In case you haven’t heard, there’s a serious phishing scam that is attacking registered subscribers of Monster.com. According to the Monster.com webpage:
Monster is continuing to actively investigate and take measures to address the impact of malicious software, called Infostealer.Monstres, on our resume database. We are currently analyzing the number of job seekers who may have been affected by this software, and will be contacting them as appropriate.
Fortunately, we have been able to identify and shut down the source of the software. By gaining unauthorized access to employer accounts, the software was obtaining job seeker contact information. The information obtained was limited to the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of job seekers primarily located in the United States.
More information relating to this phishing scam can be found here.
Some things to keep in mind when you receive e-mails…you should definitely make sure that any e-mails you receive are from people that you know. IF you think that an e-mail is malicious, be sure to scan any attachments before you open them. Moreover, a HUGE majority of the websites you sign up for (Travelocity, Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, Monster, AOL, etc.) will never ask you for public information such as social security number or credit card information, especially by e-mail.
If you feel uncertain about an e-mail and they ask you to click on a link, don’t click on the link. It’s not the only way to get to respond to that e-mail. Instead of clicking on the link in the e-mail, just open a browser and go straight to that URL. So if you receive an e-mail from eBay asking you for your credit card information to validate a “purchase” you supposedly made, don’t click on the link. Just type in “www.ebay.com” in your browser and manage your account that way.
Taking some extra steps and using some common sense while online, you can be that much safer.