A logistics company, Access America Transport of Chattanooga, TN, is alerting its carriers of a phishing email containing a link to a computer virus that may have been sent to them on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
David White, Access America’s IT consultant, told Land Line on Wednesday, that he has notified nearly 14,000 active carriers the company does business with of a “malicious user” operating outside the United States who has set up a similar domain name to Access America’s and who is sending out the fraudulent emails.
“What I can tell you is that we have not had a security breach, but what we do know is that someone registered a similar domain with a link to a malicious virus on Tuesday,” White said. “We do not control the domain and we have never controlled that domain. Our website is accessamericatransport.com.”
White said the IT department is investigating the incident and plans to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Federal Trade Commission with the information he has uncovered so far.
“I have documentation and proof that they have done the same thing to other logistics companies using the .net at the end, instead of .com,” he said. “So it’s the same exact email and it’s the same exact virus going to same exact server, interestingly enough.”
Phishing emails are designed to acquire customers’ usernames, passwords or credit card information.
One OOIDA member told Land Line on Wednesday he received two emails from the fake address, alerting him that there was a load claim on a load he hauled for Access America several months ago.
He unknowingly clicked on the “claim details,” but said his iPhone wouldn’t allow him to open the link.
“I hadn’t hauled a load for them since June, so I was curious and I called Access America to find out what was up,” the driver said. “The first time they didn’t know what was going on, but then I received a second email from the (fake) email address and I called again. By that time, they were aware that something was going on.”
White said that drivers should ignore and should not open an email from the address email@example.com, which the OOIDA member from Kentucky received. He received a second one from firstname.lastname@example.org, which is also fake.
“We are doing everything we can to get this shut down as quickly as possible,” White said.
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