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Mon
25
Nov
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Phone Scam Resembles CryptoLocker Ransomware

The new 'CryptoLocker' ransomware scam has been causing havoc online for the past few weeks. But you should also be aware of a similar scam being carried out over the phone instead of through emails. Here's how the scam works: first, targets get an ... unexpected call from an unknown caller located within their area code. If the call is answered, the caller tells the target that they're from a reputable tech firm, such as Microsoft or Dell or even a security company like McAfee or Sophos. Usually the caller claims to be "working with" (rather than for) the named firm, often in the tech support ... (view more)

Thu
19
Sep
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Florida Text Message Scammers Busted by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled a case against a firm accused of sending 42 million bogus text messages. The texts falsely claimed recipients had won gift cards. An example of the texts, published by the FTC, reads "Dear Walmart ... shopper, your purchase last month won a $1000 Walmart Gift Card, go to www.vCardSpot.com within 24 hours to claim. (NO2cancel)." Similar messages mentioned other retailers, including Best Buy and Target. Not only were the claims completely false, but the retailers mentioned had no involvement in or knowledge of the texts. (Source: nbcnews.com ) ... (view more)

Fri
15
Feb
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Massive Ransomware Scam Discovered by Police

Europol has arrested 11 people for allegedly posing as the same police organization that has now picked them up. The alleged scammers are said to have posed as Europol in an attempt to trick people into handing over money. Europol is a police agency ... that operates across national borders. The scam is known as ransomware, which involves spreading malicious software and demanding victims pay a fee to have that software removed. The most common version of the scam involves making false claims that files will be deleted from the computer unless the user pays up. Victims 'Fined' For Illegal Content ... (view more)

Mon
24
Dec
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Beware Amazon Replacement Goods Scam

Amazon has been hit by a simple but sneaky scam involving bogus "lost item" claims that could lead to difficulty for legitimate Amazon shoppers. The problem was highlighted by web development blogger Chris Cardinal, who received several mysterious ... emails from Amazon about an order for an expensive camera. (Source: htmlist.com ) At first Cardinal assumed the messages were part of a phishing scam, which involves tricking people into providing personal information, including log-in data and passwords. However, upon logging into his Amazon account he discovered the emails were genuine. ... (view more)

Mon
08
Oct
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Scareware Scammer Hit With $163 Million Fine

A woman whose business intentionally scammed computer users by means of bogus security software has been ordered to pay a $163 million fine. Kristy Ross was vice president of Innovative Marketing, a firm legally registered in Belize (likely for ... favorable tax purposes) but actually operating out of Ukraine. The company has been the subject of legal action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the past four years. (Source: ftc.gov ) Bogus Security Scan Attracted Customers Innovative Marketing's business was actually a scareware scam: placing bogus website ads that pretended to scan a user's ... (view more)

Tue
27
Dec
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Microsoft Warns: 'PC Maintenance' Phone Call a Scam

Only days after uncovering a major international ransomware problem , Microsoft has once again issued a new security warning involving a holiday hoax. This time, scamsters are cold-call dialing people at home, claiming to be legitimate ... representatives of Microsoft. The tactic has been used before, though it involves a slightly new twist. Microsoft Affiliation Validates Scam Those affected by the swindle say that they received a cold-call from a third-party claiming to be a Microsoft representative, a Microsoft-affiliated brand, or of a third party contracted by Microsoft. The victim was asked ... (view more)

Wed
02
Mar
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Facebook Scum Launch 'Victims Scamming Victims' Campaign

Malware peddlers are once again scamming Facebook users for profit. What makes this swindle different is that once the scammer gets what they want out of their target, they turn around and offer the victim a chance to scam others for a nominal fee. ... Facebook Creeping: Too Good to be True It seems as if it is human nature for someone with a Facebook account to want to know who is looking at (or "creeping") their profile page at any given time. The scam centers around this kind of curiosity with applications such as "Profile Creeps" and "Creeper Tracker". Once a user falls victim to the scam, ... (view more)

Tue
30
Nov
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Top 5 Online Scams to Avoid this Holiday Shopping Season

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday officially behind us, Christmas is fast approaching. As such, online scamsters are working overtime to swindle as many victims as possible in response to the increased online traffic that comes with the bustling ... holiday season. Responding to the issue is the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), Better Business Bureau (BBB), and security software companies McAfee and F-Secure, which have all offered their take on the five most pertinent scams that online shoppers will face this year. Scam #1: The Free iPad It seems as if iPad-related scams began popping up ... (view more)

Mon
12
Nov
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Anti-Spyware Offer Revealed As Front For Hackers

Hackers are now hiding viruses in the last place you'd expect to find them: anti-spyware software. The elaborate scam allows hackers to get access to users computers. And for added measure, they even take credit card details on the way. The scam ... works by posting adverts on big-name websites. A random selection of these ads produce a pop-up window with a fake warning that the user's computer is infected, and offers a download of an anti-spyware program, paid for by credit card. The download, which comes under more than 40 different names such as Spyshredder, is actually a Trojan virus. The ... (view more)

Wed
27
Oct
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Alert: eBay and SquareTrade scam

Are you being scammed? Need to know the definitive answer right now? READ THIS ARTICLE and then come back to this page when you're finished (if you like). -- Infopackets Reader Rupert H. writes: " Dear Dennis, Last Sunday, I saw a one-day sale for a ... Harley Davidson Sportster 883 motorbike on eBay. The seller had around 500 or 600 positive feedbacks. The sale required that you contact the buyer first before you were allowed to bid, and so I did. The seller wanted to do business through a company called Square Trade. I checked out the website and the company seemed legitimate. 'Square ... (view more)

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