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‘We Have Arranged Payment’ Malware Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this supposed receipt email, the “Account Team” has arranged payment for you.

The email does not identify what company the alleged Account Team is from nor what the supposed payment is for. It urges you to click a link to view or print the receipt.

However, the email is not a real receipt and no legitimate “Account Team” sent it. 
Instead, the message is a scam designed to trick you into installing malware. Clicking the link opens a compromised website that harbours a malware threat.  Once on the site, you will be prompted to download and open a file that supposedly contains a copy of the receipt.

However, opening the file will install the malware on your computer.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.  Bogus receipt malware emails like this are very common.

An example of the scam email:

Re: Receipt.

Good Morning

We have arranged payment.

Follow the web link below to View/Print

[Link removed]

Kind Regards

Account Team

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,