Malware attack in the name of City of London Police

Cyber criminals have launched a new malware campaign which aims to install malware on victims’ computers via an email alert supposedly sent by the City of London Police.

The cyber attackers have been sending out thousands of automated emails with the subject ‘Homicide Suspect’. The email provides some vague information around the subject, telling the reader that they are raising awareness around a recent case of homicide, it tells the reader that they need to open the attachment to find out more information.

If the reader clicks on the attachment, malware is immediately installed on the device and the cyber attacker is able to gain access to information stored on it.

Not all Anti-Virus companies are currently recognising this as a cyber attack which means that anti-virus software isn’t necessarily protecting the computer from this type of malware. This makes it even more important for people to be vigilant; not clicking on emails or attachments from unknown senders.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud said: “Cyber attackers will stop at nothing and will take every opportunity they can to take advantage of people’s computers and mobile devices”.

“Be careful about what emails you choose to open and be aware of the risk of opening any documents attached. These criminals will play on your curiosity and coax you in to opening what is inside, please just delete these types of emails straight away”.

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Cybercrime was the most investigated type of crime in the region of Lisbon in 2016

13.3.2017

Cybercrime and domestic violence were the most investigated criminal phenomena in 2016 by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Lisbon region, according to the annual report released on Tuesday. The Lisbon District report for the year 2016, published on the MP’s website, states that 3493 cybercrime investigations were registered, of which 167 resulted in prosecution […]

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Recently discovered ransomware attacks in Portugal

13.3.2017

Pedro Veiga, coordinator of the National Center for Cybersecurity (CNCS), warned of several ransomware attacks recently detected in Portugal. The statement was made during a short interview given to Exame Informática in December 2016, whose full content can be accessed in this short cut. It will be up to business leaders to prevent themselves (through […]

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Australian Embassy issues alert over fraudulent employment scams

10.3.2017

The Australian Embassy in Portugal’s attention has been drawn to instances of fraudulent online advertisements for employment in Australia. A scam recently reported to the Embassy involves fraudulent job offers in the name of Australian company Woodside Petroleum. Should you receive such an email, we advise you not to respond and to contact Woodside and […]

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Non- existent jobs in Portugal offered by scammers

10.3.2017

The Philippine Embassy in Lisbon has cautioned Filipinos against non-existent jobs in Portugal offered by scammers on the internet. According to the embassy, the warning was issued due to the rising number of cases of Filipinos who have been victimized or have received e-mails purportedly from Portugal-based law firms or companies that offer jobs or […]

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Cold callers fraudsters using background music to convince people call is genuine

10.3.2017

Criminals are attempting to defraud members of the public by impersonating the customer’s bank and according to a convicted fraudster the methods used by them are evolving. Police in the UK have been made aware that fraudsters are now using background music, similar to that used by the bank, when the customer is put on […]

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Google Shares Data on Corporate Email Attacks

19.2.2017

A corporate email account is much more likely to receive malware, phishing and spam emails than a personal inbox, according to an analysis conducted by Google. Google’s Gmail service has more than one billion active users and the company says it blocks hundreds of billions of attacks aimed at these accounts every week. At the […]

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Travellers warned after surge in ‘fake’ booking websites for holiday villas

18.2.2017

Holidaymakers were urged today to be wary of “fake” booking websites that are fleecing customers of significant sums of money. Several new alleged scams have been detected this month after hundreds of travellers were taken in by similar sites last year, the boss of a leading holiday booking website today warned. A UK police source […]

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Beware in booking holidays through Airbnb

17.2.2017

  We have received information concerning fake villa rental booked on the Airbnb website. It appears that criminals are placing fake adverts using stolen photos of genuine properties. People have paid deposits or the full price only to find the villa does not exist. Airbnb says it is ‘extremely rare’ for customers to lose money […]

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Facebook scammers are copying users’ names, profile pictures and statuses to steal their money

14.2.2017

The scammers are making carbon copies of legitimate profiles in order to trick users into revealing financial and personal details, in a tactic known as ‘cloning’. By creating a new account using the exact same name, personal information and profile and cover photos included on your own profile – even going as far as copying […]

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Two thirds of European children afraid to use the internet

