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April 3, 2011  12:45 PM

U.S. Bank Vendor Epsilon Interactive Hacked



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Banking Fraud, E-mail scam, Fraud, Hacking, Online banking fraud, Online Scams, Security

If you are a customer of U.S. Bank better be on the lookout for suspicious emails. It seems one the bank's vendors of email marketing services, Epsilon Interactive, has been hacked and your email address may have been obtained in the process. My wife got this email notice...

March 23, 2011  12:10 AM

Japan Quake Spam Links to Malware



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Fraud, Malware, Scam, Scripting

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February 13, 2011  12:55 PM

How to Spot a Tech Support Scam



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Fraud, Identity Theft, Online Scams, Phishing, Scam

There seems to have been a rash of tech support scams lately, some with people actually to pretend to be from Microsoft. The scammers seem to target online forums and tech support sites, so be careful what you post if you really do have a technical problem. (You are always welcome to


February 12, 2011  3:00 PM

Watch Out for “Tech Support” Scams



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, FakeAV, Fraud, Online Scams, Phishing

My reputation as a Geek often...


January 31, 2011  11:50 PM

Facebook Security Threats Continue to Grow



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Facebook, Fraud, Malware, Social Networking Hacks

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November 25, 2010  3:28 AM

Hey, Crackers, Spammers, and Other Assorted Idiots, Let’s See Something Original!



Posted by: Ken Harthun
crackers, Cyber-criminal, Fraud, porn spam, spam

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September 27, 2010  10:55 PM

Beware McDonald’s Survey Phishing Attempt



Posted by: Ken Harthun
cre, Fraud, Identity Theft, Phishing, Scam

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August 18, 2010  1:57 AM

Beware This American Consumer Opinion Imposter



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Banking Fraud, Fraud, Mail Fraud, Scam

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August 16, 2010  12:05 AM

What the Heck is FakeAV?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
FakeAV, Fraud, Scam, Scareware

I'd love to have a dollar for every time I've had to clean off FakeAV junk from a PC and then (diplomatically) explain to the user that they've been tricked. "But Windows Security Center popped up and said my PC was infected," they cry. I feel for them; it's definitely a slimy trick by slimy...


July 31, 2010  12:56 PM

How to Avoid Online Shopping Scams – Part 2



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Fraud, Online Scams, Online Shopping Scam, Scam

[Part 1 covered five ways to avoid online shopping scams. This second, and final, installment covers the remaining five. Again, this is a heavily-edited article whose original version is posted at

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