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Fans Tricked with Fake Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015

Bitdefender fans are not the only ones excited about the 2015 suite release in the works - scammers are also preoccupied with the new antivirus edition. They have started promoting fraudulent links on YouTube and Facebook promising the 2015 edition. The fake Bitdefender antivirus download posted on YouTube leads users to fraudulent surveys and premium SMS scams. The video had hundreds of views and several F...

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...

Identity Theft, Among Most Popular Complaints of 2013

Identity theft was one of the most prevalent complaints of US customers in 2013, a new Federal Trade Commission report reveals. Of the 2 million complaints analyzed last year, over 290,000 were related to identity theft. Some 30 per cent of the incidents were tax-related, the largest category within identity theft complaints. The study also shows 43 percent of scammed victims were contacted via email, 21 pe...

New Dating Scam Promises Perfect Matches on eHarmony

A new dating scam pretends to help users review their matches for free on eHarmony.com in a fraudulent campaign that piggybacks on the eHarmony name and reputation - a web dating portal with members in 150 countries and a tradition of almost 14 years. Unsolicited e-mails promise perfect dates only if they join the eHarmony community by following a link in the message body. But, as users hit the Find My Matc...

Identity Theft Claimed 25 New Victims Every Minute in 2013

25 people fell victim to identity theft every minute in 2013, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. The research firm reported an overall increase of more than 500,000 fraud victims to 13.1 million individuals last year, according to Help Net Security. Account takeover fraud represented 28 per cent of all identity fraud and set an all-time record. People aged between 35 and 44 seem to be the most ex...

IRS Paid $4 Billion to Fraudsters in Tax Refunds

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) paid approximately $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds to identity thieves, as showed in the 2013 report by the Treasury Inspector General’s office. Fraudsters stole Social Security numbers and identification data from the innocent and used it to file tax refund claims at addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland. In the US, top fraudulent destinations include Miami...

Target Confirms Data Breach; Customer Card Data at Risk

Retail chain Target confirmed unauthorized access to its customers’ payment card data that might have affected 40 million accounts. Sensitive information stolen in the attack includes customer names, credit or debit card numbers, card expiration dates and Card Verification Values, according to a press release. “The breach window is definitely expanding,” an anti-fraud analyst told security researcher Brian ...

Fraudsters Target Cyber-Stalkers, Bitdefender Finds

In the age of all-pervasive social networks, hacking and 24-hour connectivity, cyber-stalkers may seem to be scary predators indeed. But a growing class of cyber-crook has now started to prey on the predators, according to Bitdefender research. The antivirus software provider has discovered that cyber-stalkers are targeted by cyber-criminals who place malvertising on people search engines, where anyone can ...

Christian Apps Upload Churchgoers’ Location to Third Parties, Bitdefender Warns

Your religious-themed app just might know when you skip a church service. And some of the data you transmit through the heavens might be going straight to the underworld. An increasing number of churchgoers are targeted by Christian-themed apps that monitor their location and could upload information to dubious third parties, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider has discovered several A...

Alluring Fake Recruiters Entice LinkedIn Users with Attractive Job Offers

Fake profiles that gather personal details and lead users to dangerous websites are spreading at a faster pace on LinkedIn. Amid research into the growing scams on the professional social network, antivirus software provider Bitdefender has detected a new virulent campaign that lures victims with exciting job offers from an attractive female recruiter. “There are hundreds of companies right now searching fo...

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