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‘Your Order Has Been Processed’ Malware Email

by Brett M. Christensen

This email, which purports to be a ‘payment accepted” notification from an online store, claims that your order has been processed.

The email includes the supposed order number along with cost and delivery details for the purchase. The order numbers in the body of the email are clickable links.

Despite its appearance, however, the email is not a genuine order notification. Instead, it is a ruse designed to trick you into downloading malware.

The criminals who distribute the email hope that at least some recipients will mistakenly believe that their credit card has been used to make a fraudulent transaction online.  Those thus tricked may click one of the links in the email in the hope of finding out more about the supposed order.
But, clicking any of the links in the email downloads a .zip file. The zip file harbours malicious software that, if opened, will install malware on your computer.

The exact nature of the malware may vary. It may be ransomware which will lock up your computer files and then demand that you pay a fee to online criminals to get an unlock code. Or, it may be designed to steal passwords and other sensitive financial and personal information from your computer.

Note that details, such as the order number, the name of the online store, and the supposed cost may vary in different incarnations of the message.

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

Malware emails like this are very common.

A screenshot of the email

Order processed 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