This is a “must read”… Motley Fool briefs you on 3 money scams that are tied to “Taxes”, “Social Security” and “Medicare”. I have a motto here at What’s On My PC and it is “believe nothing, verify everything”. You can learn more by clicking the source link below.
The more you learn about scams and scamming techniques, the less likely you’ll be to fall for them. As you go through your financial life, saving, investing, paying taxes, collecting benefits, getting healthcare, and so on, be alert for those who want to take advantage of your hard work.
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As one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of fraud, forgery, and cybersecurity, Frank Abagnale knows how scammers work. In Scam Me If You Can, he reveals the latest tricks that today’s scammers, hackers, and con artists use to steal your money and personal information–often online and over the phone. Using plain language and vivid examples, Abagnale reveals hundreds of tips, including:
• The best way to protect your phone from being hacked
• The only time you should ever use a debit card
• The one type of photo you should never post on social media
• The only conditions under which you should use WiFi networks at the airport
• The safest way to use an ATM
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We recently identified a credit card skimmer injected into hundreds of fraudulent sites selling brand name shoes. Unfortunate shoppers may not only be disappointed with the faux merchandise, but they will also relinquish their personal and financial data to Magecart fraudsters.
First time ever for me to have one of these scams popup on my computer. This one here is the “Google Chrome Critical ERROR” phlishing scam that comes in a variety of forms. In this case the “Security System” (whatever that is) has detected the threatening attempt to gain access to my bank logins. The crooks, in this case, are recommending that I perform a temporary block on all my accounts; THEN, the crooks want me to contact their customer support team at Microsoft. If you really take a look at the screenshot below, you can tell that the designer of this scary scam graphic does not use very good grammar.
Folks, for God’s sake, please do not fall for this scam or any of the hundreds like it. They are scams. These crooks want you to call the number, as reflected in the screenshot; THEN, the real fun will begin where they will bilk you out of as much money as they can and will even want to help solve your problem by remotely taking over the operation of your computer. They are such nice criminals…
This error can be removed simply by closing the web browser, however, some websites run scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser via Task Manager or simply reboot the system. Note that after re-running the browser, you should not restore the previous session, otherwise you will return to the malicious site. Also, I typically will run CCleaner and AdwCleaner. If you end up going to far with this scam and allow the criminals to take over your computer, you will need to be more aggressive in the removal process.
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Don’t do this… They are collecting your personal information for political purposes and maybe for other purposes… This is on the same lines as a scam!
The Trump administration launched a new site that lets users report when they think a social media platform has censored, suspended, or banned their activities due to their political opinions. But the White House wants a lot of personal information.
The scam works like this: A scammer places a robocall to a number and hangs up after one or two rings. They may call back several times. The idea is to get the caller to call the number back. When they do, the caller is prompted to pay long distance fees to connect the call, fees that are usually paid in part to the scammer.
To my reader’s at “What’s On My PC”… If you use Facebook, take a moment to read this. I have seen some of my Facebook friends being hooked into this. It is a “scam”. PLEASE, take my advice “Believe Nothing and Verify Everything”; especially, on social media.
Scammers are pushing multiple fake Facebook profiles of Ellen DeGeneres, popular US TV show host and producer, with the goal of tricking people into jumping through a few money-making hoops. This isn’t a sophisticated scam. It isn’t hacking the Gibson. It won’t be the focus of a cutting edge infosec talk. However, it’s certainly doing some damage—up to a point. This scam is a victim of its own ambition.
This is an excellent posting at “Addictive Tips” that looks at the various common identity theft scams. I especially encourage the readers at home to take a moment and take a look at this (see source link below). There is a lot of criminality out there and the more knowledgeable you are, the safer you (and others) will be.
While there are many things that can expose your personal information (like data breaches), there are precautions you can take to prevent others that are more in your control. But how do you avoid the common identity theft scams that are out there? Today, we’ll be showing you what to look out for, and how to protect yourself.
The best way to protect yourself online and at home from fraud and scams is through knowledge. Posted below are links to the latest “Fraud, Scams and Alerts” at the Federal Communications Commission. Take a moment to read down this list; even if you do not open any of the links. Being knowledgeable is the best protection that you will ever have when it comes to the evil intent of others.
Fraud, Scams, and Alerts:
- After Storms, Watch Out for Scams
- Avoiding Bill Shock on your Mobile Phone
- Call Splashing: Long-Distance Calling from a Public Phone
- Caller ID Spoofing
- Careless Dialing Could Cost You Money
- Cell Phone Fraud
- Cramming – Unauthorized Charges on Your Phone Bill
- Don’t Fall for the 90# Telephone Scam
- International Modem Dialing Scams
- IP Relay Fraud
- FAQs about Junk Faxes
- Low Power FM Radio Scams
- Mexico Collect Call Scam
- ‘One Ring’ Wireless Phone Scam
- Slamming: Switching Your Authorized Telephone Company Without Permission
- Spam: Unwanted Text Messages and Email
- Unwanted Telephone Marketing Calls and the National Do-Not-Call List
- Voicemail System Hacking
- Watch Out for Auto Warranty Scams