I’ve got one email account that gets a lot of spam – a LOT of spam. At first it upset me that a large chunk of the mail to that account was junk. Being the “silver lining” kind of guy that I am, I figured my spam might help other people avoid problems.
Today’s email is the typical “open this .zip file or you’ll be charged money” scam. Of course, inside the .zip hides some sort of Trojan horse (malware, spyware, virus, key-logger, etc.). DO NOT OPEN THE .ZIP FILE!
The gist of this email is that Apple is trying to charge twenty-seven cents against your account. If you made or “authorize” the transaction, do nothing. If you didn’t make or would like to decline the transaction, the email says you need to download and install the attached “transaction inspector module”. DO NOT OPEN THE .ZIP FILE!
This is yet another email scam. Delete it and walk away.
If you weren’t smart enough to realize this was a scam until it was too late, you may want to change your passwords, close your bank accounts, get new credit card numbers, and contact these guys to clean the payload off your computer.
If, on the other hand, you were smart, did your research, found this article, and were saved the hassle of closing your accounts and trying to get your money back, you can always make a “thank you” donation. 🙂
Customer Support [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Payment Request from “Apple Inc.”
We recorded a payment request from "Apple Inc." to enable the charge of $00.27 on your account.
The payment is pending for the moment.
If you made this transaction or if you just authorize this payment, please ignore or remove this email message. The transaction will be shown on your monthly statement as "Apple Inc.".
If you didn’t make this payment and would like to decline it, please download and install the transaction inspector module (attached to this letter).