Be careful what you open!!!

On 21st October, whilst I was at the Brightwells’ Cob Sales, at Builth, an email addressed to one of my clients popped up in my emails on my phone. From my phone I couldn’t tell why it arrived in my inbox, but when I returned to the office I discovered that the email address it was sent to was not quite correct, so had been forwarded to me as account administrator.

The email itself, initially appeared to be genuine and, as my client is a well respected business, I was surprised by the content. The email also had attached a Word document. I would imagine it was intended to make my client’s so enraged by the content that he would open the attachment without thinking.

At my office, in a controlled environment, I further investigated the email and the attachment. I discovered several things wrong with the content of the email itself, but the main problem was with the attachment, which contained an encrypted file. Had my client opened the attachment on a poorly protected computer, with possibly an earlier version of Word, his computer would almost certainly have been infected by an exploit contained in the word file.

I now have my client’s permission to show you the email (with his company name and address hidden) so that you can appreciate what I am talking about.

I cannot over emphasise that you should be careful opening attachments on any unexpected emails, particularly attachments that are Word documents or compressed files (.zip etc). You might also like to take a look at

Here is the email

Ref No:VS08505

21st October 2016

To: Xxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxx (Address: Xxx Xxxx Xxxx, Xxxxxxxx)

Our client: Ace Engineering & Fencing (UK) Ltd (Address: 55 Sovereign Arcade, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 9JG)
Agreement Dated: 10/12/2015

Further to consultation with our above-named client in connection with the recovery of the amount of £7278
which has been outstanding for some significant period of time, despite our client’s repeated
requests for payment. In such circumstances, we have advised our client that they are entitled to present a Petition to the
High Court of Justice praying for the compulsory winding up of your company, pursuant to Section 122 (1)(f) of the Insolvency Act 1986,
in view of your obvious inability to make payment.

Our instructions are such that unless within 5 business days of the date of this letter we receive payment in our favour for the full amount due,
then such a Petition will be issued, served and advertised without further notice or warning.

Further info is attached to this letter.

Any correspondence from you must quote the name of our client, your own name and the reference number set out above in the letter and
in the document containing the payment details which letter refers you to. If any of these details are omitted, it may be that your
correspondence cannot be dealt with and the proceedings referred to above will automatically follow.

Yours truly,
David Church
Senior Accountant

Businessplus+ Accountants UK Ltd.

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