14.2.2017

Released on the day of Safe Internet Day, the study points out that “the increasing number of threats that children encounter online is now having a negative effect.” Two thirds of the children surveyed in a European study admitted being afraid to use the Internet for fear that a stranger to the bully, ask them […]

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Cybersecurity: Queen to open centre to protect against attacks

14.2.2017

A new centre to protect the UK against cyber-attacks was officially opened by the Queen on 14th February 2017. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London is designed to improve Britain’s resilience to attacks and act as an operational nerve centre. “We want to make the UK the hardest target,” Ciaran Martin, the centre’s […]

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UK faces  60 serious cyberattacks every minute security chief says amid Russian threats

14.2.2017

Hackers have targeted Britain with a serious of cyberattacks following a “step change” in Russian aggression, Ciaran Martin, head of GCHQ’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has chillingly claimed. Mr Martin said there were 188 serious attacks in the past three months, many of which threatened national security. He highlighted the surge in Russian […]

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Two-thirds of European children are afraid to use the Internet

7.2.2017

Released on the day of Safe Internet Day,7th February 2017 the study points out that “the increasing number of threats that children encounter online is now having a negative effect.” Two thirds of the children surveyed in a European study admitted being afraid to use the Internet for fear that a stranger to the bully, […]

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Alert for UK tax payers – HMRC and Apple gift card fraud

29.1.2017

Action Fraud UK have reported that fraudsters have been continually requesting victims purchase Apple iTunes gift cards as a means of payment for cons involving Her Majesty Revenues and Customs (HMRC). The fraudsters are using the following contact methods to defraud people: Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails stating they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. […]

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Weak passwords are still the root cause of data breaches

23.1.2017

Key findings of a new study conducted by Keeper Security that analysed 10 million hacked accounts from breached data dumps for the most popular passwords. Users’ bad habits are still one of the biggest problems for the IT industry, weak passwords and their reuse on multiple websites every day potentially expose a billion users to […]

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Facebook started filtering fake news in Germany

23.1.2017

After accusations of being a fake news vehicle during the US presidential race and turning the result in favour of Donald Trump, Facebook is reacting and reports that it will debut scanning tools in Germany. Facebook will debut a tool for verifying false news in Germany in time for the federal elections scheduled for this […]

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Europol Awareness campaign on on-line counterfeiting

15.1.2017

The Internet has become an essential channel for e-commerce. Its instant global reach and anonymity make it possible to sell nearly anything to anyone at any time. Counterfeiters know it and are increasingly exploiting the unlimited opportunities offered by the World Wide Web. Fake products such as clothing, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, electronics or automotive parts, […]

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Social media being used to elicit donations to fake animal welfare charities

14.1.2017

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team have identified an emerging fraud where social media platforms are being used to attract members of the public to donate money to animal welfare charities overseas that do not exist. The NFIB has discovered that criminal groups based in Spain or Cyprus and are using social […]

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Ransomware expected to dominate in 2017

10.1.2017

According to Computer Weekly magazine, ransomware or malware that locks up data and demands payment for its release is set to evolve and make up the majority of cyber attacks in 2017, according to most predictions by security commentators. Ransomware, typically in the form of encryption Trojans, grew rapidly in popularity with attackers in 2016, and […]

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Fake Amazon emails claim you have placed an order

7.1.2017

Action Fraud UK  has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification. In one example below, the scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. […]

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Yahoo hack: 1bn accounts compromised by largest data breach in history

15.12.2016

Yahoo said on Wednesday it had discovered another major cyberattack, saying data from more than 1bn user accounts was compromised in August 2013, making it the largest such breach in history. Yahoo said the stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and, in some cases, […]

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ALERT – Watch out for Facebook Marketplace Fraud

11.12.2016

Action Fraud is warning people to watch out for fraud on the Facebook Marketplace after receiving reports from victims who have tried to purchase items and never received them. Facebook’s Marketplace lets you buy and sell items with people in your community for free. All you have to do to access the Marketplace is tap […]

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Sophisticated Fraud involving bank letters

11.12.2016

Lloyds Bank customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters. The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative. The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on […]

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Fraudulent emails in name of Tax Authority demanding Via Verde toll payments

