However, according to many sources online, individuals who clicked the attachment had all of their computer files disappear. The Word file is blank when opened and is used as a cover for a powerfully encrypted malware virus. After the attachment is opened a pop-up appears demanding a ransom to free or “unlock” the files. These types of emails are currently hitting a lot of systems and it is difficult for a user to determine a legitimate email from a ransomware virus.Many of these victims now realize if they had looked closer they may have recognized the resume scam. The emails had been sent to undisclosed recipients– a mass mailing, not an individual looking for a job.
Some important things to remember:
- Be smart about giving out your email address
- Check the sender’s email address for anything that looks unusual or suspicious
- Watch for links and attachments– the attachment is often an .rtf file as opposed to a .doc or .docx
- Typos are a red flag
- When in doubt, contact the sender
- Forward the email to Simplified Support if you are suspicious
Our SPAM and Virus protection system have successfully blocked multiple emails matching this description however the filtering is not always 100% successful and emails may leak through. Our Webroot antivirus has also successfully blocked infected attachments recently, however, because the signature of these virus changes quickly it is possible for an infected file to not set off alarms and therefore go undetected.
Be aware and on the look out!!