Fraud and Security
Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity, who broke the Target and HomeDepot data breach stories, noted a large trove of client personal data has been allegedly taken from app maker mSpy and posted on an anonymous network file sharing system called TOR (The Onion Router). Here are some tips on how to protect yourself.
A new Trojan virus program is targeting point-of-sale (PoS) terminals to steal credit card data. The payment card-stealing malware, "PoSeidon," is designed to steal credentials specifically for the widely used LogMeIn application.
Intuit, Turbo Tax’s parent company, has announced three different email scams that are aimed at Turbo Tax customers.
The FBI recently identified an uptick in Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams targeting legitimate businesses. These are sophisticated scams that use the name and correct email address of a current employee to “legitimize” the request. The criminal is able to gain access to a company network and steal money with the help of an unwitting accomplice, an employee who is fooled into submitting a wire request with the fraudster as the beneficiary.
Mobile malware continues to evolve infecting phones using tricks hackers once used on PCs. US and UK Smartphone users are being actively targeted by crooks, locking up their phones through encryption methods and demanding a ransom to unlock them. This mobile Trojan malicious software is called Svpeng and originally evolved in Russia.
The Heartbleed Bug is a vulnerability in the encryption used to secure many websites, putting information, including passwords, credit card information and emails, at risk. Find out how you can help protect yourself.
Visa has become aware of a variation of payment card-stealing malware referred to as “Chewbacca,” which targets merchant point-of-sale systems. Here are some ways you can protect yourself.
MasterCard is reporting a scam where merchants are receiving an automated message advising that they have been locked out of their account.
Fraudsters know that nearly everyone is working to file their taxes by April 15. They're using that knowledge to scam taxpayers out of more money. Find out how.
The FTC announced a twist on an old scam: phone fraud paired with a new angle--unsolicited (and fraudulent) tech support services with “follow-up calls” offering a refund on the bogus, unprovided services. The crooks collect bank or credit card information offering to provide a refund for services that never actually occurred.
Many people are receiving phone calls or text messages offering a credit on their phone carrier's account. These are phishing scams targeted at collecting personal information.
Fraud and scams come in a variety of forms, some even through the US Postal Service. Recently, crooks are resorting to posing as the government, requesting documentation and forms from small businesses and a $125 "processing fee" along with your business information.
A number of Pinnacle clients recently reported receiving false emails about adding a new biller to their Online BillPay service - some clients reported that these emails contain links to fraudulent websites. These emails do not appear to be targeted specifically at Pinnacle clients.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning small businesses that an email with a subject line "Notification of Consumer Complaint" is not from the FTC.
Since December 2012, we've seen a heightened number of High Yield Investment Programs (HYIPs) being solicited to Pinnacle clients and friends. HYIPs are unregistered investments created and touted by unlicensed individuals. Many operate as Ponzi schemes.
There are lots of scams out there. If you recently received an automated phone call asking for your account number and PIN, it was not from Pinnacle.
According to CNN Money, in a new scam targeting seniors and the disabled, identity thieves are fraudulently rerouting Social Security benefits to their own bank accounts and prepaid debit cards.
A free app called MyPageKeeper designed by doctoral students at UC Riverside monitors your Facebook account for viruses, spam, and other types of malware.
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