According to Hoax Slayer, malicious emails purporting to come from Chase Paymentech are currently making the rounds in an attempt to trick users into installing a piece of malware onto their computers.
The emails, entitled “Merchant Billing Statement,” look like this:
“Attached is your Chase Paymentech electronic Merchant Billing Statement.
If you need assistance, please contact your Account Executive or call Merchant Services at the telephone number listed on your statement.
PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND BY USING REPLY. This email is sent from an unmonitored email address, and your response will not be received by Chase Paymentech.
Chase Paymentech will not be responsible for any liabilities that may result from or relate to any failure or delay caused by Chase Paymentech's or the Merchant's email service or otherwise. Chase Paymentech recommends that Merchants continue to monitor their statement information regularly.
Learn more about Chase Paymentech Solutions, LLC payment processing services at [Link]”
While the message might look legitimate at first glance, the attachment is not an electronic statement, but a piece of malware that could be utilized to steal sensitive information from the infected device.
Users are advised to be careful when receiving such emails. If you've already downloaded the malicious attachment, be sure to run a full system scan using a reliable antivirus program.
Also, contact your financial institution and set up the appropriate services to protect your account against fraud attempts.