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The Twelve Scams of Christmas and Other Attacks

December 24, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Identity Thieves and Cybercriminals Take Advantage of the Holiday Season, Aiming to Steal Consumers’ Money, Identities and Financial Information. As cybercriminals begin to take advantage of the holiday season, be cautious....

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Report: Identity Theft Dings U.S. Victims for $17 Billion

December 16, 2010 Added by:Headlines

The total cost to U.S. victims of identity theft is estimated to be a staggering $17 Billion dollars, according to a report issued by The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The monumental sum includes direct losses to fraudsters and out-of-pocket costs in the aftermath of an incident...

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Zeus Trojan Using Man-In-The-Middle on Retailer Sites

December 10, 2010 Added by:Headlines

A security company reports they have detected the use of man-in-the-middle and social engineering tactics in conjunction with the Zeus Trojan to skim credit card numbers and personal information when consumers are visiting the websites of large commercial retailers...

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Do Your Electronic Fingerprints Leave You At Risk?

December 05, 2010 Added by:Theresa Payton

Consumers are becoming more aware of cookies and internet mailing lists and have been taking steps to protect themselves from being profiled by advertisers. A way around user controls is to use a technology known as device fingerprinting...

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Five Important Fraud Investigation Interview Tips

December 03, 2010 Added by:Thomas Fox

A successful investigation interview isn’t just a question and answer period. Asking good questions is just a small piece of a very big puzzle. To get the most out of your fraud investigation interviews, remember these 5 important steps...

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Spear Phishers Know Your Name

November 27, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

When phishing attacks are directed at company officers or senior executives, it’s called whaling, appropriately enough. I don’t know who sits around and coins this stuff but it makes analogical sense. Spear phishers target their victims in a number of ways...

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Seven Tips for Better Credit Card Security

November 24, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Every time you use a credit or debit card you increase the chances of that card number being used fraudulently. Cards can be skimmed and hacked in a number of different ways. Whenever you hand your card to a salesperson or waiter, watch where your card is taken and what is done with it...

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Two Million Online Fraud Complaints and Growing

November 24, 2010 Added by:David Navetta

November 9, marked the 2 millionth consumer complaint filed with the IC3. This milestone is all the more notable because it took seven years for the IC3 to receive its first million complaints. The second million arrived in less than half the time - just under 3.5 years....

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Savvy and Secure Shopping for the Holiday Season

November 19, 2010 Added by:Theresa Payton

Before you start your online shopping, make sure you have the latest web browser and update your virus protection. Avoid making purchases if you are using free wireless and you cannot validate the security and privacy of your transaction. Never give payment or personal information via email...

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Colorado Supreme Court: Stolen SSN is not ID Theft

November 18, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

The court ruled that since he had used his real name, and the Social Security number was only one of many pieces of identifying information, he did not assume a false identity, and did not hold himself out to be another person. The use of a false Social Security number is irrelevant..

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A Whopping Ten Percent of UK Victims of Online Fraud

November 11, 2010 Added by:Headlines

The revelation that the number of victims is so substantial should compel online retailers and services to redouble efforts to eliminate vulnerabilities such as cross-sight scripting (XSS), and should increase the prevalence of security measures like utilizing SSL enabled websites...

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Live ATM Skimming Video Confiscated

November 09, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

In both cases, the criminals need to obtain the 4-digit cardholder PIN to allow for fraudulent cash withdrawal. The video shows criminals installing a micro camera above an ATM PIN pad and then placing a skimming device over the card reader throat...

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Ten Worst Places for Your Social Security Number

November 08, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Thirty-two percent of all ID theft victims had their social security number compromised according to Javelin’s 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report. In honor of National Identity Protection week, McAfee set out to reveal the most dangerous places to leave your social security number...

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Five Sneaky Credit Card Scams

November 04, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

You hand your card to a clerk, and they have a card reading wedge device that looks like this. The device may be wrapped around a band on their ankle. They bend over and make it look like they are fixing a sock, once they swipe the card through, they can make charges on your card...

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5 Ways to Prevent Check Fraud Scams

November 02, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

When checks or tax-related documents are stolen, either from the mail or by other means, the ink can be erased using common household chemicals such as nail polish remover. This allows the thieves to endorse checks to themselves...

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Use Your Horse Sense, Don't Be a Mule

November 01, 2010 Added by:Christopher Burgess

Ever opened your email inbox and seen a request to assist a fledgling company with their accounts receivables for a percentage of each transaction? These offers may be seen as a way to bring a few extra dollars, but they may be a front for any number of organized criminal entities...

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