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.

Source: alanhart.co.uk

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@***office.com.ua
reply-to sky****company@mail.com
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 development.help the underprivileged in your country.



Rev Fr Isaac Thomas

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A New Email Scam Alerts- Automation Scam

Got this email today check this out...and please be aware from such scam emails of automation..

Here is what i got in my mailbox-

BMW International Online Award Promotion miaosf@commnet.com.cn
reply-to    harrysilver76_40@hotmail.com
date    Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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.

22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Linc's, PE9 2YP, London,
United Kingdom,
Email: harrysilver76_40@hotmail.com

                                                  CONGRATULATION'S !!!

This is to inform you that your e-mail accounts have just won you Ј300,000.00 (Three hundred thousand pounds) from the BMW AUTOMOBILE COMPANY UK. And 2011 BMW 5Series car prize Contact: Mr. Harry Silver Email:harrysilver76_40@hotmail.com Tel:00447010045445, Forward the following details to enable us clear your file for immediate payment  and  delivery of your winnings:

1.Full Names:
6.Phone numbers:
7.Fax number:
10.Won before:
11.Annual Income:

(Please Note Your Details Must Be Completed As Required Above)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

iYogi Scam - Scammers fake themselves, fool customers and kill organization

There are all sorts of scams floating around on the Internet. Some of them have been around since the early days of the Internet-most of these were crude attempts at extorting money from gullible users-but with the passage of time, these Internet crooks have refined their techniques into a fine art. Some of these scams are done with the help of hackers who take remote control of your computer by infecting the defense architecture. 

While reading various websites I found something interesting where the protectors of computers (technicians) are being termed as scammers. This so not right not just for the consumers but also to these tech support guys. Complaints on these sites made me do bit of research on the so called “tech support scams”. 

I totally agree remote tech support has been a boon to the customers. It saves times and money and the problems are resolved in shortest possible time. But the scary part is how trust worthy the cause is giving complete control to a person sitting thousands of miles away can be bit tricky. God knows what they can possibly do once they have the control, they can steal your banking details, social security numbers, etc. Reading the entire guff around this tech support  scam I came across iyogi scam, while checking how iyogi work and reading there press releases they have categorically denied any involvement in scams clearly stating iyogi scam is a hoax and iyogi is not meant for ripping off customers. 

There are many Fake tech support organizations who aim at helping people at a competitive less price. Do not fall for it because of its competitive price. 

Just follow some standards:

First - never ever give control of your computer to anyone unless you’re sure that the person is a legitimate representative.

Second - don’t help them with your personal information straight away. 

Third - just remember there’s a big no around you always, whenever you are doing any transaction over phone or online using your credit card, bank account or social security information, always check – ask whether the line is secured or not? What kind of security measures they are taking? 

Fourth - If you think you’ve been ripped off, inform your bank and the local police immediately. Don’t try any heroics yourself! Let law do its job.
Scams and scammers are getting innovative they are trying everything to fool you. The best one can do is by keeping a tab on scams happening around updating yourself and broadening your understanding of scams can be a gift. 

From the Nigerian 419-the most well-known of the lot, to fraud, such as Internet dating scams, fake antivirus scams, and in one case, even something as bizarre as a fake voice scam, in which a man disguised his voice as a woman to dupe the gullible. If you receive a call from a source claiming to be a tech support in this case IYOGI or with some other name, without doing your bit of ref check don’t help them with complete details beware it might be a part of iyogi scam and the scammers will have their last laugh. 

There are few simple things one can check before they decide to sign in for a service or buy a product. Make sure you ask relevant questions and get complete details. It may have happened that one time a user tried online support from iyogi but was slightly disgruntled about the services he received and posted malicious messages saying iyogi scam ripping customers. But the fact is iyogi is governed by a strict code of ethics solving technical queries of users and not ripping off unsuspecting clients! Check their website where iyogi scam alerts are helping customers save their machine and data.

