Heavy volume over the last few days in spoofed Target shipping confirmation emails which arrive from completely random addresses, such as:
Subject: Your Target.com order has shipped
From: “Earnest Dickinson” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The spammers in the case have paid great attention to replicating legitimate Target emails:
These emails look very convincing and are using actual Target.com graphics. To try and avoid spam filtering, the Order numbers and purported sales amounts are both randomized.
Rather than taking the visitor to a Target server, all links direct you to infected malware sites.
Some of the links will not specify a specific document, others use any of these file names in the URL path:
Regardless of the site or the document specified, the site will attempt to install malware onto your personal computer, so we strongly advise against following any such links and instead discarding these emails outright.
Based on the number of our users that are resending these emails to themselves (even after we block them as spam) the campaign appears to be very convincing.
If you do receive a correspondence from Target.com and are not sure if it is part of this campaign or not, the safe action is to delete the email and visit your Target.com account directly (not though links provided in any email). If there really is an open order that you wish to review and/or cancel, you’ll find it within your Target account.
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