Scammer tricks

After I leave the lab after a busy day, I often ponder what tricks scammers will use next? For example, we see a constant stream of fake security applications that fraudulently suggest a user should offload a sum of money to have phantom security problems erased.

Scammers often use social engineering tricks to get these fraudulent applications, better termed Trojans, infecting PCs. Of course if one were to fall for such a scam, the only thing erased would be the sum of money paid from one’s disposable income.

Will we start seeing “magic tax software” that claims to recover as much tax as possible for a modest price but delivering nothing? Maybe it will be “magic stock trading software” that guarantees a high return for a modest sum that again delivers nothing. Where there is an interest, I am sure a scammer will target it for exploitation and ensure the usual hidden bonus of adware or malware, that actually does deliver on its promise, is diligently installed.

Phishing too has evolved over the years. While we continue to see the usual scams using the claim of account closure if no action is taken, others like the scam pictured below (which by the way is still being spammed out) offer a faux cash reward in return for the opportunity to strip your bank account.

The link redirects to a site with the following form:

I truly hope that this type of scam no longer fools anyone because future scams may become much harder to discern.