Photo and Resume Scam Alert

There is a new spam campaign pretending to be a job application from” Eva Richter” who is sending her photo and resume. Unfortunately, the file which is disguised as a PDF contains a very nasty piece of malware that destroys all the victim’s files and demands a ransom, even those who pay have not got their files back! The fraudsters are simply playing on our nosiness, even though we are not expecting an application many of us find it difficult to resist a peek at someone else’s photo etc.  This campaign was discovered by the techies at Bleeping Computer and is currently very active in Germany. Unfortunately, these campaigns go cross border very quickly. Research by Cybersecurity Ventures estimated ransomware damage cost the world more £6 billion in 2018.


Tips and Advice

  • Dear customer? – Most scam emails are not addressed personally, so avoid any emails or texts which do not address you by name. However, it should be noted that increasingly fraudsters have through data breaches the ability to personalise emails so do not solely rely on this tactic
  • From who? – Who does it actually come from, click on the sender to check, its not fool proof but it catches a lot
  • Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with, and certainly not PIN numbers!
  • Report it – Your email inbox will have a spam button, this is one of the main ways Outlook, Gmail etc. machine learn on how to block spammers
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool


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