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Warlords of Draenor Pre-Install Phishes for WoW players’ accounts

World of Warcraft players need to ignore the unexpected e-mails that pop up into their inboxes offering professional skills, automatic upgrades for the role of class 60. Because they are bogus.   Spammers have launched a new campaign offering fake Warlords of Draenor expansion pack, gifts, gold and upgrades, to trick WoW fans into filling out a phishing form and singlehandedly providing crooks with their pl...

Scammers Blitz Brits with Bogus Invoices

Scammers targeted Brits’ banking information with a malicious spam campaign that accounted for 0.5 percent of 3 million randomly chosen bogus messages in a matter of hours.  The e-mails hint at an alleged missed invoice and urge users to check attached files. Doing so infects users’ systems because the attachments hide a downloader of malware. The downloader Trojan (detected by Bitdefender as Trojan.Doawnlo...

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...

Fake Amazon, YouTube, Facebook Notifications Sell Viagra

A series of spam emails seek to sell prescription drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, antidepressants by tricking users into thinking they missed important notes from eBay, Skype, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Amazon and need to click a link to catch up. If clicked, the link leads users to three different online shops that distribute antibiotics, antidepressants, weight loss pills, ant...

Here’s When a Scammer Will Target You… And How! (Infographic)

Each year, around Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and other holidays, most of us try to come up with at least one original gift idea. This painstaking process is further complicated by the need to decide who goes on our list. Acquaintances? Workmates? Just family? Holiday online scammers, then, appear to have it easy. Like clockwork, scammers roll out millions of spam e-mails and other tricks ...

How to ‘Tinder’ More Safely for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, users are increasingly exposed to a series of scams and privacy dangers hidden by dating apps. Bitdefender offers some security advice to help users chat on Tinder in a safer environment. 1. Stay away from fake profiles Fake profiles have been making rounds on dating apps for a while now. On Tinder, you can set the maximum distance (in miles or kilometers) of your potential da...

Mobile Valentine Apps Send Love, Take Sensitive Data

Using an Android app to express your love for someone this Valentine’s Day may just earn you a slap instead of eternal gratitude. And not just because you’ll look like a cheapo. The pink hearts and cuddly bears so ubiquitous to the season may be hiding invasive permissions that can violate your privacy, rack up your phone bill and even lead to identity theft, Bitdefender Clueful Team finds. Seasonal apps in...

Jennifer Aniston More Dangerous than Rihanna in Spam

Jennifer Aniston outshone Rihanna and Miley Cyrus in the eye of spammers, according to a Bitdefender study on the spam circulating in October and November 2013. Aniston is mentioned in 19 percent of spam messages that include celebrity names, followed by Rihanna with 16 percent and Selena Gomez at 13 percent. Using trending celebrity names as bait is a common practice of scammers seeking to push fake survey...

Fake Donation Requests for Victims of the Typhoon in Philippines

Would you like to help victims of the recent typhoon that devastated the Philippines? Well, don’t do it via e-mails or directly to people who may be only posing as social workers or Red Cross Philippines reps. Some may consider lending a hand to help people in Philippines get back on their feet. Spammers anticipated precisely this kind of warm-hearted wishes in a recent scam campaign of false donations. The...

Brits’ Bank Account Data under Threat

Half of a percent of all spam sent worldwide targets customers of some of the most popular British financial institutions and services, including Paypal, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC Holdings, and Barclays Bank. The e-mails either deliver the banking Trojan Zeus or send fake bank forms to steal critical bank-related data by tricking people into typing in sensitive identification information, including banking...

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