Today, I received an e-mail in my account claiming to have been sent by Perfect Money, which must have targeted a different person, or it was just the guesswork of the scammer trying the same trick to multiple online users, spreading his fishing net wide so as to scam the unsuspecting victims.

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Dear Customer,

Perfect Money has limited your account due to a security issue. Specifically, we recorded a login attempt from an unfamiliar location, suggesting that your login information may have been used by an unauthorized third party.

IP Address: 86.122.61.247
Country: RO
City: Bucharest

Your account will be limited until you configure your security settings. Please read the attached guidelines to restore your account access.

Regards,

Perfect Money SR & I
Security Department

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END

To anyone who has several years in online work, it cannot take him/her a second to recognize this as a phishing mail.

1. Any e-mail from the online banking processor would address the customer/user by his/her first or both names, but not a generic title like in this case- ‘Dear customer.’
2. The usual grammatical errors would be spotted in such e-mails.
3. Mostly end up in the spam folder.

Now see where it all becomes interesting?

The scammer is instructing me to read the attached guidelines in order to have my account access.

The trick is that the ‘attached guidelines’ is in a PDF file document that has to be downloaded.

I am yet to know what kind of malicious software that might be contained in the file, but it can be something very harmful to my computer.

This reminds me of a story shared by one of my friends at WA who fell victim of such trick, ending up to download a software that ended up damaging his computer, losing a lot of important data.

I suspect that some online sites that I opened accounts with have sold off my e-mail address to these scammers.

What makes me think that I might not have been their target is that; I have no account with Perfect Money, which rules out any doubts that this is absolute scammer’s trick to get access to the password to the account and be able to steal all cash available.



3 Comments on The scammer’s new trick targeting cash from users who have accounts with online banking processors

  1. Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the great work!

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