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‘Vodafone Bill Is Ready’ Malware Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Vodafone customers should watch out for fraudulent emails claiming that their Vodafone bill is ready. The email links to malware. 

The fake message includes the Vodafone logo and is formatted so that it appears at first glance to be a genuine Vodafone notification.

If you click on the  “view your bill” link, a .zip file will be downloaded to your computer.  The .zip file harbours a malicious JavaScript file that, if opened, can download further malware.

The exact nature of the malware payload may vary. It may be ransomware that can lock up your files and then demand that you pay a fee to online criminals to receive a decryption key.  Or, it may be a trojan that can steal bank login credentials or other personal information from the infected computer.

Invoice dates, bill amounts, and other details in the emails can also vary.

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

Criminals have used similar tactics to target Vodafone customers on several other occasions in recent years.

The Vodafone website includes information about protecting yourself from such scam attempts.  

An example of the malware email:

Fake Vodafone Bill Contains Malware

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,