This is an example of a phishing email. It came with an attached ZIP file which as you see below claims to contain a key change to your credit report, but will no doubt contain malicious code. The usual purpose of this a phishing email is to either get your personal information or install a rogue program on your computer.
A warning from Experian is here. Also note that the attachment may not be picked up by malware or anti-virus scanners, but that doesn’t mean it is safe,SO DON’T OPEN IT!
A phishing email can be very well disguised. The corporate logos can be found and copied and email links can appear to be from the company, but lead to the phishing site.
Always be cautious and realize that legitimate companies will not ask for personal information, nor will they supply a link in an email, but rather ask you to log into their site directly from your browser and check your account.
If you receive an unexpected email with an attachment be very suspicious.
Text from Phishing email shown below.
|This email was sent because it contains important information about your account. Please note that if you have previously unsubscribed from Experian.com, you will no longer receive newsletters or special offers. However, you will continue to receive email notifications regarding your account. To ensure that you’ll receive emails from us, please add email@example.com to your address book.|
|*If it has been less than thirty days since you joined Experian.com, your monthly credit statement includes your information for the period of time you have been enrolled.|