An example of a “social engineering” attack. I received the following with decoration from MailScanner that (naturally) tagged the message as containing a virus. Note that “The Bannister.us team” would be me :).
Dear user, the management of Bannister.us mailing system wants to let you know that,
Some of our clients complained about the spam (negative e-mail content) outgoing from your e-mail account. Probably, you have been infected by a proxy-relay trojan server. In order to keep your computer safe, follow the instructions.
Pay attention on attached file.
In order to read the attach you have to use the following password: 62715.
Have a good day, The Bannister.us team http://www.bannister.us
This is a message from the MailScanner E-Mail Virus Protection Service ———————————————————————- The original e-mail attachment “Message.zip” was believed to be infected by a virus and has been replaced by this warning message.
</p> If you wish to receive a copy of the *infected* attachment, please e-mail helpdesk and include the whole of this message in your request. Alternatively, you can call them, with the contents of this message to hand when you call.
At Sun Jun 27 09:57:13 2004 the virus scanner said: Message.zip contains Worm.Bagle.Gen-zippwd </tt>