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‘McDonald’s Free Dinner’ E-mail Scam Could Lead to Virus

By Vigilize | Friday, June 24, 2011 - Leave a Comment

An email scam spreading around the Internet on Wednesday advertising free food at McDonald’s is a scam that could lead to harmful Malware.

The e-mail, which has been confirmed as fake by McDonald’s, started spreading late Tuesday into Wednesday. The e-mail claims “You don’t need to pay for your helpings this day”, and promises a free dinner on June 27.

To get the coupon, you must download and install the attachment (invitation_card_0541.zip). The attachment is a type of malware that could infect your computer with a virus. Upon downloading the executing attachment, users are exposed to a type of malware variant currently detected as Trojan.FakeAV.LSX, according to ZDnet.

The fake e-mail attempts to entice readers by stating that the day’s free treats include Big N’ Tasty with Cheese, Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips, Premium Caesar Salad, Apple Dippers, and McCafe Mocha Frappe.

The e-mail concludes with “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 a whole five free dishes! Thank you for your credence. We really appreciate it.”


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