Monday, April 9, 2012

Malware Apps plots Android Scam

For all Android lovers who like to play games with their devices, here are some words of caution. A fraudulent new game that takes after the legitimate Chinese game “The Roar of the Pharaoh” has been identified that is capable of launching Trojan clone attacks on Android phones. Known in the Internet circle as Andr/Stinite-A by Sophos , it doesn’t need any permission for installation. The Android malware mimics Netflix and executes SMS scams facilitated by telecom companies that provide payment processing option.  In addition to the SMS scams, it uses the “tgloader-android” path for connecting to four .com domains prompting analyzers to refer it as TGLoader.

The Vice President of Security Research at Zscaler, Michael Sutton, said the detection of the fake app shows malware authors are now starting to target Android devices as well.  Users need to be more careful now when downloading game apps to their Android devices because Trojans come disguised in these fraudulent games. In fact, the phenomenon is spreading so fast that it may soon be seen as a typical Android scam, he has warned.

To avoid getting infected by Trojan clones, it is a safe practice to install mobile apps from sites that are legitimate and have been around for some time. If you make the mistake of using other sources, there is ample chance that you may end up being a victim of brand misrepresentation as the brands in question may not have any control over these unverified sites.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Facebook Free Starbucks and Tim Horton’s is a Scam

It’s been a while since we’ve seen an outbreak of free voucher scams hit Facebook but in the last two days American and Canadian coffee lovers have been targeted by would-be phishers.
As our friends at Sophos explain, offers purporting to be from Tim Hortons started targeting Canadian users Monday. Users were asked to “Like” a page and share it with Facebook friends in exchange for free coffee.
Today, the scam has spread to include Starbucks. Tim Horton’s is primarily a Canadian chain and the ubiquity of Starbucks makes U.S. users potential targets.
We’ve seen this sort of scam before — either with the promise of free goods or access to Justin Bieber’s cell phone number. In some cases, users are tricked into a “likejacking” cycle after accessing a nefarious link. In others, users agree to install a rogue Facebook application.
In this case, users are asked to provide an email address and other sensitive information.
The danger with these sorts of scams is that they can spread so quickly across social networks. Unlike email chain letter scams of the past, these scams can post to your Facebook page and instantly entice others into falling for the same rouse.
Do not give your email address to these rogue companies. Do not “Like” their pages or share the scam with your friends.
If you have fallen victim to the scam, we advise you to change any passwords associated with your Facebook account or email login as a precaution (as well as any logins that share those same passwords).
Source : Mashable 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Facebook enable dislike button wall post scam

The wall post says:
Facebook now has a dislike button! Click ‘Enable Dislike Button’ to turn on the new feature!”

This is quite clever and looks exactly like it might be a genuine add-on, the “Enable Dislike Button” link appears exactly where the “Share” button appears on regular posts.

If you click on the link, the same wall post will be posted to all your friends’ walls, meaning that more and more people will be tricked the same way.

This is a scam. No “Dislike” button will be added anywhere.

Many Facebook users have been suggesting for quite a while now that facebook have a “Dislike” button so this scam is probably going to fool quite a few people people.

Please let everyone know about this “enable dislike button” scam and ensure your friends understand that they should be cautious of posts like this put on their walls, even from if they come from their own friends!

If you, or anyone you know, has this message posted on their wall, you can either hide it or mark it as spam. If you mark it as spam it helps Facebook to hopefully become aware of and remove this rogue application.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fake Job Scam Email - SUSPECT: immediate employment

Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information. Here is an example of job scam....

from    company admin@***
reply-to sky****
subject    SUSPECT: immediate employment

SKY ***** OIL AND GAS. Is a publicly traded American company with valuable oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of central West SKY **** OIL AND GAS, Inc, Has immediate employment opportunities.

We intend to invite experienced Individuals/Expatriates or Consultancy firm who are capable of rendering expertise services in various fields of Engineering, Construction and Installation, NDT , Geology, Project Management, Welding and Fabrication, Plant/Start-Up, Maintenance,  Mechanical/Technical/Design Engineering, Information Technology, Administrative, Commissioning and Medical Experts.

A very attractive net salary paid in US$, Sterling or Euros equivalent depending on employee home country and currency preference with annual salary review. Quality single or family housing accommodation (up to 5 people) in company community.
1.  Free medical/dental care in UNITED KINGDOM and other surrounding company
countries  for employee and family.
2. Excellent educational assistance benefits with family status employment.
3. Paid airfares allowing full flexibility with holiday travel.
4. Personal effects shipment and excess baggage allowances.
5. Full access to some of the finest and social recreational facilities in

1. Life Insurance and Paid vacation.
2. Employees who would not want to remain in the USA office will be granted
transfer to the UK or other affected countries.
3. Official vehicle/Maximum security in work environment and housing community.

All job recruitments are done in the USA offices(SKY *** OIL AND GAS). ALSO Applicants will be responsible for him/her visa and all other necessary travel documents (company policy), that will enable him/her to come over to his job community (here). We also ensure to stand in favor of your name and plead with the consulate office of the USA High commission to assist you making sure that visa and all the travel documents are issued to you smoothly.


Full-Time and Half Time .


GBP6, 7500 USA DOLLARS (Seven thousand five hundred Dollars) and above pending on work experience and field of specialization.

Capable and Interested Candidates are to E - mail resumes and details of experiences to:-

Dr. Hugh.W. Thompson
(Personnel Manager)

Some spammers send fraudulent mass-messages designed to collect personal information, called 'spoofing' or 'password phishing'.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beware! Charity Scam on the Prowl

Beware! Charity Scam on the Prowl : Some time you would have got such type mails on charity fraud or scams Beware from such frauds and scams.

Here is an example of such scam emails:

Orthodox Church Charity Donation

Your Mail-ID has been award £750.000.00 GBP from Orthodox Church Foundation for your own  personal,educational and business the underprivileged in your country.



Rev Fr Isaac Thomas
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