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Scammers attack through job postings

Published On: Mar 26 2013 09:12:12 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2013 08:42:36 AM CDT

By Shirley Rooker, President, Call For Action

If your business posts an employment opportunity online, watch out, you may be targeted by crooks. The FBI reports that more $150,000 was stolen from one U.S. business in this type of scam.

The company received an email in response to a job it had posted on an internet employment site. Malware embedded in the email allowed the attacker to obtain online banking credentials of the employee who conducted financial transactions for the company. The malicious software changed the account settings and sent wire transfers to the Ukraine and to a couple of domestic accounts.

The FBI recommends running a virus scan before opening any email attachments. In addition the agency recommends that businesses use separate computer systems to conduct financial transactions.

If you have been targeted by this type of scam report it to the Internet Crimes Complaint Center.

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