9.12.2016

Via Verde has warned people of fraudulent emails to motorway users, which appeared to have been sent by the Autoridade Tributária (Tax Authority) (TA), requesting the payment of toll debts. In a statement, Via Verde reports that emails of undetermined origin have the appearance of having been sent by the AT with the subject Via […]

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Fraud and cybercrime cost UK nearly £11bn in past year

23.10.2016

Action Fraud UK report that the UK public and small businesses are today being urged to start making every day safer as the latest online crime figures from Get Safe Online and Action Fraud reveal that a staggering £10.9 billion* was lost to the UK economy as a result of fraud, including cybercrime, in 2015/16. […]

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Phishing Alert – Portuguese Banks

21.10.2016

Very recently we learned of a new massive phishing attack targeting clients of several Portuguese banks. The request is for personal information and the recipient is requested to fill in a form which is either an attachment or a link. There are several types of financial fraud, one of the most recurrent is sending emails, […]

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Major Breakthrough in preventing uploading, storage and sharing of child abuse images

21.10.2016

Digital fingerprints – “hashes” – of child sexual abuse images are a revolutionary step for victims Internet giant Microsoft has teamed up with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) UK to create a revolutionary system that stops the upload, storage and sharing of “potentially millions” of child sexual abuse images on the internet. Called the IWF […]

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China Registry Domain name scam

19.10.2016

Be care of this phishing attack aimed at those who manage websites. Simply delete as it is trying to obtain your personal details. It is a scam. It reads as follows: “Sender:  Bob Xu<bob (at) chinaregistry.cn> <chinaregistry138 (at) aliyun.com> Subject: (It’s very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks) We are the domain […]

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Yahoo confirms ‘state-sponsored’ personal data hack of 500m accounts

23.9.2016

Details including names, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions were taken from the company’s network in late 2014 Hackers stole the personal data associated with at least 500m Yahoo accounts, the Sunnyvale, California-based company confirmed today. Details including names, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions were taken from the company’s network […]

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Action Fraud UK warns of fraudulent anti-fraud warnings posing as Action Fraud

14.9.2016

Phishing emails promise free money Fraudsters are phishing for what remains in fraud victims’ bank accounts under the guise of British anti-fraud campaign Action Fraud. An email using the City of London Police logo – Action Fraud works closely with it – has circulated offering free money from the Fraud Intelligence Unit and National Fraud […]

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5,300 Wells Fargo employees fired over 2 million phony accounts

12.9.2016

Everyone hates paying bank fees. But imagine paying fees on a ghost account you didn’t even sign up for. That’s exactly what happened to Wells Fargo customers nationwide. On Thursday 9th September 2016 , federal regulators said Wells Fargo (WFC) employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts — without their customers […]

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Hajj fraud

12.9.2016

Every year millions of Muslims from around the world make the journey to Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia, for the annual pilgrimage or Hajj and tens of thousands of British Muslims will have booked trips to Saudi Arabia to make the pilgrimage to the Mecca and celebrate Hajj. They spend as much as £125 million […]

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Nigerian scam in the name of Gen. Abdullah Ayyoub

12.9.2016

A typical Nigerian scam was sent to us from a person who received this. These are very common on circulation each day. There is little that can be done in terms of investigation of these unless you actually respond and become involved in taking up the “offer”. Of course you will not receive anything, instead […]

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Fake profiles on social media lure people into “investing” in Binary Options

12.9.2016

How does the scam work? Fraudsters are setting up fake profiles on popular social media websites and making out they are successful Binary Options or Forex Traders. To draw victims into investing the scammers post photos posing in exclusive locations, supercars and flashing high end watches. They have also been known to post “testimonials” which […]

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Beware of fraudsters on social media stock markets

28.8.2016

Action Fraud UK are advising people that fraudsters are taking advantage of a rise in popularity of currency exchange online trading schemes with bogus claims of get-rich-quick schemes. Foreign exchange – or forex for short – trading is a much more simplified version of stock market investments. Punters will stake a ‘call’ or ‘put’ on […]

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Phishing attack in the name of Windows

13.8.2016

Watch this fishing attack aimed where attacker is trying to get access to your computer and all the information on it. Just delete without reply or clicking on any links.  The senders address is Help Desk <joan23 (at) patronatjoan23.org> “Help Desk Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade Your account is in the process of being upgraded to […]

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Smartphones will become the number one target for cyber criminals within five years, according to police and security experts.

