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IC3 urges social media users to beware: scams and fraud are surging

Scams and fraud are surging on social media, says IC3 annual report

12% of the 269,422 complaints received in 2014 had a social media aspect, be it doxing, clickjacking or pharming. Here's how to stay safe.

SSCC 183 - It's Data Privacy Day! Do something! [PODCAST]

From Apple's latest OS X and iOS updates to Data Privacy Day - listen, learn and enjoy!

Beyond "fake invoice" scams - crooks can get money out of real invoices, too!

If I told you to change your record of a supplier's bank account so I got all the payments, would you do so?

1000s of companies did, and didn't spot the misdirected payments until an average of $100,000 had gone west...

"Obamacare" phishing email leads to banking malware‏

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Unfortunately, official emails and web bulletins are a handy source of believable content for scammers.

This time, it's a Department of Labor bulletin "borrowed" to help distributed a variant of the infamous Vawtrak banking malware.

Dirt-cheap PS4 Amazon listings in Walmart price-match scam

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Who needs to wait until Black Friday for doorbuster, price-slashing, Insanely! Low!! Prices!!! when you can instead defraud price-matching policies with bogus Amazon listings showing whatever crazy-low price you dream up?

FTC smackdown! More fake support scammers taken out...

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The FTC has taken out more fake support scammers who are said to have badgered consumers into parting with more than $120 million.

In return, the consumers received technical smoke and mirrors that was worth absolutely nothing.

SSCC 171 - Are you SURE that "1234" is a bad password? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest Chet Chat podcast for your listening pleasure...

Enjoy.

FTC takes down fake support scammers, upbeat about "getting consumers’ money back" [POLL]

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Just paying the money back isn't really a punishment for fake support call scammers.

So, what do *you* think the courts should do to punish these guys?

Have your say in our poll...

5 Nigerian gangs and their US accomplices are behind most Craigslist buyer scams

5 Nigerian gangs and their US accomplices are behind most Craigslist buyer scams

Research has found a new, more profitable twist on the same old 419 advance fee fraud scam. It involves real checks, printed on real check paper, using real routing numbers, and being handled with lots of US accomplices to cover up the Nigerians' tracks.

Online dating scammer targeted elderly victims out of $1.1million

$1.1 million online dating scam targeted elderly victims

32-year-old Kris Koranteng has been arrested and charged with 11 separate counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He and his crew are thought to have sought out vulnerable love-seekers on popular dating sites including Match.com and Chemistry.com.

Facebook iPhone 6 scams - how NOT to get sucked in

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We "do the math" to help you explain to your friends and family why they are NOT getting a free iPhone 6 for clicking Like!

Jailed Apple phishing duo also imported pickpockets and cloned credit cards

Constanta Agrigoroaie and Radu Savoae. Images courtesy of Metropolitan Police.

How's this for irony? A pair of fraudsters phished bank account details out of over 150 Apple users by sending them hairy-scary messages about their accounts having been compromised.

SSCC 152 - PF Chang's, TrueCrypt (still!), the Twitter worm and the cost of scammers [PODCAST]

Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their attention on the week's security news.

As usual, they extract plenty of useful lessons during their insightful dissection of the latest issues...

Phish or legit - Can you tell the difference?

Phish or legit - Can you tell the difference?

If a legitimate email looks like a phishing email, then how are you supposed to spot what is genuine and what isn't? John Shier takes a look.

11 arrested as Europol busts Bulgarian carding gang

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A joint operation between French and Bulgarian law enforcement, backed by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, has brought down a carding gang operating out of Bulgaria and targeting victims in France and other European countries.

Free One Direction tickets? Facebook scam goes multi-generational, targets Directioners

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Last week's Rolling Stones scammers are also targeting Tomorrowland fans and Directioners.

Whether you're into rock-and-roll, dance or, er, the other sort of music, these guys have a ticket scam for you...

Free Rolling Stones tickets? No, it’s a Facebook scam

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Are you a Rolling Stones fan? Lots of people are, and with gigs on the 2014 tour selling out in hours, you can see why free tickets might seem worth checking out.

But not all "special offer" sites are made alike, as Paul Ducklin explains...

Apple patch out, Fake support bust, Liquor store leak - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How long did Apple leave holes in Safari? What punishment can a convicted support call scammer expect? And what happens when a liquor store springs a leak?

Find out in 60 Second Security. the security news video that only takes a minute...

"Girl killed herself" Facebook scam - be aware before you Share!

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The "Girl killed herself video" bait-and-switch scam on Facebook, now in its fifth year, is back.

Here are three tips to help us stamp these scams out at last.

Be aware before you Share!

Scareware pusher loses appeal against epic $163 million fine [POLL]

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Kristy Ross, employee at rogue anti-virus pushers Innovative Marketing Inc., dragged her appeal against her whopping $163 million fine through the courts for years - and has lost. Do you think the fine fits the crime?