Minutes ago I received a fishy email from a so called Trojan detection robot. What is odd is I have never implemented let alone subscribed to such a service. Therefore I prompted to do some investigation on this spoof trojan detected email.
The email sounded rather authentic and unknowing email users may easily fall prey to this. Worst part of all is this email requests you to download an executable file. A file like this will automatically install in your computer without prior notice if activated. The email content sounded really convincing but I discovered something amiss.
The email wrote this:
Our robot has detected an abnormal activity from your IP adress
on sending e-mails. Probably it is connected with the last epidemic
of a worm which does not have official patches at the moment.
We recommend you to install this patch to remove worm files
and stop email sending, otherwise your account will be blocked.
Abuse Team Robot
It sounds scary but like I said, I’ve never subscribed to such a thing therefore I decided to view the source of the email. It’s possible for me to do this as I’m using Microsoft Outlook however I wouldn’t be too worried if it were Gmail, Yahoo! mail or Hotmail because put it simply – I don’t think they’re that ineffective.
Link which I was suppose to click on would have pointed me to:
Sure it doesn’t look dangerous at this point but as a precaution of fishy emails, I always copy and paste (Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V) the address into my Internet browser’s address bar. When I did that, I was led to a webpage which definetely is non-authentic so it was a dead giveaway to me.
In the webpage it wrote a simple message:
Your Download Should Begin Shortly. If your download does not start in approximately 15 seconds, you can click here to launch the download.
If you clicked or downloaded the file, you’re bringing chaos into your household. Reason is you’ll be downloading and probably executing an unknown file which you thought was real. Do not be duped into believing patch.exe would really mean it is a fix for your problem.
I highly advise to not download the file or delete it instantly if you received the email and had downloaded it already. Do not execute the file because it may be a disguised trojan or worst, a virus.
Many have fallen prey to something like this and one of the more common ones is the aunt edna virus via a family postcard.
Therefore, NEVER download or install files you’re unknown of. Practice Internet surfing and email precaution.
[tags]fake trojan virus, email trojan[/tags]