New Phishing Scam Targets WhatsApp Users

Users Of WhatsApp Are Targets Of The New Phishing Scam

WhatsApp users are targets of the new phishing scam.  They are being sent bogus messages which are said to be from the mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

About The Scam

The scam is being done by cyber criminals.  They send emails to WhatsApp users, complete with the company’s branding.  The message say that the subscriber must pay a certain subscription fee in order to keep their messaging accounts.

Of course, the messages are not from WhatsApp.  These are being sent by these cyber criminals to get information and other bank details from unsuspecting users.

The Content Of The Fake Message

According to the email, the recipients have used WhatsApp for more than a year.  Because of this, they need to pay a subscription fee to keep their account.  It also states that they will be able to send and receive messages again only after they pay the said subscription fee.

To pay for the subscription fee, the email recipients, or innocent scam victims, will be made to sign into a (phoney) customer portal with their mobile phone number.  To add “credibility” to the email, a link to a “community of users” is added at the end for those who may have questions about their email.

WhatsApp’s Charging Model

The scam may look like an ordinary thing.  But it actually runs deeper than first thought.  The mobile messaging service provider did previously charge using this model.  So if recipients of this particular email do not know anything about updates and what-have-yous in the cyber world, they will be convinced and swayed.

For the information of the general public, WhatsApp has ended its charging model back in January 2016.  During this time, WhatsApp has announced that their services will be free for everybody.  Meaning, app users will have no subscription charges or whatever kind of fees to pay.

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T-Mobile Warns User of Phone Hijacking Scam

T-Mobile is sending a mass text warning to users regarding phone hijacking scam

T-mobile users are expected to receive text warnings in regards to the “industry-wide” phone hijacking scam. Hackers and cybercriminals are targeting people’s phone numbers to use for any kind of scams. Like for example, using those information to access their bank and social media accounts.

If you’re from the United States and a T-mobile subscriber, you may have received messages that is somewhat alarming. But it’s actually a great way to warn people not to engage in such activities to prevent from hacking incidents.

These alerts are actually from legitimate T-mobile company.

They confirmed it to Motherboard on Monday. A company representative said that T-mobile is messaging its “entire post-paid customer base”. But some may have yet to receive it due to a lot of subscribers and can’t be done all at once.

“Phone number port out scam” is a vague term but it refers to a relatively simple and dangerous hack. The process here is that, the attacker will call T-mobile or even other cell phone provider. Or some may go to a store and impersonates the target victim. He will request for a new SIM card for the victim’s phone number. The same process works also by porting the phone number to another provider. It will give the attacker access to the victim’s phone number.

Once the provider issues a new SIM card to the hacker, he will have the opportunity to access the victim’s account. All information and account that are linked to the number will be accessed. Once the hacker has already controlled the phone number, he can actually change the passwords of the accounts. It’s actually very easy, they can simply ask the bank for a new password or a reset link via text. This attack has also been called “SIM hijacking”.

These scams have been around for quite some time now. And a lot of people have already been a victim of it. It’s very alarming and providers may not be able to protect you enough. The thing you can do here is not to link any important accounts on your phone number. That’s the safest way not to become a victim of this heinous act.

“Business Opportunities”: Are They Real or Are They Fake?

Business Opportunities

Our world today uses advanced technologies most of the time. Because of this, people prefer to have online jobs or what we call home-based jobs. Others would rather invest in a business opportunity. But how can we spot which “opportunity” is fake or not?

Pluggle, JuanAds.com, Secret2Success — these are just a few of what people call Business Opportunity. Hearing the word “business” or being a “businessman/businesswoman” can be good for the ears, right? Some of them are indeed real yet how can a too-good-to-be-true opportunity be real.

Pluggle

6 Ways to Earn in Pluggle

What is Pluggle? It is an advertising site which promotes traffic. People advertising this say that there are 6 ways to earn from it.

I actually was interested with this one before. What caught my attention was the sign up bonus and personal login bonus.

Since I wanted to try it out, I asked a few members of this business. I knew that in order to earn income from this scheme, you have to invest first.

There is a sign up bonus and 12 days login bonus. When put altogether, it is 1/4 more than the amount that you invested. That was okay for me. But here’s the catch: You won’t be able to withdraw your earnings unless you reach a certain amount. That amount is far from the earnings that you will get from your sign up and login bonuses.

The next way to earn more is to invite people and have them invest in this business as well. In our time, people are already hesitant to invest money because of scams. And because if this, you will have a hard time inviting them to invest like you. This means your earnings become stagnant.

Unless you reach the minimum amount required for a payout, you won’t get a single cent from this no matter how long you do this.

*Update: The company changed its name to “Giggle” due to inappropriate legal documents

JuanAds.com

Surprise, surprise! I also tried this out 😀

JuanAds.com is a PPC site or Pay Per Click. This means that you get paid for every ad that you click and watch until the end. It also has Network Marketing wherein you have to invite referrals as well.

This “Opportunity” also asks you to invest if you want to earn more. Of course, you can do this for free (this is what i did) but you will just earn $0.0001 per click. Also, there is a limit of only 10 clicks per day for “Free” users. Just think about how long you’re going to keep on clicking the ads before you can withdraw $10. That’s the minimum required amount to payout.

With so many online schemes spreading across the internet, we must know which ones are worth investing for or not.

Phishing: Modern Technology Gives Modern Problems

We live in a world where computers, cellphones and other high-tech gadgets are part of our daily routine. Don’t deny it guys, we’re all in this together! We can say that these modern technologies make our life easier and more convenient. I mean, which would you choose? Hand-written letters which would take so long to reach your recipient or an e-mail which could reach people in just a few seconds? But is it all good — or do we some problems? The number one problem with modern technologies nowadays is Phishing.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a way to “steal” valued information like passwords, pin codes, credit card numbers, among others.  The people behind this fraudulent action use malicious links disguised as login window in order for the victim to put in their sensitive information. The word “phishing” is connected to “fishing” because hackers use the links as “bait” for their potential victims.

Phishing Attack

What will happen if your sensitive information were compromised?

People who clicked a malicious link will have their information taken by the hackers. They can use those information to use your credit cards or get money from your bank accounts. They can also use your username and password to the social media site that they hacked from you to scam people.

How do we avoid becoming a victim?

It’s actually easy to avoid being a victim of this hideous scheme. First, you have to be very careful with the links that you click especially if it is sent by an anonymous person. If the person who sent the link is suspicious, block that person immediately.

We must be very careful with the things that we do today because even just one click can give us a whole bunch of problems.

 

Scammers take advantage of the security flaw of Internet Explorer

As the security flaw of Internet Explorer was made public by Microsoft recently, scammers moved on to the offensive to take advantage of this major loophole to create a niche for their dirty work.

According to the email, “It has come to our attention that your Microsoft windows Installation records are out of date. Every Windows installation has to be tied to an email account for update. This requires you to verify your email account being the recipient of this update. Failure to verify your records will result in account suspension. Click on the verify button below and enter your login information on the following page to Confirm your records.”

Once the recipient of the email clicks on the link, he is then taken to a fraudulent website that asks them to select their email service and then login.

Individuals who are tricked into inputting their information now provides his information to the phisher. He would then be redirected to a legitimate Microsoft support page.

According to Hoax-Slayer, “while such phishing expeditions are all too common, this one casts a wider net than most by targeting users of several well-known email service providers rather than just one. In fact, by including ‘Other emails’ as a choice on the scam website, the criminals are effectively targeting users of virtually any email service.”

If you are using Internet Explorer, be careful of scammers then!


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Isn’t there an end to all these Facebook scams, or any scam for particular matter that are currently scouring the Web?

ZDnet is reporting that a new Facebook scam is once again terrorizing its members. The said scam promises to give those individuals who click on a certain page with a pair of brand new Oakley sunglasses.

It’s a very lucrative offer since these shades do come with a high price tag. But come on, do you think someone out there would really give you a free pair of shades just by clicking on links?

This scam says “Get a Free Pair of Oakleys! (limited time only)” followed by a link that would send you to a phony website.

If you click on the link, it redirects you to a Facebook Page that will try to trick you by saying that there are only limited sunglasses up for grabs. In order for you to win this, you’d have to share the Page with your friends then Like the Page and complete six “reward offers” that would likely cause money. They would then ask you about some of your personal information that will likely be shared with other scammers, marketers and sponsors.

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Caution: Watchout for IPO scams in Facebook

People should be warned and watch out for scammers that will try to fool or victimize individuals. There are hundreds upon hundreds of scams out there that try to get your personal information by posing as legit businesses.

Sophos reminded users that bogus Facebook stock was offered last year and yesterday’s development of an IPO announcement will likely bring forth in schemes similar to that of last year’s scam.

People should be aware of the possible methods that scammers will use. Naked Security sounded off with a warning that people are out there that could use this to their advantage. The potential of free Facebook stock being used as bait to entice people to click on links or join pages are highly likely.

Facebook even went public on these as they said that, “Investors might think they are getting in on the ground floor of innovative social media companies, but instead find that they may have handed over real money for nonexistent shares.”

People need to be vigilant to these types of modus to protect and shield themselves from these types of scams.

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