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Watch For Scams Newsletter. New service on Scam Website and CV Viruses
January 19, 2011

New Service on Scam Website & CV Viruses

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New Service on Scam Website

Watch for Scams has just added a new service on its website.

Now you can include your own scam experience, knowledge, tips and stories.

At the end of most pages there is the opportunity for you to contribute and help others. Over time as more people add information, you will also be able to read other peoples experiences, and stories.

Each contribution will be reviewed by me to ensure only interesting, original material is included. When any new stories are added, there is also the opportunity for anyone to provide comments.

The goal is to provide visitors as much useful information about scams as possible, by providing basic information as well as people's experiences.

If you have any experience or stories about scams, please visit the website and contribute - you are helping others by doing this.

Businesses Targeted with Jobs Posted Online

Recent FBI analysis reveals that cyber criminals engaging in ACH/wire transfer fraud have targeted businesses by responding via e-mail to employment opportunities posted online.

Recently, more than $150,000 was stolen from a US business using unauthorized wire transfer as a result of an e-mail the business received that contained malware. The malware was embedded in an e-mail response to a job posting the business placed on an employment website and allowed the attacker to obtain the online banking credentials of the person who was authorized to conduct financial transactions within the company. The malicious actor changed the account settings to allow the sending of wire transfers, one to the Ukraine and two to domestic accounts. The malware was identified as a Bredolab variant, svrwsc.exe. This malware was connected to the ZeuS/Zbot Trojan, which is commonly used by cyber criminals to defraud US businesses.

The FBI recommends that potential employers remain vigilant in opening the e-mails of prospective employees. Running a virus scan prior to opening any e-mail attachments may provide an added layer of security against this type of attack. The FBI also recommends that businesses use separate computer systems to conduct financial transactions.

If you have been a victim of this type of scam or any other Cyber crime, you can report it to the IC3 website at: The IC3 complaint database links complaints for potential referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration. Complaint information is also used to identity emerging trends and patterns.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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