Google Music Scam

Be careful, webizens: Anyone offering you a free Google Music Beta invite is setting you up for a scam.
The beta doesn’t let current users give out invitations to their friends, so no one has spare invites to give you. That includes Mashable writers, your friends online, and any website claiming to be giving away Google Music invites.

Any person or website claiming to be “giving away” Google Music invites is lying, a fact we’ve just confirmed with Google representatives. Because of the way invites are handed out, they’re linked to specific Google Accounts. In other words, one person can’t request an invite and pass it on; the invite has to be requested and accepted by the same Google Account.

Read more

Souce: mashable.com

[WARNING] Google+ Scam Spreading Via Fake Invites

Malicious hackers have targeted Google’s social networking service, Google+, for the first time in a scam that involves fake invites to the service, Naked Security reports.

The fake invites are spreading through email, and they look very similar to the actual invites to the service, down to the email address which seems to be coming from a Google+ member.

However, if you click on a link in the message – which we definitely do not recommend – you’ll land at a site trying to send you penis enlargement products.

Scams such as this one are very common with major product launches; most recently, we’ve seen a similar phishing scheme involving Google Music invites. Whenever you receive an “invite” to a service, especially from a third party, be extra careful before clicking any links and make sure that the invite is really coming from a legitimate source.

Source: mashable.com

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Received Company Scam Email : Be Aware From Such Scams

I received a email in my inbox this morning. I definitely know that it is a scam because the mail indicated that I was the winner of 5 million dollars! 
Beware of such scams and keep yourself protected and safe!

Here is an example of how it looks a like: 



Dear Winner,

We are delighted to inform you that your Email Address has won you the sum of $500,000 USD (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from the:WORLD COCA-COLA AWARD WINNING PROMO (INTERNATIONAL COCA-COLA PROMO & BRITISH GOVT.APPROVED.) quarterly electronics sweepstakes held in Great Britain.

You are advise to contact the claims director with the following for the processing of your
Winning prize and more information's.

E-MAIL:- cocacala11@*****.com
PHONE:  +447-010038**8

Ref NUMBER:UK/9420X2/68
Batch NUMBER:074/05/ZY369
Winning Numbers: AUI400/856/AS87

A prompt attention to this email shall be in your own advantage.Provide the following details;
1. Name:-------------------------------
2. Address:----------------------------
3. Country:----------------------------
4. Mobile Phone No:-------------------
5. Home Phone No:-------------------
6. Occupation:-------------------------
7. Sex:--------------------------------
8. Age: --------------------------------

This office is staunch in action at 24hrs service.

Once more, accept our Congratulations!

VERY IMPORTANT: All replies should be sent to this e-mail address: cocacola202011@hotmail.com

Best Regards,
Promotion Manager.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to deal with Fake Tech Support Scam

You can check the phone to avoid a scam advice here, but you'll never receive a legitimate call from a Microsoft or partners who charge you for computer fixes. If someone calls claiming that Microsoft,
Check out the things you need to have in your mind for such scams:

• Never give control to the computer with a third party, unless you can confirm that this is a legitimate representative of the computer support team to which you are already a customer.
• Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support if you can not initiate a call to Microsoft first.
• Ask upfront if you have to buy software or pay a fee or subscription-related "services." If there is, hang up the phone.
• Take down the information of the caller and immediately report it to local authorities. If you think you've been the victim of a scam, check out these tips that can help you protect your money and identity.

419 company scam example

Sometimes the victim will be asked to pay the winning prize in quiz game receiving. Demanded money from you guys will make payments to the customs or the airport, making clearances for the price to your land.

The Black Money Scam also known as the Nigerian 419 scam. 419 refers to a portion of a Nigerian law that deals with fraud.

An e-mail questions to help you to move money, new set packages, or collecting money for a company or person anywhere in the world must be regarded as a scam.

