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Tag: Scammers

Malware Alert: “Hey User Your Facebook Account Has Been Closed!”

(Softpedia) Security experts from Avast! have come across an interesting malware distribution spam campaign that exploits Facebook’s popularity.  It all starts with emails entitled “Hey <name> your Facebook account has been closed!” or “Hi <name> your Facebook account is blocked!” The bogus Facebook emails instruct users to download and execute an attachment to unlock their…
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Phishing Alert: Automated Tax Refund Notification from HMRC

(Softpedia) Emails purporting to come from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) inform recipients that they have an unclaimed tax refund. In reality, the notifications have nothing to do with HMRC.  Entitled “Automated Tax Refund Notification,” the bogus messages read something like this: “Unclaimed Tax Refund Notification You are Receiving this Notification Because you are yet…
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419 Scam Alert: You Won a Camry Solara from the International Cricket Council

(Softpedia) The International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2013 is taking place these days in England and Wales and, as with most major events, cybercriminals are leveraging the occasion in one of their scam campaigns. Symantec experts have spotted scam emails that purport to come from the ICC. “International Cricket Council. Open attached file for…
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Con man exposed after Justin Bieber ruse

(CNN) — Waleed Ahmed grins for the camera, a sly smile on his face as he poses in front of a black Porsche parked on the street. At first glance, he looks like any other young guy hamming it up for an image to share with his buddies on Facebook. Yet looks can be deceiving.…
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Ticketmaster warns phishers using tickets as bait

(The Register) Australian online ticketing service Tickemaster has been hit by a phishing raid that has defeated Spam filters. Several Reg readers report receiving multiple emails yesterday (Vulture South received nine), all purporting to report newly-purchased tickets…read full article

Users Warned About Father’s Day Spam Campaigns

(Softpedia) Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 16) and as many users are rushing to do some last minute shopping, scammers and spammers are taking advantage of the opportunity. Symantec has spotted several spam campaigns. Some of them advertise replica watches and shady products and services, while others lure users to fake surveys…
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Scam Alert: Donate to UN High Commissioner for Refugees to Help Syrians

(Softpedia) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is accepting donations from individuals who want to help Syrian refugees. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to help those in need, you must beware of the many donation scam sites set up by fraudsters. McAfee Senior Threat Researcher Francois Paget has come across a legitimate-looking…
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Phone Spam Alert: Your Google Account Has Been Hacked, Reply Now

(Softpedia) Experts warn mobile phone users to be on the lookout for a phone spam campaign which informs them that their Google accounts have been hacked. According to ThreatTrack Security experts, the spam messages read something like this: “Your Google Account has been hacked. Reply NOW to take a call to verify your account.” While…
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NSA Whistleblower Article Redirects to Malware

(Threatpost) Hackers have latched on to the NSA surveillance story—literally. A news story on the outing of whistleblower Edward Snowden posted to the Washington Free Beacon is serving malware redirecting visitors to a malicious site where more malware awaits. The Free Beacon site remains infected, according to Invincea researchers, who said they have contacted the…
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Cybercrooks use photo-sharing to plant malware in online auto ad scams, FBI warns

(Naked Security) Beware the auto seller on Craigslist who says he’ll send photos on request – he could well be a crook who sends photos packed with malware, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has warned. In a posting on its news blog, the FBI says it’s seeing scam artists posting ads without pictures…
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