Lookalike web page addresses

Ever mistype a Web page address? Mistype the URL? Like typing “Gogle” instead of “Google.” Ever click a result from a Google search that looked like the site you wanted but took you to something else? With maybe some scary ads? Well, these two articles (links below) are a reminder about this common way criminals… Continue reading Lookalike web page addresses

Phishing attacks — fake “Apple” emails

I’ve noticed these types of scams for awhile: email messages (supposedly) from Apple purportedly about a payment or Apple ID or login from another device (which in fact you may not own). More and more email apps (especially on mobile devices) do not permit examination of the raw message text, which often permits detection of… Continue reading Phishing attacks — fake “Apple” emails

Anti-phishing test results 2017

If you’re particularly worried about somehow landing on a malicious website while browsing the Internet, then this PC World (August 1, 2017) article “AV-Comparatives’ anti-phishing results for 2017 put Avast, Bitdefender, Fortinet, and Kaspersky on top” may be useful. In previous posts, I’ve noted PC World’s summaries of test results by the independent computer security… Continue reading Anti-phishing test results 2017

Phishing — what it is and tips

The May issue of HP’s “Technology at Work” contains some useful information on phishing scams. Phishing is the act of posing as a familiar, trustworthy entity in electronic communications and using that familiarity and trust to get recipients to release confidential information, such as passwords and bank account numbers. The article summarizes tips to detect… Continue reading Phishing — what it is and tips

Fake Gift Card Surveys — another email scam

Fake gift card surveys. I’ve seen more of these scams the last month or two. The email messages claimed to be from Amazon with “Amazon Coupons” as the subject. Examination of the messages revealed sender addresses having nothing to do with Amazon. Like from amazon@someothersite.com. Encoded (indecipherable) links in the bodies of the messages went… Continue reading Fake Gift Card Surveys — another email scam

Fake order confirmations — another email scam

Fake order confirmations. I’ve seen a lot of these the last couple of weeks. Particularly repeated email messages claiming to be from Costco (Walgreens, etc.) with “Order Confirmation” as the subject. Of course, I never placed any such order(s). Examination of the messages (without actually opening them in an email app) revealed various sender addresses… Continue reading Fake order confirmations — another email scam

Phishing Attacks August 2013

PC World summarized a Kaspersky Lab’s study that noted: Spam volumes took a usual seasonal drop in August, but phishing spiked, including a noticeable interest in hijacking Apple accounts. This article may be viewed at: www.pcworld.com/article/2049287/apple-is-a-tempting-phishing-target-for-scammers.html#tk.rss_all Of particular note was the resurgence of some old malware which infects your email contact list. Phishing attacks continued… Continue reading Phishing Attacks August 2013

Reporting fraud and/or phishing

VIPRE Security News Vol.1, #5 – August 10, 2011 – Issue #5 contains a list of both government and corporate email addresses to send incidents of fraud and/or phishing.

Employees Fall for Phishing

This Enterprise Systems article highlights once again that protecting yourself from phishing attacks requires guidance and training. Relying on good intentions is not enough. Many are tricked into clicking on links in phishing e-mail messages anyway. The cleverness of cybercriminals can still overcome the best intentions of employees. As Sjouwerman [KnowBe4 founder and CEO Stu… Continue reading Employees Fall for Phishing