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How to recognize phishing emails like Česká Pošta email?

Also Known As: Česká Pošta spam
Damage level: Medium

What is Česká Pošta email scam?

It is a phishing email that scammers use to trick recipients into opening a deceptive page and providing sensitive information. This email is disguised as a letter from the Czech Post/Česká pošta (the state-owned postal company of the Czech Republic).

Česká Pošta email scam email spam campaign

Česká Pošta phishing email in detail

This email is disguised as a letter regarding a shipment delivery. Scammers attempt to trick recipients into confirming payment for shipment delivery using the provided website. The website provided in this email asks to provide first and last name and credit card details such as credit card number, expiration date, and CVC code.

Threat Summary:
Name Česká Pošta Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Shipment ready for dispatch
Disguise Letter from the Czech Post/Česká pošta
Related Domain swtest[.]ru
Detection Names CRDF (Malicious), Emsisoft (Phishing), G-Data (Malware), Netcraft (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the computer.
Distribution methods Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
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Phishing emails in general

Typically, phishing emails are used to extract credit card details, login credentials (for example, usernames, passwords), and other sensitive information. They are disguised as letters from legitimate companies (or other entities).

More examples of phishing emails are "Postbank Email Scam", "Wage Bonus/Allowances Email Scam", "Volksbank Email Scam". It is important to know that malware can be delivered via emails too.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Emails used to deliver malware contain a website link or an attachment. Threat actors behind such emails seek to trick recipients into infecting their computers via malicious Microsoft Office, PDF documents, executable files, archive files, JavaScript files (or other types of files).

Malicious documents opened with MS Office 2010 or newer do not infect computers unless users enable macros commands (editing/content). These MS Office versions open potentially malicious documents in Protected View mode to prevent computer infections. Older MS Office versions do not have this mode.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Do not open files or links in irrelevant emails received from unknown senders. There is a high chance that emails of this type (their content) will be malicious. Download files and programs using official pages and direct links. Update and (or) activate installed programs using tools provided by their official developers. Never use third-party tools for that - they often contain malware.

Also, have a reliable antivirus or anti-spyware program installed on a computer and run systems scans regularly. If you've already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text in the email:

Subject: _Vaše balenie N 454584646 čaká na vás !

Ceská pošta

Czech Republic Post | Foreigners.cz Blog
Zásilka ceká na dorucení
Ceská pošta  prevzali iniciativu a zaslali vám tento e-mail, abychom vás informovali, že vaše zásilka stále ceká na vaše pokyny.

Cj. C.: CZ66902371WS

Prepravní náklady: 22.80 czk
 
Potvrdte platbu nákladu na dorucení kliknutím na následující odkaz:

Potvrdte zde

© 2021 Ceská pošta Information line 420 954 292 103 info@cpost.cz
Prepravní náklady: 22.80 czk
 
Potvrdte platbu nákladu na dorucení kliknutím na následující odkaz:

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© 2021 Ceská pošta Information line 420 954 292 103 info@cpost.cz

Fake Česká Pošta website asking for credit card details:

ceska posta email scam phishing website

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Types of malicious emails:

Phishing email icon Phishing Emails

Most commonly, cybercriminals use deceptive emails to trick Internet users into giving away their sensitive private information, for example, login information for various online services, email accounts, or online banking information.

Such attacks are called phishing. In a phishing attack, cybercriminals usually send an email message with some popular service logo (for example, Microsoft, DHL, Amazon, Netflix), create urgency (wrong shipping address, expired password, etc.), and place a link which they hope their potential victims will click on.

After clicking the link presented in such email message, victims are redirected to a fake website that looks identical or extremely similar to the original one. Victims are then asked to enter their password, credit card details, or some other information that gets stolen by cybercriminals.

Email-virus icon Emails with Malicious Attachments

Another popular attack vector is email spam with malicious attachments that infect users' computers with malware. Malicious attachments usually carry trojans that are capable of stealing passwords, banking information, and other sensitive information.

In such attacks, cybercriminals' main goal is to trick their potential victims into opening an infected email attachment. To achieve this goal, email messages usually talk about recently received invoices, faxes, or voice messages.

If a potential victim falls for the lure and opens the attachment, their computers get infected, and cybercriminals can collect a lot of sensitive information.

While it's a more complicated method to steal personal information (spam filters and antivirus programs usually detect such attempts), if successful, cybercriminals can get a much wider array of data and can collect information for a long period of time.

Sextortion email icon Sextortion Emails

This is a type of phishing. In this case, users receive an email claiming that a cybercriminal could access the webcam of the potential victim and has a video recording of one's masturbation.

To get rid of the video, victims are asked to pay a ransom (usually using Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency). Nevertheless, all of these claims are false - users who receive such emails should ignore and delete them.

How to spot a malicious email?

While cyber criminals try to make their lure emails look trustworthy, here are some things that you should look for when trying to spot a phishing email:

  • Check the sender's ("from") email address: Hover your mouse over the "from" address and check if it's legitimate. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft, be sure to check if the email address is @microsoft.com and not something suspicious like @m1crosoft.com, @microsfot.com, @account-security-noreply.com, etc.
  • Check for generic greetings: If the greeting in the email is "Dear user", "Dear @youremail.com", "Dear valued customer", this should raise suspiciousness. Most commonly, companies call you by your name. Lack of this information could signal a phishing attempt.
  • Check the links in the email: Hover your mouse over the link presented in the email, if the link that appears seems suspicious, don't click it. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft and the link in the email shows that it will go to firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0... you shouldn't trust it. It's best not to click any links in the emails but to visit the company website that sent you the email in the first place.
  • Don't blindly trust email attachments: Most commonly, legitimate companies will ask you to log in to their website and to view any documents there; if you received an email with an attachment, it's a good idea to scan it with an antivirus application. Infected email attachments are a common attack vector used by cybercriminals.

To minimise the risk of opening phishing and malicious emails we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows

Example of a spam email:

Example of an email spam

What to do if you fell for an email scam?

  • If you clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered your password - be sure to change your password as soon as possible. Usually, cybercriminals collect stolen credentials and then sell them to other groups that use them for malicious purposes. If you change your password in a timely manner, there's a chance that criminals won't have enough time to do any damage.
  • If you entered your credit card information - contact your bank as soon as possible and explain the situation. There's a good chance that you will need to cancel your compromised credit card and get a new one.
  • If you see any signs of identity theft - you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission. This institution will collect information about your situation and create a personal recovery plan.
  • If you opened a malicious attachment - your computer is probably infected, you should scan it with a reputable antivirus application. For this purpose, we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
  • Help other Internet users - report phishing emails to Anti-Phishing Working Group, FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, National Fraud Information Center and U.S. Department of Justice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why did I receive this email?

It is very likely that there are many others who received the same email. Typically, phishing emails are not personal.

I have provided my personal information when tricked by this email, what should I do?

If you have provided credit card details (name, surname, CVC code, expiry date), contact your bank as soon as possible and block the card.

Can a computer get infected via email?

Yes, cybercriminals can use email as a tool to deliver malware. Recipients cause computer infections by opening malicious attachments or files downloaded via received website links.

Will Combo Cleaner remove malware infections that were present in email attachment?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can detect and remove almost all known malware. It is recommended to scan the operating system using a full scan. High-end malware can be hiding deep in the operating system, and running a quick scan might not be enough to detect that malware.

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Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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