According to this email, which purports to be from an Accounting Department Specialist at the National Australia Bank (NAB), your monthly account report is included in an attached file.
The email features the NAB logo and red banner and advises that ‘all the details are in the attachment’.
However, the email is a scam. NAB did not send it. At first glance, the email may seem to be a typical phishing scam designed to trick you into divulging your account information via a fake web form.
In this case, however, the attachment contains malware rather than a phishing form.
Opening the attached .zip file reveals an ‘account review’ .exe file. If you click this .exe file, malware can be installed on your computer. Once installed, the malware can then attempt to download a large amount of other malware. This malware may steal your banking and social media account login information and send it to criminals waiting online.
In some cases, ransomware may be downloaded. Ransomware can lock the files on your computer so that you can no longer access them and then demand that you pay a fee to receive an unlock key.
Be very wary of any unsolicited email from your bank that instructs you to click a link or open an attached file to update details or view account information.
Subject: Monthly account report
We are forwarding Your monthly report regarding the account. All the details are in the attachment.
Accounting Department Specialist
nab Bank PLC
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!