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Police warn of increase in fraudulent emails

The Cyber Command Center from Michigan State Police is noticing an increase in fraudulent emails containing malicious links or attachments being sent to businesses and individuals across the state.

Recent emails have had subject lines that include terms such as “Invoice” or “Receipt.” The email contains an attachment or link to download a PDF, MS Word or Excel document that contains malware.

Recent infections have been a result of a virus that has been known to steal contact information from any email address book the user maintains, allowing the scammer to send spoofed emails to the user’s contacts.

Other side effects of the malware include the stealing of passwords or banking information, encryption of user files and spreading of the virus to other computers that may be connected to the user’s network.

State police said any email with attachments or embedded web links should be handled with care until the recipient can verify the authenticity of the email. Users should consider if they are expecting an email or document from the “sender” prior to opening any attachments or clicking on any links.

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