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  • Six Phone Scams You Really Need to Know About
    Phone based scamming is on the rise. Phone scammers use many cover stories to trick people into sending them money and personal information.



  • Scammers Use The Names of Lottery Winners Cindy and Mark Hill
    Emails purporting to be from US lottery winners Cindy and Mark Hill claim that you have been selected to receive a donation of $950,000 from the couple.

  • Electricity Bill Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as utility company staff are tricking people into giving them money via pre paid debit cards.

    Published: February 26, 2015

  • Circulating Image Depicts Fisherman With Massive Catfish
    An image going viral via social media depicts an extremely large catfish along with the fisherman who caught it.

    Published: February 26, 2015

  • 'Request To Terminate Outlook Account' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, the 'Microsoft account team' has received a request to terminate your Outlook account. The email notes that, if you did not make such a request, you should open an attached file to cancel the pending termination.

    Published: February 25, 2015

  • PHISHING SCAM: 'Wat are u Doing in This Video' Facebook Message
    Facebook personal message claims that the sender has seen you in an online video and suggests that you go to a website and skip to a specified place in the video to see yourself.

    Published: February 25, 2015

  • Malware Email Claims Cancelled Qantas Flight Fare Held in Credit
    Email purporting to be from Australian airline Qantas claims that your flights have been cancelled as requested and the ticket value has been held in credit for future fares. The email claims that details can be viewed in an attached file.

    Published: February 24, 2015

  • Willie Nelson is NOT Dead
    'News' report claims that legendary country music star Willie Nelson has been found dead at his Maui home. Rumours derived from the report are circulating via social media.

    Published: February 24, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Priest Who Died For 48 Minutes Claims God is a Woman'
    Circulating story reports that a Catholic priest, who was officially dead for 48 minutes before his heart was restarted by medics, claims that he went to heaven and met God, who he describes as feminine and a 'warm motherly figure'.

    Published: February 24, 2015

  • Disney World Vacation Facebook Survey Scam
    Facebook Page claims that you can win a vacation for 5 people to Disney World along with a $1000 Visa gift card by liking, sharing and commenting on a promotional post and then clicking a link.

    Updated: February 23, 2015

  • Giant Snake on Digging Machine Image
    Circulating message claims that an attached photograph depicts a massive 700 lb snake hanging on the boom of a digging machine. According to the message, the snake was pulled from a lake in Proctor, North Carolina.

    Updated: February 20, 2015

  • Survey Scam Facebook - '$100 Macy's Coupon'
    Facebook post claims that you can click to get a $100 coupon from department store chain Macy's. The post features a photograph depicting $100 Macy's coupons.

    Published: February 20, 2015

  • New York City Parking Fines Payment Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from the NYC Department of Finance thanks you for paying $7900 in parking fines via your credit card and suggests you open an attached file to view details.

    Published: February 20, 2015

  • Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses
    Circulating messages ask recipients to help find new homes for 52 thoroughbred horses that must be rehoused urgently due to the death of their owner.

    Updated: February 18, 2015

  • 'Pay Slip From Marketing' Malware Email
    Email claims that you can open an attached file to view a pay slip from an organization called 'Marketing Pty Ltd'.

    Published: February 18, 2015

  • Tamil Actress Manorama Has NOT Died
    Social media has been buzzing with rumours claiming that much loved and respected Tamil actress Manorama has died. Many Twitter and Facebook posts have expressed sorrow at her passing and offered condolences.

    Published: February 18, 2015

  • Phishing Scam - Fake Facebook 'Copyright Violations' Message
    Message purporting to be from the Facebook Support Team claims that there are copyright violations on your Facebook Page and you are therefore required to click a link to verify the Page.

    Published: February 18, 2015

  • Eskom Power Grid Crash Warning is a Hoax
    According to a warning message that is circulating rapidly via email and social media, South African electricity supplier Eskom has notified the government that the main grid could crash at any time, plunging the country into darkness.

    Published: February 13, 2015

  • TurboTax Phishing Scams
    Emails purporting to be from US tax preparation software provider TurboTax claim that you must click a link to update details or unlock your account.

    Published: February 13, 2015

  • Scam Post Promises Facebook Users Free $50 Tim Hortons Tim Cards
    Post being distributed on Facebook claims that you can click a link to get a free $50 Tim Hortons Tim Card.

    Published: February 11, 2015

  • HOAX - 'Dorval, Quebec Mayor Refuses to Remove Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message claims that the mayor of Dorval, a city in Quebec Canada, refused to bow to Muslim demands to remove pork from local school canteen menus and explained his decision in a strident note sent to parents in the area.

    Published: February 11, 2015

  • Facebook Hoax - 'Send Message to Twenty People to Stay Active'
    According to this message, which purports to be from 'the Facebook Company', you must send the same message on to twenty people to 'stay active'. The message warns that your account will be disconnected if you do not send the message as instructed.

