Caller ID spoofing — electric company warning

I’ve written about this before: whether it’s at your front door or on your phone or on your computer, scammers use the same tricks. In this case, spoofing their identity. Southern California Edison send out this email notice last week. *** Subject: Important message from SCE: Beware of caller ID spoofing That ‘Southern California Edison’ phone… Continue reading Caller ID spoofing — electric company warning

PC Support Phone Scams — three month study

PC World recently posted an article “What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers” by a senior writer at InfoWorld. That article summarizes what was learned over a 3-month period from phone contact with companies claiming to be “Windows Technical Services” or “Windows Security Services” or “Windows Service Center” or another similar name. “I am… Continue reading PC Support Phone Scams — three month study

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

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