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Scammers Cite Huffington Story of Lost Japanese Riches to Dupe Victims

“Nigerian” scammers are citing media outlets such as The Huffington Post to lend credit to their enrichment promises. A new wave of bogus messages is flooding inboxes with the temptation of gaining deposit funds from a developer allegedly killed in the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan. “Hello Dear, I am Kokoschki Zwang. I worked as the Documents Caretaker to late JACOBOWSKY BLASCHKO who was an Internati...

Hacked restaurant chain goes back to the 1970s, to protect itself from hackers

Security blogger Brian Krebs was the first to blow the whistle earlier this week on a serious data breach at the US-based P. F. Chang's China Bistro chain of restaurants. The breach, since confirmed by the casual dining chain, saw thousands of stolen credit cand debit card details placed up for sale on cybercrime websites with the common factor being that they had all been used at a branch of P.F. Chang's b...

Animal Lovers Lose Thousands of Dollars after Falling for Pet Scams

Animal lovers who fall for online pet scams lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars while trying to buy or relocate cats and dogs or exotic animals such as African parrots and fennec foxes, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider recently blocked a wave of fraudulent web sites promising pet relocation and related services. Fake sellers and shippers ask for advance money for flight insur...

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...

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