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Alleged Photos of Jamie Bulger’s Killers shown on Social Networks

By |2017-02-08T01:19:35+00:00February 17th, 2013|Categories: Scams|

Picture from the ForJames Memorial Trust - http://forjames.org/ James Patrick Bulger was murdered on the 12 of February,  20 years ago he was just two years old. The horrific abduction, torture and murder was carried about by two ten year old children - Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, who are said to be the youngest convicted killers in Modern day England, forever more known as Jamie Bulger's Killers. Jamie Bulger's Killers appearing on Facebook It might not be coincidence that alleged photos of the convicted murderers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson started to appear on social media networks on this anniversary. The original pictures have been removed but now there are others appearing in our timelines.  There is actually an injunction which prevents the publication of images of the two and a ban on publishing anything at all revealing their whereabouts. Please don't share these posts. The Attorney Generals Office are not confirming or denying that these images are real or not - the powers that be have launched an investigation,  and will no doubt be searching for who first shared the images. [...]

Yahoo Email Phishing Scam – Account Exceeded Limit.

By |2017-02-08T01:19:43+00:00January 20th, 2013|Categories: Scams|Tags: , , , |

Account Exceeded Limit A Yahoo email phishing scam is being sent to our in-boxes again.  The email looks like it comes from Yahoo admin and informs you that you need to upgrade your account as you have exceeded your limit of 30GB or you will not be able to send or receive email. This is a phishing scam.   What is a phishing email We have seen many of these on social networks lately - there have been phishing scams on Twitter, Hotmail, Facebook, and many more, and the object of the hackers game is to fool you into giving them your personal information, such as username, password and even worse credit card details. These scams don't always come via Email it can be on instant messages or private messages on various networks. Once you give this information, they have control over your account. How can we tell its an email scam As luck would have it - I knew instantly that this was fake basically because I rarely use this account and never save anything there, I've probably used 30kb not [...]

Here we go again – Whatsapp status – hoax message

By |2017-02-08T01:19:47+00:00November 28th, 2012|Categories: Scams|Tags: , , , , , , |

  It seems that Whatsapp are having a few problems today - as their account on twitter called Whatsapp status suggests WhatsApp Status ‏@wa_status WhatsApp status functionality is currently not available. We are working on resolving it soon-ish... So on the band wagon the spammers jump...... they changed a recent hoax to be applicable the status problems -  It explains this is why your Status and everyone elses says  - error - Status unavailable. This is to scam you into forwarding.  The first clue we have that this is fake is the message says from summer 2012 whatsapp will start charging.  Are they charging ?  Also have a look on Whatsapps Blog -March 2012 -They already said it was a hoax. WhatsApp Hoax as follows........... Before you read this, go to your contacts and look at everyones status! Should say error: status unavailable.Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, the use of WhatsApp cost money from summer 2012. If you send this string to 18 different on your list, your icon will be blue and will be free for you. If you [...]

Facebook Profile Viewer Scam – Who is looking at your timeline?

By |2017-02-08T01:19:48+00:00November 24th, 2012|Categories: Scams|Tags: , , , , , , , |

CC - http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/2192192956/ Can you see who is looking at your facebook profile I last wrote about this scam 2 years ago, or a scam just like it - as the above link shows - and still we have not learned our lesson. We are still clicking and sharing these applications.  Who is watching your Profile, who are my Facebook profile visitors, who is looking at your timeline. Someone suggested we are curious, I think we are paranoid. Is my ex looking at what I am saying on Facebook? Does that boy I fancy know I stalk him on facebook? HA, not me!   You know you can block people or set your profile up so that not everyone can view it or even find it. Facebook Profile Viewer Scam This latest one appears to be an app called Facebook Profile Viewers, which was shared by a "friend" on Facebook to 45 people that I can see. If he did that on purpose I can only assume that he thought it was real - but I would probably put money on it that [...]

Verify your account Facebook scam

By |2017-02-08T01:19:57+00:00June 11th, 2012|Categories: Scams, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There appear to be three very similar facebook scams going around at the moment, all with the theme of Facebook Account Verification, and if you don't verify your accounts, something nasty is going to happen. Not that you will fall in a puddle of mud, but much worse, your facebook account will be closed. Well, what can I say ...... this isn't true - your Facebook account is not going to be closed if you don't verify your account, pay money or move to Scotland.  Its a scam. And its pretty   harsh one, these guys not only want you to spread it all around but they want you to allow them access to your account, to hack or steal your information.   You might see something like this This is a request for permission, you see that at the top, by clicking that blue allow button you are allowing the things on the left, which include.... Access to your basic information - Name, picture, gender , networks, user ID, friends list, and any other information that is public. Access to your profile information - Birthday,  hometown, City and Facebook [...]

LinkedIn Update, Member Passwords were Hacked – How to change Password

By |2017-02-08T01:19:57+00:00June 6th, 2012|Categories: Scams, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , |

LinkedIn have now confirmed that some of the passwords were hacked today. Well, what they actually say is "We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts." Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords. Via .... http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/06/06/linkedin-member-passwords-compromised/ So that is a good thing to remember - never change your password from a link in an email, and don't on this occasion. To confirm they say if you have been compromised you won't be able to log in and LinkedIn are going to send you details, I would assume [...]

New Facebook Scam – Oakleys Sunglasses Hoax

By |2017-02-08T01:19:57+00:00May 10th, 2012|Categories: Scams|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a new Facebook scam that promises you a Free Pair of Oakleys Sunglasses. Its not from Oakley sadly, so no free sunglasses, just a hoax. Slightly different to all of the other survey scams we have discussed. The message appears on your friends wall, so you think it must be safe he has done it, wrong! To celebrate the Summer, Oakley is giving away free shades to all Facebook users. Its a two step process this time where you have to first share the link and then like the page - Liking the page takes you to a survey that asks for your personal information, this is something you should never put in a survey anyway. As we've discussed before the reason behind this scam is that the scammer gets paid for every survey completed. As writing this it seems that Facebook may have blocked the survey so that is one good thing but people are still sharing the link. Which in itself at the moment is harmless but I assume it won't be long until the scammer links it [...]

Whitney Houston Scams – Be careful what you click

By |2017-02-08T01:20:02+00:00February 17th, 2012|Categories: Scams|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  Whitney Houston Scams As usual when someone dies, the hackers, scammers, cyber criminals use it against us. They know we are weak, they know we are not paying attention. They know we are all fighting for new information or great tracks... What happened? Why did it happen? Is it true? What is going to happen? I love that song! This is when they get us, when we are not thinking, we click a link and bam - its gone to all our friends and family saying its safe because you liked it. There are even some going around that say they are going to show you Whitney's autopsy really? You'd click that?  Well I know some are so distraught they just need to know the facts. The Autopsy one doesn't take you to a YouTube link but says that flash needs to be updated, and you have to install. Another one, takes you to a link to download Whitney wallpaper ... woah! Big Mistake - Huge!  You will be installing something very nasty! Usually it will just take you to a [...]

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