Beware Virus-man - he’s out to get you!

Virus emails - speak of the devil

You’ll remember my last blog? You don’t? Well - better check it out - right here. The blog was a warning about the dangers of the Evil Phisherman - how to avoid being caught out by phishing emails. I promised you that the next blog would be about Email Viruses. Speak of the devil - just this morning, I received just such an email. And here it is - in all its evil glory


It looks pretty convincing - certainly at first glance. Everything is there that you’d expect. The NatWest branding and strapline, along with numerous references to security. In fact, it really is rather good, until … you look at it more closely. With just a little careful examination, familiar warning signs keep popping up.

Let’s look again -


Now let’s look at these danger signals in turn -


1 The domain name.

@natwestmessage.com. Let’s see what the WhoIs Lookup website says -


2 The attachment.

There’s something you need to know. Banks NEVER send an attachment when the content is confidential. Why’s that? Well - password cracking software is easy to download and to use. So, it would be easy for someone with malicious intent to access a password protected document.

3 No greeting.

Just as with phishing emails, discussed in the last blog, the lack of a personalised greeting is most odd and suspicious. A genuine email will always begin with Dear your name.

4 Bad Grammar.

Look at that comma. There’s a space between it and the preceding word. We all know that’s not right. Do you think NatWest would send out an email with a glaring mistake
like that? And it’s exactly the same with...

5 The expiry date.

Really? March 02, 2017? Nearly 13 months before the date of the email itself? I don’t think so!

I’m sure you’ve come to the same conclusion as me. This email is like corked wine. It should be avoided … or you might regret the consequences.
Keep a look out for the next blog from Addmonte, when you’ll read about why viruses are so dangerous. What is Virus-man trying to achieve?

Till the next time.