We are seeing a dramatic and sustained increase in the number of fraudulent and malicious emails.
The purpose of these emails is to take control of or otherwise compromise your computer.
The emails either include an attachment or a link to a website. The attachment or link contain malicious software which will enable the sender to take over your computer.
The emails claim to be from the government (for example, the IRS or FDIC), your bank, UPS, or even an office scanner. Here are some of the fake messages we've seen:
|The Electronics Payment Association||Rejected ACH Transfer|
|UPS||UPS: Your Package H5362726920|
|UPS Manager||Your Tracking Number H1671090019|
|FDIC Security||Error: Updates your ACH Certificate|
|FDIC Wire Transfers||ACH Payment Canceled|
|no reply||FDIC message center|
|Account Manager||The ACH transaction (ID: 17767627) was canceled|
|Amber Aguilar||EFTPS Payment Canceled|
|automailer||Uniform traffic ticket|
|IRS.gov||U.S. Department of the Treasury|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Re:Scan from a Hewlett-Packard Officejet|
If you receive a message like one of these, delete it immediately.
Be suspicious about every email you receive. Do not open any message from anyone you don't recognize and do not open any attachment or click on any link in an email unless you are sure who it is from and what it is about.
If you have clicked a link or opened an attachment in one of these emails, you should assume your computer has been hacked. Do not visit any sensitive site, like your bank or credit card. Stop using the computer until someone can check and verify it is safe to use.
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