Cybercriminals take advantage of the growing number of redundancies due to the new conditions caused by its pandemic COVID-19:, to hire unemployed as money mules carriers. Her researchers PhishLabs discovered e-mails Phishing, through which fraudsters try to persuade people in the US who may have lost their jobs due to the pandemic to start working from home, telling them that they will receive a salary of $ 5.000 a month. However, these e-mail Candidates do not provide further information on what qualifications are required for these jobs. Instead, emails encourage potential victims to request more information.
Many scammers pretend to be representatives of Wells Fargo Human Resource (HR) who are supposed to hire people for remote work from all over the United States to take on the role of personal assistant. In particular, in the emails they send, they state that their company is in short supply staff due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and so it is looking for a new workforce, pointing out that it is a part-time job, so anyone interested is asked to inform if they are available for remote work. If the prospective victim accepts the job offer, then he or she will be asked to provide more personal information information to the supposed company. After the fraudsters gain the victim's trust, the victim will be assigned the task of transferring money that, without his knowledge, has been stolen by the fraudsters.
These scammers exploit the unemployed by offering them jobs as money mules, which can have serious legal consequences, resulting in fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars or even prison sentences. According to the US Department of Justice, money launderers may be either intentionally or unknowingly complicit in illegal activities, in which they take money from victims and then transport it where their "leaders" tell them.
Last month, the FBI warned of cybercrime behind the money laundering regime, taking advantage of the fear and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, emphasize that by allowing others to use your bank account or make financial transactions on behalf of third parties, may not only infringe on your bank accounts, but also your other personal information, which may even endanger your life. So you need to protect yourself by refusing to send or receive money on behalf of individuals and operational for which you are not personally and professionally responsible.