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U.S. Carriers Scams Fixing FTC Mobile Cramming

Most consumers aren’t looking at third-party charges, mobile cramming. It gives consumers blocking over all third-party charges on their phone accounts, avoiding deceptive advertisements for products or services billed to mobile accounts. It seems that the full cost of mobile cramming to consumers is unknown.

Mobile-Cramming

Third party platform is itself an insecure platform in several ways for e.g. any website requesting phone numbers from customers during registration may lead to mobile cramming. Lots of messages stating SMS subscription through offers used to be scammed by millions of people.

Breyault vice president filed a complaint against mobile service provider T-Mobile USA stating that the company makes hundreds of millions of dollars through premium. As technology keeps changing and mobile fraudsters move on to new territories. “It seems to be a game of whack-a-mole”.

Security Issues Related to Spam mails and Updates

Spammers collect e-mail addresses from customer lists, websites, newsgroups, chat rooms and viruses which gather users’ address books, and are sold to other spammers.

There are some of the scam related issues:

  • Unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE)
  • Unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE)
  • 419 Scams
  • Phishing

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Whenever new security updates are issued, we provide access to these so that we can update software to provide better security on computer. Use free scam checker tools to keep your scam emails out of your inbox. Lots of junk mail is sent to different recipients.

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks, the Silicon Valley-based security firm, have been tracking a series of cyber attacks affecting clients based in Taiwan and South Korea. Once clicked on the attachment victims download the malicious tools on their devices.

Do not respond to respond to emails asking for accounts, password, banking and credit card information.Make sure you have password on your computer and files. Do not respond to text messages or voicemails that ask you to call a number.

Three methods to avoid whenever you receive an email:

·         Spoofed email address

·         Fake link

·         Forged Website

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.

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.

How to overcome Online scams?

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Scammers are thinking more technically to beat up all the security and creating new traps and scams. According to “Australian Consumer Fraud Task-force” Survey in 2009 statistics, the incidents of adware, spyware were decreased and password stealing software was increased up to 154 percent.

The following tips can assist you, how to stay safe and be cautious on online:

1. Utilize anti-virus software:
Be aware of Malware, Trojans, backdoors, because it is the spyware to notify your events. If you don’t know about the latest anti-virus software, just click the update button and keep the anti-virus software up-to-date.  Malware is the unwanted malicious software in the computer and it normally comes via email or any attachments. If you detect any, just delete it immediately. Don’t click on any attachments unnecessarily.

2. Avoid shared systems:
Avoid using common computers like internet café to access very confidential and individual information. Because, public computers may have malwares, that can follow you every events such as online banking.

3. Log-out your accounts after use:
Don’t forget to sign-out after the usage of internet banking, social media services on computers or mobiles.

4. Don’t respond emails asking about your financial details:
If any email asks regarding your financial or individual information, don’t respond any of that. It is called phishing. It looks like legitimate one, no banks send you to mails asking your details and don’t click any of the links on your email, always type the details directly into your browser. Even it looks like legitimate, it automatically redirect into illegitimate sites.

5. Block pop-ups:
Disable pop-ups on your browser. The Spyware records your keystrokes such as personal information and confidential passwords. It is often installed via pop-ups.

6.Try to make complex passwords:
Don’t make passwords easily regarding your personal information such as birth dates, names, etc… and change your passwords regularly.

7. Avoid untrusted applications:
Always use the applications from the official stores or sites, because they may steal your information’s.