Fake Antivirus Software (aka ‘Scareware’) Scam
Current Scams
by glrubens
2y ago
Fake antivirus software ads and pop-ups try to get you to believe that your computer is infected with a virus and that you can fix these problems by downloading their software. DON’T DO IT!!! These scammers then get you in a couple of ways: You give them access to your credit card information. You give them access to your computer. When you click the fake antivirus software download link, you then get a virus, malware, or ransomware rather then the antivirus software you thought you were downloading.  According to Norton, “The scammers can use this malware to access your files, send out ..read more
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Fake Antivirus Software (aka ‘Scareware’) Scam
Current Scams
by glrubens
2y ago
Fake antivirus software ads and pop-ups try to get you to believe that your computer is infected with a virus and that you can fix these problems by downloading their software. DON’T DO IT!!! These scammers then get you in a couple of ways: You give them access to your credit card information. You give them access to your computer. When you click the download link, you then get a virus, malware, or ransomware rather then the antivirus software you thought you were downloading.  According to Norton, “The scammers can use this malware to access your files, send out fake emails in your nam ..read more
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Synthetic Identity Fraud
Current Scams
by glrubens
2y ago
What is Synthetic Identity Fraud? When a criminal CREATES an identity instead of stealing one. Types of Synthetic Fraud Identity Fabrication:     Identity is completely false Identity Manipulation:   Identity data elements tweaked to create a new identity Identity Compilation:    Pieces of different identities are compiled to for a new identity One of largest known synthetic identity fraud rings fabricated over 7,000 false identities to obtain more than 25,000 credit cards. The scam resulted in more than $200 million in confirmed losses to business and financial ..read more
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Suspended Social Security Number? Never.
Current Scams
by glrubens
2y ago
You receive a call and you’re told that he’s from the government and you now have a suspended Social Security number because of some connection to fraud or other criminal activity. They say to call a special number where you’ll get help to clear it up.  They’ll then proceed to ask you for personal information. The caller sounds very professional so you should do exactly what he says to make things right …. Wrong. The FTC has received reports about scammers trying to trick people out of their personal information by telling them that they need to reactivate their supposedly suspended socia ..read more
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Malicious Email
Current Scams
by glrubens
2y ago
Malicious actors never let a crisis go to waste, and with the rise of COVID-19, United Nations officials have noted a 600% increase in malicious email during the pandemic. This report, combined with similar accounts from various news agencies, conveys a clear message: cybercrime is on the rise, and we must be vigilant now more than ever. I’m asking each of you to continue your diligence and heightened awareness of phishing, malicious email, calls and text messages seeking to take advantage of the pandemic. Together we can lead with integrity and combat these schemes by remembering to always ex ..read more
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States Warn About Unemployment Data Breach
Current Scams
by glrubens
2y ago
At least four states are warning applicants regarding an unemployment data breach that may have exposed their personal information after applying for benefits due to the Corona virus. The breaches come from two incidents in states that hired contractors to implement the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, a version of unemployment insurance for Americans who don’t qualify for conventional unemployment benefits. Together, they bring to light that rushing to implement systems and websites led to exposing tens of thousands of applicants to potential identity theft.   The firs ..read more
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Fake Antivirus Software (aka ‘Scareware’) Scam
Current Scams
by glrubens
2y ago
Fake antivirus software ads and pop-ups try to get you to believe that your computer is infected with a virus and that you can fix these problems by downloading their software. DON’T DO IT!!! These scammers then get you in a couple of ways: You give them access to your credit card information. You give them access to your computer. When you click the download link, you then get a virus, malware, or ransomware rather then the antivirus software you thought you were downloading.  According to Norton, “The scammers can use this malware to access your files, send out fake emails in your nam ..read more
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Covid-19 Vaccination Verification Status
Current Scams
by glrubens
3y ago
Some states, private companies, universities and colleges are creating their own Covid-19 vaccine verification products and services. These include apps and digital passports or certificates. Some are connected to state immunization databases while others rely on individual self reporting. The hodge-podge approach gives scammers an opportunity to cash in on the confusion. While we are more than a year into the pandemic, and several months after the first rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, people can not wait to get back to a regular life. In some states, when you participate in an activity you migh ..read more
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Zoom Phishing Email
Current Scams
by glrubens
3y ago
Con artists registered more than 2,449 fake Zoom-related internet domains in the early months of the pandemic, just so they could send out zoom phishing email that look like they’re from the popular videoconferencing website, according to the Better Business Bureau. The scheme: “You receive an email, text or social media message with the Zoom logo, telling you to click on a link because your account is suspended or you missed a meeting,” says Katherine Hutt, national spokesperson for the BBB. “Clicking can allow criminals to download malicious software onto your computer, access your personal ..read more
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Instagram Sweepstakes Scam
Current Scams
by glrubens
3y ago
Instagram Sweepstakes Scams have evolved onto the Instagram platform. The platform is where influencers can make money by promoting products and services of sponsored advertisers. But that’s not the only way influencers can earn a buck. It’s common for an influencer to host a contest in which followers enter to win a sponsored product. Entrants typically need to like the post, tag a friend and comment. Similar to other sweepstakes scams, the “winner” is asked to pay a fee or give up an account number to receive the prize. If so, you’re getting scammed — never send money or reveal financial inf ..read more
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