firstname.lastname@example.org Voice Message Attached from 01258895166 – name unavailable
Posted on: 24th July 2017
It has been brought to our attention that spam email is currently circulating small and medium sized businesses claiming to be from ‘email@example.com‘. We have noticed that the same email is being sent from a different domain also. The other email address uses your domain and will read similar to ‘Postmaster@example.co.uk‘ where it says ‘example’ , this will be replaced by your domain name. e.g. Postmaster@pyranet.co.uk
An example of the email details can be found below:
Date: Fri 21/07/2017 15:44:35
Subject: Voice Message Attached from 01258895166 – name unavailable
Body content: Click attachment to listen to Voice Message
Please note that the long number in the subject of the email after where it says ‘Voice Message Attached‘ is randomly generated and so if you receive this spam email, then it won’t necessarily have the exact same number in the title.
The bogus ‘voice note’ attachment is a zip file, inside the zip file is a virus which then runs ransomware on your PC, meaning your files (documents, photos, videos, etc) will be encrypted and inaccessible . Do not click on the attachment, you should delete the email straight away.
The people behind this malware have created the email so it appears to come from Gamma Horizon, (with VM standing for voicemail) . As you can see this is taking advantage of a well known and reputable company that people trust in order to try and appear legitimate and unfortunately, this is how so many viruses circulate rapidly and networks become infected.
We have some top tips on spotting a spoof email so you can be more aware in the future of what signs to look out for if you feel like an email may not be what it seems. You can read that by clicking here.
Above: Our spam filtering service picked up the spoof mail and blocked it from getting through. Our mail filtering service is an intelligent anti-spam system, intercepting every message. It looks at each incoming email- checking if the sender is a known offender and rigorously scans mail for any potential threats. The service comes with the added bonus of up to date virus protection.
We recommend spam filtering to all our customers as it stops emails like this from causing potential damage. If you would like to find out more about MailGuard or any of our other cyber security services then either fill in the box below or give one of our friendly team a call on 0115 8 24 25 26.
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