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

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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. As we are now seeing many different photos one can safely say that some are a definitely hoax, these pictures should NOT be shared. Who knows who these people are and if they are now in danger. I won’t be posting any of the alleged pictures here, I’m sure you’ve seen some.

Driven to suicide after being accused of being on of Jamie Bulger’s Killers

It started as a rumour and spread and look at what happened to this guy who ended up killing himself after being tormented and accused of being Robert Thompson.

Thompson and Venables were convicted of murder and served eight years in prison before being freed in 2001 and issued with secret new identities to protect them from vigilantes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2186431/Father-killed-hate-mob-wrongly-accused-James-Bulger-child-killer-Robert-Thompson.html

Although its understandable that people are still angry and upset over the barbaric killing of an innocent boy – we all are.  However we need to realise, that not all we read or see on the internet is real, and we must not share anything unless we have confirmed they are legitimate or legal to share.

We go back to Hurricane Sandy when people were posting and sharing horrific FAKE pictures of the devastation over and over again, worrying friends and family of people living in the area.

As these alleged photos of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are still circulating, it wouldn’t surprise me if a hacker latched on to this story and started sending out viruses or phishing scams attached to similar images or links.

Beware of Fake images on the internet – especially on social networks, it is so easy to just click share – think first.

 

 

Yahoo Email Phishing Scam – Account Exceeded Limit.

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 30gb;  Another tell-tale sign is that cyber criminals almost never put your name its usually to the account user, this is because the same email has been sent to hundreds of other people. Often the spelling is bad and its usually a threat to scare you into acting right away.

You can easily see that the email is not from Yahoo when you click to upgrade – you will notice that  URL in the address bar its not Yahoo but a website called Livresetsen.be this is where you will be sending the information when you click the link.

Sometimes this URL will be changed to something that looks real. It could be that the link itself could contain malicious software, you may be able to hover your curser over this link to reveal the real one.

The best thing to do if you get anything at all asking for your password via email is first Google it, if you can’t find anything about the scam, then contact company that you believe it is – via their numbers/emails on their website and ask them directly.

What to do if you have been phished

from the Yahoo Security page……

Help! I think I’ve been phished!

If you think you’ve given confidential personal information to a phishing site, then follow these guidelines to help prevent your information from being used illegally by fraudsters. Do not delay — fraudsters can move quickly to take over your account and do substantial damage.

I think my Yahoo! ID was phished!

If you think you entered your Yahoo! ID and password at a phishing site, then follow these steps:

  • Change your Yahoo! password immediately. Here’s how:
    1. Type profiles.yahoo.com in your browser’s Address bar.
    2. Sign into Yahoo!.
    3. Click on the Account Info tab.
    4. Enter your current password.
    5. On the Account Info page, click the Change Password link near the top of the page and follow the instructions.
  • If your password no longer works, tell us so we can start the account recovery process.
  • On the Account Info page, verify the rest of your account information; be sure any contact phone numbers or secondary email addresses are correct.
  • On the Account Info page, go to “Update password-reset info” and change your questions and answers.
  • Report the phishing email or web site that tricked you!

Do not give out your email or password easily – it might not just be an email phishing scam, watch out for anything that asks for personal information – For instance: It could be a popup on your PC that says you have viruses and need to scan your PC thats when they say its going to cost you to remove it.  Links in Pop ups to me are the same as Auto DM’s in twitter with links, avoid like the plague.  Do not click.

Hope this helps – be careful out there 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we go again – Whatsapp status – hoax message

 

It seems that Whatsapp are having a few problems today – as their account on twitter called Whatsapp status suggests

WhatsApp StatusWhatsApp 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 do not believe me see tomorrow at 6 pm ending WhatsApp and have to pay to open it, this is by law
This message is to inform all of our users, our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking your help to solve this problem. We require our active users forwarded this message to each of the people in your contact list to confirm our active users using WhatsApp, if you do not send this message to all your contacts WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all their contactsMessage from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account
after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill.
We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are
working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as
possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”
WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free
is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are
chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people
who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to
indicate a frequent user. Am sorry had no option!
And check now the status of every individual contact is showing :
Status : error
It looks exactly like all the other hoaxes, we’ve had the same thing on Msn, Hotmail, on Twitter, on Facebook and probably Myspace, but yet so many people are spreading it, Twitter is on fire with complaints of people forwarding the spam, which is all it is really just spam.
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So …… you get the gist, the its fake, don’t do it ….. its just annoying the hell out of everyone.
Some of the tweets are linking to this message – it might help you should try it ? LOL
whats-app1
Sorry! It was funny!
Hope this helps 🙂

