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How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

April 29, 2019

How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

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In this episode we discuss how fraudsters exploit malware and phishing for financial gain. A recent conviction of international cybercriminals in federal court reveals how these fraudsters operate and target their victims. Learn how protect yourself from malware and phishing schemes.

Source: Department of Justice
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-romanian-cybercriminals-convicted-all-21-counts-relating-infecting-over-400000-victim

Romanian Cybercriminals Convicted of All 21 Counts Relating to Infecting Over 400,000 Victim Computers with Malware and Stealing Millions of Dollars
A federal jury convicted two Bucharest, Romania residents of 21 counts related to their scheme to infect victim computers with malware in order to steal credit card and other information to sell on dark market websites, mine cryptocurrency and engage in online auction fraud, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio

Two Romanians were convicted after a 12-day trial of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit service marks, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit money laundering and 12 counts each of wire fraud. Sentencing has been set for Aug. 14, 2019 before Chief Judge Patricia A. Gaughan of the Northern District of Ohio.

According to testimony at trial and court documents, the defendants who pleaded guilty collectively operated a criminal conspiracy from Bucharest, Romania. It began in 2007 with the development of proprietary malware, which they disseminated through malicious emails purporting to be legitimate from such entities as Western Union, Norton AntiVirus and the IRS. When recipients clicked on an attached file, the malware was surreptitiously installed onto their computer.

This malware harvested email addresses from the infected computer, such as from contact lists or email accounts, and then sent malicious emails to these harvested email addresses. The defendants infected and controlled more than 400,000 individual computers, primarily in the United States.

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Malware:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware

Malware (malicious software) is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network. Malware does the damage after it is implanted or introduced in some way into a target's computer and can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. The code is described as computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, and scareware, among other terms. Malware has a malicious intent, acting against the interest of the computer user—and so does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency, which is typically described as a software bug.

Phishing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are identical to the legitimate site.

Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques being used to deceive users. Users are often lured by communications purporting to be from trusted parties such as social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators.

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Avoid Vacation Rental Scams: Interview with Fraud Expert Tammy Sorrento from Fireball Approves

Avoid Vacation Rental Scams: Interview with Fraud Expert Tammy Sorrento from Fireball Approves

April 2, 2019

Avoid Vacation Rental Scams: Interview with Fraud Expert Tammy Sorrento from Fireball Approves

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Tammy Sorrento founded Fireball Approves after she was NEARLY scammed by a Craigslist fraudster advertising a vacation home in Key West, FL. Tammy performed her due-diligence to safeguard her family from falling prey to a scam. Tammy researched the rental property and confirmed she had been in touch with a scammer who was impersonating the actual property owner!

Listen to the podcast to learn how to avoid being scammed by a Vacation Rental fraudster.

Tips to Protect Yourself from a Vacation Rental Scam

1. “I only deal in cash!” The property owner/imposter may ask you to pay in full with cash via a wire transfer like Western Union, MoneyGram, PayPal or mobile app. Do not wire money or send cash to the property owner/imposter. Tracing the wired transfer and/or sending cash is almost impossible.

2. “You better hurry, this property rents fast!” The property owner/imposter may create a sense of urgency pressuring you to make a decision before the “great deal” has expired. Be patient and do not rush into making a quick decision. There are plenty of other vacation rental properties.

3. It sounds too good to be true. The property owner/imposter is advertising a premium property at a ridiculously low rental price and/or is willing to reduce the price “just for you”.

More Information:

Fireball Approves – “Don’t get burned by mis-leading rental ads!”
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Fireball Approves Facebook - 

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Federal Trade Commission – Rental Scams
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams

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What is Synthetic Identity Fraud?

What is Synthetic Identity Fraud?

March 5, 2019

What is Synthetic Identity Fraud?

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Source: ThomsonReuters

Summary: In order to commit SIF or Synthetic Identify Fraud, fraudsters steal legitimate social security numbers from individuals who are not using their credit and/or have not established a credit file with the three credit reporting agencies. Fraudsters build and create synthetic identities by adding bogus addresses, names, and even fake social media accounts. This is when the real "fraud" begins with synthetic identity theft. Download the Podcast for more information!

