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WhatsApp Gold Service Scam Coming to a Smartphone Near You

POSTED: William PinilisJune 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, Identity theft, Internet & Email Scams, Scams

There is a message circulating on the WhatsApp service that is tricking users into installing malware. The scam offers users the chance to upgrade to a premium 'gold' service.

Scammers Already Competing In the Rio Olympics

POSTED: William PinilisMay 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM / Internet & Email Scams, Scams

With the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics drawing closer cybercriminals are actively exploiting the growing Olympic fever. They are targeting sports fans with fake ticket scams, malware emails and phishing attacks.

How Much is That Doggy in the Window? Online Puppy Scams

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 12, 2016 at 1:52 PM / Consumer News, Internet & Email Scams, Scams

Buyers beware when it comes to ordering a puppy online. Some animal breeders and sellers who advertise online are scamming would-be pet owners, actively preying on their emotions.

Senior Scams Everyone Should Avoid

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM / Identity theft, Medical Fraud, Internet & Email Scams

Every year senior citizens are scammed out of billions of dollars. Con artists are creating devious schemes to prey on seniors, destroying their retirement and hard earned wealth. Here are common scams aimed at seniors.

Hackers Took Fingerprints of 5.6 Million Federal Employees

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM / Data Breach, Internet & Email Scams

As awful as it is, identity theft could be worse. Because everything that a hacker steals can be changed - credit card numbers, even social security numbers can be changed, if need be. But one thing a person can never change is their fingerprints, which makes this case of identity theft particularly...

Grandparent Scam Adds Insult to Injury

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 17, 2015 at 4:58 PM / Internet & Email Scams

If you're a regular reader of our blog, you know there are dangerous people all over the world who will do everything in their power to con people out of their hard-earned cash. Sadly, they will prey on those who they find easiest to con, the most vulnerable in our society. 

Chinese Hackers Attack Travel Industry

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 7, 2015 at 11:43 AM / Data Breach, Internet & Email Scams

A new report by Bloomberg has pointed fingers at Chinese hackers for allegedly perpetuating a data breach against American Airlines and Sabre, a firm that processes airline travel and hotel bookings.

Beware Dating-Site Scammers

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM / Internet & Email Scams

As we've discussed before, "romance scams" top the list of Internet crimes, and women are the largest victim group. However, it is probable that there are many more romance scams that go unreported, because victims, especially men, are often too ashamed to contact authorities. 

Usually, scammers hook their...

New Facebook Scam - Don't Be Fooled

POSTED: William PinilisJuly 15, 2015 at 12:05 PM / Internet & Email Scams

There's a new scam around Facebook that is conning unwitting users into giving up their passwords and their credit card information.

"Romance" Tops Internet Crimes List

POSTED: William PinilisJune 17, 2015 at 10:10 AM / Internet & Email Scams

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released a list of the top Internet crimes of 2014. Topping the list is the romance scam, and women are the largest victim group. Women who fell victim to romance scams lost $71.3 Million collectively - a large portion of the more than $800 Million lost to...

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