A typical example for such emails is:
"Mr. Udoma Almond" <udomaal--------54@att.net>  | Add to Address book |This is not spam
 To:    undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject:    Re: I hope we can work together.
Date:    Fri, 11 Mar 2011 21:50:41 IST

From The Desk of Mr. Udoma Almond.
CBB Packaging/Courier Officer
Central Bank of Benin .
General Computing,
Packaging/Courier Office Ankpa Road ,
Cotonou . Benin Republic.
My Dear,
Urgent and Confidential: Please let this not come to you as a surprise because you do not know me, I am Mr. Udoma Almond, I Work with the central Bank of Benin, Packaging and Courier Department. I got your contact through online directory while I was searching for a good person for this mutual business I want you to help me clear this package that is already in Europe which I shipped through our CBB accredited courier agent, the contents of the package is $12,500,000.00 all in $100.00 Bills, But the courier company does not know that it is money that I have in the package. Please be aware that the money can be brought to you any where you want.

All I want you to do for now is this, give me your mailing address your private phone to receive the fund and for you assistance, you will have 50% and 50% for me. Please my identity must not be revealed to anybody for security reasons. Other modalities will be discussed as soon as you get back to me.

Note: Communication should be strictly through telephone and email for security reasons and you can reach me on my private telephone number: +22998156480 as you received this mail or send me email via: udomalmond@w.cn

Yours Faithfully.
Mr. Udoma Almond.

You must be careful, these scams are dangerous to your finances.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Beware of New Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Scams

Scammers have launched a brutal and merciless exploit of public interest and generosity with a wave of scams linked to the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Within minutes of the tragedy, they were posing as fundraisers seeking donations online and via email and phone solicitations, while fake news pages uploaded malware to unsuspicious victims' PCs.

In Facebook also scams are rocking, If you get a link to something like “Japanese Tsunami RAW Tidal Wave Footage’, don’t click it. It’s a scam. You may be tricked into “liking” the page and then taking a personal info harvesting survey, and then promoting the scam.

It is important to always to protect yourself:
* Do not follow unwanted web links or attachments in email messages.
* Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
* Verify the legitimacy of the email by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number.
* Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).
* Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email client and web browser.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Determine if a Company is a Scam

Google.com has made the world a very small place which is great in terms of finding out if a company is a scam. In the video you will get to know how to use Google.com to determine if any company might be a scam.

Things you will learn with this video:
 1. How to determine if any company is a scam.
 2. How to determine if any website is a scam.
 3. How to determine if a person is a scam artist.
 4. Distinguishing between ads and website listing in Google search results.

With the help of this video you can get help how you would actually save yourselves from company scam.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Microsoft Scam Warning

A shocking scam also said Microsoft is running a call center from India, The Guardian "reported.

Start the hoax calls through security check before the common saying "I call Microsoft. We have a serious virus problem, from your computer's Internet service provider in a report."

Of course, they then tell you your computer is dead or sprouting legs, Tisi, or something you should go to solve the problem.

They have succeeded in convincing you to communicate, if you will be directed to your computer and want to open the program called Windows Event Viewer. "For ordinary users, it looks like a disturbing and long list of errors Some marked "critical."

"Yes, this is it," said the caller. "Now let me guide you through the steps to resolve it."

Then sent to the site and download the hand remote control tells your computer program and the caller on the "install" different "solve" the problem. Then you need to cough up: 185.

Of course, there has never been anything with your computer (well, unless you forget, you have been looking weird sex) and the natural, the caller does not work, Microsoft. Microsoft does not accustomed to ringing of the people, in them? Unfortunately, no one has been handed down to each of this information from their computers.

This scam has been since 2008, and soared this year. It is running from the call center in Calcutta, from the computer and software companies that seem to invoke the name of the database using the phone book sales have access to the team.

When asked about fraud, Microsoft said it "is investigating a series of business practices within the Microsoft partner network of organizations [and] a number of sources of increased instances of major concern. We take these matters very seriously and will take any action Once it is appropriate to complete our survey.

The company has been aware of this issue. Microsoft does not make unsolicited calls to that you repair your computer, on its Web site said. "If you get someone claiming to be from Microsoft technical support unsolicited phone hung up. We do not do that call."
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