    Published: February 11, 2015

  • Circulating Halal Certification 'Warning' Message Falsely Quotes Dick Smith
    This widely circulated message supposedly outlines ideas and opinions about Halal certification expressed by iconic Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith, owner of Australian food brand Dick Smith Foods.

    Published: February 9, 2015

  • Phishing Scam - eBay 'Registration Suspension' Email
    Message purporting to be from eBay claims that your account has been suspended because your registration information could not be verified. The email instructs you to click a 'confirm your registration' link to remove the suspension.

    Published: February 9, 2015

  • Jetstar Fiji Holiday Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page that appears to be associated with Australian airline Jetstar claims that you can win a holiday in Fiji and $4000 spending money by liking the Page and sharing a promotional image.

    Published: February 9, 2015

  • Beware of Scams in Wake of Anthem Breach
    In early February 2015, giant US health insurer Anthem suffered a major security breach in which the personal information of up to 80 million current and former customers may have been compromised.

    Published: February 8, 2015

  • Rental Overpayment Scam Currently Active in Newfoundland, Canada
    On February 2015, CBC News, Newfoundland & Labrador, reported that landlords advertising homes to rent through online classified ad website Kijiji have been contacted online by people supposedly looking for a place to rent in the region.

    Published: February 7, 2015

  • BMW M Power Like-Farming Scam
    According to this Facebook post, you can go in the draw to win a BMW just by liking a Facebook Page, adding a comment noting your desired car colour, and sharing the post on your Wall. The post features an image depicting a BMW apparently being given away to a winning family.

    Published: February 7, 2015

  • Millions of Android Phones Infected with Malware via Dodgy Google Play Apps
    On February 3rd, 2015, anti virus company, Avast, warned Android smartphone users about malware apps that were available on the official Google Play app store.

    Published: February 5, 2015

  • Minecraft Player Account Login Details Leaked Online
    In January 2015, a list of usernames and passwords belonging to around 1800 Minecraft players was published online. The details were dumped on Pastebin (a web service that allows people to easily store and share text such as source code).

    Published: February 3, 2015

  • Fake News Claims Body of Homeless Man Identified as Elvis Presley
    Circulating report claims that DNA tests on the body of an elderly homeless man have identified him as Elvis Presley.

    Published: February 3, 2015

  • Facebook Hit By Tag Video Posts that Lead to Malware
    A malicious tagging campaign currently hitting Facebook is using the promise of raunchy videos to tempt users to click links.

    Published: February, 2015

  • False Facebook Warning to Parents - 'Dark Blue VW Caddy Van Near Schools'
    Circulating message warns parents to watch out for a dark blue VW Caddy Van around Herefordshire in the UK because it has been reported to police for suspicious activity around schools. The message includes the van's registration number and a description of the driver.

    Published: January 31, 2015

  • Fake Amazon Email Claims that Your Account Has Been Frozen
    According to this email, which claims to be from Internet giant Amazon, your account has been frozen temporarily in order to protect it. And, claims the email, your account will remain frozen - and its password locked - until you click a link to confirm your details.

    Published: January 30, 2015

  • Misleading Warning Claims You Can Expose Facebook Hackers by Looking in Active Sessions
    According to a 'warning' message currently circulating on Facebook, you can see how many people are currently hacked into your Facebook account by examining Active Sessions in your account's security settings. The message explains how to access Active Sessions and advises you to kick the listed 'hackers' off your account.

    Published: January 30, 2015

  • Fake Ticketmaster Purchase Order Email Contains Malware
    Email purporting to be from large ticket sales and distribution company Ticketmaster thanks you for purchasing tickets and advises you to open an attached file to review order details.

    Published: January 29, 2015

  • Actor Gene Hackman is Not Dead
    A rapidly circulating social media rumour suggests that much-loved and respected actor Gene Hackman has died. Thankfully however, Gene Hackman is not dead.

    Published: January 29, 2015

  • FTC - Guest of Dr. Oz Show to pay $9 million Redress For Promoting Hoax Weight Loss Pills
    According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Lindsey Duncan,and his companies (PureHealth LLC & Genesis Today, Inc.), have agreed to pay $9 million in consumer redress in answer to charges from the FTC that he deceptively touted the weight loss benefits of green coffee bean extract to consumers on television shows including The Dr. Oz Show and The View.

    Published: January 29, 2015

  • Telstra 'Business Broadband Cancellation' Malware Email
    Order Acknowledgement' email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications giant Telstra claims that your request to cancel business broadband has been sent for processing. The email claims that you can view a copy of the cancellation order in an attached file.

    Published: January 28, 2015

  • Email Invoice Scam Targeting Businesses in Australia
    Via its Scamwatch website, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has issued a warning about an invoice email scam that is currently targeting Australian businesses.

    Published: January 28, 2015

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