Category Archives: Scams

Fake Facebook Email

A breakdown of a scam that starts with an email that looks like it has come from Facebook

Facebook Scam Email
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…
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Staying Safe with Shopping Online

Top tips for staying safe and avoiding scams while shopping on the web, particularly relevant for the Christmas period.

Decorative Image - christmas giftsIn 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…

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Gone Phishing

Following through the course of a phishing attempt and tips on how to spot the scam

Decorative Image - Phishing
Recently I had the (mis)fortune to come across a live phishing attempt (take a look at the Glossary if you’re not familiar with the concept of phishing). What follows is a brief run through of the scenario with some pointers of what to look out for to make sure you don’t fall foul of similar efforts.
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Safer web browsing

A quick look at the setup I use to browse the web more safely than the average Joe.

Decorative Image, PC Firewall WebI 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.

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Anatomy of 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…

Video Scam Sample

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.

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