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Beware Of Fake Amazon Gift Cards


We are always looking to warn people of the many additional threats that proliferate during the holiday season. One threat that we see on the rise this time each year is malware spreading under the guise of fake gift cards.

This morning a particular campaign caught our attention. These messages pose as a Gift Card from Amazon. Of course with all the online shopping, gift giving/receiving this time of year, there is an added aura of authenticity to these messages. In fact, I ordered an Amazon gift card just yesterday.

The messages are straight forward. They are addressed from Amazon and claim to contain an attached gift card that “You have received”. The [Gift_Card(dot)exe] attached is actually a trojan downloader belonging to the virus family “Yakes”(also known as Dofoil).

Here is a look at the message:(gift card amounts vary)

These types of threats always run rampant during the holidays. In addition to these fake Amazon gift cards we are seeing thousands of other threats utilizing every social engineering technique imaginable. Be wary of emailed gift cards, credit card purchase receipts, holiday promos, airline ticket confirmations, greeting cards, etc.. This cast net approach by spammers is always more effective this time of year so don’t be a victim. As usual, we are blocking all known variants of this threat.


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