“Dear User, Your Subscription with GEEK SQUAD will Renew…”
No matter where you are in the world, this is how scam emails appear when they first begin infiltrating user’s inboxes: Alert driven, time sensitive, enticing. All attributes that will get you to click without thinking twice about it.
I’ve received several support calls about this particular scam email in the past week – and have even received couple myself: one in my work account AND one in my personal account.
There were only two words of text in the message, and the rest was an embedded image file with a bogus message about a renewal. The end goal seems to be to get the victim to call the number and get duped into installing remote control software.
In both cases, the scam email made it through email security, and why shouldn’t it? In this instance, there’s not much for a spam filter to work with: the email came from a Gmail account that had no URL, no malicious software, and was not spoofing any other address. So, what went wrong?
Pure. Technology. Failure.