14.5.2016

In a reported published on 14th May 2016, Sky News has been shown how hackers are developing viruses to by-pass a phone’s security, including the latest biometric systems. The malware ‘Trojan horse’ gives cyber-criminals undetected access to a phone’s internal systems, where they can see every key stroke entered by a user. This has serious implications […]

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Phishing attack in the name of the FBI

17.3.2016

This is a typical phishing attack this time using the name of the FBI asking you to send your personal details, so that foreign debts that are owed can be passed to you. Off course no such funds exist. Providing your details will enable scammers to steal money from your bank account. The sender is […]

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Nigerian scam in the name of Skoda Hanza

15.3.2016

This is a typical Nigerian scan as a phishing attack. Do not reply or provide any information requested; people do not give away money like this. “From: ab12345678 (at) talktalk.net Subject: donation Greetings, Based on your good profile, I want you to solicit help in fulfilling my wish to help charity poor needy in your […]

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Online dating fraud cost victims £27 million last year

22.2.2016

On line dating fraud in the UK cost victims a heart- breaking £27 million last year, according to the latest stats from the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Over 2,700 online dating related crimes were reported to UK’s Action Fraud over 12 months with the average loss standing at £10,000. However, the actual […]

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Valentines Day Scams

10.2.2016

Yes it that time of year again. How nice to receive a romantic wish from a secret admirer; but that admirer may want to remain secret for a very good reason – it’s your money he/she is in love with not you!  Here are some scams to look out for. Emails that link to a […]

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British Commonwealth National Card Scam

22.1.2016

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) proactive intelligence team in the UK are warning that victims are being contacted electronically by fraudsters claiming to be from the UK’s Home Office offering them a National ID Card for Commonwealth Citizenship. Fraudsters are selling the “British Commonwealth National cards” to victims for around £150 – £300. The […]

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UK Royal Mail UK parcel scam involving overseas post

22.1.2016

Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail contain a link to document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account […]

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Property Rental for research group scam in the name of William Frank

3.1.2016

If you receive an email from a William Frank with a similar or the same message as the following then it is a scam. The senders address is “barr.williams40frank (at) gmail.com”. and the suubject is “I wait to hear from you soon”. This has been in circulation for over a year and is current doing […]

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Beware this domain name scam originating from China.

2.1.2016

Beware the following email originating from John Liu <chinaregistry177 (at) aliyun.com address individually to you. It is a scam trying to get you to part with your money. The website at the end of the message does not exist. Subject: CN Domain and keyword “(It’s very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks) […]

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Phishing attack aimed at “cpanels” on websites

20.12.2015

Phishing attack aimed at “cpanels” on websites An email is being circulated by “hackers” attempting to gain access to the cpanel on your website which as you know controls the use and functioning of your website. Access to this by hackers could have disastrous results. It accompanied by a cpanel logo and reads: “Our records […]

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Victims defrauded after booking on fake holiday websites

17.12.2015

It was reported on 17th December that police in the UK have received multiple reports from people who have been defrauded after paying for winter holiday accommodation on RightSki.com and ChaletHunter.com. According to the UK’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) RightSki.com and ChaletHunter.com were set up by fraudsters using fake details and false information. The NFIB […]

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Fraudsters could hack your bank account if you use public WIFI to check balance

15.12.2015

People often ask how their bank account could be hacked into. The following is one way, which is prevalent this time of the year.  Mobile phone and laptop users are warned over the risky practice of checking bank balances or entering any personal details while using public WIFI because hackers could steal their details. During […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Cybercrime Alert

26.11.2015

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are consumer shopping events offering deals, bargains, and coupons.  Cyber Monday occurs the Monday after the American Thanksgiving holiday, and has become “one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.” Consumers are expected to spend $105 billion in online shopping this year, and while Cyber Monday offers convenience, […]

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Customer credit card and bank details may have been compromised in TalkTalk cyber attack

22.10.2015

Police are investigating after a “significant and sustained cyber-attack” on the TalkTalk website, the UK company has confirmed. The phone and broadband provider, which has over 4 million customers in the UK, said credit card and bank details could have been a accessed. A statement on its home page reads “Our website came under a significant […]

