This Email Scam Has Your Name, Address… and a Virus Attached
A new email con tries to trick recipients into downloading a malware-infected attachment. Sounds standard, right? It is, except this con has their targets’ names and addresses, and claims to be monitoring their behavior online.
How the Scam Works
You receive an email informing you that you’ve been caught performing fraudulent activities online. One version claims you’ve been using PayPal to illegally transfer funds. The accusation is false, of course, but the email has your real name and address (although targets report that the address is frequently out of date).
The email’s author warns that someone has been monitoring your online activities and collecting evidence to take to the police. Luckily, the scammer has attached the incriminating evidence to the email, so you can see it and respond. How kind!
No matter how curious you are, don’t download the file! The attachment adds malware to your device, which scammers then use to capture passwords or hunt for sensitive information.
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