New Internet Scam ‘Ransomware’ Locks Computers, Demands Payment

There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI. “We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), referring to the virus known as Reveton ransomware, which is designed to extort money from its victims. ve-by malware because …

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Cell Phone Trickery

Cell Phone Trickery   Earlier this year, a new scam began cropping up on Craigslist, this time attacking sellers. Popular shopping blog The Consumerist reports that sellers of various items may be contacted by a seemingly interested buyer who claims they’re too busy to talk at the moment, but nonetheless want to buy what you’re …

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Cheap Rental Home Scam

Cheap Rental Home Washington newspaper The Olympian recently reported on a serious real estate scam going around Craigslist that could cost unsuspecting shoppers thousands of dollars. Creative scammers, usually located overseas in remote areas that U.S. law cannot affect, find ads elsewhere on the Internet for properties for sale by real estate agencies. They then …

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FREE FURNITURE SCAM

Free Furniture   In March of 2008, Fox News reported on a Craigslist hoax that cost one man almost everything he owned. In Jacksonville, Oregon, scammers posted prank ads on the website claiming that the person who lived at Robert Salisbury’s residence had to leave town suddenly, and that everything in his house was free …

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Infidelity Causes Divorce

Infidelity Causes Divorce: Infidelity leads to divorce and is probably the single most damaging thing that can happen to a marriage. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common problems a married couple will face. Statistics vary on this subject, but it’s widely reported that 60% of men and 40% of women will participate …

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How to Hire a Private Investigator (866) 652-4480

  How to Hire a Private Investigator (866) 652-4480 If you are thinking of using the services of a private investigator, you may be wondering what the cost of hiring private investigators will be. Around the country, private investigator fees vary by location and type of services. For investigators with extensive experience and training, expect …

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Nigerian Letter or “419” Fraud

                               WARNING!     WARNING!     WARNING!    Nigerian letter frauds combine the threat of impersonation fraud with a variation of an advance fee scheme in which a letter mailed from Nigeria offers the recipient the “opportunity” to share in a percentage of millions of dollars that the author—a self-proclaimed government official—is trying to transfer illegally out of Nigeria. The …

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E-Mails Seeking Personal Information

 WARNING * WARNING * WARNING Have you received a suspicious e-mail from FBI Director Robert Mueller or another FBI official? If so, it is afake. The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have increasinglyreceived reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting FBI agents, officials,and/or FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. The fraudulent e-mails give theappearance …

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Smartphone Users Should be Aware of Malware Targeting Mobile Devices and Safety Measures to Help Avoid Compromise

Smart-phone Users Should be Aware of Malware Targeting Mobile Devices and Safety Measures to Help Avoid Compromise 10/12/12—The IC3 has been made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices. Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFisher. Loozfon is an information-stealing piece of malware. …

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Cybercrime Stories: Steve

How does cybercrime affect people?Check out this real-world example. To avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime,learn the basics of online protection. Steve’s Story Steve lives in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri, and is a retired government employee. Steve had antivirus software and a firewall, and kept them up to date. He knew not to …

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