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  • What is the difference between phishing and malware scams?
    I know that many people get scammed by phishing and malware. But what are the differences between these two scam types. Or are they essentially the same thing?

    Published: December 27, 2014



  • Why do Facebook scammers want likes?
    I know there are a lot of fake Pages on Facebook that are just designed to get people to click the 'like' button. But why? What do the people who create the fake pages get out of it?

    Published: December 19, 2014



  • Can your really win a car by liking and sharing a Facebook post?
    My Facebook friends keep sharing messages that claim that you can get a chance to win a luxury car like a Mercedes or an Audi just by clicking like and sharing a picture. Is this a scam?

    Published: December 15, 2014



  • Is There a Facebook Lottery?
    I got a message stating that I've won a large prize in the Facebook Lottery and should contact the lottery agent to claim my prize. Is this real?

    Published: December 5, 2014



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  • Why do Facebook scammers want likes?
    I know there are a lot of fake Pages on Facebook that are just designed to get people to click the 'like' button. But why? What do the people who create the fake pages get out of it?

    Published: December 19, 2014



  • Can your really win a car by liking and sharing a Facebook post?
    My Facebook friends keep sharing messages that claim that you can get a chance to win a luxury car like a Mercedes or an Audi just by clicking like and sharing a picture. Is this a scam?

    Published: December 15, 2014



  • Is There a Facebook Lottery?
    I got a message stating that I've won a large prize in the Facebook Lottery and should contact the lottery agent to claim my prize. Is this real?

    Published: December 5, 2014



  • What is a 'botnet'?
    I've read that malware can 'join my computer to a botnet'. But what exactly is a botnet?

    Published: January 5, 2015



  • Why Does Unrelated Text Appear in Some Spam Emails?
    I sometimes get spam emails that have phrases or paragraphs about topics that do not seem to have any connection to what the spammer is trying to sell. A spam message I received recently included several paragraphs from one of the Harry Potter novels. Why do spammers do this?

    Published: December 21, 2014



  • What is a URL?
    I keep coming across the term 'URL' when reading articles online. I gather that it means a web address, but what do the letters stand for? Is a URL different to a normal web address?

    Published: December 11, 2014



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