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Archives for October 2017

Police help woman get back half the money lost through phishing

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VIRUDHUNAGAR A woman victim, who lost ?44,000 to a phishing fraud, got back ?22,000, thanks to the prompt action taken by Virudhunagar district police. Superintendent of Police M. Rajarajan said on Monday that the swift action by Cyber Crime police helped the woman, Karthik (35) of Narikudi, get back her money. He said Cyber Crime […]




Is the Mandalay Bay Security Guard ‘Missing’?

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CLAIM Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos is “missing.” FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In the days following the 1 October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, various conspiratorial web sites and Internet personalities began casting aspersions on a wounded Mandalay Bay security guard, falsely claiming he was an “accomplice” to gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, who […]




Chargebacks911: eCommerce Merchants Face Growing Costs Amid Rising Identity Theft Fraud

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Chargebacks911: eCommerce Merchants Face Growing Costs Amid Rising Identity Theft Fraud: TAMPA BAY, Fla., Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — A recent study by Javelin Strategy & Research revealed that identity fraud increased 16% …: Google Alert – Fraud Columbus man arrested for fraud, theft: COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – One […]




SMS phishing: The mobile security risk you need to know about

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Social engineering schemes targeted at executives and business decision-makers are big business for cybercriminals. The FBI reports CEO email scams cost US businesses over $360 million in 2016. However, the latest mobile security risk could land in your text message folder, not your email inbox. SMS phishing, or “smishing,” is on the rise. Though SMS […]




Woman Loses Home in California Wildfires After Surviving Vegas Massacre

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On 1 October 2017, Michella Flores was using a discount offered to flight crews to stay in the Hooters Hotel in Las Vegas between assignments. She walked down the street to catch Jason Aldean’s set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from outside the fence and ending up witnessing the worst mass shooting in U.S. […]




Ex-Lumber Company Salesman Gets Prison Term in Fraud Scheme

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Ex-Lumber Company Salesman Gets Prison Term in Fraud Scheme: A former lumber company salesman has been sentenced to a year in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud customers and lying about it to a …: Google Alert – Fraud Researcher for President Trump's voter fraud commission […]




Netflix users beware – there’s a phishing scam after your credit card details

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Netflix users have more to worry about than price hikes, as they could now be the target of a phishing scam that goes after personal and business emails in an attempt to glean sensitive information.  Spotted by cyber security researchers at PhishMe, the phishing scam aims to trick Neflix users into revealing their credit card details […]




Does a Urine-Revealing Pool Chemical Exist?

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CLAIM A special compound added to the water in swimming pools will reveal the presence of urine and catch those who pee in the pool. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN No matter what your parents might have told you, there isn’t any magical chemical that when added to a swimming pool will reveal the presence of […]




Netflix phishing attack is not chill – TheINQUIRER

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A PHISHING AWARENESS OUTFIT has discovered a phishing attack that targets both the business and personal accounts of Netflix users. PhishMe, the angling outfit, reports that the phishing attack looks like a Netflix account renewal email and smells like a Netflix account renewal email. It adds that the option to update bags the phishing bad guys […]




Michelle Singletary: Learn how to protect seniors from fraud

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Michelle Singletary: Learn how to protect seniors from fraud: The survey found that, most often, the attempted fraud was initiated with a telephone call. Nearly 22 percent of scam attempts were made via email or …: Google Alert – Fraud Investor reports losing £100000 in a 'Barclays bond' fraud, […]




Energy Drink Results in Hole in Expectant Father’s Skull?

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CLAIM Energy drinks caused an expectant father to lose a large portion of his skull. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN More than a week after it was published, a 3 October 2017 Facebook post purporting to depict the aftermath of an expectant father’s brain hemorrhage and surgery went viral. The post, which was subsequently deleted from […]




Google Chrome more at risk from phishing attacks than Microsoft Edge, research finds

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Microsoft’s Edge browser offers better protection from cyber criminals than Google Chrome, a new report has found. Chrome is by far the more popular option, but the findings suggest you have a better chance of staying safe online if you switch. Cyber security firm NSS Labs tested Chrome, Edge and Firefox, to work out how […]




Coinbase Rolls Out Instant US Bitcoin Buys Thanks to 'Proprietary Fraud Prevention'

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Coinbase Rolls Out Instant US Bitcoin Buys Thanks to 'Proprietary Fraud Prevention': Coinbase has removed a major hurdle for US customers purchasing Bitcoin via bank transfer, cutting the waiting period from 3-5 days to “instantly.”.: Google Alert – Fraud Susan Campbell: Real Worry Voter Suppression, Not Fraud: Vice […]




New Research Suggests Massive Yellowstone Eruption Could Occur Sooner Than Expected?

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CLAIM New research from Arizona State University suggests that a catastrophic super-eruption from the Yellowstone caldera could occur sooner than previously thought. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 10 October 2017, the New York Times ran a story (with the ominous headline “A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone”) that reported on an August 2017 presentation made […]