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

Holiday scams — annual alert

This time of year brings, as usual, the need to be particularly alert for cybercrime. PC World’s article “10 sneaky holiday phishing scams to watch out for” lists some common scams. Fake purchase invoices Fake shipping notifications (with malware links) Unexpected deals or product promotions from stores or sellers you have never dealt with Phishing… Continue reading Holiday scams — annual alert

Email spoofing — a reminder to be alert

Malwarebytes Labs’ blog recently posted an article about email spoofing. It’s a good reminder about following best practices — ways to avoid scams. Email spoofing basically comes down to sending emails with a false sender address. This can be used in various ways by threat actors. Obviously pretending to be someone else can have its… Continue reading Email spoofing — a reminder to be alert

IRS “Dirty Dozen” tax scams — phone and email fraud

1. Phone tax scams top the IRS’ so-called “Dirty Dozen” for this filing season. Read the full article for what to do and not to do. Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing… Continue reading IRS “Dirty Dozen” tax scams — phone and email fraud

Tax scams — email phishing

Tax scams are nothing new. The digital age has made such scams even more common. So, I received a phishing email message today claiming to be from “irs.online.services@irs.gov” with “Update Your E-file Records For 2015 Tax Return” as the subject. A detailed examination revealed that the message was not in fact from the IRS (no… Continue reading Tax scams — email phishing

Valentine’s Day — scams as usual

As I’ve noted in previous posts, while holidays are times to celebrate, they also are opportunities for scammers to trick you. The latest issue of VIPRE Security News reminds us of 5 common scams. 5 Scams Designed to Break Your Heart: Lovely Email or Unlovely Malware? Infected e-cards Google-based Traps Social Media Frauds Sales-related Scams… Continue reading Valentine’s Day — scams as usual

More and more phone scams

The July 2015 issue of VIPRE Security News notes that: “Retail and finance call centre phone scamming in the US is up 30 percent according to research from Pindrop Security, a phone security company.” Attackers call across international borders at 10x the rate of legitimate callers. Spoofing technology allows attackers to hide their true automatic… Continue reading More and more phone scams

Credit Score Scams — a scam that hasn’t changed about score changes

If your email address has been “harvested” by scammers, then at some point you’ll probably get an email message with a subject like “Your credit score has changed,” or “Your Equifax score has been modified” or something similar, possibly referring to Experian or TransUnion as well. From “Score Advisor” or something similar. These scam spam… Continue reading Credit Score Scams — a scam that hasn’t changed about score changes

PC Security Tips — common tricks

PC World’s latest article “How to protect your PC against devious security traps” provides a useful summary of malicious attacks: Phishing Bogus email Fake warnings Out-of-date app exploits Zero-day attacks Port sniffing

Fake Shipping Notifications — an annual email scam

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Fake shipping notifications — email messages purporting to be from mainstream shippers (FedEx, UPS, etc.) saying that delivery of a parcel / package was attempted — directing you to open an attachment or click on a link. As pointed out in last year’s post “Holiday Cyber Risks” (December… Continue reading Fake Shipping Notifications — an annual email scam

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

Phony Computer Support Calls — A Common Scam

So, one day you’re really busy. You get an unsolicited call from someone claiming they’re “Microsoft Support” or a company associated with Microsoft or your PC manufacturer (like Dell or HP). They claim that there’s a problem with your PC: “Your PC is infected!” They use technical terms. They’ll help. They ask you to use… Continue reading Phony Computer Support Calls — A Common Scam

AARP Fraud Watch Network

As noted in the latest VIPRE Security News, AARP created a Fraud Watch Network site: an interactive, national campaign to fight fraud and identity theft and give Americans access to information about how to protect themselves and their families. The new site’s mission is: Fight Back Against Scams in Your State AARP’s Fraud Watch Network… Continue reading AARP Fraud Watch Network

It’s the mo-o-o-ost dangerous time of the year

A recent PC World article reminded us that “Tech threats abound beyond spam, malware during holidays.” Cyber criminals are all over social media sites, trying to get you to click on links from your “friends,” or to open up fake e-cards. Or, they’re trying to scam you into purchasing fraudulent gift cards for unbelievably low… Continue reading It’s the mo-o-o-ost dangerous time of the year

Holiday Cyber Risks

IDG’s CSO* recently posted an article titled “5 risks to avoid for the holidays” summarizing scams and risks to beware of for the holidays. In particular, watch out for spoofed emails purportedly from shippers and payment processing agents. Also fake e-cards. Fake messages frequently include instructions to open an attachment or click on a link.… Continue reading Holiday Cyber Risks