Malware Key on White Keyboard
Home Malware ‘The Payment Was Hold’ Malware Emails

‘The Payment Was Hold’ Malware Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this “anti-fraud alert” email someone tried to pay with your credit card and the “payment is hold”.

The email includes information about the amount, time, and IP address of the supposed transaction and features the logo of a popular online store,

It suggests that you ask your bank manager to confirm the payment and then instructs you to click a link to “download the blank, fill it out and send it back”.
According to this “anti-fraud alert” email someone tried to pay with your credit card and the “payment is hold”.

The email includes information about the amount, time, and IP address of the supposed transaction and features the logo of a popular online store,

It suggests that you ask your bank manager to confirm the payment and then instructs you to click a link to “download the blank, fill it out and send it back”.

However, the email is not a legitimate transaction notification and it was not sent by a real online store.

If you click the link, you will first see a notification that falsely claims that the message has been checked by a security system. If you then click the “download” link in the notification, you will be redirected to a malicious website.

Malware may then be downloaded to your computer.

Details, such as the name and logo of the online store and the amount of the supposed purchase may vary in different versions of the malware email.

If you receive one of these messages do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

It is always safest to login to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.

A screenshot of the malware email:

Payment is Hold Malware Email

 



Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer