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NatWest 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient has been selected to receive a 100 pound gift certificate as a reward for participating in a customer satisfaction survey. Recipients are invited to click a link to fill in a form and receive their reward.
Facebook Survey Scam - 'Drunk 17 Year Old Caught on Tape'
Message making its way across Facebook entices users to click a link to view a "stunning" video of a 17 year old girl caught on tape while drunk at school.
Facebook's Promoted Posts Program for Users Causing Confusion
An extension of the Promoted Posts feature on Facebook means that ordinary users can or soon will be able to pay to promote their posts to a wider audience in the same way that businesses and Page owners can already do. However, this payment is entirely optional. The change does not mean that Facebook users will be required to pay to use the service. Facebook remains free. People can continue to use Facebook as per usual, but can choose to pay to promote certain posts if they wish to do so.
'Little Dead Girl Clarissa' Warning - Nasty and Violent Internet Chain Letter
Widely circulated Internet chain message warns recipients that, if they do not read and pass on the message, the ghost of a little girl named "Clarissa" will visit their rooms at night and kill them.
Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'
Warning message circulating via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.
Yorkshire Building Society - Egg Account Transfer Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from the Yorkshire Building Society claims that, due to the transfer of Egg Savings and Mortgage accounts, existing customers are required to update their details by filling in and submitting an attached form.
Skype 'Password Successfully Changed' Scam Email
Email purporting to be from Skype notifies users that their Skype password has been successfully changed and advises them to follow a link to restore the password if "anything doesn't look right".
Michael Vick Did NOT Break His Legs in a Car Accident
Message circulating vigorously via social media claims that oft reviled football player Michael Vick has broken both legs in a car accident.
AT&T 'Account Limit Exceeded' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from AT&T claims that the recipient's email account limit has been exceeded and that the account will therefore be suspended unless it is verified within 24 hours.
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'Blue Tiger' Picture on Facebook
Circulating picture depicting a blue coloured tiger is described as a "semi-hypothetical coloration morph of a tiger" known as a Maltese or blue tiger.
'Letter from Barack Obama' Advance Fee Scam
Email purporting to be from none other than US President Barack Obama claims that the recipient will be arrested on money laundering and terrorism charges unless he or she provides a document confirming ownership of a fund from Nigeria.
Better Business Bureau 'Complaint Received' Malware Emails
Email purporting to be from the Better Business Bureau claims that a complaint has been received about the recipient. The recipient is advised to click a link and provide a response or risk cancellation of BBB accreditation status.
'Personal Assistant' Money Laundering Scam
Email claims that the sender requires a part-time personal assistant to handle financial activities and run various errands in return for a generous weekly wage.
Gmail 'Free Apple iPad Reward' Survey Scam
Email purporting to be from Gmail, claims that the recipient has been randomly chosen as a winner of an Apple iPad and should visit a website and participate in various "promotional giveaways" in order to claim his or her prize.
Facebook Survey Scam - Free £100 ASDA Voucher
Message appearing on Facebook claims that UK supermarket chain ASDA is giving away £100 gift vouchers to users who click a link in the post.
Visa - Mastercard 'Security Incident' Phishing Scam
Email claiming to be from the "Identity Theft Department" of both Visa and Mastercard warns recipients of a security incident that may have put their financial information at risk. The email asks recipients to click a link to activate their credit cards.
Windows Email Security Update Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from Microsoft claims that the recipient's Windows installation records are out of date and that he or she must therefore update email account details by clicking a "Verify" button.
Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue ( Or Gold)
Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue or gold.