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May 2012 - Posts

  • Comcast phishing scam seeking victims

    According to reports, a new phishing scam is targeting Comcast XFINITY cable Internet subscribers. 


    The email reads: "Dear Comcast Customer, The Constant Guard service has updated the Online Security of Comcast Users. To link your account to our new update you just need to re-login your account using the secure link bellow. The link will redirect you to our update login page. Simply login your account and the account will automaticly be updated."


    The link points to a TinyURL which redirected victims to a compromised higher education institution website in India. It appears to have been compromised through vulnerable FrontPage server extensions.


    The fake page is an identical copy of the real Comcast XFINITY login page, and even includes a fully functional TRUSTe logo, to fool victims into thinking the site is secure. 


    Your response to this should be to call Comcast first and ask questions. Find out if it's legit. A huge clue in this scam that it's a fake is the misspelled words, which are common in phishing attempts.

    Posted May 24 2012, 01:58 PM by IdentityTheft with no comments
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  • Take the 'target' off your smartphone

    A report issued recently by the Internet Crime Complaint Center showed that complaints about cybercrime topped 314,000 last year, up 3.4 percent from the previous year. One of the biggest targets is smartphones.


    But many experts feel that cybercrime is a much bigger problem than the numbers would suggest. The newest "frontier" for scammers is cell phones. About 83 percent  of adults have cell phones, and about 42 percent of those are smartphones. By 2012, more than 53 million consumers are expected to use mobile banking. 


    Why do thieves like smartphones? Because this is one area where much information can be found amidst little security. Most people don't protect their phones like they do their home or work computers. And people use their phones in public places, using public Wi-Fi.


    How can you protect yourself – and your phone? First of all, use a password, and make it a difficult one. Combine letters, numbers and symbols. 


    Next, find a good backup/wiping service. A backup program sends the data on your phone to your home computer, while a wiping program can erase information from your phone if it is lost or stolen. 


    Make sure you install security software, including anti-virus software. Download updates whenever needed as well. 


    If your phone does go missing, call your carrier as quickly as possible to report that it is lost or stolen, and have your data wiped. Place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit reports, file a police report, and an affidavit with the Federal Trade Commission. 

    Posted May 15 2012, 01:30 PM by IdentityTheft with no comments
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  • Blog offers advice to protect you from identity theft

    Check out this site for information on how to protect yourself from identity theft...
    Posted May 01 2012, 01:08 PM by IdentityTheft with 1 comment(s)
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