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Fake NY Airlines email

October 26th 2012

  There really isn’t any excuse for being fooled by this stuff when hovering over the hyperlink makes it so obvious that something is not quite right…

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Your Photos spam

October 26th 2012

You don’t want to open that attachment – honest.  

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FTC Finalizes Settlements with Businesses that Exposed Consumers Sensitive Information by Installing Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Software on Corporate Computer Systems

October 26th 2012

“Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has accepted as final settlements with two operations it charged with illegally exposing the sensitive personal information of thousands of consumers by allowing peer-to-peer file-sharing software to be installed on their corporate computer systems.  Settlements with Utah-based debt collector EPN, Inc., and Georgia auto dealer Franklin […]

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14th MVP award…

October 3rd 2012

My first MVP award (for supporting users of Internet Explorer and the now long defunct Outlook Express) was back in 1999… Then I was moved to Internet Explorer only…. Then Consumer Security: Training… On 1 October I was awarded MVP status for the 14th year in a row

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Fake eFax Corporate email…

October 3rd 2012

I don’t remember seeing one of these before… fake, of course.

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Fake LinkedIn invitations

October 3rd 2012

I receive LinkedIn emails regularly – this (fake) one looks like realistic, until you hover over the hyperlink…

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And in more good news… FTC has launched a major crackdown on telemarket tech support scams

October 3rd 2012

Details here: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/10/pecon.shtm   Parties: Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, v. Pecon Software Ltd., also doing business as Pecon Services LLC, Pecon Services, Inc.; Pecon Infotech Ltd.; Pecon Software UK Ltd.; Mahesh Kumar Shah, also known as MK Shah; Prateek Shah; Sujoy Roy; Zulfiquar Ali; and Vikas Kumar Gupta, Defendants (United States District Court for the […]

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FTC versus Innovative Marketing and others

October 3rd 2012

Good news.  Remember Innovative Marketing? They were involved in “scareware” years ago, and the scareware and the lawsuit have been featured many times on this blog (scareware names such as WinFixer, WinAntiVirus, WinAntiVvirusPro,  WinAntiSpyware, Popupguard, WinFirewall, InternetAntispy, WinPopupguard, ComputerShield, WinAntispy, PCsupercharger, ErrorSafe, SysProtect, DriveCleaner, SystemDoctor  and ErrorProtector have all been associated with Innovative Marketing). Much […]

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Fake Quickbooks emails: “IRS Approved 2012 W-2 and 1099 Tax Forms ? Order Before the Rush”

October 2nd 2012

Here’s a new twist on an old story… as always, if you hover over a hyperlink you can see that the emails are not legitimate.     

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Fake Sony Prize spam…

October 1st 2012

Got this today (phone spam, not email).  It’s actually a good example of what to watch out for… “You have been chosen to receive a free gift. Go to http:// www .sony.com.au.ircontest.info and enter code **** to claim it and tell us where to ship it”. Notes: Hyperlink broken for safety. The hyperlink is designed […]

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