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