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Fake Groupon discount emails carry malware

By Michelle Drolet
30 Jul 2012

Cybercriminals have spammed out malware, attached to emails claiming to be related to discounts for offers on Groupon.

The emails, which have the poorly spelt subject line of “Groupon discount gifts” (in itself something which should ring alarm bells), pretend to come from Groupon, and claim that one of your friends has found a deal on the website.

The website says that your friend has decided to share the deal with you, and that you are receiving a discount code as a result.

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Part of the email reads:
Hi there!
You’re going to love it
We are glad to inform you that one of your friends has found a great deal on Groupon.com!
And even shared it with you!
Yeah! Now Groupon.com gives an opportunity to share a discount gift with a friend!
Enjoy your discount gift in the attachement and share it with one of your friend as well.
All the details in the file attached. be in a hurry this weekend special is due in 2 days!

Websites offering money-saving coupons and promos for online users are prevalent. As such, cybercriminals take advantage of this as seen in the spam run that spoofed Groupon. The spammed message bore the subject, Groupon dicount gifts and offers bogus discounts. It has a .ZIP file attachment. However, instead of coupons, the attachment contains a malicious .EXE file.

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As a last word, be safe and verify the offers, we strongly advised to be wary in opening email messages with too good to be true offers. Go directly to the organization’s website to verify if the said offers are legitimate.