Malware and Fraud Alerts

This page will show articles informing you of recent malware attacks and fraud alerts. Malware may include, for example, viruses, phishing, and ransomware, for your computing devices (Windows PCs, Macs, Apple/Android/Windows Tablets & Smartphones, etc.).

September 2017 … Equifax issues warning about data hack affecting 44% of Americans …

The company said that there was potential unauthorized access to information it had stored from mid-May through July 2017. The information included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers.

The hackers also got access to credit card numbers for roughly 209,000 consumers, plus certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 consumers, Equifax said.

In the wake of this breach, experts counsel several immediate actions including being very wary of emails purporting to be from Equifax, which are probably phishing scams: Read more …

August 2017 … IRS Issues urgent warning about ransomware email scam…

The scheme, which IRS Commissioner John Koskinen called “a new twist on an old scheme” involves a bogus email which impersonates the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage. Read more …

August 2017 … AARP Fraud Watch – The Make-A-Wish Foundation Sweepstakes is a Fraud…

The scammer calls from the “Consumer Protection Agency” or the “Federal Trade Commission” to tell you that you have won 2nd place in a Make-A-Wish Foundation sweepstakes – a $450,000 prize! You just have to pay $4,500 in processing fees to claim your award….The Make-A-Wish Foundation never engages in sweepstakes Read more …

June 2017 ….The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is cautioning consumers against an email “phishing” campaign that sends a notice to email users stating they must pay a ticket within 48 hours or their license will be revoked. While the notice is made to appear as if it comes from DMV, it is a hoax. Read more …

May 2017 ….Google Docs Phishing Alert! A very convincing Google Docs phishing scheme is racing around the internet right now, which means you should avoid clicking any weird Google Docs that have been emailed to you (email and text message) recently — even if it’s from someone you know. It’s spreading incredibly quickly. Read more …

April 2017 … AARP Fraud Watch – IRS allows Third Party Debt Collectors

The IRS is now allowing 4 Private Debt Collectors to recover unpaid tax debts to the IRS. So you may get a legitimate call, but only if you owe the IRS a long overdue debt. Beware scams pretending to be legitimate calls from the IRS. Read more …

March 2017 … Apple iCloud hack threat

Hackers are threatening to remotely wipe an unknown number of iPhones, iPads, and Macs unless Apple pays a ransom. The picture is becoming clearer. This is what you need to know. Read more …

March 2017 … AARP Fraud Watch – Is the “Say YES” scam real?

News reports have warned that a fraudster will call and ask a question and get the victim to say yes. The scammer records that affirmation to use it to authorize unwanted charges to a phone bill, utility bill or even a credit card. Read more …

 

 

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