July 08, 2011Overdue Notices, Part 1.1
Following up on my earlier post about so-called Credit Card Overdue Notices, my email addresses have been hit by a new blast with slight variations of Subject: and message body. The sentiment is the same, however: you're supposedly late for some financial payment, and you have two days to open the attached file to get the details and settle the score.
Here is one I saw this morning:
From: Important notification <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Your financial debt overdue
Your Credit Card is one week overdue.
Below your Card information
Card Limit XXXXXX
Pay Date 29 Jun 2011
The details are attached to this e-mail.
Please read the financial statement properly.
If you pay the debt within 2 days, there will be no extra-charges.
In 2 days $25 late fee and a finance charge will be imposed on your account.
Please do not reply to this email, it's automatic mail notification.
The attachment for this particular email was titled Financial_Statement#98165.zip. Inside that zipped archive is a real oddball: a .cpzg file. This is a compressed Unix-style archive, indicating that it may be targeting Mac OS X and Linux users, but I think WinZip can also open these things.
In any case, if you try to open this file and have a problem, that's a GOOD THING! You've saved yourself from installing a Trojan loader onto your computer. Delete the email message and get on with your life. If you're late with a payment, you'll learn via snail mail soon enough.