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Scammers are targeting Londoners with fake fine notification texts that accuse victims of flouting the country’s lockdown rules. The malicious text has been designed to look like a genuine COVID-19 alert sent by the UK government. Victims who receive the message are told that they have been fined £35 after being spotted leaving their home...
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Every once in a while an attack comes along that is so simple to set up, and yet so effective, that it makes your jaw drop. Here’s one: fake bitcoin QR generators. According to web developer and cryptocurrency enthusiast Harry Denley, a wily scammer has been operating a network of fake bitcoin QR code generators...
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On Monday, a video of former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates could be found playing on multiple YouTube channels that were broadcasting a well-known cryptocurrency Ponzi scam, ZDNet reported. The channels had apparently been hijacked from their rightful owners and renamed to make it sound like they were Microsoft brands. Microsoft has “vehemently” denied the suggestion...
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Security awareness training and simulated phishing provider KnowBe4 has announced that it has discovered a new type of phishing scam warning people that they’ve come into contact with a friend/colleague/family member who has been infected with the coronavirus and so are at risk of being infected themselves. The email, which is crafted to appear as...
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Online extortionists are now threatening email victims with COVID-19 infection if they don’t pay thousands of dollars, marking yet another evolution in their scam tactics. Sophos reported the sextortion scam, which follows a similar pattern to others of this type. The attackers divulge previously breached information on the victim, in this case one of their passwords,...
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Security researchers are warning of a new sextortion-related campaign designed to trick the recipient into clicking on a nude image booby-trapped with malware. The unsolicited email contains a message from ‘Red Skull’ hacking crew, who claim to have compromised the account of a contact of the recipient and found images of his naked girlfriend. As this...
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The volume of HMRC phishing emails reported by the public has fallen sharply over the past two years, as those related to SMS- and phone-based scams increased, according to a new Freedom of Information (FOI) request. UK-based Griffin Law obtained the figures from the UK tax office related to the latter’s suspicious email referral service....
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A US TV star has lost nearly $400,000 in a classic email fraud scam after a fraudster persuaded her bookkeeper to wire funds to a new bank account. Multi-millionaire Barbara Corcoran describes herself as an “NYC real estate queen” and is one of the investors on popular show Shark Tank. However, on Wednesday, she took...
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A Puerto Rican government agency unintentionally gave cyber-criminals $2.6m after being taken in by an email phishing scam. A senior official of the island’s government confirmed that money allocated for remittance payments had been wired by a government agency to what appeared to be a genuine bank account on January 17. It later transpired that the...
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Thanks to the Sophos Security Team for their help with this article. Sadly, cybercrooks love a crisis, because it gives them a believable reason to contact you with a phishing scam. Here’s a tasteless and exploitative example, reported to us by the Sophos Security Team, of a current scam that uses the coronavirus as its...
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned Americans to be on the lookout for cyber-based romance scams. The Richmond, Virginia, branch of the FBI said criminals used the most romantic day of the year as an opportunity to con victims out of their hard-earned cash or personal data....
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A British community housing charity was conned out of more than $1m in a domain spoofing and contractor impersonation scam. Red Kite Community Housing announced on Tuesday that it had fallen victim to a cyber-scam in which criminals posed as genuine service providers to steal a staggering £932,000. In a statement issued on January 28, Red Kite...
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A teenager from Montreal is facing four criminal charges in connection with a $50m SIM-swapping scam that targeted two renowned Canadian Blockchain experts.  Eighteen-year-old hacker Samy Bensaci is accused of being part of a crime ring that stole millions of dollars in crypto-currency by gaining unauthorized access to the cell phones of crypto-currency holders in America...
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A St Louis man has been sentenced to four years behind bars for his part in a major identity fraud campaign in which a group claimed over $12m in tax refunds. Babatunde Olusegun Taiwo will spend 48 months in prison plus three years of supervised release and will pay restitution of $889,712, according to the Department...
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Have you ever received items by courier from people overseas? If so, you’ll know that sometimes – notably in the case of gifts, where the other person hasn’t told you what they’re sending – the courier company doesn’t deliver the item directly. Sometimes you get an email saying that the item is delayed because the...
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