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Taxing Times: Dealing with tax identity fraud in America

Filing your taxes on April 15? What if someone has already filed “your” income tax return? Sadly, this can happen, and it does happen, all too often. Here’s why, and what you can do about it.

The London Scam and the Londonderry Air

My colleagues at ESET Ireland, report that an all-too-familiar scam is currently hitting Irish mailboxes. I’ve talked about it at some length here previously – for instance here and here – but here’s a quick summary. Someone, apparently someone you know (a friend or a family member) contacts you to tell you that they’ve been

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Where? – Academic Publishing Scams

[A shorter version of this article was originally published - without illustrations - on the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s eCrime blog.] Phishing attacks targeting academia aren’t the most high-profile of attacks, though they’re more common than you might think. Student populations in themselves constitute a sizeable pool of potential victims for money mule recruitment and other

Support Scams: we don’t really write all the viruses…

…and nor are we responsible for fake AV/scareware and (more recently) ransomware, though I did suggest in a paper I presented at EICAR a couple of years ago that the bad guys who do peddle that stuff are all too proficient at stealing our clothes, and that maybe some security companies were making it easier

Phishbait: not so much a Smile as a rictus

Below, you can see the textual part of a bank phishing email I received today (it also contained a Smile logo, which was the only graphical content).  Here’s the message text from the phishing email:  Dear Account Holder, Do you know that with Smile Internet banking, you can eliminate the cost of receiving and transferring

ATM scammers tried to steal $3 million from 6,000 bank accounts

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed an indictment against two defendants allegedly involved in an ATM skimming operation that resulted in the loss of over $3 million from 6000 bank accounts.

The guide to safer online shopping

Many of us now buy goods and services online for the convenience and savings. The experts at ESET put together this guide to safer online shopping so you get the goods you want, and no nasty surprises. Tune your shopping machine Like the tune-up your car gets before a long drive, your laptop may need

Diamonds are forever, and so are investment scams

Tempted to invest in colour diamonds or collectible bottles of wine? That irresistible offer could be a boiler room scam.

Digital photos demand a second look as picture-stealing threat develops

How many image files do you have on your computer? Would you be happy to send them all to a stranger? How about the photos on your smartphone? These are some of the questions I pondered this past weekend in light of several seemingly unrelated events from the previous week. (As a random data point,

PC Support Scams: a Forensic View

A paper for the Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training Conference looking at forensic issues that arose during our research into Tech Support Scams.

Telephone Scams: it’s not all about PC support

Recently, I’ve been hearing about and receiving phone calls from people with Indian accents about something a little different from the classic your PC is virus-infected but you can pay me to get it fixed’ support scam.

Avoid Election Season Scams: Donations and cruises to avoid

As the Better Business Bureau recently warned, scam artists are gearing up for the Presidential election season. So what pitfalls do consumers face during the final stretch of campaigning, on computers and on the phone? Recently, we’ve seen examples of phony phone calls, phony websites seeking donations, and there may be more to come. Regular

Support Scammer Anna’s CLSID confusion

Scammer Anna claims to be from Global PC Helpline, and certainly that site seems to be confused about what it is and where it operates from.

The Tech Support Scammer's Revenge

Giving a support scammer access to your PC can give you more problems than any imaginary virus, especially if you refuse to pay for his ‘service’.

Scareware on the Piggy-Back of ACAD/Medre.A

There are always people who want to piggy-back on the achievements of others. After ESET warned the public against ACAD/Medre.A in two blogs here and here  and issued a free standalone cleaner for remediation, there was always the possibility that drawing attention to the issue would result in the topic being misused for other purposes.

Close call with a Caribbean cruise line scam

In the middle of working on a blog post about SMS phishing scams at my desk last night, I received a rather strange call.  The number displayed on the Caller ID was +1 (360) 474-3925.  I did not recognize the number, but since it was 7:10PM, I assumed it was a colleague trying to reach

SMSmishing Unabated: Best Buy targeted by fake gift card campaign

News of SMS (text) phishing scams are nothing new to readers of this blog.  ESET researcher Cameron Camp recently wrote an article explaining how they work and how to avoid them here on ESET’s Threat Blog: SMSmishing (SMS Text Phishing) – how to spot and avoid scams, And just before Valentine’s Day, my colleague Stephen

Press One if by LAN, Two if by Sea

At ESET, we spend a great deal of time researching the latest technologies and how they may be affected by frauds and scams. Sometimes these are “old fashioned” spam through email, or they may be programs like fake antivirus programs or ransomware. And we certainly have blogged extensively about PC support scams where the caller

Support Scam Poll

Internet Storm Center is running a poll on Fake Tech Support Calls, also the topic of a paper for VB 2012.

How to recognize a PC support scam

Pointers on how to recognize PC support/coldcalling/ammyy.com/logmein.com scams before you hand over any cash.

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