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Phishing attack – Windows based servers

22.10.2015

Please be aware of this phishing attack from an unknown sender “AStovell (at) ulohc.org”. This attack is trying to obtain your personal data in order to commit fraud. Note the senders address which does not appear to be on behalf of any legitimate organization and the threatening nature of the email. Do not reply and […]

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Cybercrime Survey reveals 20% believe they were specifically targeted by fraudsters

22.10.2015

In a week long survey just completed by international research organization One Poll, for “Get Safe Online Week”, over one in five (21%) victims of a cybercrime believe they were specifically targeted by fraudsters and over a third (37%) had been left feeling vulnerable as a result. Only 38% of the victims believed that the […]

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Fraud and cybercrime are the most prevalent crimes committed against people in England and Wales.

17.10.2015

The results for the British Crime Survey for the first time show that fraud and cybercrime are the most prevalent crimes committed against people in England and Wales. The introduction of questions around fraud and cybercrime show the changing face of crime with offences enabled by use of the internet changing the nature of offending […]

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Massive new phishing attack has targeted several Portuguese banks

15.10.2015

As reported by SAPOTek, there is an ongoing massive new phishing attack aimed at customers of several Portuguese banks. This manifests itself by emails requesting recipients to complete a form that links to fake websites. Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Novo Banco and Montepio Geral are the names of banks used in the latest phishing attack aimed […]

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EU Business Register 2015/16 Scam

15.10.2015

This is a scam that is being sent to many business inviting you list your company in what is in fact a non-existent register. Attached to the email is a PDF document which you are invited to complete and return to the sender.  In the fine print you agree to pay a large amount of […]

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Cybercriminal hacked victim’s webcams and spied on them having sex

13.10.2015

According to a UK report a cybercriminal who used malicious computer software to spy on people through their webcams has been added to the sex offenders register for seven years and has been given a 40 week suspended sentence. Stefan Rigo, 33 hacked the computers of unsuspecting victims and watched them having sex through their […]

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Scam in the name of Microsoft Corporation.

4.10.2015

Here is a classic phishing scam in the name of the CEO of Microsoft Corporation. The email came with a large signature of the CEO. The email  address is finance (at) ctplo.com which is not a Microsoft address. Note also the poor grammar in places and other mistakes. Basically the sender is trying to convince […]

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Apps that tell you who is digging into your personal information

29.9.2015

Did you know that sometimes, the apps you use for your smartphone have access to your personal information and are capable of sharing it? Are you aware that your privacy can be invaded across the network board? That includes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and more. The following article by Robert Siciliano an identity theft […]

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PayPal Scam

21.9.2015

The following Phishing attack in the name of PayPal was received on 21 st September. The sender is trying to get people to reply and then will be taken to a website where you will be invited to disclose your personal details – simply delete without clicking through or replying. The clues that this is […]

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Malware attack in the name of City of London Police

18.9.2015

Cyber criminals have launched a new malware campaign which aims to install malware on victims’ computers via an email alert supposedly sent by the City of London Police. The cyber attackers have been sending out thousands of automated emails with the subject ‘Homicide Suspect’. The email provides some vague information around the subject, telling the […]

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World Rugby 2015 Scams

18.9.2015

World Rugby are warning fans to be vigilant regarding a growing number of scams in the form of fake lotteries or sweepstakes claiming to be connected with or authorised by Rugby World Cup 2015, Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) and/or World Rugby. Fans are being contacted (mostly via email), in the name of (or using […]

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Carphone Warehouse Hacked- 2.4 Million Customers at Risk

20.8.2015

Action Fraud UK has reported that the personal details of up to 2.4 million Carphone Warehouse customers have been accessed by hackers and 90,000 credit cards exposed, the mobile phone firm has admitted. Carphone Warehouse, which is owned by Dixons Carphone said the “vast majority” of customers are unaffected, but if you’ve done business with […]

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Benjamin Basha Nigerian Scam

13.8.2015

The message shown below is a real example of a Nigerian or 419 Scam, received by email in August 2015. The message promises the recipient a share in a large sum of money and invites recipients to contact him by phone or email. This sum of money does not exist. Recipients who initiate a dialogue […]

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Phishing attacked in the name of US Treasury Dept

