Criminals using self-assessment tax filing deadline to drop Trojans

I’ve intercepted rather a lot of these:

From: <gateway.confirmation@gateway.gov.uk>
To: <**************>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:33:49 +0100
Subject: Your Online Submission for Reference 485/GB6977453 Could not process

The submission for reference 485/GB6977453 was successfully received and was not processed.

Check attached copy for more information.

This is an automatically generated email. Please do not reply as the email address is not monitored for received mail.

Someone (via France, and the sender certainly does not speak proper English) is taking advantage of people’s panic about getting self-assessment tax forms in before the 31st January deadline┬áto avoid a fine The attached ZIP file contains an executable with a .scr extension. It doesn’t show as being anything recognisable as nasty, so someone’s planned this well. Be careful; this is slipping through ISP malware scanners (and all the Windoze desktop scanners I’ve checked it against).

 

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