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Consumerreports.org advises people that if they receive a notice that their personal data has been breached, they should immediately take steps to protect themselves from identity theft and fraud. Too often skeptical consumers ignore these notices. This is unfortunate because surveys show that over 22% of notice recipients become victims of identity fraud. Identity thieves [...]

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Two top social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, were exploited in one of last year’s top scams. The victims get a Direct Message from a friend on Twitter notifying them about a video of them on Facebook. The message would say something like, “ROFL they was taping you” or “What RU doing in this FB [...]

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The top computer scam of 2012 was the computer virus fixing scheme. It typically begins with a call warning you that your computer has been infected with a virus. The caller then offers to clean your computer. What the caller is trying to achieve is for you to allow them remote access to your computer, [...]

Categories: Computer Crime, Scams
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The cybercrime ecosystem is forever coming up with new techniques to scam the unwary. Cybercriminals have recently come up with a new, malicious scheme. This scheme involves offering free insurance protection against online fraud. The victims are sent a fake insurance account that purportedly covers the total amount of funds in their bank accounts. They [...]

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Security researchers have there is discovered a new scam campaign that is spreading quickly across Twitter by claiming to be a photo of the victim. Please be warned: there is no photo. There are, however, scammers very interested in putting the Blackhole exploit kit onto your computer. The malware uses at least two different messages [...]

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easy data backupWith today’s economy a lot of us are looking online for ways to make some extra cash. Some of us harbor hopes of finding an opportunity that allows us to work from home and rake in piles of money for very little effort

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offsite data backupThe upcoming income tax season is another prime opportunity for scam artists to ply their trade. In Canada scammers are sending out emails purporting to be from Canada Revenue Agency, and good news: You have a refund!

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online backupThe recent economic downturn has meant very hard times for a lot of people. With so many people out of work and/or out of money, the stage has been set for a proliferation of fraudulent Internet schemes.

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secure online backupPhishing involves a criminal sending out legitimate-looking e-mails to try to get the recipients to hand over personal and financial information. It usually involves the victim clicking on a link that takes them to a bogus website which looks very much like the legitimate site.

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remote data backup softwareCyber criminals have been busy using eBay and PayPal to scam companies out of big bucks. Two Vietnamese exchange students have been arrested so far. They made more than $1.2 million using eBay to sell products bought with stolen credit card numbers.

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