$10.5 Million Shell Oil Promo 419 Scam

“Download Virus” Email Comes with a Twist

There’s getting straight to the point, and then there’s this:

Email spam

The email, titled “Download”, simply says:

Download virus

and contains a link to a WordPress blog:


We’ve seen a number of these doing the rounds this morning, and they all appear to link to the same blog.



Now that we’ve established that somebody really wants you to download a virus, here comes the promised twist – the site being linked doesn’t appear to be peddling any kind of infection.

In fact, it seems to be a blog about alleged “financial scams” – complete with names, screenshots and a wealth of other information.

The blog linked in email spam

Okay, it’s not exactly M. Night Shyalaman in terms of a major plot swerve but it’s still a bit out of left field.

Could it be that an entity named on the site is attempting to take some revenge by associating the URL with a “virus” run?

If so, they’ve waited a long time to do it as the last post was back in 2014. All the same, my slightly obvious tip of the day: never, ever click random links in spam emails which ask you to download a virus. It’s just not very sensible…

Christopher Boyd (Thanks to Daniel for the email sample)


Christopher Boyd

Former Director of Research at FaceTime Security Labs. He has a very particular set of skills. Skills that make him a nightmare for threats like you.