‘Order Status’ emails thank you for your recent order and claim that you can view details of the supposed order by opening an attached .zip file.
Subject: FW: Order Status #168750
We would like to thank you for your recent order.Order Status updated on: 21/03/2016
Your Customer ID: 168750
Your Order ID: 951E514AE5-M-2016
Invoice Number: 4186369Delivery Note:
We received your order and payment on 17/03/2016Your order details are attached.
Chief Technology Officer
Subject: FW: Order Status #241785
We would like to thank you for your recent order.
Order Status updated on: 21/03/2016
Your Customer ID: 241785
Your Order ID: 0D95B02626-M-2016
Invoice Number: 8866173
We received your order and payment on 17/03/2016
Your order details are attached.
Business Director USA Job
A spate of emails currently hitting inboxes purport to be ‘order status’ notifications and claim that you can read more information about a recent order by opening an attached .zip file. The emails have the subject line ‘FW: Order Status’ along with a supposed order number. The bodies of the emails thank you for your recent order and list further details about the supposed order. They finish with the name and job description of the supposed sender.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way of ridding the computer of this malware. However, if you have good recent backups, you may be able to reformat the computer and reinstall your files from these backups.
Details, such as order, invoice, and customer numbers as well as the name and job description of the supposed sender may vary in different versions of these emails. Note also that there are several other similar payment related malware emails being distributed. These emails also contain Locky. Be very wary of any email that claims to contain information about a declined payment, an accepted payment, bank documents, credit notes, recent orders, or other payment or invoice related issues. If you receive one of these emails, do not open any attachments that it contains.
Last updated: March 22, 2016
First published: March 22, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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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.
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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.
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