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Microsoft's anti-phishing guide

Microsoft has a good page of basic info on avoiding phishing scams. The instructions for reporting are Microsoft-specific, but the core advice applies to everybody with email. Also check out the linked page on phone scams.

More: http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx

September 15th, 2014

49 Hoaxes People Actually Believed

Fast-paced ten-minute video about big hoaxes through history that people were thoroughly suckered by.

More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbX7vEIqAgY

March 31st, 2014

Clever DJ responds to domain name scammer

This "producer, remixer and DJ based in Brooklyn" received a domain name scam email, responded creatively, and shared the exchange with the world.

More: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91865675/scam-full-scale.jpg

January 15th, 2014

Make sure it really is the power company

Consumer empowerer Clark Howard has a warning about a scammers who call you posing as a utility company that is about to shut off your service. They scare you into giving them credit card or checking account information to "pay your bill" -- then run off with it, of course.

Always call the company directly to check!

More: http://www.clarkhoward.com/videos/clark-howard/scams-rip-offs/new-power-company-telephone-scam/vqr2w/

March 1st, 2013

Help shape the new mashup feature

Here's a preview of the new mashup feature: http://purportal.com/mashup/

Please try it out and share your thoughts here:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YLM87BX

More: http://purportal.com/mashup/

December 15th, 2012

QR Code Malware

Inventive scammers have started to experiment with QR codes.

"QR codes typically appear on posters. Once scanned with a mobile phone and opened with a QR reader, app users can get access to a range of content. Train stations, for example, use QR codes to allow passengers to download timetables. But cybercriminals are exploiting their popularity by placing their own stickers on top of the QR codes to take people to more nefarious sites."

Lots more to read on this:

More: http://www.darkreading.com/mobile-security/167901113/security/news/232301147/qr-code-malware-picks-up-steam.html

December 11th, 2012

Who says there isn't money in the arts?

Former employee accused of stealing more than $1.4 million from Woodruff Arts Center

"...officials said Tuesday that a former employee submitted $1.438 million in fraudulent invoices over the last five years... In the meantime, officials are seeking to reassure donors their money is being used responsibly... the culprit easily exploited what were gaping holes in the arts center’s oversight processes, officials said."

More: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/employee-accused-of-stealing-more-than-14-million-/nTGdM/

November 27th, 2012

The long con: moving in with aristocracy and brainwashing them

"Thierry Tilly, an alleged modern-day Rasputin was convicted Tuesday of brainwashing three generations of an aristocratic French family for nearly a decade, swindling them of their fortune and their turreted manor and was sentenced to eight years in prison by a court in Bordeaux..."

More: http://www.1340wgau.com/ap/ap/crime/swindler-of-french-aristocrats-gets-8-years/nS5PM/

November 15th, 2012

Separated at birth?

Scammers love a scam that works. In the Purportal scammy spam collection we see lots of repeats -- messages that are nearly identical. Check out this list of similar spams and note the differences. Which one do you think is the more effective?

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More: http://purportal.com/spam/

April 23rd, 2012

Now THAT is how you reply to a scammer

A friend recently received the following scam email (red box) and responded brilliantly (green box). Try it at home! The more energy scammers put into correspondence the less they have for actual scamming.

Greetings John S,

I would like to discuss a business proposal that has the potential for significant earnings.

I am currently employed with a privatly held manufacturing company. My company has demand for a specific material that is vital to its processing operations. We are currently purchasing this material at a price well over the manufacturing cost.

I would like to explore the possibility of having you stand-in as a new supplier, providing this material while retaining the same profit margins. My role would be to introduce you to my company, as the supplier, and to obtain a contract between you and my employer. I have already discussed sourcing possibilities with the existing manufacturer, leaving room for attractive profit margins. What is still required in order to materialize this venture is an individual who is at arm’s length to oversee these supply chain transactions. The required capital to purchase our initial order from the manufacturer will be funded strictly from myself and no additional investment will be required from yourself. With that said, we can discuss terms and comission structure in the near future.

I understand that your experience with The Pantyslut People does not directly relate to my field. However, this venture is more in line with your personal capabilities rather than your professional experience.

I would like to confirm your current phone number 4135865179. Please send a return email to verify your contact number and to schedule the most convenient time to discuss these possibilities in detail. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Kindest Regards, Roger Coleman



Dear Mr. Coleman,

Thank you for your fascinating and provocative proposal. I am only bewildered at your certainty that my experience with The Pantyslut People will not directly relate to your field of vital materials acquisition. You would no doubt have grave surprise at the variety of experiences required to be A Pantyslut Person. Therefore I offer my assurances that your assumptions are entirely forgivable.

Unfortunately the phone number you have for me is out of date. I no longer use telephonic communications because of concerns over surveillance, as I am sure you can understand. I rely entirely on email communications and personal meetings in darkened cafes. If these terms are acceptable to you, I look forward to discussing the terms of my stand-in position as new supplier of specific manufacturing materials for your employer. I understand that the company is privately held. You may rest convinced of my dedication to utmost discretion.

Warmly, John S

More: http://www.bonkworld.org/

March 6th, 2012