Tag: scam

  • Crypto giveaway scam – three ways to spot a crypto wallet bombshell

    Crypto giveaway scam – three ways to spot a crypto wallet bombshell

    During Elon Musk’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) appearance on May 8, 2021, cryptocurrency scammers hatched a plot to convince crypto investors to hand over their Dogecoins. The scammers’ goal, to get free Dogecoins, Bitcoins, and other currencies, worked, and the scamming crew raked in millions of dollars worth of crypto. How did this happen? Why…

  • Financing pitches can spell doom for your dollars

    Financing pitches can spell doom for your dollars

    Sales pitches are everywhere. Emails, advertising mail, text messages, telephone calls and good old-fashioned knocks on the door can bombard us with offers from alternative sleep-enhancing accessories to buying a zip line adventure. Chances are, if it’s a sales pitch you didn’t ask for, the pitched thing isn’t something you need. You’re on a budget.…

  • Suck It, Scammers! How to stop fraudsters from ripping you off

    Suck It, Scammers! How to stop fraudsters from ripping you off

    Criminals take advantage of the good, trusting nature of others to get what they want. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, young or mature in age; if a criminal thinks he or she can take what’s yours, that person will try, repeatedly, to take it. Scam artists are everywhere, and they make their…

  • Scammers pretend to be major bank: your account could be at risk

    Scammers pretend to be major bank: your account could be at risk

    Recently, an email released by a scammer pretends to be from Capital One, a major, well-respected financial institution. In it, the scammer attempts to lure the email recipient into believing the Capital One website could be at risk of a fraudulent attack unless the individual clicks on an embedded link to update account information. If…

  • Careless clicker – how a fraudulent work email can hack a business

    Careless clicker – how a fraudulent work email can hack a business

    Business email accounts are as susceptible to scam attacks as personal accounts. Though a spam filter may do its best to weed out these malicious digital assaults from the daily onslaught of incoming email, some scams sneak past them. When they do, these cloaked villains do their best to fool recipients into believing the enclosed…

  • “Can you hear me okay?” – Robocall tries to rip you off

    “Can you hear me okay?” – Robocall tries to rip you off

    In the latest ploy by scammers to steal your hard-earned cash, criminals use the lure of a free vacation to convince targets to hand over their credit card information. What these thieves also obtain is involuntary permission to charge expensive trip features on these credit cards by convincing people to answer “yes” to the question,…

  • Large windfall could be your downfall

    Large windfall could be your downfall

    Criminals use email as an inexpensive, easy way to reach a large number of people quickly. Their promises of an easy payday can be tempting, but don’t let their tricks fool you into giving up your hard-earned resources. Here’s a sample email recently received from a scammer. The email has been copied verbatim to show…

  • Bank fraud alert attempts to hack your account

    Bank fraud alert attempts to hack your account

    When is a fraud alert not a fraud alert? When it’s a scammer trying to lure you into giving up your personal information. A recent Own Your Defense article reviewed a powerful strategy scammers employ to lure targets into taking a specific action. That strategy, the exploitation of fear, is an influential motivator and can…

  • How to spot a fake gift card purchase alert

    How to spot a fake gift card purchase alert

    It’s in the news frequently. Individuals, businesses, and government agencies fall for it every day. It’s also nearly impossible to put an end to it once and for all. What is it? Email scams and everyone is a potential target. Criminals are aware that news of their exploits are more pervasive as ever, and they…

  • Anatomy of a fake coupon

    Anatomy of a fake coupon

    When a good deal surfaces, it can be hard to ignore depending on the allure of the offer. Whether it’s a 50 percent off coupon at a popular restaurant, a buy one get one free offer on a pair of shoes, or a $10 certificate good toward the purchase of $25 or more at a…

  • How to avoid undesirable video chat contacts

    How to avoid undesirable video chat contacts

    Communicating via video chat is a popular way for people stay connected, particularly for those across vast distances where in-person contact is difficult or impossible. It can be a much more rewarding experience than standard audio-only communication by allowing people to see the nuances of face-to-face contact with friends and loved ones. Not everyone who…