Work at Home Scams

IT Consultancy Defrauded of $100K

A New Hampshire-based IT consultancy lost nearly $100,000 this month
after thieves broke into the company’s bank accounts with the help of
10 co-conspirators across the United States. Read the full article. [KrebsonSecruity]

United Way Hack Exposes Work-at-Home Scam

Hackers broke into computer systems at a Massachusetts chapter of the
United Way last month and attempted to make off with more than $150,000
from one of the nation’s largest charities with the use of a money mule duped by a “Work-at-home” scam. Read the full article. [KrebsonSecurity]

Google Sues Work@Home Scam Co.

Google filed a lawsuit Monday against a U.S. company it alleges runs
work-at-home scams that unnecessarily charge people’s credit cards and
spoof Google’s brand name. Read the full article. [Computerworld]

The FBI reports it has seen a rise of malware over the past few months targeting small and medium businesses and municipal government entities and school districts. Once a malicious attachment or link is opened, keylogging tactics obtain bank account info where criminals then initiate wire transfers or Automated Clearinghouse Transfers (ACH). The report also cites that in some cases individuals have been recruited to unknowingly help criminals with “work at home” jobs that tell them they will be working on sending these fraudulent funds transfers by Western Union or Moneygram. FBI has links to US CERT for help. Read the statement. [FBI]

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