New Report on Recent Cyber Crime/Scams

Cyber Security

Yesterday, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), released a report titled, “Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) Scam Alerts.” The report is “based upon information from law enforcement and complaints submitted to the IC3, details recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously-existing cyber scams.”

The report includes information on a scam by individuals claiming to be with Tech Support from a well-known software company. In the end, victims are convinced that their computers are infected with a virus that can be fixed for a fee, which requires the user to provide credit card information and remote access to their computer. Those victims who allow remote access have complained of difficulties turning on certain programs/files on their computers.

There are other reports of “pay day loan phone scams [that] have been occurring for the last three years or more. The scam involves victims being relentlessly contacted at their residences and places of employment regarding claims they are delinquent on a payday loan. Various coercion techniques have been used by the subjects in an attempt to persuade the victim to send money. Such techniques have evolved from repeated annoying phone calls to abusive language, threats of bodily harm, and arrests.”

Other sections of the report include:

  • Most Popular 2012 Passwords Revealed
  • Java Zero-Day Exploit on Sale for ‘Five Digits’
  • Fake Order Confirmation Emails from American Airlines Leads to Malware
  • A Million Dollars, the Internet Crime Complaint Center and Naked Security – The Ingredients for a Scam

To read the report click here.

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