3.8.2015

This was received a few days ago from allegedly the US Treasury Dept. Do not open the attachment or reply to them with the information requested. This is a phishing attack aimed at the scammer getting you to divulge your personal details in order to remove money from your bank account. It is easily identifable […]

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Student Accommodation Fraud Alert

3.8.2015

The following has been reported in the UK in the last few days.  If you have any sons, daughters or grandchildren off to university then please check this out Seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend with students looking for suitable accommodation around August, before the start of the new term. Fraudsters use a variety […]

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Scam tricks Facebook users into hacking themselves

2.8.2015

Police are advising Facebook users to watch out for a scam that tricks people into hacking into their own accounts. The hoax works by telling people that following a series of instructions will guarantee them access to anybody’s account. It tells victims to open up Facebook in a web browser and go to the Facebook […]

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On-line Parcel Delivery Scams

27.7.2015

These are some examples of parcel delivery scams that have been received in the last week or so. Both contain zip files as attachments. The second has a Russian email address. Do not open these as they will likely introduce Malware to your computer. Example 1: “From: Paula Land Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 6:24 […]

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Malware attack in the name of Linkedin

23.7.2015

Beware the following email which is from a scammer but pretending to be from Linkedin. If you click here as instructed it will allow the scammer to download malware onto your computer. Do not reply and simply delete. This was brought to our attention on 23rd July 2015, by someone who received this in the […]

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Hackers threaten to expose 37.5million cheaters who use adultery site Ashley Madison

20.7.2015

A hacking group calling itself The Impact Team is threatening to expose the identities of 37.5m users of notorious extramarital dating website Ashley Madison Ashley Madison, the website for people seeking extramarital affairs, has suffered a major cyberattack, with hackers threatening to expose the names of adulterers unless the site is taken offline. The controversial […]

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Spam emails drop as hackers alter tactics

19.7.2015

Spam emails are at their lowest level for 12 years suggesting that Cyber criminals are looking at new ways to target victims, according to an article published in the UK’s Daily Telegraph. Less than half of emails scanned last month by the security company Symantec were junk, the lowest position since 2003. The company said […]

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Major new campaign reveals growing threat from identity fraud

17.7.2015

Millions of people in the UK are failing to take basic steps like redirecting post or updating firewalls to protect their identities from criminals, a new survey shows. The results have been published as the City of London Police and partners launch the ‘Not With My Name’ campaign to target the growing threat of identity […]

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Algarve – Scam in the name of Gracy, Ricardo and Liliana Biss

29.6.2015

Please be aware of this scam that was circulated on 28th June 2015 in the Algarve and possibly beyond. The persons whose name the email is from, had her computer hacked into and the email address book compromised on 27th June. The following email has been sent by the hacker puportedly from Gracy Biss to […]

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Europol – Major Cybercrime Ring Dismantled by Joint Investigation Team.

28.6.2015

A joint investigation team (JIT) consisting of investigators and judicial authorities from six different European countries, supported by Europol and Eurojust, has taken down a major cybercriminal group during a coordinated action in Ukraine. With on-the-spot support from Europol, Austrian and Belgian law enforcement and judicial authorities, the action in Ukraine on 18 and 19 June […]

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533 reports of Ticket Fraud received in June relating to Gigs, Concerts and Sporting Events

27.6.2015

Action Fraud UK has reported that in this month (June 2015) alone they have received 533 reports of ticket fraud relating to gigs, concerts and sporting events. Of the 533 reports, 228 mentioned a company called Circle Tickets which has recently ceased trading online. Circle Tickets was advertising tickets for Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac and […]

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Lottery Phishing attack in the name of Coca-Cola

27.6.2015

This a fairly typical lottery scam received on 27th June 2015. The subject is “Coca-Cola Promotion sent by nibm-agent (at) foxmail.com. This is a Phishing attack seeking to get you to divulge your personal information, with the aim of removing money from your accounts. If you have not entered a lottery then of course you […]

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Toll Road Malware Attack

26.6.2015

Similar to the last post, this is another Malware attacking using an email with an attached Zip file being circulated at present in Portugal. This maybe more tempting if you have recently used local toll roads! Simply delete – do not reply or open attachment. “Notice to Appear, You have not paid for driving on […]

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Court Appearance Malware Attack

