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The Dirty Dozen tax scams: Identity theft, phone scams and phishing schemes, oh my!

It’s that time of the year again – tax season is upon us. Recently, the Internal Revenue Service wrapped up its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams. This year, identity theft topped the list, but phone scams and phishing schemes also deserve special mentions. It’s important that taxpayers guard against ploys to steal their […]

Facebook hoax promises giveaway of 4.5 million company shares

When I was checking my Facebook News Feed this morning, I found this message. It seems one of my friends was very excited because Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was scheduled to give away 4.5 million shares of Facebook stock at midnight. To enter this lottery-like giveaway, all you had to do was copy and paste […]

‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange is a scam

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Tis’ the season for scams to circulate on Facebook and other social sites. It sounds like great fun! Join your friends for a “Secret Santa” type gift exchange, and invite lots of others to the party. Only problem is that it’s a hoax. Watch out if you get a message on your Facebook Newsfeed (also spotted […]

Has the Windows Phone Store become a new target for hackers?

Almost exactly two months ago, we reported on some fake apps found in the Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, the news hasn’t stopped there – instead, it seems that this third-party app store is becoming an increasingly popular platform for the bad guys. Today, we‘ve uncovered quite a large set of fake apps which includes scams […]

Got an aging parent? Tell them about the Grandparent scam

Scammers rob elderly victims of an estimated $3 Billion per year. A scam that has been around since at least 2008 is still active and targeting elderly folks. Seventy-four year old Avast evangelist, Bob Gostischa, who knows a thing or two about scams, security, and privacy, received a call just yesterday from a scam artist […]

Windows Phone Store scam: malicious mobile apps aren’t unique to Google Play

Although it’s possible to use third-party apps stores safely and securely, the fact that scams do still occur in a variety of app stores shouldn’t be ignored. On Sunday, a threat was discovered by a user who posted the issue on our forum. The scam, located within the Windows Phone Store, advertised three fraudulent versions […]