Netflix Spam - Your Netflix Membership is on hold - netflix-restrictions.com
This is a well targeted spam, even if it appears to be caught by most antispam filters before first contact.
They have even bought a custom domain name but perhaps that was their first mistake...
Anyway the email arrives thus:
From: Netflix <email@example.com>
Sent: 03 November 2017 10:26
Subject: Your Netflix Membership is on hold
We recently failed to validate your payment information we hold on record for your account,
therefore we need to ask you to complete a brief validation process in order to verify your billing and payment details.
Click here to verify your account
Failure to complete the validation process will result in a suspension of your netflix membership.
We take every step needed to automatically validate our users, unfortunately in this case we were unable to verify your details.
This process will only take a couple of minutes
and will allow us to maintain our high standard of account security.
Netflix Support Team
This message was mailed automatically by Netflix during routine security checks. We are not completely satisfied with your account information and required you to update your account to continue using our services uniterrupted.
And beside misspelling uninterrupted, the email is fairly believable as this kind of thing happens all the time.
Hovering over the link reveals: webcmd.netflixusersupport.billingupdate.netflix-restrictions.com which is not a valid Netflix.com domain, but then PayPal use all sorts of paypal-notification.com type domains.
Either way the domain had been shut down by Netflix already and so no great worries here but bear in mind they will be targeting other pay per view services and will have a new website in no time so beware.
But still enjoy the internet and be safe!
31. October 2017 08:44 by sirclesadmin
in SPAM, Office 365
You need to upgrade now - Office 365 Spam - Watch out!
This email is dangerous just because so many of us have an Office 365 account. We are constantly having to take over various company 365 accounts and subsequently move them on to someone else and so fake notifications like this can be enticing.
If we take a look at the link by hovering over with the mouse arrow - which you should do with any email link before clicking - we see the following:
This link is pointing at:
Which is obviously not a Microsoft link.
The website you are taken to is definitely close to the normal login page, with a truly impressive hostname in the address bar to fool you:
Which we can see here:
Notice also that there is no padlock to show that this is a secure site and that the site is running on HTTP instead of HTTPS indicating a secure connection
thegrindtennis.com has been fully compromised and is in bad shape but is not currently being recognised by Chrome or Internet Explorer as a pirate site so be vey careful.
If you are not the admin of your Office 365 site then you will never be asked to upgrade - Office 365 upgrades occur constantly in the background without the requirement of your intervention - that is what The Cloud is all about.
If you have any queries, please feel free to drop us a line on the contact form or by chat.
PayPal Spam: Notice: Ticket Number PD-0BC-59C7-2EB4-7854FE0
Watch out for this one doing the rounds at the moment....
From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of email@example.com
Subject: Notice: Ticket Number PD-0BC-59C7-2EB4-7854FE0
This is an automated email, Please de not reply.
We Are Sorry To Inform You For That But Your Account Has Been Limited To continue using your account, you must make mandatory update your information.
1- Click on "Confirm Your Account"
2- Log In Enter email and password
3- Verify Your Informations To Activate Your Account
Source: Security team
© 1999–2016. 1401 Walnut, Suite 500, Boulder, CO 80302 USA
As you can see the above has getresponse links in, which is a nice touch. The destination has already been deactivated regarding the 'confirm your account' button but this email should be reported as spam nonetheless just to dissuade further phishing blunders....
HM Revenue & Customs <firstname.lastname@example.org> Spam Email
Beware of these circulating today - they are just an HTML attachment but are pretty impressive...
From: HM Revenue & Customs <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:20 AM
Subject: REFUND: GBP 643.55
Attachments: Form - ID 791827938.html
Refund Form - ID 791827938
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have discovered that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of GBP 643.55.
Kindly complete the tax refund request and allow 1-3 working days to process it.
Please download the form attached to this email and confirm your tax refund.
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example: Submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
Containing the attachment:
HMRC - Online Tax Refund
Refund Form - ID 791827938
Please enter your Personal Information and a valid Credit / Debit Card where you want the refund to be made.
* indicates required information.
Santander Spam email - We recently reviewed your account
Watch out for this spam email circulating at the moment:
This email is made up as follows:
From: Santander <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 10:37 AM
Subject: We recently reviewed your account
IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTIFICATION
| || |
At Santander we know protecting your identity is important, that´s why we´re always looking at ways to guard you from identity theft and fraud. We´re also committed to help you use our online service securely.
