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Skype 411 Scams Be Wary

I think by now most of us that are using the internet for some time, know about the Nigerian 411 Scams. You know the ones that involve a fictitious lawyer sending you an email saying they are representing a fallen African dictator who has $10 million in their briefcase and they want to send it to you as long as you send your bank details to them etc. They then proceed to clean your account via identity theft.

Well today I just received some thing new but familar and along the lines of the above.

Its a skype invite from someone claiming to represent skype and that I have won 1,000,000 GBP.

Below is a screenshot of my skype console and whats noticeable about this scam message, apart from the fact that its too good to be true, is that a free live.com account is being used rather than a skype account which is a clear indication of a scammer.

So, if you see such requests, then simply block the request and also report it.

Never ever give your personal details to strangers, they will find a way to fleece you dry.

Bank Acquisitions and Phishing Scams

There are public reports of phishing scams related to recent bank acquisitions. Due to an increase in this activity, we would like to remind users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited email that could be a potential phishing scam.

Phishing scams may appear as requests for users to verify personal and bank account information, enroll in additional bank services, or activate new security features.

The email messages may contain a link that, when clicked, will take the user to a fraudulent web site that appears to be a legitimate bank web site.

The users may be asked to provide personal information or that can further expose them to future compromises.

Additionally, these fraudulent web sites may contain malicious code.

Users are encouraged to take the following measures to protect themselves from phishing scams:

– Do not follow unsolicited web links received in email messages.

– Install anti-virus software, and keep its virus signature files up-to-date.

– Avoid Social Engineering Techniques as described here