Virus: We gift you a ticket for a free dish, McDonalds Spam Virus

by on June 22, 2011
Posted in Security

There are too many scams and virus email for us to cover them all.  But I like to post the most interesting ones here, I just can’t help myself.  This was an email I have never seem before with the subject of We gift you a ticket for a free dish from contact.us@mcdonalds.com.  It was written in the usual “I can’t really speak english but watch me try” way. Now the email address looks legitimate, but here’s the email:

Good afternoon.

McDonalds invites you to The Free Supper Day which will take place on 29 June, 2011, in every cafe of ours.

Free Day’s menu!
– McChicken
– World Famous Fries
– Premium Caesar Salad
– Apple Dippers
– McCafe Latte

Print the invitation card attached to the letter and show it at the cash desk of any of our restaurants.

Every manager will gladly take your card and issue you a tasty dish of Free Day.
And remember! Free Day is whole five free dishes!

Thank you for your credence.
We really appreciate it


The first thing that made me suspicious was the attached zip file,  But, I do love free so just in case, I thought I would read it.  Firstly, The Free Supper Day. Really? McDonalds is a bit more clever than that, and even if they user something like The Free Supper Day, there would be a “Mc” somewhere.  And who says supper day?  Obviously there are several other english blunders, and in America we don’t call them world famous fries, they’re just McDonalds fries.   So I downloaded the zip attachment (it unzipped to show an exe file) on my netbook and checked it with Panda antivirus. Surprise, virus. 

So a basic overview of the email, if it was McDonalds they would most likely call it the free McDinner.   It would have also linked to their site (though be careful of links, just because it’s a link doesn’t mean it’s safe) in some way and the email would have contained graphics, the plain text above is exactly how the email came.  

As always,be wary of any emails with attachments when you don’t know who they are from. Also watch the links you click in emails, The link can say anything and link to anywhere.  If your unsure you can right click a link and select copy link location or copy URL and paste it in a notepad.  Check the link to make sure it is a legitimate link. A link like mcdonalds.com or even food.mcdonalds.com would be ok but a link like thisbadlink.com, mcdonalds.com.cn, or even mcdonalds.thisbadlink.com would not be good to click. Please leave your comments and feedback below.