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WWE star's swiped sex snaps survey spam snares selfie sickos

Scammers are exploiting a new batch of leaked celebrity nudes, using the stolen selfies to lure in gawpers and make a fast buck. Voyeurs are told to install a smartphone app that promises to reveal comprising photos of British WWE star Paige – whose intimate private photos and videos were leaked online this month without …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2017
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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

Web users have been warned to be wary of fake results messages about the Scottish Independence referendum. The warning from UK.gov-backed Get Safe Online comes hours after the polling booths opened north in the border in a history-making vote that will determine Scotland's fate. Unlike a political election, there will not be …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014

Obamacare goes LIVE, and so do the survey-spewing spambots

Obamacare-related spam scams surfaced well before sign-ups to the controversial Affordable Care Act began on Tuesday, 1 October. Spam containing the terms “medicare”, “enrollment” and “medical insurance” started surfacing during the first week of September and continues to clog users' inboxes. Links in the spam messages …
John Leyden, 3 Oct 2013
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Internet evildoers stitch together vile ransomware-survey scam chimaera

Internet Igors have fused genomes from two of the web's most noxious scam strains to create a repulsive chimaera. The new ransomware doing the rounds locks up victims' PCs before forcing their users to complete a survey in order to receive an unlock code. Traditional ransomware scams typically involving locking up systems …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2013
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WHY would survey-slingers give YOU a free $1,500 Google Glass?

Credulous punters' desire to get their hands on Google's new Project Glass head-mounted display is already being used against them by cyberscammers. The Chocolate Factory's augmented reality glasses may be still at the prototype stage, but cybercrooks have latched onto the recent release of a demo video with their own cyber- …
John Leyden, 4 Mar 2013
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Friends fooled by Facebook Timeline 'removal tool' scams

Two separate "Timeline-removing" spam scams are doing the rounds on Facebook, security watchers warn. Both ruses feature dodgy messages targeting users of the social network who happen to dislike the recently introduced feature, and are looking for a way to go back to the "old look". In the first case, users who take the bait …
John Leyden, 30 May 2012
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Survey scammers fling spam at Pinterest punters

Cybercrooks have latched on the success of social networking site Pinterest by launching a variety of money-making scams. Just like Facebook before it, Pinterest has become a haven for survey scams. Would-be marks are invited to complete surveys under the pretext that they might win an iPad or obtain a discount voucher. In …
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2012
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Mass Effect 3 crooks trick gamers with fake 'alternate ending'

Scammers are targeting gamers left unsatisfied by the controversial ending of popular video game Mass Effect 3. Gamers dissatisfied by the conclusion of the recently released final chapter of the Mass Effect trilogy of video games, which completes the story of main character Commander Shepard, are invited to download an " …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2012
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Scammers punt bogus pink Facebook makeover

The latest survey scam doing the rounds on Facebook works by falsely offering to change the profile of prospective marks from blue to red, black or shocking pink. Typical lures state: “Switch to Pink Facebook (Limited Time!) [LINK] Say goodbye to the boring blue profile and say hello to the pink profile!!” If users follow these …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2012
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iPad scammers pwn Lady Gaga's Facebook page

Fraudsters have hit gold after they managed to successfully plant an iPad-themed scam on the Facebook fan page of Lady Gaga. The page has 45 million fans, so only a minute percentage need to click for scammers to tap into an Xmas-themed windfall. The bogus messages claim the pop-star is running an iPad competition on the back …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2011
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Typosquatters set up booby-trapped High Street names

Fraudsters have established thousands of typosquatting sites designed to hoodwink customers of popular shopping sites into handing over personal information to fraudulent dopplegangers. Utilising slightly misspelled domain names, prospective marks are taken to mirror sites designed to either harvest personal data or subject …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2011
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Cybercrooks exploit interest in Harry Potter ebook site

Malware-slingers are tapping into the buzz around a new Harry Potter site to mount a variety of scams designed to either defraud, infect or otherwise con would-be victims. Pottermore, currently in beta, has been set up to sell ebooks of the Harry Potter novels, along with additional content such as background details and …
John Leyden, 4 Aug 2011
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Survey scams exploit Winehouse's death, Oslo massacre

Online scumbags wasted little time in latching onto the untimely death of singer Amy Winehouse as a lure for survey scams on Facebook. Bogus messages supposedly offering footage of Winehouse smoking crack hours before her death of a suspected drug overdose on Saturday actually lead to pointless surveys that make money for …
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2011
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Survey scammers target Doctor Who fans

Surfers following up supposed online excerpts from the eagerly-awaited mid-season finale of Doctor Who will only find themselves stuck in the middle of survey scams, security researchers warn. Searching from the upcoming episode A good man goes to war on YouTube leads to numerous results but all lead to third party websites, …
John Leyden, 3 Jun 2011
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Facebook restores fan page of social scam warning site

Facebook has restored the fan page of an anti-scam site after earlier turfing out the Bulldog Estate. The expulsion, decried by security watchers, meant that a site which serves the useful purpose of warning about survey scams and malware on Facebook disappeared off the social network. Scam Snipper, another similar service, …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2011
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Rogue Twitter counter app punts survey scam

A rogue application ultimately designed to punt a survey scam began spreading rapidly on Twitter on Tuesday. Follow Finder 332 promises to provide users with information on who might have "unfollowed" them (unsubscribed from their Twitter feed). In reality it does nothing but offer up a worthless survey that falsely promises …
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2011
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Facebook photo-tagging trick used to lure emo kids to survey scam

Facebook survey scammers, the hardest-working crooks in cybercrime, are exploiting Facebook's loosely-controlled photo-tagging technology to develop more attention-grabbing scam lures. The starting point of the scam commonly appears with users finding themselves tagged in their online friends' photo albums. Clicking to …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2011
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Facebook closes today ... NOT!

Credulous Facebook users are propagating a scam that claims that social network site is shutting up shop. The message behind the scam improbably claims that Facebook was having trouble managing old inactive accounts, so it has decided to delete everything, unless users "confirm" their activity. "Your account will be permanently …
John Leyden, 8 Apr 2011

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