Topics Discussed:
-Synthetic Identity Fraud/Theft
-How Bad Guy's Create Synthetic Identities
-What You Can Do?

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More Information:
Senate Bill 2155: Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, Consumer Protection Act

Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2155
-Internet Crime Center - File a Complaint
-IC3.gov
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Catch of the Day: FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON FINANCIAL FRAUD AND ATM SKIMMING CONTINUES WITH GUILTY PLEAS

Catch of the Day: FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON FINANCIAL FRAUD AND ATM SKIMMING CONTINUES WITH GUILTY PLEAS

February 4, 2019

Catch of the Day: FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON FINANCIAL FRAUD AND ATM SKIMMING CONTINUES WITH GUILTY PLEAS 

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Source: Secretservice.gov

Summary: Two Brazilian nationals who used bank customers’ account information obtained by an ATM “skimming” device have pled guilty in federal court. Julio Lopez Da Silva, 38, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, while Anderson Santos, 41, pled guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft, in U.S. District Court in Brunswick, said United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine. Da Silva faces sentencing of up to 30 years in prison, while Santos faces a mandatory two-year sentence.

After the men were arrested Dec. 3, 2017 in Savannah, police searched a Port Wentworth hotel where the two were staying and discovered skimming equipment and nearly $20,000 in cash. Download the Podcast for more information!

Topics Discussed:
-ATM Skimming Devices
-How Skimming/Shimming Works
-What You Can Do?

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Breaking News! 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach!

Breaking News! 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach!

January 21, 2019

Breaking News! 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach!

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On Today’s podcast, we'll discuss the latest monster data breach as detailed on Wired.com and discuss various ways to safeguard your identity, your email accounts, and passwords. 

Source: Wired.com

There are breaches, and there are mega breaches, and there’s Equifax. But a newly revealed trove of leaked data tops them all for sheer volume: 772,904,991 unique email addresses, over 21 million unique passwords, all recently posted to a hacking forum.

The data set was first reported by security researcher Troy Hunt, who maintains Have I Been Pwned, a way to search whether your own email or password has been compromised by a breach at any point. (Trick question: It has.) The so-called Collection #1 is the largest breach in Hunt's menagerie, and it’s not particularly close. Download the Podcast for more information!

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Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

December 31, 2018

Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

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Source: Justice.gov

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging numerous individuals from Lagos, Nigeria, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. 

According to the indictment, the defendants, all Nigerian citizens, targeted multiple U.S. corporations with “phishing” e-mails requesting that the companies’ payroll/human resources personnel send IRS Forms W-2, containing employee personal identifying information, for review. They used “spoofed” email addresses, which masked the actual email address, making it appear as if the message was sent from a high-level manager within the victim companies. Numerous companies around the United States were victimized by this sophisticated scheme, including a local Jacksonville-based business.

The defendants, once they obtained the tens of thousands of employee W-2 Forms, used the information to file false federal income tax returns with the IRS claiming millions of dollars in fraudulent refunds. To receive the fraudulent tax refunds generated from the scheme, the defendants used individuals in the United States to accept the proceeds and send the money to Lagos, Nigeria. In many instances, the individuals assisting in the United States were victims of a romance scheme, whereby the defendants developed online relationships using fake social media platforms.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Squad and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Taylor.

Topics Discussed:

  • Email Spoofing
  • CEO Fraud/Phishing
  • Whaling Attacks
  • Romance Fraud

More Information:

  • FBI.gov
  • Internet Crime Center - File a Complaint
  • IC3.gov

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HACKED! My Identity Has Been Stolen - Really!

HACKED! My Identity Has Been Stolen - Really!

December 27, 2018

HACKED! My Identity Has Been Stolen - Really!

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After the Equifax data breach in September 2017, I started a personal journey to protect my identity and take proactive measures to ruin a bad guy's day! I researched and reviewed several identity theft monitoring services, credit monitoring services, and how I could freeze my credit with all three credit bureaus. There are some very simple steps YOU can take right now to protect your identity and stop a bad guy from opening credit in your name and Ruining Your Day.