As part of our ongoing commitment to customer security we are constantly looking for new and improved ways to protect you and your assets. Our Internet banking security notice that your account profile is currently locked and you cannot perform any transaction online.
Due to security of your internet banking account we recommend you to reactivate & verify your account details. Please note that if you hold any joint accounts, only your details will be updated.
Please use the REGISTER NOW below to update your account profile from Step 1 to 3.
Fraud Prevention Team
Terms and conditions
Santander UK plc. Registered Office: 2 Triton Square, Regent's Place, London NW1 3AN, United Kingdom. Registered Number 2294747. Registered in England. www.santander.co.uk Telephone 0870 607 6000. Calls may be recorded or monitored. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority except in respect of its Consumer credit products for which Santander UK plc is licensed and regulated by the Office of Fair Trading. FSA registration number 106054. Santander and the flame logo are registered trademarks.
Please do not reply to this email. It has been sent from an email address that does not accept incoming emails. Santander will never ask you to supply personal information such as passwords or other security information via email. As an additional security measure, every customer email will be addressed to you personally. If you receive an email from Santander which is not personally addressed to you, or an email requesting personal information, please report this to email@example.com.
We only send marketing messages if you have not objected to receiving them at present. If you would prefer not to receive marketing-based offers and information from us by email, please click here to unsubscribe. However, we will continue to inform you regarding important information about your account e.g. a rate change.
You can check the above authorisations with the Financial Services Authority on www.fsa.gov.uk or by calling them on 0845 606 1234.
OC146 JUN 11
As we can see, the originating email address is: Santander <firstname.lastname@example.org> which is obviously a stretch for a major bank. Whoever chelsea is, they are most certainly not authorised to send mass security emails on behalf of Santander.
We can also see that the links to the bank point to:
Which is actually the domain: ahujacaterer.com which is quite often used as a spam virus repository. It is currently rgistered to:
Registrant Contact Information:
Organization Software Company
Which really should have been locked down before due to the registration information omitted.
Information Updated: 2017-10-05 08:58:54
If we follow the link (and please do not do this yourself) we see that the account has already been suspended and so whomever is being subcontracted to send these spams is already wasting their time. Either way, another nasty virus or trojan would have been waiting to compromise your PC.
22. September 2017 10:30 by sirclesadmin
Santander Spam - Confirm Your Activity Email
Beware of this impersonation of Santander:
From: Santander <email@example.com>
Sent: 22 September 2017 08:45
Subject: **Possible Spam** Confirm your activity
If you are having trouble viewing this message, please click here.
E-mail Security Information.
Your security is our priority
We recently reviewed your account, and we suspect an unauthorized transaction .
Therefore as a preventive measure we will temporary limit your access to sensitive Santander Online features.
To ensure that your account is not compromised, please log in to your Santander Online and verify your identity to prevent deactivation.
Please use the hyperlink below to login to our secure Santander account Online from Step 1 of 3 to verify your accounts.
Verify now »
Thank you for choosing Santander,
The Santander Online Banking Help Team.
Keep your account information up-to-date. In the event of fraudulent or unusual activity, we'll need to know the best way to reach you. Log in to your account or click to Update now »
The links actually point at:
This is a website that has been compromised or belongs to wrong-doers.
Do not follow any links on this email as they all point at dangerous websites that will compromise your browser and your system in general.
15. September 2017 23:35 by sirclesadmin
More Phone Number Spam
If you receive this email:
Name : Nisha
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Message : May I Have the privilege of Connecting with you?
As you can see from the above they are trying to get you to call a number with the international code in front. This number is a special number that is allegedly toll free according to quota.com:
"Area code 855 is a non-geographic area code, meaning that it is not associated with any particular city, state, province, or country. Area code 855 is a toll free number, that recently joined the list of 800, 888, 877, 866, and 844 toll-free numbers."
This appears to be just another web design company from India trying to drum-up business. This number is displayed on their website (although it wasn't last week) so presumably they have just engaged someone in America to place and answer calls on their behalf to increase their business in the States.
8. September 2017 15:59 by sirclesadmin
in Internet Security, SPAM
Metro Bank Spam Email - Your online accounts review notification
Watch out for this circling this week:
Barclays Online Banking - December Newsletter
From: Metro Bank <email@example.com>
Sent: 08 September 2017 15:56
Subject: Your online accounts review notification
Dear valued customer,
Upon intensive reviews on your profile we notice that you need to resolve important security issues on your Metro Online banking account to prevent temporal deactivation .
