Beware of a scam email going around imitating a Quickbooks Invoice.
In fact, the cybercriminals are distributing a fake email which looks like an unpaid invoice reminder urging the recipient to immediately take action otherwise “the debt collection” department will be notified.
Natural human reaction is to click on the [VIEW INVOICE] button for further information. Clicking the button takes the user to a blank page and this is the end of it or actually the beginning.
Spot the scam
The best way to spot the scam is not to fall for the intended urgency of the email and take a couple of minutes to investigate if it’s genuine or not.
- Think! Do you recognize the “company or the transaction”?
- Hover with the mouse over the sender’s email! In most cases it will be a very close match to the real thing. In our case instead of email@example.com it is firstname.lastname@example.org. They are very close but not the same.
- Hover over the invoice button and you’ll get a preview of the link where the button will take you. If it looks suspicious – DO NOT CLICK IT!
- In our case there was a London telephone number. We rang and as expected there was no such company – it was a domestic number.
If you’ve received an email which you’re not sure about please do not hesitate to contact us and we can confirm if it’s safe or not. Call us on 01622 677677 or email: email@example.com
We have had many customers this week contact us regarding intrusive malware that has been infecting their PC’s and slowing down performance. These pieces of malware can either be invisible or they can claim to be pieces of software that apparently increase the performance of your system e.g. software updaters.
Many customers can innocently download these by opening emails, downloading files from the internet as some websites offer these as what appears to be a genuine add-on. However, they are becoming increasingly popular and some people may not even notice they are infecting their machines.
Symptoms of malware infected devices include slow performance, unwanted pop-ups and even the potential to corrupt your Windows installation. Malware is designed to work in the background, so users may not even notice it.
The most common way to avoid installing malware is to make sure you have the relevant protection and that it is up to date. At Computerman we make sure that you have adequate protection to avoid malware.
If you have a device that is slower than normal or are experiencing continues pop-ups please do not hesitate to contact us on 01622 677677 or visit our website at https://www.computermanuk.com/ We’d be more than happy to help and remember – our health check is completely FREE.
Recently, Microsoft released a major update for Windows 10 which was named the Creators Update. This update brought numerous features including interface changes and a much more improved action centre to look after your PC. However, a lot of people are running into issues post installing this update.
We have had at least 5 calls in the past week regarding this update corrupting their Windows install and certain aspects of Windows are not loading correctly. The most common issue the start menu and Windows apps e.g. the Edge web browser are refusing to load correctly or do not load at all.
Since this update the only way to restore full functionality is to reinstall Windows completely. However, at Computerman we make the process much easier and streamline. We backup data first so it is never lost upon reinstall. Once Windows is reinstalled, we thoroughly test it to make sure all features are fully working and are up to date. Even if you had software installed beforehand this can be reinstalled.
If you have been affected by the latest Windows 10 update or you have any queries relating to Windows 10 please call us on 01622 677677 or go to https://www.computermanuk.com
Yesterday alone (24.01.18) we had 4 cases reported to us of a scam email that’s being sent to businesses. It is masked (technique called spoofing) so it seems that an internal member of staff usually the company director has sent the email to the accounts department.
The email states:
“I need you to process a “Faster Payment” to a new beneficiary, can you handle this right now?
Payee details attached.”
There is a pdf attachment with a counterfeit Payment Details Slip from Lloyds Bank for the amount of £9,945.
However the giveaway is the actual replay email address – if you have an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org the replay would appear to go to email@example.com a small detail which some users can easily miss.
We have dealt with similar scams in the past and have successfully reported and stopped these spoof invoices being paid. This is becoming an increasingly popular choice of fraud for scammers worldwide and they are getting better and better in disguising these. They will even communicate back to potential victims.
We recommend if you receive an invoice through email identical to this one or a similar looking invoice, that you DO NOT pay the amount shown.
If you received similar email and you’re unsure if it’s safe or not please do not hesitate to contact us on 01622 677677, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.computermanuk.com – we would be happy to advise you.
Beware everyone of a new crafty email scam going round. We’ve had a few customers report the receipt of an email from DVLA advising that you have an unpaid penalty. Further in the email you’re instructed to click on a link in order to complete a form advising that you’re not liable for the penalty (clever).
BEWARE – clicking on that link you will get infected by the Ransomeware Virus and your documents, pictures and music will be encrypted and ultimately lost (unless you have a backup in place).
We’ve attached a screenshot so you can see what the email looks like (it’s safe to click on the image).
Please let us know if you’ve received similar, so we can post it and protect potential victims.
Computerman received a great review from MR S M, a DJ from Maidstone after his laptop was hit by a ransomware virus. Steve’s radio station was taken off the air by the virus and asked Computerman for their help. Within 12 hours the virus was removed and his radio station was back on the air once more. Read his review below:
“Jim and his team could not be more helpful and efficient if I ever need pc support they are my 1st choice every time their results speak for themselves proud to do business with such a high quality company
radio is my world and I’m only back on air due to their expertise”
Caroline album gold
Now that he is back on the air, listen to Steve’s Radio Station here: http://tunein.com/radio/Caroline-Album-Gold-s269778/
I am a busy parish Councillor and rely on my e-mail and computer to deal with many matters concerning the parish community. i have had reason to be extremely thankful to have had Computerman UK Ltd to call on when things have gone wrong.
I cannot praise them highly enough. Always quick to respond, courteous and quickly “puts things to rights” have given me a great deal of confidence as I know that if I have problems Computerman will always be there with their expert knowledge and endless patience to put it all right again.
I’m very happy to recommend Computerman to anyone who has computer problems whether it is with business or, like me, a personal user.
Just a note to thank you for your skill and expertise regarding the recent installation of our new PC. Everything is working perfectly and to our complete satisfaction. Thank you for your support now and indeed for the last 6 years, long may it continue.
Deploying of Kill Switch button would make pointless the theft of smartphones .
U.S. consumers spend a year at $ 1.1 billion for purchase of new smartphones caused by theft or loss
The implementation of the so-called. “Click of death” (Kill Switch) in smartphones will save the holders of smart devices billions of dollars a year, estimated experts from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
At the insistence of the trade organization CTIA, as of July 2015, all smartphones have to have this software by which the owners of lost or stolen devices can remotely delete personal information and make the device inoperable.
Creighton researchers have calculated that in the United States annually consumers spend about $ 1.1 billion for the purchase of new smartphones caused by theft or loss. These costs can be avoided after the implementation of the function Kill Switch which will make the phone unusable for other persons.
Moreover, Americans annually spend huge amounts for insurance on their mobile devices. According to the study, the total insurance amount is $ 5.5 billion. The Expectations are that the “button of death” will reduce this cost to $ 2.3 billion annually.
The IT company Malcovery Security announced that has revealed criminal cyber group that attempts to recreate a new botnet based on a modified version of the virus Gameover Zeus.
Gameover Zeus Trojan is designed mainly to steal personal financial information. According to recently published material of FBI ,the botnet has caused damage estimated at over 100 million U.S. dollars worldwide.
Experts note that the blocking of this trojan requires special equipment and united efforts of multiple antivirus labs. In contrast to former Trojans that running through networks of servers and registered domains , Gameover uses peering architecture. Decommissioning or interruptions of one infected computer system does not affect the entire botnet.
Malcovery claim to has detected a spam-emails that sending out the malicious code. The new modification of the Gameover Zeus doesn`t use the P2P structure already ,instead passed to the DGA (domain name generation algorithm) system that allows a hybrid operation of this Trojan – both through peering networks and through a system of random chosen servers .