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Support Scammers

by certifiedbug on December 7, 2012

in Internet Security

arstechnica.com
Jon Brodkin -Dec 5 2012

How Windows tech support scammers walked right into a trap set by the feds

When the FTC announced its crackdown on the tech support scammers, the agency played a recorded undercover call but otherwise didn’t spend much time talking about how they tracked the defendants down in the first place. Court documents the FTC subsequently sent our way show that it was rather easy. Or, more precisely, once the difficult groundwork of tracking down the scammers had been laid, the scammers walked right into the FTC’s trap, as gullible and helpless as the victims whose bank accounts they raided.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/12/how-windows-tech-support-scammers-walked-right-into-a-trap-set-by-the-feds/

FTC press release 10/03/2012

FTC Halts Massive Tech Support Scams

Tens of Thousands of Consumers Allegedly Tricked Into Paying for Removal of Bogus Viruses and Non-Existent Spyware, and Allowing Scammers to Remotely Access their Computers

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a major international crackdown on tech support scams in which telemarketers masquerade as major computer companies, con consumers into believing that their computers are riddled with viruses, spyware and other malware, and then charge hundreds of dollars to remotely access and “fix” the consumers’ computers.

At the request of the FTC, a U.S. District Court Judge has ordered a halt to six alleged tech support scams pending further hearings, and has frozen their assets.

“The FTC has been aggressive – and successful – in its pursuit of tech support scams,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “And the tech support scam artists we are talking about today have taken scareware to a whole other level of virtual mayhem.”

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/10/pecon.shtm

http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0346-tech-support-scams

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PayPal Scam

by certifiedbug on August 6, 2012

in Internet Security

Take a second to confirm we have your correct information.

That you do NOT want to do.

http://blog.dynamoo.com/2012/08/welcome-to-paypal-spam-spb-koalitiaru.html

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Unmasking fake Microsoft support scammers

by certifiedbug on August 6, 2012

in Internet Security

David Jacoby
Kaspersky Lab Expert

I’m pretty sure that most of you guys know about the recent phone scam which is circulating right now. They have been calling a lot of people in countries such as Germany, Sweden, the UK and probably more. The scam is pretty simple; they pretend to be from a department within Microsoft which has received indications that your computer is infected with some malware. They will then offer (for free) to verify if this is the case. If the victim agrees on this, they will ask the victim to perform certain actions, and also type certain commands, which will trick a non-experienced used that the output is actually showing that the computer is infected.

I just want to mention that there is no such department at Microsoft, and they would never call up customers offering this. So if you ever get a call ‘from Microsoft’ stating that there are some indications that your computer is broken or infected – please hang up!

Well, they have called me several times, and finally Ii got fed up with this and started to play along. At the same time I had my virtual machines running and was recording everything that they were doing. The goal was to find out who they were and exactly what the scam was. Luckily I was able to get hold of information such as their internal IP addresses, the PayPal accounts used to wire money and the numbers they are calling from.

https://www.securelist.com/en/blog/208193750/Trying_to_unmask_the_fake_Microsoft_support_scammers

Tech support phone scams
http://certifiedbug.com/blog/2012/03/16/tech-support-phone-scams/
Technical Support
http://certifiedbug.com/blog/2012/03/16/technical-support/
Fake Product Support
http://certifiedbug.com/blog/2012/03/15/fake-product-support/

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eBay Scam

by certifiedbug on July 23, 2012

in Internet Security

Mousing over the hyper-linked text of > ID, Transaction Details, Help Center Security Center, revealed: http://agenda.fatbeardstudios.com/avail.html

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Tech support phone scams

March 16, 2012

Microsoft Safety & Security Center Computer Security, Digital Privacy, and Online Safety Avoid tech support phone scams Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes. Telephone tech support scams: What you need to know Cybercriminals often use publicly available phone […]

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Technical Support

March 16, 2012

comantra.wordpress.com In a recent interview with the Cyber Law department, Comantra officials carried out a quick recovery channel strategy in how effectively Comantra scams can be delimited. Microsoft in the meantime has agreed to provide advanced far end support to its trusted partner by offering quality benchmarks to Comantra based online computer tech support. Comantra […]

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Fake Product Support

March 15, 2012

KrebsOnSecurity Aghast at Avast’s iYogi Support The makers of Avast antivirus software are warning users about a new scam involving phone calls from people posing as customer service reps for the company and requesting remote access to user systems. Avast is still investigating the incidents, but a number of users are reporting that the incidents […]

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AOL Administration Center & Uniform Traffic Ticket Spammed Scams

November 8, 2011

“AOL Administration Center” spam comes from a spoofed email address this is a classic example of Canadian Pharmacy spam. Full text of the bogus email, the # in the subject line changes. From: “AOL Administration Center (R)” To: Subject: AOL Administration Center Notification #73916 Hi, You have 1 notification (#73916) from AOL Administration Center Please […]

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Shady Reshipping Centers

October 14, 2011

Krebs On Security offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at a organized crime operation that uses stolen credit card numbers to purchase and launder high-end electronics. Shady Reshipping Centers Exposed, Part I There are dozens of businesses in the criminal underground engaged in merchandise laundering, known as “Drops for stuff” on cybercrime forums. The “drops” are […]

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Rejected Federal Tax Transaction Scam

October 4, 2011

A malicious scam which continues to do the rounds with three caught by my spam filter, the transaction ID changes. How does IRS e-file work?A. You or your tax professional, prepare your tax return. In many cases, the tax professional is also the Electronic Return Originator (ERO) who is authorized to file your return electronically […]

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