It is therefore recommended that you complete this process your security is important to us
Please follow step 1 of 2 & 3 carefully to review your Metro Online accounts.
Log in to Metro Online
Metro Bank PLC. Registered in England. Metro Bank PLC is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Registered No 1026167.
Under the Data Protection Act you have a right of access to certain personal records. Should you wish to exercise this right please write to the Data Protection Team, Metro Bank PLC, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 9EU, quoting ref. APP99. A fee will be charged for this service.
Personal Banking website
Internet communications are not guaranteed to be secure or virus-free. The Metro Bank PLC does not accept responsibility for any loss arising from unauthorised access to, or interference with, any Internet communications by any third-party, or from the transmission of any viruses. Replies to this email may be monitored by the Metro Bank PLC for operational or business reasons.
This email and any attachments are confidential and intended solely for the addressee, and may also be privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the addressee, or have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately, delete it from your system and do not copy, disclose or otherwise act upon any part of this email or its attachments. Any opinion or other information in this email or its attachment, that does not relate to the business of the Metro Bank PLC, is personal to the sender and is not given or endorsed by the Metro Bank PLC.
The shortcut entitled 'Log in to Metro Online' actually points at http://personal.metrobankonline.co.uk.metrobankretail.servletcontroller.myaccounts.internetbanking.estatement.boneinfoods.com/archive/login.php?&gsTI9r8r905sfeUCUkLTOvNtp8acZ6YfzRYIj6at6fVmuQZobKh0f5tFdDRcKQsjHr21xcuEsq0WgZks
Which seems to be a domain that gets compromised often.
The site is a great mimic of the real site but do not enter any details obviously as it is an impostor:
5. September 2017 06:47 by sirclesadmin
in Internet Security, SPAM
49699367 - True Telecom Invoice for August 2017 Spam Email
This email has a randomly generated number at the beginning of the subject and is impersonating your telecom provider - a good bet as companies often have lots of different telephone and internet providers and this bill has a chance of getting through if you are not careful. It is always worth having a 'live supplier' file so that everyone knows who should be paid and who should not:
True-telecom.com are a genuine telephone company that have no connection to these emails and this email attempts associating their good name with this scam.
The email tries to get you to open a dangerous file in two ways - firstly by attaching the file with a .7z attachment which will require 7zip to open (this seems an odd tactic as most people won't have this software, and if they call the IT people to install it then they will most likely smell a rat) and by clicking the 'View your bill online' link which takes you to the same file, but as a download:
Sent: 04 September 2017 17:08
To: Customer Services
Subject: [SPAM] 49699367 - True Telecom Invoice for August 2017
Dear Deborah Day
We have attached your latest True Telecom bill for August 2017.
View your bill online
To be able to read your invoice file you will require the Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer. You August already have this installed,
if not please visit the Adobe website and download their free viewer.
Payments made by direct debit will be collected 14 days from the date of the Bill.
If you wish to contact us, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly customer services agents.
Telephone: 0800 840 40 60
Fax: 0844 779 2253
Please be advised that this is an unmonitored email address.
With Kind Regards,
The True Telecom Team
True Telecom Ltd is registered in England and Wales No. 08225783.
Head Office address: Ground Floor,Lakeview West, Galleon Boulevard, Crossways Business Park, Dartford, Kent, DA2 6QE
This communication together with any attachments transmitted with it ("this E-Mail") is intended only for the use of the addressee and August contain information which is privileged and confidential. If the reader of this E-Mail is not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing or copying of this E-Mail is strictly prohibited. Addressees should check this E-mail for viruses. The Company makes no representations as regards the absence of viruses in this E-Mail. If you have received this E-Mail in error please immediately delete, erase or otherwise destroy this E-Mail and any copies of it. Any opinions expressed in this E-Mail are those of the author and do not necessarily constitute the views of the Company. Nothing in this E-Mail shall bind the Company in any contract or obligation. The Company only guarantees service in accordance with the service charter. The company accepts no liability for failure of hardware after the termination point. For the purposes of this E-Mail "the Company" is the trading name of True Telecom Ltd. True Telecom Ltd (Registered in England & Wales No. 08225783)
The red-dead.fr link has been disabled in the above. As we can see from the image below, the link takes you to a download of the same attachment that has been sent with the email:
We have seen variants with the following links that contain the same dangerous download:
Under no circumstances open the attachment or open any of these links. If you are a customer of True Telecom then please be extra careful and contact them directly before opening any emails.