Emails claim that an attached file contains copies of some utility bills that you have lost over the last few months.
Hi [name lifted from email address], [name removed] told me you have lost some of the last few months’ utility bills.
So, I am sending to you the copies saved in my computer. Let me know if I sent the right receipts.
Emails that supposedly include copies of lost utility bills are currently hitting inboxes. The emails claim that someone told the sender that you had lost some utility bills from the last few months so he or she has attached saved copies of the missing bills.
Both the name of the sender and the name of the person who supposedly told the sender about the missing utility bills appear to be randomly selected and will vary in different versions of the malware emails.
The emails attempt to personalise the messages by using the part of your email address before the “@” symbol as a greeting. This will often be the recipient’s name. So, it may appear at first glance that the sender has personally greeted the recipient and must know him or her.
Like many other recent malware attacks, this one seems to be deliberately targeting businesses and office staff. The criminals no doubt hope that at least a few busy office staff who receive the messages will open the attached file without due care and attention.
Last updated: September 7, 2016
First published: September 7, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen