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5 Actions to Avoid SIM Swap Scam + Latest Covid Scams

Crooks still pulling off SIM swap trick despite security clampdown: Internet Scambusters #916 SIM swapping — switching a victim’s phone number to a scammer’s new phone — is still happening, despite efforts by cell phone service providers to clamp down on the crooks. In this week’s issue, we’ll explain how the scam works and what […]

Cryptocurrency Crooks Use Covid Pandemic to Hide Scams

Coronavirus worries become a gateway for cryptocurrency scammers: Internet Scambusters #915 Scammers know how to make the most of current crisis situations to convince victims they’re legit. That’s what’s happening right now as crooks pretend to offer investment opportunities or solicit donations relating to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll tell you what they’re up to in […]

5 Easy Steps to Hack-Proof Your Home + Latest Coronavirus Scams

How to hack-proof your network to repel crooks and scammers: Internet Scambusters #914 Most of us have more devices connected to our home networks than we realize, and hackers know all the many different ways they can use them to invade our system. While you can never 100% hack-proof your home, taking just a handful […]

Venmo Mobile Cash Users Targeted by Scammers + Coronavirus Scams Update

How to beat the Venmo scammers: Internet Scambusters #913 Sending and receiving money online from your mobile device is now easier than ever, thanks to apps like Venmo. But scammers have spotted an opportunity to use these apps to steal your money or your ID, as we explain in this week’s issue. We also have […]

Fleeceware: The Big App Rip-Off – Plus 5 New Coronavirus Scams

Are you paying a small fortune for cheap and easy fleeceware? : Internet Scambusters #912 Fleeceware is the new term for rip-off smartphone apps that cost victims hundreds of dollars. Often, they’re tricked into paying large sums for services they could get elsewhere for free, as we explain in this week’s issue. We also have […]

Millions Fall Under the Spell of Virtual Influencers + Coronavirus Scams Latest

Survey shows many don’t know virtual influencers are fakes: Internet Scambusters #911 A new breed of online characters is being developed to persuade us to buy stuff we may not need. Virtual influencers, computer-generated images, are so realistic that a survey showed that many people didn’t realize they were fakes, as we explain in this […]

How to Beat “Zoombombers” — The New Breed of Video Hijackers

“Zoombombing” hackers threaten video meetings’ security: Internet Scambusters #910 “Zoombombing” is a new crime spawned by hackers bent on disrupting video conferences that firms and families are trying to use during Coronavirus restrictions. The video conferencing service Zoom gives the crime its name, but other similar services could also be under threat, as we explain […]

Stalkerware Sees and Hears Everything on Your Phone + Coronavirus Latest

Thousands may unknowingly have stalkerware on their phones: Internet Scambusters #909 Cyberstalking involves many ways of monitoring victims online, but stalkerware specifically watches your smartphone activities. It can see and hear everything you do, and it knows where you are, as we explain in this week’s issue. Plus, we also have the latest coronavirus scam […]

Coronavirus PPE Warning + Bar Code Swap, Lottery and Giveaway Scams

Snippets issue highlights bar code swap scam, new lottery, and trust fund tricks — plus latest Coronavirus update: Internet Scambusters #908 Most current consumer frauds center on the Coronavirus, but not all — code swap scammers, for example, While we worry about going grocery shopping, they could be inside your local supermarket tampering with gift […]

Personal Cloud Disk Drives Face Ransomware Risk + Latest Coronavirus Scams

5 steps to defend against personal cloud hack attacks : Internet Scambusters #907 Not all clouds are in the sky. When it comes to computing, you may have a cloud in your home — and it’s under threat. And scam threats based on the Coronavirus outbreak also continue to challenge consumers. We have the latest […]