Scam Emails and a bit of baiting

US Bank-E-payment-Online E-payment Transfer Notification From Another US Bank Customer

Published / by Dave McDave / Leave a Comment

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From: "US Bank-E-payment-Online"<>
Date: 19 Dec 2016 18:34:45 -0500
Subject: E-payment Transfer Notification From Another US Bank Customer


  • US Bank Payment.pdf

Technical Analysis

This one was being sneaky! Noting dodgy within the Email. The PDF scans clean for viruses, but open the PDF, and there is a tempting link to click on. You can see it in the image above – note that our image is not clickable. With an Email, you are able to hover above a link and see where it is going. The PDF is not like that by default.In this case, I was able to interrogate the link, and it shoots off to a website for a bakery. It is unusual to find a bakery hosting web pages on behalf of a bank, so my suspicions were aroused! The reality is that the bakery would have been hacked, and a rogue webpage created to either collect data or plant trojans.

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