Fraudulent Email Attack

We have learned that criminals have launched a major email campaign to deploy the infamous Zeus Trojan email, which will send spam messages disguised as fraud alerts from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Twitter account hijack warnings or salacious YouTube.com videos.

The fraudulent IRS email uses the phrase “Notice of Underreported Income” as the subject line and encourages recipients to click a hyperlink to review their tax statement. All of the latest emails use a variety of URL shortening services.

To help protect against fraudulent activity, Waterford Bank, N.A. continues to strongly recommend that you:

  • Ensure that up-to-date antivirus, anti spam and anti spyware programs are being used on all your PCs, especially those that you use to access online banking.
  • Never open suspicious emails – delete them immediately.
  • Never download files from unknown sources.
  • Only click on Internet links in emails when you are expecting them and you know where the links are going.
    (Hint: Hover the mouse over the link and make sure that where it says it is going matches what shows in the text of the email.)

As always, you can contact us with any questions or concerns that you have.