26.6.2015

Please be aware of this email doing its rounds at present. There is a Zip file attachment. If you click on this it may infect your computer through Malware. Simply delete. “Notice to Appear, You have to appear in the Court on the June 30. Please, prepare all the documents relating to the case and […]

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Massive holiday villa scam in Spain allegedly operated by a British couple

19.6.2015

British couple cancelled hundreds of bookings for ‘phantom’ luxury Marbella villas and kept hundreds of thousands of pounds after claiming their firm had gone bust According to a report in the UK’s Daily Mail Newspaper dated 13th June, a couple allegedly defrauded British holidaymakers of hundreds of thousands of pounds after advertising ‘phantom’ luxury Marbella […]

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Investment Phishing Scam in the name of Robert Lucas

8.6.2015

This is a Phishing scam received by a resident in the Algarve on 8th June 2015, offering a high (too good to be true) investment requesting an urgent reply. Do not reply and simply delete the email. The sender is attempting to obtain your personal details in an attempt to commit fraud. “Dear Friend, RE: […]

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Banco Bancaja Phishing scam

4.6.2015

The following email is being circulated Do not reply to the email. It is a phishing scam from a cyber criminal who is trying to steal your information. Simply delete. “Banco Bancaja Madrid Spain Address: Avenida de la Albufera 111, 28038 Madrid Spain. Email: banco_bancaja (at) accountant.com   Contract Fund Credit From Banco Caja Bank […]

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New iOS bug lets anyone crash your iPhone with one text message

30.5.2015

A bug in Apple’s iOS means that anyone can crash an iPhone by simply sending it a certain string of characters in a message. It was reported by Action Fraud UK that users on Redditt have found that iPhones can be crashed if they receive a text message containing one specific line of Arabic characters […]

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The number of people falling victim to identity theft in the UK has risen by almost a third, new figures suggest.

27.5.2015

The BBC reported on 26th May 2015 that criminals are increasingly using internet forums to buy and sell data. They use the information to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards and commit fraud in other people’s names. Fraud prevention agency Cifas said the number of victims rose by 31% to 32,058 in the first three […]

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Lottery Phishing Scam

23.5.2015

The following email was received on 23rd May 2015. It is a phishing scam. Do not click on the email link provided or pass personally details. Simply delete it. The bottom line is if you have not entered a lottery then there is no way that you are a winner – only a loser if […]

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Nigerian scam in the name of Capt. John Kelly Afghanistan

1.5.2015

Here is a long email which is certainly a Nigerian Scam and should be deleted. Often these scams are in the name of military personnel, in order to impress the reader. It is typical in that it aims to obtain a sympathetic response from the reader with the objective of obtaining money. Clearly it is […]

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Nigerian Scam in the name of Gillian Bayford

1.5.2015

Here is a typical example on a Nigerian scam. Note the manner in which the sender tries to make the receiver feel sorry for the plight the sender is facing. Received 29th April 2015 Am Gillian Bayford and I would like to know if you can handle some huge amount of money (US$7.5 Million ) […]

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Scam – 2015 Worldwide Branding Registry of Distinguished Professionals and Executives

23.4.2015

An email is currently in circulation asking people to click on a link to verify your profile and accept candidacy for the 2015 Worldwide Branding Registry of Distinguished Professionals and Executives. This is a Phishing attack and by clicking on the link will take you through to a fake website based in Russia. Simply delete […]

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Judicial Police arrest seven computer hackers in major operation

2.3.2015

On 26th February 2014 the Judicial Police, through the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Board, in close coordination with the Gabinete do Cibercrime da Procuradoria-Geral da República (Cybercrime Office of the Attorney General’s Department), conducted “Operation CARETOS” in various parts of the country in connection with computer crime known as “hacktivism”.  The operation was conducted by 70 […]

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Phishing attack in the name of DHL

28.2.2015

This email phishing scam was received by a resident here on 28th February 2015. Note the poor grammar and punctuation, which is typical of these scams.. If you receive this do not reply, click on the links or phone the person concerned, as it is aimed at inducing you into providing personal information, which will […]

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Scammers steal customer details from TalkTalk broadband and phone operator

