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‘Voice Message Attached’ Malware Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

Inboxes are currently being hit by emails claiming to contain an attached voice message. The attachments do not contain a voice message. Instead, they contain malware.

The versions I have seen so far have the subject line ‘Voice Message Attached from 08439801260’.

The body of the email contains a date and time and instructs you to click an attachment to listen to your voice message.

The attachment is designed to trick you into believing that it contains an innocent .wav audio file when it actually links to a malicious .exe file.
If you open the attachment, it may install malware designed to steal account passwords and other information from your computer. It may also download and install other types of malware such as ransomware.

Details, such as the phone number specified in the subject line and the time and date information, may vary in different versions of the malware emails.

Example

Subject: Voice Message Attached from 08439801260

Time: Jul 28, 2015 3:08:34 PM

Click attachment to listen to Voice Message

Voice Message Malware Emails



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