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Alleged invoice emails from well-known companies are used increasingly as a means of distributing damaging software.

“Trojans” – be careful with invoice emails

In the text of such fraudulent invoice emails, typically a high invoice amount is specified. In an attachment to the email the unsuspicious reader shall supposedly find the details for the reason of the high invoice. However, with it, the recipient shall only be induced to open the attachment with which the damaging software (e.g. so-called Trojans) then installs itself on the computer. Therefore, be very careful and let nobody take you by surprise.

On principle, the following applies: Do not open any attachments of emails of dubious origin.

But be also very suspicious if the sender is well-known and/or known to you. Therefore, only open such “invoices” if you have a business relationship with this company and if you have previously explicitly agreed to the electronic sending of invoices via email. In the case of doubt, ask the invoicing party prior to opening the attachment.

This is how you protect yourself

Use virus scanner software and keep it updated. Set it in a way that your emails are always checked. Also, scan all drives of your computer on a regular basis.