Scammers have begun to impersonate US President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in new phishing emails that distribute malware or attempt to trick customers into falling for extortion scams.
The e-mail safety agency Inky has found a sequence of phishing emails wherein cybercriminals attempt to impersonate the White Home. In these emails, the cybercriminals state that they’re sending out the most recent “Coronavirus Pointers for America” on behalf of President Trump and ask recipients to click on on a hyperlink to obtain a doc.
As soon as a consumer clicks on the hyperlink although, they’re delivered to a webpage that impersonates the White Home and accommodates one other hyperlink to “Obtain and skim the total doc”.
The second hyperlink then downloads a malicious Word document that requires a user to “Enable Editing” and “Enable Content” to view it. If a user does this, malicious macros will launch that install malware on their computer. Since the site pushing the malware has been taken down, it is unclear as to which malware was being distributed in this attack.
Vice President Pence phishing scam
A separate phishing scam was also discovered that impersonates US Vice President Pence though it appears more like an extortion scam than an attempt to install malware on a user’s device.
In this scam, users receive an email from the Vice President who claims to have just finished attending a security meeting about the recipient’s company. The email says that the company is involved in human trafficking, drug dealing and money laundering and that Pence wants to come to an “agreement” before bringing the matter to President Trump.
While this scam does not distribute malware, it does present the opportunity for the victim to respond and reach an “agreement” with the scammer which likely involves sending Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency to keep the Vice President from talking.
Everyone should remain vigilant during this difficult time to avoid falling victim to the numerous coronavirus-related scams making their way around the internet at the moment.
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