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Japanese Hunting crew members attacked by killer whales

Scam news was being circulated saying that 16 members of Japanese whaling crew have been killed by killer whale. The report claiming such an incident in world news website appeared to be fictitious. In the crew report claimed stating that after an on-board panic caused by a gas leak on the MV Nisshin Maru, a number of crew members jumped overboard where they were seriously attacked by the killer whales.

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Japan is being reflected in the history of whaling wherein it is being criticized worldly. The news reported in Satire World News Daily Report website. The news depicts an Australian customs boat beside the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru in January 2008.

Before believing through any facts and fictions that comes via social media or emails it’s better to check through various news sources. In recent months the site was responsible for circulating stories which had to be false and fake. Many readers believed that the stories mentioned in this news site were true to their knowledge.

Warning: Don’t be a fool in this April

April fool scamSome email users have lost their money to fake offers that arrived as spam in their inbox. Scammers know cunning techniques very well how to make their claims. Some spam urges you to sign up for a any offers. Other scams invite you to a website to verify personal information, such as social security or credit card numbers. To avoid these types of scams, review these tips:

  • Safeguard your personal information. Share credit card or other private information only when you’re buying from a company you trust.
  • Know who you’re dealing with. Don’t do dealing with any company that won’t give its name, address, and telephone no.
  •  Take your time to complete the offer and the terms; because once you turn over your money, you may never get it back.
  •  Read the fine print. Obtain it in writing and review terms carefully before signing anything or sending payment.
  •  Never pay for a “free” gift. Ignore any offer that asks you to pay for a gift or prize.

Top 10 Scam avoidance Tips

  • If you get a voice mail or message from your credit card company that asks you to call back, only call back using the number listed on the back side of your card. Never call directly to the contact number offered in the message.
  • Sign your credit and debit cards with “See ID.” This will compel you to show your signature sample off your ID.  Some scammer can duplicate your sign on his or her ID.
  • Websites with doubtful content will sometimes inquire your credit or debit card number. Don’t fall in! Unless you are really making a purchase, there is no need to share your credit card information with them.
  • Don’t be destroyed by a phish. Be cautious of any emails from a bank or credit card company asking your account information. Contact the company directly (and not through the unknown email) to confirm the request.
  • Regularly perform periodic privacy checks. On a regular basis, verify your Internet browser and social media site privacy settings to be sure they match your wants. After visiting secure sites, delete the cache of your browser so that no one can view your confidential information.
  • Do not click on any ‘unsubscribe’ links in any unknown email, or reply with an unsubscribe message. Doing both will just confirm that the spammer/scammer is reaching a live address and they will continue to keep you on their contact lists. So, simply delete the email.
  • There are two signs to denote that security while shopping online. One is the “padlock” icon located at the bottom of your browser window, and the other is “https” instead of “http” in the address bar. These will confirm that the page you are shopping is secure.
  •  Avoid common passwords like birthdays, addresses or phone numbers – these are just easy to guess, they’re easy to get with simple searches. Most sites suggested a minimum of eight characters and a mix of numbers, Capital letters, small letters, and symbols.
  • Don’t use repeat passwords for anything involving sensitive personal information. Fraudsters will run compromised email accounts against financial institutions in case there is a repeat that will grant them access.
  • Change your passwords regularly. Many sites require periodic password changes.

Google has Killed 130 Million Scam Ads in 2011

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Still now Online ads are the haven for all scammers, but now Google embarked to kill all those ads from the online. Last August Google ads has the ad for the sales of illegal prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. For that Justice Department prosecuting attorney accused Google’s CEO Larry Page. After this matter, google and other search engines understood the serious of this situation. Suddenly all search engines like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft agreed to block 500 illegal advertisers from their sites. For this Gooogle spends tens of millions of dollars in 2010 alone as well as they employed hundreds of engineers to catch the scam ads.

The google’s senior vice president of engineering fields Mr. Sridhar Ramaswamy told that the Google already blocked above 130 million scam ads. He said that the Google has specially developed detection system to detect the scam ads. Through this detection system Google caught many of the scam ads. However the google never ends the battle against the scam ads.

Latest Internet Scams and How to Avoid Them:

BBB (Better Business Bureau) recently released the list of scams

  •  Job scams:

If you apply a job online through a classified listing on Craigslist, you will hear back from the “employer” and maybe even do a phone interview. Then you’re requested to fill the forms for a credit check or for direct deposit. The BBB says this is the way to capture sensitive personal data like bank account passwords.
To avoid: Utilize your search engine site to search the company. Make sure the company exists and confirm that the person contacting you actually works there.

  • Viral video scams:

While surfing Facebook, Twitter or other social network, you find a lot of contacts. You see a friend just shared a link to a video teasing the latest celebrity news with a attractive title like “Justin Bieber’s secret birthday video, click here to see!” If you click means, you will get a message that you require to update your video software. Then you know, your account’s been hijacked and you are placing the same links to your friends also. And it’s the beginning stage that affects your computer.
To avoid: Don’t click any social networking links having attractive titles even from friends you trust. Instead of clicking the link, right-click and copy the links address and paste directly into browser. Make sure it directs where you expect. If you have any doubt, copy and paste the headline into a search engine and search a trusted copy.

  • Hotel scams:

These types of scams normally through phone call when you’re on vacation. They tell “hotel desk clerk” and ask a apologize and there’s a difficulty with their computer and your credit card isn’t working. So you have to tell your info again. If you give means, your whole account will be hijacked.
To avoid: Don’t give your personal information over the phone. If a problem comes, go to the front office and clear the problems.

  • Prize scams:

Normally you will get “Congratulations! Message” like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is individually emailing you to let you know you just won a $1 million prize. But, there are some taxes you have to pay up front before you can get the money, and you have to fill out some forms with all your personal details.
To avoid: These stupid “contests” have been circulating for years. Nobody’s randomly choosing your name to offer you money. If you claim on making sure, don’t click any links in emails. Instead of that, type the address of the website directly in the browser itself.

  • Mortgage help scams:

You’ve heard about a government plan to aid underwater homeowner’s labor things out with their lenders. So you see it in online. You find a website that request for an up-front fee to negotiate on your behalf, and you give it – only to later find out they never talked to anyone. You’re still underwater, and now you’ve lost valuable time and money.
To avoid: Paste to websites with addresses ending in “.gov” (like MakingHomeAffordable.gov) for more information that doesn’t cost anything up front.

  • Tricky auctions:

You see an online ad like new iPad 3 for a auction you’ve seen everywhere else. So you click on it. Then you end up with an strange auction site where you have to pay $1 per bid.
To avoid: Don’t click out any ads like this.