28.2.2015

TalkTalk customers are being warned about scammers who managed to steal account numbers, names and personal information from the company’s computers. Broadband and phone operator TalkTalk emailed customers yesterday to tell them that it suffered a major data breach in which account numbers, addresses and phone numbers have fallen into the hands of fraudsters who […]

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Dating Fraud up 33% in the UK

28.2.2015

The statistics just issued by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) show the UK public lost £34 million to ‘romance’ fraudsters in 2014, a 33% increase in fraud cases in compared to 2013. Get Safe Online and Action Fraud are urging people to be careful with not just your heart but also your safety, if […]

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Phishing attack National Lottery

20.2.2015

Please be aware of this phishing attack that has been circulating in the last few days. The sender is Dawes – Info (at) dangerousloves.com and  it is entitled “Congratulations”. It reads as follows:  “Attention, This is a personal email directed to you, I am Dave Dawes, My fiance and I won a Jackpot Lottery of […]

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Phishing attack – Nigerian Fraud – Charitable Foundation

20.2.2015

A resident in the Algarve reported to us the following email she received a few days ago. Curious she replied to the sender asking for more information. The email  (abbreviated) reads as follows: Sender: motherofmarcey04@…………… Subject: I want to sent up a charitable foundation in your country “I am Mrs. Anna Maria Picarelli from Italy […]

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Person identified selling credit card (ATM) skimmers on ebay

20.2.2015

A crook who used eBay to sell electronic devices that clone bank cards at cashpoints has been unmasked by The Mail on Sunday.  Known as skimmers, the matchbox-size machines fit on to card slots to read unsuspecting bank customers’ private data, enabling criminals to clone their cards and steal cash in a widespread fraud that […]

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Holiday Letting Fraud Alert

20.2.2015

Firstly to make it clear this does not involve a property in Portugal, BUT it could easily occur anywhere.  A very interesting holiday letting scam was reported in the UK media recently which illustrates the extent that fraudsters will go to in such cases, as well as serving as an example of why it is so […]

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Fraudsters pretending to be Police making cold calls in the UK

24.1.2015

A person posted the following on Facebook page here in the Algarve. This is useful information and advice provided by Action Fraud UK is at the foot of the page “Many of you may be aware that there is a terrible scam operation going on in the UK. Sadly an elderly member of my own […]

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Dating Fraud up 33% in the United kingdom

24.1.2015

The statistics issued by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) show the UK public lost £34 million to ‘romance’ fraudsters in 2014, a 33% increase in fraud cases in compared to 2013. Get Safe Online and Action Fraud are urging people to be careful with not just your heart but also your safety, if you […]

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419 (Nigeria) Scam – Mrs Debbie Anani

23.2.2014

The following email scam is doing its rounds at present. This is typical of what are known as 419 (Nigeria) scams. Do not reply to this email if you receive it or pass on any information. “Mrs. Debbie Anani. 56 Aviende Libertie Cote d’Ivoire. My Dear, I am Mrs. Debbie Anani, from Cote d’Ivoire and […]

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Warning about fraudulent phone calls on behalf of Microsoft regarding Malicious Software installation

21.2.2014

On  20th February the judicial Police issued an alert following complaints concerning callers pretending to be from Microsoft “Over the past few days, there has been, a massive malware distribution attempt, beginning with fraudulent phone calls using abusively the company name Microsoft.  These phone calls, randomly directed, are from callers pretending to be officials from […]

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Cold callers pretending to be from Microsoft

21.2.2013

There have been a number of telephones calls received in the last few days from persons in the USA pretending to be from Microsoft. They usually speak in an Indian accent stating that your computer has a problem that they offer to resolve over the phone. This may be along the lines that the computer […]

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Phishing attack in the name of United Nations

20.2.2013

This phishing attack purports to come from the United Nations but instead originates from Russia, as does many of these scams:  It is entitled “Reward from the UN” and reads as follows: “Your Email, Please be informed that your email address has been given a compensation grant for the sum of Ђ920,000.00 (Nine Hundred and […]

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Phishing attack – Reward from the United Nations

20.2.2013

Here is another attack doing its rounds at present. If you receive it do not open the email link or phone the number which is based in Italy and instead simply delete.  “Subject: Your email  Please be informed that your email has been given a compensation grant for the sum of Nine Hundred and Twenty […]

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