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Scam Easter Basket Packed with Fake Vouchers, Viagra and Religious Fraud

Cyber-criminals are hiding dangerous goodies among the Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies that users are hoping for, warns antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The increasing wave of dangerous spam hitting the US, the UK and other countries these days invades users’ inboxes with offers for fake vouchers, personal loans, replica watches and dubious candy surveys. Personalized Easter baskets, bunnies, and ...

Facebook Follower Scam Prompts Victims to Inject Themselves with Dangerous Code

More than 17,000 Facebook users were tricked by a bold scam that promised them over 100,000 followers on the social network and made them willingly inject dangerous code in their browser. Bitdefender has started to analyze the dubious profile promoting the scam after several Facecrooks fans complained about the social engineering trick. Hackers behind the scam could be of Turkish origin. It all started with...

Tinder Invaded by Bots Spreading ‘Castle Clash’ Downloads

A series of bots have invaded dating app Tinder and are spreading “Castle Clash” downloads after luring users with tempting profiles and pictures. The Bitdefender Labs are currently investigating both the Android application and the bots that seem to have stolen pictures from an Arizona-based photography studio. Some are also being used for fake Facebook profiles. After users swipe the right button on Tinde...

National Geographic Fans Targeted with Mobile Scareware

Mobile users of the National Geographic website are targeted with scareware saying they have been infected with malware, according to the Bitdefender Labs. They are then abusively redirected to a Google Play app that would clean their Android device. The ad poses as a message from the news.nationalgeographic.com page. “Your Android has been infected with a virus,” the deceptive alert reads. “Tap OK to remov...

Scammers Turning to Facebook for Targeting, Research Shows

Scammers are increasingly taking advantage of Facebook targeting tools and user trust to tout cheap pharmaceuticals, designer replicas and other products in a trend dangerously reminiscent of traditional spam, according to Bitdefender research. The rapid growth of the social network and precision of its advertising tools are prompting criminals to lure Facebook users with tempting offers that may, like trad...

Facebook Users Scammed with Fake Zara, H&M, Amazon Gift Cards

Scammers are using fake Zara, H&M and Amazon vouchers to lure unwary Facebook users to fraudulent surveys that could lead to theft and privacy invasion. The free Bitdefender application Safego alerted users to the phony promotions that could steal their financial and personal details and leave them with their bank accounts empty. The scam starts with an enticing message on users’ timeline promising gift...

New Charity Scam Claims Parents Can’t Afford Surgery

A new charity scam spreading on Facebook claims parents can't afford surgery for their sick baby, according to Hoax Slayer. Once again, scammers “trade” likes, comments and shares for $1 to $100. After gaining user engagement and compassion, they can redirect likes towards fraudulent or malicious profiles and pages. The hoax features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar lying in a hospital bed. The ...

New Nigerian Scams on LinkedIn Target Marketing, HR, Business Employees

A new series of Nigerian scams target corporate users on LinkedIn by sending them private messages, antivirus software provider Bitdefender has learned. This time, 419 scammers ask victims to cooperate in a money transfer that will “secure the future” of their children after retirement.  A fake profile created in the name of the CEO of a petrochemical company in Kuwait is inviting users to assist in receivi...

Facebook Cyber-Crooks Use ‘Leaked’ Snapchats Again

Cyber-crooks are making money once again through ‘leaked’ snapchats that lure Facebook users to phishing websites, according to Spyware Sucks. Almost 800,000 users have been already invited to check out the tempting images used as bait to grab confidential data. The series of ‘Snapchat’ scams started to circulate in December 2013 when security experts warned of a website called leaked-snapchatz.com that was...

10 Things about Nigerian Scams That You Might Not Know

Do you want a piece of a multi-million dollar fortune? Would you be willing to pay, say, a few hundred dollars in upfront banking costs to receive it? Math aside, it’s probably a very bad idea. A typical Nigerian scam combines impersonation with advance fee scams offering a percentage of some fabulous fortune. The Nigerian scam, now so famous even mom knows about it, still accounts for some of the highest l...

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