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.
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
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.
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'.
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.
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
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
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
Internet Storm Center is running a poll on Fake Tech Support Calls, also the topic of a paper for VB 2012.
Pointers on how to recognize PC support/coldcalling/ammyy.com/logmein.com scams before you hand over any cash.
Facebook fraud, Carberp, statistics and a DDoS plugin.
Facecrooks has flagged a scam that has apparently already tricked 300,000 people into Liking a scam page.
ESET Ireland's Urban Schrott has found an Ireland-targeted 419 with a Spanish twist.
Information and resources regarding tricks used by coldcall/support desk scammers
Many companies and sites offering support are basing their appeal to visitors to their web sites on bona fides that are pretty difficult to verify.
A week or so ago we promised you a full paper expanding on our Hodprot is a Hotshot blog. That paper is now available.
...the scammer doesn't need you to edit the registry to find the CLSID he's looking for. He simply has to persuade you to run the ASSOC command...
...It's a 419 (Advance Fee Fraud) message, of course. Stripped of the pseudo-governmental flim-flam, the core of the message is that they want you to forward them this...
Old western cowboys beware, this heist didn’t happen with a stagecoach at gunpoint, it’s a new era out there. A user, going by the username allinvain reports he had 25,000 Bitcoins (BTC) stolen when his computer was infected. At the current BTC exchange rate, that haul would net about $500,000. Not too shabby for a
The US Department of Justice's announcement yesterday of the takedown of the command and control (C&C) servers for the Coreflood bots (detected by ESET as Win32/AFCore) and seizure of their domains marks another step in the growing awareness that crime, whether it is committed with bullets or with botnets, is still crime. This particular botnet,