Online Hoaxes

Beware of “Your Unread Messages Will Be Deleted” Facebook Scam!

 October 9, 2014

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This is a precautionary blog post for our readers, especially those who use the social networking site Facebook. An old online scam seems to have started doing fresh rounds on the Internet. Online scammers are sending emails to users claiming that their unread messages will be deleted from their Facebook...

Beware of the Delhi Zoo Video Facebook Scam!

 September 26, 2014

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Delhi zoo witnessed a tragic incident on Tuesday where a youth was mauled to death by a white tiger. Videos of the incident captured by onlookers have gone viral on the Internet. And as always, Internet crooks have started making good use of this incident to scam social media users,...

Alert: Beware of Malicious Ebola Emails!

 August 20, 2014

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The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus has claimed over 1000 lives. While people in the affected regions are struggling to fight the infection and people elsewhere skeptical about its spread, cyber criminals are busy inventing new attack vectors in the form of malicious emails. Reportedly, attackers have started email...

MH17 Crash: Online Scammers Create Fake Facebook Pages/Accounts

 July 24, 2014

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17 July, 2014 was but a fateful day for the passengers who boarded the Malaysian Flight MH17; scheduled to fly from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The plane crashed during its flight over eastern Ukraine, ending the lives of 298 passengers including the crew. While people all over the world are...

“The Rock Passes Away!” – Beware of this Facebook Hoax!

 June 20, 2014

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Most of us are familiar with WWE superstar Dwayne Douglas Johnson, popularly known by his ring name ‘The Rock’. Although we miss watching him tussling with other wrestlers, we do get to see him in movies. But unfortunately, we will never get to know what the Rock is cooking, because...

FIFA World Cup 2014: Watch out for Malware Attacks and Scams!

 May 30, 2014

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Around the world, while billions of fans are anticipating the biggest sporting event in the world, malware artists are webbing plans to turn soccer fans into victims. The FIFA World Cup 2014 is two weeks away, and scammers are all prepped up to launch a fresh wave of attacks. Who’s...

Scam Alert! Facebook Online Lottery Email

 April 28, 2014

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If our readers can recall, we had put together a list of some common Facebook online scams that people fall prey to. Adding to this list is another scam that is doing the rounds on the Internet. We call it the ‘Facebook Online Lottery Scam.’ Here’s a brief about what...

Online Ad Campaigns Mimicking as the CryptoLocker

 March 10, 2014

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CryptoLocker is a recently discovered Windows malware that encrypts user data and makes it unusable. It demands the user for a certain amount of money (ransom) to decrypt the data. As of December, 2013, the creators of CryptoLocker were able to pull in $30 million in just 100 days. So,...

Common Facebook Scams You Need to Know About

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 January 17, 2014

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As the tree of Facebook is growing exponentially and making the world even smaller, it is also getting crowded with scrupulous hoaxes and scams. For an unaware user, it is difficult to tell these hoaxes from genuine Facebook posts or status updates. In this blog post we have outlined some...

Spot Fake Online Shops – Stay Safe from Scams

 November 19, 2013

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Online shopping is no more an alien concept. Nearly everyone who spends their time on the Internet, prefer shopping online. But as convenient as online stores are, they can be a scary place too. You never know if the Web site where you are giving away your credit card information...