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

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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 he has allowed the application into his account giving it permission to share with all of his Facebook friends.  This is getting very common now, where we have to allow these apps or services permissions we sometimes do it without thinking, click, click – done. ARGH!

I’ve no idea what sort of scam this is probably phishing scam, identity theft or virus, as I’ve not clicked it, and I don’t care – I just know that its not good – its bad!

Okay, yes I agree Facebook aren’t the greatest people for protecting our security, but it would very naughty of them if this application could even possibly be true, because they say this, on Facebook Help

Can people tell that I’ve looked at their timeline? 

No, Facebook does not provide a functionality that enable people to track who is viewing their timeline. Third party applications also cannot provide this functionality. if you come across an application that claims to offer this ability, we encourage you to report it.

who is looking at your timeline

Can I know who is looking at my timeline or how often its being viewed? 

No, Facebook does not provide a functionality that enables you to track who is view your timeline or parts of your timeline, such as photos.

Security Tips –  What you can do to keep your account safe  – Check number 7 – Think before you click or download anything, same here goes for Twitter – You can’t see who is looking at your Twitter profile either.

If you have been caught out by these scammers, hackers or whatever name you like to give them.

Reset your Password.

You can reset your password on the log in page – click – forgot your password.

If you are already logged in

  • Click Home
  • Account settings
  • Edit Password.

Try to choose a password that is a mixture of numbers and letters and punctuation marks.

Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

Verify your account Facebook scam

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 Status.
  • Access to your photos
  • Post on your behalf – This means they can post status updates, photos or anything they like.

Always be careful when clicking that button….. regardless.

It doesn’t end there apparently, you are then taken to survey scam and we all know about survey scams. 

I believe this has all come about since Facebook said in February that they will start offering account verifications to user with a high subscriber counts.  This means celebs, and to verify your account according to Mashable you will need to send in photo ID, birth-cert and credit card. And they don’t even get a nice badge like on Twitter or Google.

Anyway so there are your hints.

  • You aren’t famous (well, mostly likely not)
  • Your Facebook account won’t be closed.
  • You have to send in ID not click an app link.

Also you usually verifiy your account when you first join up by adding a mobile number to your account, this gives you added advantages, some you will need if creating your own page. You can do it at any time though.

But Facebook will never message you about this.

See here for more information – Verifying Your Account

I hope this helps, please share this around to the younger members of your community as maybe they don’t have the advantage that we have of seeing this stuff before.

I have to say – Facebook are getting pretty good at stopping some of these hackers or scammers whatever you want to call them – one of these only started this morning and facebook has taken it down!! These others are there though and no doubt there will be more..

Take care out there.

Hope this helps

 

 

 

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

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.”

  1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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 you have to click forgot password to reset.

But if you are still nervous about it all, you can simply change your password.

How to change your Linkedin Password

First go over to where your name is and click on it …… as above – then click SETTINGS

Then click Change Password.

Finish by putting your Old Password here and then your new Password Twice.

Also remember…….. never use the same passwords for other accounts.

Hope this helps

 

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New Facebook Scam – Oakleys Sunglasses Hoax

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 to a different link.

If you have shared this please, delete it from your wall and if you have liked it – remove it. If done the survey I would even suggest changing your password as a precaution.

Never click anything that promises to give you something for nothing without checking it out first, we all know that never happens.

Hope this helps

 

 

 

Whitney Houston Scams – Be careful what you click

 

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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 survey site, which can be sorted out easily – but remember never ever put any information in these things. Never!

These are on Facebook and Twitter, and still going strong – although no reports on Google+ yet – hmm what does that tell you?

Remember, if in doubt, don’t click.

Hope this helps