Picture Check Email Phishing Scam Spam
Be very wary of any emails that come through, from people you don’t know, asking you to check a picture or a photograph. These phishing/malware emails will have a zip file or a data file attached. Don’t open them! The Picture check style emails either carry trojans or other malware and the attached files should not be opened. If you receive a picture check scam email, simply delete it and move on with your day.
The first picture check warning email I received had the Trojan Troj/Bred0-VV attached, which connects to remote servers without your consent and launches processes that imitate the names of Windows components to bugger-up, (technical term), user PC systems and the system settings of your machine can change.
Another picture scandal email I received had the Mal/BredoZp-B virus attached that opens a security loophole in your pC and allows hackers to remotely capture passwords and any other useful personal information that they can find on your machine.
These scam emails come in various forms and with different attchments. The most recent one I received looked like this:
Subject: FW:Check the attachment you have to react somehow to this picture
From: Nathan Black [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Attachment: IMG9837.dat (22KB)
Content: Hi there ,
I got to show you this picture in attachment. I can’t tell who gave it to me sorry but this chick looks a lot like your ex-gf. But who’s that dude??.
Subject: FW:Why did you put this photo online?
Attachment: IMG0962.zip (22KB)
Content: Excuse me , I got to show you this picture in attachment. I can’t tell who gave it to me sorry but this chick looks a lot like your ex-gf. But who’s that dude??.
another alternative comment for the check picture email scam was: Hi , But I really need to ask you - is it you at this picture in attachment? I can’t tell you where I got this picture it doesn’t actually matter… The question is is it really you???.
If you receive one of the check the picture phishing emails, simply delete it, but take two minutes to leave a comment if it is a variant of the emails above. Thanks.