Posts Tagged ‘scam’

Anatomy of a Computer Scam

By October 4th, 2012 in Tech Tips

Unfortunately we have seen this happen to several clients.  They will receive a call from somebody claiming to be calling from Windows.  The caller tells the person that their computer is infected, and they’ve somehow been alerted to this.  The caller then instructs the user to give the caller remote access to their computer, and

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New Ransomware Claims FBI is Tracking You, Demands Payment

By August 20th, 2012 in Tech Tips

We’ve been seeing a new malware infection daily, and its rapid growth is giving users a scare.  Once it infects you, it freezes your computer, warns you that the FBI is tracking you, and demands that you make payment of a fine to the government in order to unfreeze your computer.  Here are the details:

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Win 7 Antispyware 2012 & Vista Antivirus 2012 Explosion

By January 17th, 2012 in Tech Tips

We are currently being inundated with clients who have been infected with Win 7 Antispyware 2012 and Vista Antivirus 2012. This is the largest increase in infection rates we’ve seen in many months. This rogue spyware masquerades as an anti-spyware program, ostensibly alerting you to an infection on your machine. Their goal is to capture

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New Spyware Holds Your Computer Ransom

By December 3rd, 2010 in Tech Tips

We are frequently asked what motivates the writers of viruses, adware and other malware. Often these ne’er-do-wells are after your money. Recently a new infection has surfaced which takes this to a new level. This boot sector virus hijacks your computer, prevents it from booting, and instead shows a message which says: Your PC is

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Amazon phishing scam’s authentic appearance fooling many

By July 27th, 2010 in Tech Tips

The latest phishing scam to cross our desks is an e-mail that appears to be an order confirmation from Amazon.com.  In order to create a legitimate looking e-mail, the offenders have copied an actual Amazon order confirmation including all the graphics.  It appears to be legitimate, although there are some typos that should raise a

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Yahoo! Phishing Scam is Stealing Passwords

By July 19th, 2010 in Tech Tips

According to Wikipedia, “phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”  The latest phishing scam making the rounds is an e-mail ostensibly sent from Yahoo! asking you to provide sensitive information to prevent

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