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Beware of Coronavirus Email Scam- Spreads Emotet Malware

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Coronavirus Scam Email

Coronavirus mails created by scammers

Have you been receiving emails bearing ‘ How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus‘? This review serves as an eyeopener to help you make the right decision about emails and text messages with instructions telling you to ”Enable Editing” or “Enable Content”

With online scams springing up every day, we have taken the responsibility of reviewing products, stores, websites e.t.c in order to save you from making wrong decisions.

We hope this review meets you well, and on time.

Coronavirus Outbreak Exploited to Infect Computers with Emotet Malware

We have been receiving mails from readers, bearing screenshots of an email providing tips on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus which originated in the Wuhan province of China.

From our findings, most of the emails were written in Japanese. This gives us reasons to believe that the operators are intentionally targeting geographic regions that may be more impacted by the outbreak.

The subject of the emails contain the current date and the Japanese word for “notification”. Which is merely a bait that creates the impression of urgency.

However, the question you should ask yourself is this ‘How safe is this mail?’ ‘Should you open mails bearing How to protect yourself from Coronavirus?”

Read on, to know what our experts have to say about this Coronavirus Notifcation Mails.

The Truth About The Coronavirus Notification Email

From our findings, we discovered the emails are sent by a disability welfare service provider in Japan. Above the attached document is a text that briefly states there have been reports of coronavirus patients in the Gifu prefecture in Japan. Furthermore, it urges the reader to view the attached document.”

Other versions have the same language, but warns of infection reports within different Japanese prefectures, including Osaka and Tottori. In order to lend an air of authenticity, the emails carry a footer with a legitimate mailing address, phone and fax number.

How Does This Scam Work

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the deadly global Coronavirus international health emergency or outbreak by sending out fake informative emails with malware attached

Once you open the mail, and enable editing or enable content, the action execute a set of code called a Macro. This type of malware attack is called Emotet. It is used by cyber-criminals to steal banking information and other sensitive information from potential victims.

What Should You Do If You Receive Emails Like This

No matter how convincing it make sound, we advise you to delete the document. This is because “Enable Editing” or “Enable Content” will run or execute the malicious code or Macro. Which will download and install Trojan horse, spyware, viruses or other malware on your computer.

Also, there is no way World Health Organization (WHO) would send you a mail with the instruction to Enable Editing.

Beware! The Coronavirus Scare is the new trick used by Scammers to exploit you!

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