What are they after?
· Jump Off’s – Spammers are looking for e-mail addresses to propagate their scheme, scam or virus. They have written worms to crawl through your contact list
· Validation – Thieves are checking to see if you are home by getting you to respond to e-mail’s. They desire to use valid accounts to do their dirty work.
How they work
· Viruses attach themselves to programs. Every time you use the program it propagates itself or destroys the operating system.
· E-mail viruses are after your contact list to further spread destruction.
· Worms look for vulnerabilities in your wireless network to spread to every computer attached.
· Trojan Horses are fake software, usually free, that says it will do one thing but does damage.
What to do right now
· Backup your files – Spend the cash and purchase an external hard drive. Disk space is far less expensive than losing your clients’ resumes.
· Windows users make a bootable virus scan CD – This enable you to scan your entire computer before the virus has a chance to load.
· Check websites before you visit them – Google has a Safe Browsing tool that has been around for a few years.
o http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=< Your site name>
· Report Spam – Forward unwanted or deceptive messages to the Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the complete spam email.
o Do not call registry / International Spam
Here is my 2012 list of e-mail scams
10. Complaint Report - looks like it’s from Better Business Bureau really from quiccalabria.com
9. A new Account is Available – from Ameriprise
8. Dating Unread Messages – from mediadis.cccampaigns.com
7. Order Inqiury – from various and YES it is misspelled
6. ACH [Miscellaneous number] Transaction Rejected (made me look!)
5. WU urgent action needed – looks like it’s from Western Union really from tips828.net
4. You have a new fax [24 pages] – looks like it’s from Rapidfax but I cannot determine the source.
3. jConnect Fax [28 pages] – Looks like it’s from the “Fraud department” at the IRS but I cannot determine the source.
2. Confidential to all Employees – Looks like it came from MY company!
1. Wire Released – Looks like it came from WebsterBank.com. Said I had $160K
All of these e-mails had attachments and embedded links that can be catastrophic to your computer. Do not unsubscribe or click on any link unless you are absolutely sure you know the source!
Have a safe Holiday!