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FBI warns of email scams claiming to be from Bureau

Another template attempts to scare, rather than thrill, the recipients. Upon learning that “your IP address and other identifying information were used to commit multiple online crimes”, the mark is urged to contact the sender by phone immediately.

Scammers and jobhunters

It’s easier to have scruples about how you earn your living when you’re not one of millions of people chasing just a few thousand jobs.

Happy holidays, scam spotters!

Businesses are often sent fake invoices and waybills which install ransomware. Teach staff to avoid these. If questionable, ask your IT dept to look at it. E-cards have been a target in the past and may be used again in holiday-themed attacked.

Windows Movie Maker Scam spreads massively due to high Google ranking

ESET detected a modified version of Windows Movie Maker that aims to collect money from unaware users. The spread has been boosted by SEO.

Don’t fall for Hurricane Harvey charity scams!

Merciless scammers have no qualms about exploiting people’s kind-hearted nature by spreading their attacks via social networks and email, linking to counterfeit charity websites designed to steal the public’s payment card details.

Homograph attacks: Don’t believe everything you see

A homograph attack is what happens when attackers register domains that are similar to the originals, with valid certificates.

New WhatsApp scam: Netflix free for a year

ESET’s Lucas Paus looks at a new WhatsApp scam that is making the rounds. The fraudsters behind it claim that users can get Netflix free for a year.

Scam calls: Can you hear me, mother?

David Harley discusses a scam that has been making the rounds where, it’s reported, cold-calling scammers ask the victim ‘Can you hear me?’.

Real or virtual currency? Scammers accept both

ESET researchers have discovered and reported scammers stealing PayPal and Paxful credentials disguised as a tool for YouTube monetization, and a bitcoin trading marketplace.

Spanish Harmada: More on tech support scams

David Harley and Josep Albors on the evolution of tech support scams and why the current high incidence of reports in Spain are significant.

Don’t pay for what is for free: Malicious Adobe Flash Player app found on Google Play

ESET researchers have discovered a malicious app at Google Play tricking its victims into paying €18 ($19) for Adobe Flash Player.

If you download Minecraft mods from Google Play, read on …

ESET researchers have discovered 87 malicious apps on Google Play disguised as mods for Minecraft.

Support scams now reign in Spain

If you thought that the problem of tech support scams was disappearing, think again, says Josep Albors and David Harley.

Beware new WhatsApp scam offering “free internet without Wi-Fi”

The number of scams spreading through the messaging app WhatsApp keeps on increasing, reports Lucas Paus. And there’s already a new one in 2017.

Ray-Bans out, Uggs in: Holiday season scam plagues social media

A new holiday season scam campaign is plaguing social media – and this time it’s pretending to sell heavily discounted Uggs, reports ESET’s Ondrej Kubovič.

New airline scam promises free Emirates flight tickets

A new airline scam is promising people free Emirates flight tickets if they take part in a “fast survey”, ESET’s Denise Giusto Bilić reports.

Old Facebook scam gets ready for new boost

ESET researchers are warning about a Facebook scam that spreads fake terror news to trick victims into disclosing their Facebook credentials.

Scammers claim there is a virus in Apple’s iTunes database

Scammers are once again targeting Apple customers in their attempt to hijack accounts and steal payment information.

Hours before Euro 2016, fake websites are still offering overpriced tickets

Online scammers are trying to take advantage of fans desperately scouring the web for the last few tickets to Euro 2016 via newly created fake websites.

Hitting emails and Facebook: Ray-Ban scam is back

Recently, we informed you about a Ray-Ban scam campaign flooding Facebook via hacked profiles. It seems this hasn’t satisfied the attackers They’re back.

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