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State Police warns of malicious email campaign

Submitted by on February 11, 2019 – 12:22 amNo Comment

The Michigan State Police is warning residents about another email scam.

The Cyber Command Center (MC3) of the MSP has noticed an increase in fraudulent emails containing malicious links or attachments that are being sent to businesses and individuals across Michigan.

Recent emails have had subject lines that include terms such as “Invoice” or “Receipt.” The email contains an attachment or link to download a PDF, MS Word or Excel document that contains malware.

The download includes a virus (the Emotet virus) that has been known to steal contact information from any email address book that the user maintains, which allows the scammer to send spoofed emails to the user’s contacts.  In addition, the virus is capable of stealing passwords and banking information, encryption of user files and spreading the virus to other computers that may be connected to the user’s network.

Police recommend carefully screening all emails prior to clicking links or opening any attachments.  All email attachments and embedded web links should be handled with care until the recipient can verify the authenticity of the email.

Additional information about the virus can be found at www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-201A.

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