their customer solely in person and not through e-mail.

Finally, users must load as well as routinely make their anti-malware programs up-to-date for preventing the said kinds of scams.

Related article: BitDefender Releases March malware List

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