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Today, Skip discusses how his personal identity was compromised and recently used by criminals to open a line of credit with a large women's clothing retailer. However, through a proactive approach to protect his identity, Skip details the steps he took to stop the fraudsters in their tracks. Now, Skip is awaiting additional information from LifeLock and the retailer so that he can pursue the fraudsters with every means at his disposal. Check out Ruin a Bad Guy's Day: https://www.ruinabadguysday.com

It's time to play offense against the fraudsters and Ruin a Bad Guy's Day!

What can YOU do?

  • Open an Identity Theft Monitoring Account -  LifeLock or Experian
  • Open a Credit Monitoring Account - Credit Karma
  • Freeze Your Credit with All 3 Credit Bureaus

Who should YOU call?

  • Social Security Administrations Fraud Alert Line - 800-269-0271
  • Federal Trade Commission - Report Identity Theft - 877-FTC-HELP

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Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

December 17, 2018

Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

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Thank you for all of your emails and questions about Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing. This week we'll discuss the bombardment of social engineering techniques fraudsters use to lure us into giving away our personal information. We'll also go into greater detail on each of the primary methods currently being used to steal your identity.

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising itself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to click a link, download an attachment and enter personal information at a fake website. From Wikipedia.org

Vishing or Voice phishing is a form of criminal phone fraud, using social engineering over the telephone system to gain access to private personal and financial information for the purpose of financial reward. From Wikipedia.org

Smishing or SMS phishing is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques. Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire personal information such as passwords and details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. SMS phishing uses cell phone text messages to deliver the bait to induce people to divulge their personal information. From Wikipedia.org

 

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Catch of the Day: Credit Card Cloners Stole Thousands - Fraudsters Used Overseas Hackers to Get Card Numbers

Catch of the Day: Credit Card Cloners Stole Thousands - Fraudsters Used Overseas Hackers to Get Card Numbers

December 12, 2018

Catch of the Day: Credit Card Cloners Stole Thousands - Fraudsters Used Overseas Hackers to Get Card Numbers

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Source: FBI.gov

A prolific credit card scammer—who continued his crimes from behind bars—is now serving a lengthy sentence thanks to a multi-agency investigation into his card-cloning operation.

From 2014 to 2016, Syracuse, New York, resident Daquan Rice, 23, and several associates purchased credit card numbers online from hackers in Russia, Pakistan, and Ukraine, who sell the information they steal. Rice also bought credit card numbers from a friend who worked at a Syracuse restaurant who had skimmed numbers from customer credit cards on Rice’s behalf.

Rice had an associate in New York City with a credit card cloning machine, and he would provide the numbers to the person to make new cards for him. Rice and his accomplices then used these cards to buy gift cards, which they would convert into cash or money orders.

How does this happen? Today we discuss how carder networks operate and how carders steal personal information, use credit card cloning devices, and manufacture counterfeit credit cards.

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Breaking News! Marriott Says Up To 500 Million Customers’ Data Stolen In Breach

Breaking News! Marriott Says Up To 500 Million Customers’ Data Stolen In Breach

December 3, 2018

Breaking News! Marriott Says Up To 500 Million Customers' Data Stolen In Breach

Source: NPR.com

Marriott International said Friday that information on up to about 500 million of its customers worldwide was exposed in a breach of its Starwood guest reservation database dating as far back as 2014. The world's largest hotel chain said it learned of the breach on Sept. 8.

The company said the Marriott hotel network was not affected. "The investigation only identified unauthorized access to the separate Starwood network," it said. Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in 2016. For 327 million of the affected guests, the compromised data includes "some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest ("SPG") account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences," the company said.

Today, we'll discuss how the bad guys may attempt to compromise your accounts through deceptive and spear phishing attacks and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of identify theft.

Report Phishing Emails

File a Complaint: FTC.gov/complaint

Forward phishing emails to: spam@uce.gov (FTC.gov site)

Identity Theft Information: Identitytheft.gov

Check to see if your email accounts have been compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com/

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