Archive for 'Scams & Hoaxes'

Facebook Fake Friend Request Scam

Facebook Fake Friend Request Scam

Hackers could be re-purposing your information including photos and bio information and creating bogus accounts using your name structured a little different. The hackers than start sending friend requests to your friends because they know at first glance your friends will accept the friend request. Hackers are getting smarter and more strategic in stealing your […]

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The Dangers of Counterfeit Electronics and How to Avoid Them

The Dangers of Counterfeit Electronics and How to Avoid Them

It sounds like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster: A military fighter jet mechanic discovers a part on a plane that isn’t quite right. Upon further investigation, officials discover that the computer chip, a piece no bigger than an inch square, is not in fact the military-grade advance technology that was touted by the manufacturer, […]

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Court Notice to Appear Scam

Court Notice to Appear Scam

There’s an email purporting to be from a court, claiming that the recipient appear on the date and time indicated in the email. This email has an attachment notification that is harmful to the user’s computer if the file is downloaded and extracted. The zip file is loaded with a Malware executable. The email is […]

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Why E-Cards are Dangerous

Why E-Cards are Dangerous

It’s easy, it’s affordable but it is also a playground where cyber crooks love to play. It’s an easy way to engineer a scam by playing on people’s feelings. The holidays are upon us and it’s also the busiest time for cyber crooks to brew up their next scam. E-cards (or electronic greeting cards) have […]

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Policy Department Phishing Scam On The Loose!

Policy Department Phishing Scam On The Loose!

There’s an email or emails claiming “Your Auto-Coverage Policy Is Undergoing Changes.” This email is out to steal personal identifiable information to be sold to 3rd party companies or to be used to steal your identity. In any case, the email is a scam. When you click on the link in the email it takes […]

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Yahoo Serving Up Dangerous Ads

Yahoo Serving Up Dangerous Ads

It’s obvious that Yahoo will let anyone advertise regardless of what products or services an advertiser is selling. In this case, the ad below takes users to a rogue software site to download a registry cleaner program to speed up a computer. I find this very irresponsible on Yahoo’s part to not demonstrate responsibility on […]

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Apple ID Verification Scam

Apple ID Verification Scam

There’s an email purporting to be from Apple, claiming that you must verify your information or your account will be suspended. In order to verify your Apple ID, you must click on a link in the email. This link leads to a phishing website that steals personal identifiable information and is used in unlawful activities […]

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Tax Refund Scam on the Loose!

Tax Refund Scam on the Loose!

There’s an email purporting to be from the U.S Government Tax services stating that your refund is ready to be deposited in your bank account. In order to ensure proper delivery and deposit, the email states that you must confirm your personal identifiable information. This is a phishing scam out to steal banking information and […]

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How to Protect Against Identity Theft and Identity Fraud

How to Protect Against Identity Theft and Identity Fraud

Online scams are a huge problem in today’s digital world. One of the most dangerous and most common threats out there is identity theft. This is when someone gets hold of your secure information like your I.D number, credit card number, password or email address and impersonates you for their own benefit. Usually this includes […]

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PayPal Phishing Scam – Your Account has Been Limited

PayPal Phishing Scam – Your Account has Been Limited

There’s an email purporting to be from PayPal, claiming that your account has been limited due a problem. This is a phishing scam that tries to fool members in providing personal information in order to lift the limit of their PayPal account. These scammers create web pages using all the same content and logos to […]

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Beware of This Year’s Holiday Scams

Beware of This Year’s Holiday Scams

Scammers are in full force during the holiday season trying to lure in customers to buy into their scams. It is important that you never reply to these offers as this will notify the scammer or online crooks that your email is active. The most popular scams are all about great deals, loans, and auctions. […]

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MetLife Phishing Scam

MetLife Phishing Scam

There’s an email purporting to be from MetLife, claiming to save you money on life insurance. This is a scam out to collect personal identifiable information which the scammer will sell to other 3rd party marketers or even use it to steal your identify. If you click on any links inside the email, it will […]

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