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Amazon lawsuit

Amazon is suing to stop illegal text scams from using its name

May 12th, 2021

As indispensable as our phones have become, they are also a conduit for some of the most pervasive and persistent scams humanity has ever encountered. About 90% of the phone calls I receive on a weekly basis are spam, as are an increasing percentage of my texts. You’re probably in the same boat, and among …

Instagram scams

Don’t be fooled by these insidious Instagram DM phishing scams

March 29th, 2021

From robocalls to spam texts to mysterious login attempts, account security is as important now as it has ever been. You should be doing everything in your power to keep your online accounts safe and to avoid any blatant scams. The big problem is that not all scams are as obvious as a call telling …

Free Netflix scam

If you get a text message for a free year of Netflix, you’re being scammed

January 20th, 2021

The Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker has received “numerous reports” about text message scams offering a free year of Netflix in recent weeks. Fraudulent text messages are being sent to victims with links to websites that aren’t run by Netflix in an attempt to collect their private information. Some victims have entered credit card numbers …

coronavirus scams

Idiot doctor with a coronavirus ‘miracle cure’ charged with fraud

April 17th, 2020

California doctor claimed to have a “miracle cure” for COVID-19. Dr. Jennings Ryan Staley is charged with mail fraud after admitting to illegally importing drugs from China and selling “treatment packs” to patients.  There is no cure for the novel coronavirus, and while vaccines and treatments are in development, nothing has been approved or made …

Email scams

This brilliant new AI will fight email scammers by wasting their time

November 10th, 2017

Netsafe, a New Zealand-based non-profit online safety group, introduced an AI email bot this week that will fight back against phishing scams by wasting their time. As Netsafe explained in a on Tuesday, the bot replies to scams “with a never-ending series of questions and anecdotes so that scammers have less time to pursue real …

IRS Scam

Watch a security developer exact sweet revenge on IRS scammers

June 25th, 2017

Over the past few years, one of the more prevalent and successful scams going around has involved individuals posing as IRS agents and demanding payment of back taxes. By preying on individuals who are either elderly, unsophisticated, or have limited English-language proficiency, the scammers are able to convince some individuals that they might be subject …