UAB computer forensics finds virus disguised as Social Security download

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say they have discovered a new spam campaign that is made to look like messages from the Social Security Administration.

This new campaign was discovered by Gary Warner and his team at the UAB Spam Data Mine.

Warner says the messages tell users that there are errors with their Social Security statement and links them to false pages that appear to be the Social Security Administration website.  The fake website prompts users to enter their Social Security number before downloading a fake statement.  Warner says the download is actually a virus that steals personal information. After falling prey to the scam, victims will have given up not only their Social Security number, but also their account numbers and bank passwords.

Warner reminds that savvy computer users should never trust an email to update an account.