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Phone Scams: Increasing Numbers, Wider Scope

There’s a lot more to phone scams than tech support, giving rise to an escalating number of complaints. Here’s what two recent reports tell us.

(More) Confessions of a Support Scammer

David Harley examines the latest confessions of a support scammer to appear on the web, this time from a Reddit Q&A.

Phish Phood for Thought

In 2007, David Harley and Andrew Lee suggested at Virus Bulletin that poorly-designed phish quizzes did more harm than good. Has the picture changed much?

Love hurts: Online dating scams are Australia’s top financial fraud

Australians were tricked out of around AUS$82 million (US$66 million) during 2014, with online dating scams accounting for the biggest losses.

Google releases Password Alert: an anti-phishing Chrome extension

Google has taken a stand against phishing attacks by revealing Password Alert: a Chrome extension designed to neutralize them after a user is taken in.

Accident Scam Waiting to Happen

Beware of that accident scam call or text: losing money isn’t the only risk.

Tech Support Scammers with Teeth

Some support scammers and their assassination threats may seem dumb, but they’re no joke.They can cause serious damage as we discuss it in this article.

SEO Scams and Semi-Scams

Search Engine Optimization: it’s an essential component of internet marketing strategy, I guess, but one with a bad public image, especially in the wake of years of abuse of optimization techniques by purveyors of malware and other bad actors (Black Hat SEO, or BHSEO).

Hackers phish for data with fake Apple Watch giveaway

Apple fans keen to get their hands on the Apple Watch are advised to think before they click, after hackers exploited a wave of enthusiasm around the launch with a phishing scam linked to a fake giveaway.

Fake Amazon gift cards offer only malware to Android devices

Fake Amazon gift cards are being sent to Android devices via text message, but it’s malware not discounts that is being spread among the recipients.

Phishing, exploits and botnets – how can they affect your business?

How can phishing exploits and botnets affect a business?

Lenovo and Superfish? Don’t panic, you may not be affected

Lenovo’s installation of a security-breaking app called Superfish on some computers has customers justifiably angry, but some folks are now unnecessarily confused by false positive detection.

Sexy Russian scammers would love to break your heart this Valentine’s Day

That message you received from a sexy Russian lady calling you Mr Dependable? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s too good to be true.

Is your valentine for real? Six signs you might be falling for an online dating scam

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, millions will be looking for love online. Here’s six online dating scams to look out for.

Anthem hack victims hit with phishing scams

Victims of the Anthem Inc health insurance hack are being bombarded with phishing scams including fraudulent emails and cold calls, reports Slashgear.

Common eBay scams and how to avoid them

Buying and selling on eBay can be great, but it can also be fraught with risk. Here are some of the most common eBay scams and how they can be avoided.

Facebook porn scam infects 110k users in 48 hours

A new porn scam is spreading startlingly quickly through Facebook – one that has managed to spread malware to over 110,000 users in 48 hours, reports The Guardian.

U.S. tax identity theft: dodging the $5 billion crime spree

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week? Yes, tax ID fraud is a real threat to your finances in America today. Putting your tax refund in jeopardy is just one of the impacts.

University of Buffalo study examines the psychology of phishing emails

A study by the University of Buffalo has revealed that ‘information rich phishing emails’ may be more effective due to their ability to alter recipients’ cognitive processes, reports Phys.org.

Facebook will highlight hoaxes in users’ newsfeeds

Facebook has announced plans to crack down on spam and hoaxes in the newsfeed, with a note highlighting ‘false information’ when enough people flag the link as a hoax.

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