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‘My Resume’ Malware Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

Sometimes, the simplest criminal ruses are the most effective. One current malware campaign attempts to trick you into infecting your computer by opening what you believe is a simple resume.

The email introduces the sender – the stated name may vary – and claims that you can review the person’s resume by opening an attached file. 
Business owners, who may regularly receive job enquiry emails, may open such an email attachment as a matter of course.

But, the attached .zip file does not contain a resume. Instead, it contains a malicious .exe file. If you click the .exe file,  a trojan may be installed on your computer. Once installed, the trojan may download further malware components that may steal information from your computer and allow criminals to control the computer from afar.

If you receive this email, do not click any links or open any attachments contained within.

An example of the malware email:

Subject: [Name removed] – My resume

Hi, my name is [Name removed]
Please find my resume from attach section. Kindly give me a replySincerely,
[Name Removed]

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,