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Protecting Our Seniors from Scams: The Importance of Education and Awareness

Recently, a friend of mine called me with a problem: his elderly father in law that was living with him had his bank account hacked; nearly $10,000 had been stolen. Could we help? We couldn't retrieve the money, but we did take a look at his father's laptop. Sure enough, it was rife with malware and a key-logger had gotten his bank credentials. Unfortunately, our seniors are vulnerable to scams. These come both in the form of phishing emails or, [...]

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Phishing Trip

One thing we've likely all gotten, is an email from some "rich Nigerian prince" offering us millions, in exchange for a little legwork or some such activity. The scam is old, but surprisingly effective. You wire them what seems like a pittance, for what you expect will be a major financial windfall on the return. Except that the phisher isn't a prince and doesn't have millions. But, they do have that untraceable money order you just sent them. That was [...]

Phishing Alert: Ashley Madison Scams Quickly Spreading

This week 36 million names, addresses, and phone numbers of registered users of the Ashley Madison website (which makes it easy to cheat on your spouse) were posted on the Internet.  All these records are now out in the open, exposing highly sensitive and personal information. Internet criminals are wasting no time exploiting this in many ways, sending spam, phishing and possibly blackmail messages. There have already been reports of social engineering tactics which try to convince people to click on links [...]