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Scam Of The Week: Enter To Win Tickets To Star Wars

It's "Scam Of The Week" time! We are warning everyone against phishing attacks that try to trick you into winning movie tickets for the new Star Wars movie. For the next 2 months this is going to be a highly successful social engineering attack that a lot of people are going to fall for. This is how they might look. Think before you click! 

Scam Of The Week: Apple ID Suspension Phish With A Twist

You need to watch out for a phishing scam that seems to come from Apple. The email is supposedly from Apple Support and they threaten that your account is going to be suspended because you did not reply to an earlier verification email. The phishing email has a link that allows you to "verify now" but if you click the link, you land on a bogus webpage that looks like it's Apple but is a fake, and it tries to manipulate you into giving out your password, credit card and other personal information.

Don't fall for this scam. Always go direct to the website of your vendor and do not click on links in emails that look like they are legit. Think Before You Click!

Scam Of The Week: Comcast Triple Threat

More and more, legit-looking advertising served on major websites turns out to be malicious. Bad guys pay for and posts ads that they hope you will click on. But if you click on those ads, you get redirected to a compromised website. That malicious site might infect your computer with ransomware, and/or display popups that claim your PC has a virus and tell you to dial a toll-free number. If you call that number it will be answered by scammers who claim they are Microsoft but will try to charge your credit card to fix your computer. What to do? You need to stay vigilant at all times and "Think Before You Click":

Scam Of The Week: Massive LinkedIn Spam Steals Passwords

"I feel like a complete idiot. I just got taken by a LinkedIn spam that may have just stolen my banking password."

Scam Of The Week: Dell Tech Support Service Tag Hack

There is a new tech support scam doing the rounds. This time it is cyber criminals with foreign accents calling you, claiming they are from Dell and they even have the correct service tag of your Dell PC. They will try to manipulate you into giving them access to your computer so that they can "fix the problem" and charge your credit card or worse, infect your computer with ransomware.

If you get called by unknown people claiming to be tech support (any company) and need to get access to your computer, hang up the phone immediately and delete any email they might send you with similar claims.

Scam Of The Week: Phish With Hidden Sting

Bad guys are getting smarter by the month. They now send you emails that your antivirus and spam filters do not catch. It goes like this: The email has an attachment that you are tricked into opening. In the attachment is a link that they try to make you click on. The link goes to a malicious website and will infect your computer.

Do not open attachments you did not ask for. When you get an attachment, verify if that person sent it to you and why. If in doubt, throw it out.  Always Think Before You Click.

Scam Of The Week: Your Stolen iPhone Has Been Found - Phishing

Between 3 and 4 million smartphones are stolen every year. It's is your modern-day purse snatching. Many people put their entire private and work lives on these devices that can cost up to 500 bucks. Losing a device or getting it stolen can feel like a disaster, way beyond just the monetary loss.

Scam Of The Week - Netflix For Free Phishing

Cybercriminals are targeting Netflix users with several scams you need to watch out for. Some of these scams claim you need to update your payment information, and others try to trick you into downloading software for a cheaper version of Netflix. Do not fall victim for any of these tricks. 

Scam Of The Week: TurboTax Phishing Attack

It's tax season and the bad guys are in full swing. TurboTax is a very popular online tax preparation site, and at the moment the bad guys have massive campaigns going that look like they come from TurboTax. 

Scam Of The Week: Phishing Email Uses Accurate GPS Data To Catch Speeding Drivers

A phishing scam posing as a speeding ticket email with a malicious link is nothing new
But here's an innovation that should give you pause. Emails claiming to be from the local police department were sent to a few local residents close to Philadelphia and had something unique. They contain accurate speeding data, including street names, speed limits, and actual driving speeds, according to the local Police Department,

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