Tag Archives for Fraud

BBC: Old Scams Made New

This is a column for a BBC World Service piece. It’s not Reuters content.  Of all the scams you’d have thought the old ‘I’m a general’s widow and am sitting on a whole pile of cash I want to share … Continue reading

30. May 2014 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Networks, Scams | Tags: , , , | 2 comments

Beware the SMS Premium Number Scam

An Indian phone company is warning users against a variation on the premium rate phone scam, whereby users are contacted by email or mail and asked to call a number to confirm winning a prize. The number is a premium … Continue reading

04. February 2009 by jeremy
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Social Engineering, Part XIV

Further to my earlier piece about the scamming potential of Web 2.0, here are a couple more examples of why social engineering is a bigger problem than it might appear. First off, governments and organisations are not as careful with … Continue reading

12. October 2008 by jeremy
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The Puppy Love Scam

A few weeks back I wrote about love scams (“You Give Love a Bad Name,” WSJ.com) — how scammers are trawling online dating sites looking for suckers. What interested me about the scam is that in some cases the scammers … Continue reading

15. October 2007 by jeremy
Categories: Scams | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

How Long Did The ‘Biggest Data Theft In History’ Go Unreported?

I continue to be intrigued, but somewhat perplexed, by the CardSystems security breach that happened nearly two months ago now. Who knew it first, and who told who, and when? And why did it take so long to tell the … Continue reading

19. July 2005 by jeremy
Categories: Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 comments

The Big Credit Card Theft

Trying to make sense of the massive theft of credit card numbers at CardSystems, ‘a leading provider of end-to-end payment processing solutions focused exclusively on meeting the needs of small to mid-sized merchants’, in which information on more than 40 … Continue reading

19. June 2005 by jeremy
Categories: Malware, Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 comments

Phishing And The U.S.-Europe Link

A 23–year old man called Daniel A. Defelippi in the U.S. has pleaded guilty to three years of phishing and identity fraud, according to the the Democrat & Chronicle: A Rochester man admitted Tuesday that he engaged in widespread identity theft, pilfering credit … Continue reading

11. May 2005 by jeremy
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First Nigerian email scammer jailed

Hong Kong has done its bit to crack down on Nigerian e-mail fraud, jailing its first Nigerian scammer : Hong Kong has successfully prosecuted its first Nigerian email scammer. A 30-year-old Nigerian man was jailed four years today for a … Continue reading

17. March 2005 by jeremy
Categories: Scams | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

A Glimpse Of A Tentacle From The Phishing Monster

Gradually the tentacles of the Russian gangs behind phishing are appearing. But we still have no idea how it really works, and how big the beast is. The Boston Herald reports today on the arraignment of a “suspected Russian mobster” on … Continue reading

09. November 2004 by jeremy
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Credit Card Fraud And Keeping The Customer In The Dark

Banks have failed customers over credit card fraud; why should they do any better over phishing? Further to my piece on how banks had failed customers over phishing by continuing to communicate with them by email and failing to warn … Continue reading

09. November 2004 by jeremy
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