Hacking wearable devices could compromise ATM security: Internet Scambusters #726 ATM security has always been at risk from scammers — by trapping cards and using cameras to read PIN numbers. Now researchers have shown how they could even steal PINs by hacking into users’ wearable devices and tracking their hand movements as they use the […]
How hackers and eavesdropping software snoop on your conversations: Internet Scambusters #725 As more computer and mobile apps acquire the ability to respond to our voices, the potential threat to our privacy increases and listening turns to eavesdropping, or even spying. In this week’s issue, we explore microphone usage on our devices, ranging from benign […]
Millennials more vulnerable to scammers than older people, says new study: Internet Scambusters #724 Surprise, surprise — young adults who make up the millennial generation are more at risk of falling for a scam than their elders. The reason? They, and some other groups such as well-educated professionals, are over-confident that they won’t get caught […]
Don’t be fooled by VW buyback tricksters: Internet Scambusters #723 The VW buyback program, which was due to launch in late fall, compensates owners of certain Volkswagen and Audi diesel autos after the carmaker was found to have breached emission rules. But owners could be hoodwinked by unscrupulous dealers into accepting low-ball offers for their […]
Charity scam artists now target the organizations themselves: Internet Scambusters #722 In a cruel new twist to the crime, charity scam artists have decided to hit where it hurts most — by stealing directly from the charitable organizations themselves. In this week’s issue, we explain how crooks are using the advance payment or overpayment ruse […]
Injunction halts Maria Duval scam: Internet Scambusters #721 A scam based on the name of Italian psychic Maria Duval has taken an estimated $180 million from U.S. victims, plus lots more from abroad. Now a permanent injunction has stopped the scammers in their tracks but the money they took may not be recoverable. In this […]
What to do if the Wells Fargo scam has cost you money: Internet Scambusters #720 What should you do if you’ve fallen victim to the Wells Fargo scam in which up to two million customer bank and credit card accounts were set up without their knowledge, so that sales staff could earn bonuses? Even if […]
Snippets issue highlights Amazon job scam and other home-based tricks: Internet Scambusters #719 Plenty of people are making money through an Amazon job based on the online retailer’s affiliate program. But scammers are also making money by tricking victims into signing up for a fake version of the program and then charging them for website […]
Social media users face barrage of scams and other threats: Internet Scambusters #718 Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are meant to connect us with friends and family — not crooks and spammers. But they can do both anyway, unless you take action to thwart the scammers and con artists. In this week’s […]
Crooks offer stolen Netflix account details for cut-price subscriptions: Internet Scambusters #717 The sign-on details for a Netflix account are a valuable commodity to subscribers — and potentially others. Crooks are stealing and selling these details, and other people may be innocently paying for them thinking they’re getting a cut-price deal, as we explain in […]
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