Week in Review 22 May 2015

Week in Review 22 May 2015

A varied bunch of emails hit the email filters this week. Amazon, Commonwealth Bank and eFax users were all targeted with phishing emails, and we had the obligatory PayPal phishing email. Read on for our week in review. As always, you can click on a link to see the story in full, together with screenshots of the phishing emails in question.

Significant changes cause account limitation

We started the week with a PayPal phishing email. “Significant changes” have caused limitations on the user’s PayPal account. The user must click on a link to restore service. It is a fake email.

Amazon Account restricted says fake email

Amazon phishing emails are rare. But they do exist. This week saw emails targeting Amazon users hitting our filters in large volumes. Compared to other emails targeting Amazon users, this one is nondescript. It has a single link, which the user is told to click on. Don’t click on the link; delete it immediately.

NetBank NetCode deactivation notice

Dire consequences ensue if you don’t click on the link. The link will re-activate your NetCode access. But you must click on the link within 24 hours. Otherwise, your online access will be revoked. It’s an email designed to deceive. It is another scam campaign targeting Commonwealth Bank customers. Delete it.

Fake eBay invoice snares PayPal users

Once again, an eBay type invoice is used to trick users into clicking on a link. This is similar to past phishing emails from January. The wording has been changed and the amount has been changed. It is still a fake. Remove it.

Fake eFax message installs ransom ware

Our final phishing email appears to be from the Australian Taxation Office. It looks like an eFax email. But it contains dangerous links. The links cause an install of ransomware on your PC. It is a dangerous email. Delete it immediately.

Scott Reeves
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