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Watch out for invoice scams in your email inbox!

30 July 2015

There is a new wave of e-mail scams doing the rounds, with all the same characteristics:

  • They contain a Word attachment (bill or invoice), the name of which coincides with the start of the recipient's email.
  • The subject line indicates an invoice number or bill reference.
  • In the email itself they say that, following a telephone conversation, they are attaching an invoice for the modification of the holder.

These types of emails use social engineering to install malware on computers, trying to deceive users by sending an alleged invoice or bill.

If you have received such an email and have downloaded and run the file, your computer might be infected. Run your antivirus programme and if you are infected, find out how to disinfect your computer on the OSI website.

To avoid falling for these kinds of scams, here are a few recommendations:

  • Don't open e-mails from unknown users or which you have not requested; delete them straight away.
  • Never answer these emails.
  • Exercise caution when clicking on links in emails, even if they are from known contacts.
  • Exercise caution when downloading attachments in emails, even if they are from known contacts.