A breakdown of a scam that starts with an email that looks like it has come from Facebook
I received an email that at first appearance looks to be from Facebook but the first clue that it’s fake is that it arrived at an email account that I’ve never used with Facebook (like I’d trust them with anything meaningful! pah). Here I take a look at the scam, the players and the played… Continue reading →
Top tips for staying safe and avoiding scams while shopping on the web, particularly relevant for the Christmas period.
In the weeks before Christmas more and more people are avoiding the manic high street crowds and buying gifts for friends and family on the web. As the shopping transactions increase so does the malicious activity and crooks are quick to exploit people who wouldn’t normally shop online and who might not be savvy to the risks. Here I’ll outline some quick tips for how to lessen the risk of being conned but the number one rule as I’ve mentioned previously is to pay attention…
A quick look at the setup I use to browse the web more safely than the average Joe.
I don’t often make recommendations because such things have a way of back firing. Instead I’d like to outline a few bits of my setup that helps me to browse the web with a little extra piece of mind. If you feel like trying any part of this then please acknowledge my usual software disclaimer.
A scam is doing the rounds on Twitter today that attempts to trick unsuspecting peeps into giving up their Twitter credentials. This is a brief run down of the scam scenario…
Now whether Osama is kicking back in Tijuana at the sea side or whether he’s kicking around Davey Jones’ locker at the sea floor is not in question. What is important is that CNN (or any other outlets to my knowledge) at this time have not posted any such news article and any links claiming as such are highly likely to be a scam!
An analysis of web scams, what they look like, how they work and what they do.
Scams are an increasing problem all over the web but they are most prevalent on social networking sites where they can quickly reach the largest audiences. This post will focus on Facebook scams but most of the information will be relevant for any website.
So first and foremost, what to be wary of…
Sample of a scam video post
If you click on something and you don’t get what you expect then it’s probably wise to step away. For example, if you think you’re clicking to watch a YouTube video and you don’t then see a YouTube video, there probably is no video and you should move on before you stumble into damage.
This type of scam is often referred to as “Link Jacking” and can be any scenario where a web link is hijacked to show one thing but take you to something else.