New Scam Information SIte – infomercialscams.info
I would like to give a shout-out to a new site that I’ve come across – INFOMERCIALSCAMS.INFO. InfomercialScams.info is a website designed to help the public identify all types of scams and schemes on and off the internet. They also try to help people distinguish between scams and actual deals by providing them with information […]
Violet and Allen Large – Lottery Windfall Scam
I’ve seen hundreds of spam emails, for a year or more, that reference the Canadian couple, Violet and Allen Large. The Story The elderly couple, who lived in Nova Scotia, won $11.2 million in a Lotto 6/49 jackpot in July 2010. They decided, due to the fact hat they were retired and had plenty of […]
RECAP DISTRIBUTION IS A JOB SCAM
A recent Scam Tip Off Report tells me of a Logistics Position for Recap Distribution. Supposedly operating in Finland, all the money seems to flow to Russia. It’s a simple enough scam – You take a job as a ‘Receivables Clerk’. Packages arrive and you send them on to another address. Money comes in to […]
Hey buddy, what password are you using?
SplashData.com recently published the following information regarding the most popular 2012 passwords on the web. The ranking was based on password information from compromised accounts posted by hackers online. The article was also featured on blogs.avg.com. This year, the list is back! So it’s time to see how, if at all, users have learned their […]
Scammers turning your WordPress Website into a Spam/Malware Distributor
So I get an email from Google complaining that several links from my son’s blog (which I will not name here) are linking to malware sites. The sample links they included were valid but completely foreign to the site, and the pages themselves were mangled versions of existing blog posts, with long lists of search […]
dDos attacks on Scamdex – an apology.
Running the Scamdex Website isn’t a full-time job but occasionally I fall foul of the lovable rogues who perpetrate these scams and who get upset when I tell people about their doings. For example, from mid November in 2012, I had a week of distributed denial of service (dDos) attacks which effectively made Scamdex.com stop […]
Just how valuable is a Hacked PC?
The massively informative “Krebs on Security” Blog published this graphic which is a startling depiction of just how valuable a compromised PC can be to cyber criminals. Often the owner of such a PC does not even know that this has happened, and there are millions that have. Check your own PC regularly for oddities […]
The [domain] names change, but the “Data Conversion Job” Scam remains the same…
“Data Conversion Job Scam”? Yes – this has been running for several months now. This is how it works: A spam email, probably coming via a job seekers website [such as Careerbuilder.com or Dice.com or Monster.com or Craigslist.com] tells the victim about a great employment opportunity he can do at home – all he has […]