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February 6, 2013  5:11 PM

Beware tax agency phishing scams

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Online Scams, Security, spam, Tax scam, taxes

It's that time of the year again: Tax...

January 29, 2012  5:10 PM

Beware Chuck Norris Facebook scam

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Chuck Norris, fake news story scam, Online Scams, Scam, survey scam

Hey! Chuck Norris is...

October 17, 2011  5:09 PM

Why you should stop posting these five things on Facebook

Posted by: Ken Harthun
cyber security, Facebook, Online Scams, Security

If you’re not already a member of MakeUseOf, I highly suggest you join. They have a wealth of information that can make your lives and jobs easier. Today’s tip comes from a MakeUseOf email I just received. These are

April 3, 2011  11:48 PM

Kroger Customer Database Compromised

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Fraud, Online Scams, Security

I have not been able to verify whether or not Kroger uses the same email services vendor, Epsilon Interactive, as U.S. Bank (see U.S. Bank Vendor Epsilon...

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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 27, 2011  5:50 PM

Malware Infection Flowchart

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Malware, Online banking fraud, Online Scams, Security

This image needs little explanation, but I want to thank Dave at for posting it in his forum. If you're not a member of that forum and a subscriber of the newsletter, you need to be. Here's what he had to...

March 12, 2011  12:37 AM

Anatomy of An Email Scam?

Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, Online Scams, Phishing

Got this email a couple of days ago. I was going to delete it, but somehow it looked legitimate:

I'm interested in purchasing
I'd likely be able to pay in the $200 - $700 range for it.
Let me know whether or not you are open to hearing a formal offer.
Now, that seemed...

February 24, 2011  8:02 AM

Top Ten Tips for Avoiding Online Scams

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

People since time immemorial have fallen for scams of various kinds. Chalk it up to wishful thinking, dreaming, greed, what have you, but eventually, everyone finds themselves gullible. If that weren't the case, life would lose some of its luster. We love to play act; we love to be fooled; and, we...

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...

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