Scam of the Week: QuickBooks Used as Bait for a Quick Scam

An easy way for cybercriminals to get your attention is to claim that you owe a large amount of money. Pair this claim with a QuickBooks-themed phishing email and malicious malware, you get a dangerous cybersecurity threat. The cybercriminals send a well-made spoof of a...

Scam of the Week: Credential Scam With a Clever Twist

If you try logging in to an account, but get a “wrong password” error what do you do? You’ll probably try typing the same password again. But if that doesn’t work do you try another one of your passwords? Then another, and another? Cybercriminals have a clever new scam that takes...

Scam of the Week: Smishing and Shortened URLs

Smishing (text message phishing) continues to grow in popularity. Smishing attacks can be difficult to catch, especially because both legitimate and phishy text messages tend to use shortened URLs. A URL is the web address of a page. Typically, the URL shows you where a link will...

Scam of the Week: Voice Changing “Catphish”

In a recent phishing attack that targets single men, cybercriminals show us how they use modern technology to trick their victims. The scam starts with the cybercriminal posing as a single woman and befriending their target on social media. Then, they start building rapport with...

Scam of the Week: Tricky PDF Files

Cybercriminals have a new favorite phishing lure: PDF files. A PDF is a standard file type that presents text and images in their original format regardless of which program you use to open the file. Unfortunately, this makes the use of PDFs a great way for cybercriminals to get...

Scam of the Week: Advanced Phishing Hidden in Plain Text

Cybercriminals are using advanced tactics to disguise dangerous malware as harmless text files. Using a phishing email, the bad guys try to trick you into downloading a file attachment named “ReadMe_knl.txt”. Typically, files ending in .txt are plain text documents that can be...

Scam of the Week: Classic Facebook Phishing

While cyber threats continue to advance in new and intimidating ways, classic phishing methods are still a favorite among bad guys. Let’s take a look at a recent Facebook-themed phishing attack and see if you can spot the red flags: The email appears to come from Facebook and...

Scam of the Week: Instagram Influencer Scams

As the name suggests, an influencer is someone whose opinions influence a large social media audience. While influencers usually attract sponsorships from legitimate brands, these accounts can also be used as a tool for cybercriminals. Instagram influencers often host special...

Scam of the Week: Malicious Mobile Apps in Disguise

Google recently removed a number of dangerous mobile applications (apps) from the Google Play store. These were disguised as generic VPN and audio control apps that appeared to be safe, but once installed, they tricked victims into allowing downloads from untrusted sources. If...

Scam of the Week: Scammers Use FINRA as Phish Bait

Earlier this month, cybercriminals impersonated the largest brokerage regulation company in the US: the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Seeing such a vital organization be used as phish bait is chilling. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, this scam is...