Blog Posts Tagged with "scams"


More ATM Skimmers Being Used By Gangs

September 20, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

A report issued by the FTC finds that customers in the process of withdrawing cash from ATMs are more likely to be victims of ATM fraud than a direct, physical crime, and skimmer devices have recently been found on gas pumps and ATMs throughout Northern California...

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Internal Revenue Service Identity Theft Scams

September 14, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

If a scammer posing as an IRS agent ever contacts you, they may already have some of your personal information, which they can use to try to convince you that they are actually from the IRS. This data could come from public records or even your trash...

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Summertime Scams and Identity Theft

August 14, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

For everything in life, there is a corresponding scam. Scammers spend their energy trying to separate hardworking, law-abiding citizens from their money, and they’ll take advantage of any opportunity to do so. this summer's hottest scams include:

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Arming Yourself Against Identity Theft

July 29, 2010 Added by:Jay Ferron

What are criminals looking for? Social Security numbers, passwords, mother's maiden name, birth dates, billing and e-mail addresses, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and ATM pins. The more information you give them, the easier it is to steal your identity...

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10 Ways to Prevent Social Media Scams

July 23, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

The opportunity social media creates for criminals is to “friend” their potential victims in order to create a false sense of trust and use that against their victims in phishing or other scams...

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Next Generation Phone Scams

July 16, 2010 Added by:Guy Pace

If you allow scammers access to your computer, they will use access to your system to further harvest private and financial information. All this will be used to create other financial accounts or will be sold on the Internet black market to other criminals...

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Patterns of Use and Abuse with IP Addresses

July 10, 2010 Added by:Nathaniel Markowitz

Internet service providers hosting domains that were registered by seemingly legitimate companies were much more geographically distributed than their illegitimate counterparts. Most of the malicious ISPs are located in China and Russia...

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Phishing Scam Employs U.S. General Commander in Iraq

July 09, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Phishing is a $9 billion business. Unlike the ongoing depleting of the ocean’s fisheries, there are PLENTY of people out there to phish. Many of them today are from developing nations like India and China who are just getting a broadband connection to the internet and are considered fresh meat to the bad guy...

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Summer Heat: Online Dating Scams

June 25, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Love online. 20 years ago it wasn’t even a thought. 10 years ago it was weird. 5 years ago it was new and exciting. Today it’s as normal as milk and bread. If you are looking for a mate online you will eventually hit pay dirt. Most of my friends who tried it, succeeded at it.

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Scammers Bait 40,000 Facebook Victims with Ikea Gift Card

April 21, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

It’s just a matter of setting up a fake Facebook page and marketing it to a few people who then send it to their friends and it goes somewhat viral. The Ikea scam hooked 40,000 unsuspecting victims with the promise of a $1,000 gift card.

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Passwords…Are they needed?

April 06, 2010 Added by:Katie Weaver-Johnson

This week I received an e-mail from a friend of mine saying he was in the UK to visit his ill sister and needed to borrow money…perhaps many of you have received an e-mail like this too?  In reality, my friend’s e-mail account had been hacked and the e-mail was a hoax.

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'Mafia Wars' CEO Brags About Scamming Users from Day One

November 29, 2009 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

I've never played Mafia Wars myself, but it's a very popular Facebook game that many of my friends play and annoy me with the constant broadcast news feed messages. It's one of the more popular Facebook applications and -like most of them- pose a real risk to the players and players friends within the Facebook community.

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Spammers Feasting on the East

October 13, 2009 Added by:Sudha Nagaraj

In India, Diwali or the ‘Festival of Lights’ is round the corner. As the D-day draws closer, Indians are flocking to malls and travel operators to shop and make reservations for the up-coming holidays. At this juncture, Symantec has released an advisory warning users against emails that offer discounts, holiday deals and other enticing subject lines which feature the word Diwali.

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