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Be careful of attachments in Buyers Requests


#1

So yeah, this happened.

Moral of the story: Be careful before opening files. Better to always do a check on Virus Total.
Furthermore, NEVER open executable files i.e. .exe, .scr, .cmd, .vbs etc…


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#2

There are many scammers trying to make sellers download viruses and programs. I simply don’t download the files with uncommon, executable and compressed formats. Even word docs are not safe these days.

You unzipped that file? I would suggest you to change fiverr password as a precautionary measure.


#3

True.

Unzipped it but didn’t run it. The .scr extension was a dead giveaway. I just wanted to see Virus Total’s analysis.


#4

Just a couple of days I had a client asking me if I could handle the translation of a document for their firm and as a translator, I am kind of used to just click on the attached word document right away to see if I can translate the text. The word document just contained an image and as soon as I opened the file, my antivirus programme popped up and since then I have all kinds of problems. Didn’t actually know it was possible with just a word document.


#5

Yep… Office documents, PDF files even Audio/Video files can be rigged with a payload to attack a vulnerability in the program that opens it. Just be extra careful and keep your software and AV updated.


#6

Thanks for the advise! It’s just tricky when really any order or request has a word document attached :confused:


#7

Just do scan on virustotal.com before opening any file. It only takes a few minutes. Sometimes certain AVs aren’t able to catch some types of malware but virustotal provides a comprehensive scan of all AVs in the market.


#8

Thank you so much for information, i will always remember that.


#9

Simple answer is use Mac.


#10

This is my go-to. Handy website to sniff out the shady downloads. A user wanted me to download an .exe said it was a VO script. :roll_eyes:


#11

I also saw this and send a offer in his request.


#12

A real shame this happened, thanks for letting us know.