Identity Theft, Fraud, Scams

IRS Issues Warning on New Phishing Scam Targeting Tax Professionals

IRS Issues Warning on New Phishing Scam Targeting Tax Professionals

The IRS, state tax agencies, and the tax industry, as part of the Security Summit partnership, are warning tax professionals about new phishing emails claiming to be from a real U.S.-based preparer education firm seeking sensitive preparer data. With real client data, thieves can better impersonate the taxpayer when filing fraudulent returns for refunds. e-Services credentials, Electronic Filing...

Scam Alert: Hackers Using Airlines Name for ID Theft

Scam Alert: Hackers Using Airlines Name for ID Theft

Scammers are taking advantage of the busy travel season. An email is circulating that looks like it's from Delta Airlines. It's a travel reminder for an upcoming flight with travel details. A link in the email takes you directly to a site infested with malware that's used to steal peoples' personal information. "It's looking for email information, login information, VPN information, banking info,...

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Protecting Your Credit Card from Online Scams

Protecting Your Credit Card from Online Scams

Card not present (CNP) fraud can happen when a criminal obtains a cardholder’s name, billing address, account number, three-digit security code and card expiration date. These details can be stolen electronically and theft of this data usually takes place through online phishing. What can you do? 1) Never send you card number, PIN or any other card information by email; 2) Use brands and shops...

Social Media Scams Surge: Can You Tell Friend from Foe?

Social Media Scams Surge: Can You Tell Friend from Foe?

Being aware of these techniques can help you: 1) "Twitter cash starter kit" promises users that they can hit it rich on the platform in unspecified ways. Victims will pay an initial fee for the kit itself by entering their debit or credit card information. Once the scammer has access to that information, charges quickly mount; 2) Someone looking to book an appointment at a spa reaches the...

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Are You Too Smart to Fall for a Spear-Phishing Message? Think Again

Are You Too Smart to Fall for a Spear-Phishing Message? Think Again

For several years, security researchers Zinaida Benenson and Robert Landwirth, both from Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat, along with Freya Gassmann from Universitat des Saarlandes, have been interested in what they consider unexplored territory related to spear phishing. In their paper Unpacking Spear Phishing Susceptibility (PDF), the researchers explore the decision-making process of users when...

Hackers Can Steal Your 2FA Email Account. Here's How

Hackers Can Steal Your 2FA Email Account. Here's How

The attacker gets you to sign up for an account for their website. The sign-up process presents a series of prompts for the signup, starting with your email address. As soon as the attacker has your email address, a process on their server logs into your email provider as you and initiates an "I've lost access to my email" password reset process. From then on, every question in your signup...

Over $1M Lost by State Supreme Court Judge in Real Estate Email Scam

Over $1M Lost by State Supreme Court Judge in Real Estate Email Scam

A state Supreme Court judge was scammed out of more than $1 million after being fooled by an email she thought had been sent by her real estate lawyer, the Daily News has learned. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Lori Sattler, 51, was duped while trying to sell her apartment and buy another, sources said. On Friday, Sattler told police she’d gotten an email June 7 from someone she believed...

Why Technology, ePayments are Not Enough to Tackle Fraud

Why Technology, ePayments are Not Enough to Tackle Fraud

A recent TD Bank study found that businesses aren’t expecting cybersecurity threats to let up anytime soon. The report emphasized the role payments automation may play in safeguarding against fraud. Use of Same Day ACH is on the rise, too, as companies look to automate and accelerate their processes. Still, paper check use remains strong. Considering the tactics cyber thieves are using today to...

Public Defender: Australian Police Takes a Swipe at Skimming Taxi Drivers

Public Defender: Australian Police Takes a Swipe at Skimming Taxi Drivers

The New South Wales Police Fraud Squad has been called in to weed out dodgy taxi drivers using hi-tech card skimmers to steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting passengers all over Sydney. In the sophisticated scam, crooked cabbies swipe their passengers’ cards, cloning data and stealing their PINs when they pay, before handing them bogus receipts that mean nothing. The cloned data is then...

Online Romance Scams Are Cheating More Americans

Online Romance Scams Are Cheating More Americans

A Texas woman in her fifties was trapped in an abusive marriage. But against all odds -- and to her joyful amazement -- she found her soulmate Charlie online, who later robbed her for $2 million – her entire life’s savings. This heartache – and financial ruin – is all too common in romance scams, according to the FBI. The romance scam has ballooned in recent years, according to Laura...

How Setting up an Online Social Security Account Fights Identity Theft

How Setting up an Online Social Security Account Fights Identity Theft

Social Security Administration will now mail paper benefit statements only to people who are 60 or older and who haven't created a 'my Social Security' account online and aren't yet receiving the benefits. So if you're under age 60 and you'd like to get an estimate of your future Social Security benefits, you'll have to create an online account online at 'my Social Security'. You'll need to...

Australia: Dodgy Emails with Malware in Fake MYOB Invoices are Spreading Again

Australia: Dodgy Emails with Malware in Fake MYOB Invoices are Spreading Again

Australian businesses have once again been targeted with fake invoices that look like they’re generated by accounting software MYOB. A similar scam emerged back in April. Tech security firm Mailguard reported that a mass distribution of the dodgy emails seemed to start at 12:19pm on Tuesday, with more than 100 messages sent out per minute during the first hour. Mailguard chief executive Craig...

Phishers Add Dash of Punctuation to Trick Mobile Victims with Padded URLs

Phishers Add Dash of Punctuation to Trick Mobile Victims with Padded URLs

Security researchers have discovered a new tactic used by phishing gangs to conceal the URLs of fake websites from even the more savvy of victims. Dubbed URL padding, cyber-criminals rely on the smaller sized address bars on mobile devices that stop users seeing the whole address. The user interface is abused by crooks to pad out fake URLs with hyphens so it become very difficult to identify a...

FBI Warns Office Workers of W-2 Phishing Scam

FBI Warns Office Workers of W-2 Phishing Scam

The FBI is warning office workers and personnel managers to watch out for a workplace phishing scheme. In these cases, the con sends an email to employees while posing as a business’s HR department. The message contains a link to go to the self-service account. These links are bogus, and by clicking through and entering login information, victims unwittingly hand over their login information,...

So Far This Year, Phishing Scams Net $260,000 from Australian Consumers

So Far This Year, Phishing Scams Net $260,000 from Australian Consumers

This year so far phishing scams have netted almost $260,000 from Australian consumers, and been the subject of more than 11,000 reports to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch. Phishing scammers use techniques via phone or email to trick victims into handing over valuable personal information such as bank account details, passwords, credit card numbers or even driver's...

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Creepshot Account - How to Bring Down

Creepshot Account - How to Bring Down

A 42-year-old man was arrested last week in connection with a troubling Twitter account that had been posting creepshots of women in public for about a year. The account—now suspended—was called @CanadaCreep and focused on taking videos and photos of women from behind, focusing on the genital area. It had about 17,000 followers and over 500 posts before its suspension. But before police...

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