Defense Against Crime

21/08/2018

Microsoft Tech Support Refund Scam


I just received a robotic voice call claiming to be from Microsoft Support Refund Department. They said they were closing and wanted me to call them back at 888-376-4805.
This was so that I could get my refund. (I never paid for MS Support)

This is obviously a scam… most companies that owe me a refund..just mail me a check.

This is the link to the Microsoft site about this

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-s

 

 

 

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25/07/2018

Porn Site Phishing Scam

Filed under: Cyber Crimes,Phishing,SCAM ALERT — peppereyes @ 9:19 AM
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We have seen instances of a new (recycled) phishing campaign claiming to have hacked into your computer and possessing a video of it.Surprised business man with computer

of you watching video on adult sites. Now they want to share this will all your friends on social media.

This is how the scam goes: A criminal reaches out to you via email and purports to have hacked your computer and gotten access to your webcam, where they recorded videos of you watching pornography. The email also contains a real password you’ve used in the past, one revealed in one of the many data breaches that have occurred over the last several years from many sites like Equifax,eBay, Home Depot, Yahoo, Target, Adobe, Heartland Payment, JP Morgan, Adult Frind finder, in an attempt to lend credence to the scammer’s claim. The criminal then threatens to expose the victim to everyone in their contacts within 24 hours if a Bitcoin ransom is not paid.

Here is an example of one of the emails [grammatical errors left intact]:

Good Morning my friend. I represent the group of web criminals in Iran. I use this mail address because we think that you will check it. Few times ago my team put the virus on web-site with porn and as far as you clicked on a play button your system started shooting your screen and activating camera to capture you self-abusing. Eventually I mean you understand what compromising evidence Ive earned. Moreover, this software made your device act as dedicated server with plenty of functions like keylogger, parser etc. To sum up, my software picked all data, especially all your contacts from messengers, e-mails, social networks. If you wanna make me silent you must make a transaction of 260 dollars with bitcoin. 1K2auXQEKz7Ro8cRa2xr3bAPV2n6KT5vi1 You must use it as usual credit card number. If you send bitcoins nobody will see your shame. Watch youtube manuals about methods of buing BTC… I can offer you this exchanger: localbitoins.com.  If you have a problem with this, you can search comfortable ATM for bitcoin at coin atm radar. I give you no more than twenty four hours since you read our message to pay. You can complain cops, but they can not find us I use bot network, and of course we live abroad. If you want us to show proofs we will share it to seven mates from your data after that you will be given their contacts. So you will ask them if something strange was received about you. For some questions just reply. Dont be fullish, AmAZinGcRackeR$.

Don’t fall for this scam…….

  • Remember:
    Don’t open suspicious emails, click links contained in such emails, or post sensitive information online, and never provide usernames, passwords, or personal information in answer to any unsolicited request. Hover over a link with your mouse to verify the destination prior to clicking on the link.
  • Don’t click on links in emails that are suspicious. Instead, type the name of the company into your web browser and see if you can vet the sender. If they’re legit, contact them via customer service.
  • Get creative when it comes to passwords. Strong passwords should be largely indecipherable to other people. The FTC says this: “Substitute numbers for some words or letters. The Books like the Bible have a great resource to create passwords as it has over 31,173 verses you can use. You can use Bible verses to create passwords like Joshua24I5$, 54Isa1ah17* ,Pr0v3rbs9_8%, J8hn316*STOP –And for God’s sake if you are watching internet porn you may have a porn addition…GET HELP!

Phishing is one of the most common ways that hackers and cyber thieves use to get your password. It was how Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee and many big businesses — using sophisticated attacks to target people and trick them into giving up their passwords. However, these attacks are not just reserved for politicians or big business, they will target you.

They can pop up during tax season and natural disaster, in coordinated attempts to get everyday people to type in their passwords on an imposter website. Security keys add an extra level of protection because even if hackers were successful in stealing your password through phishing, they wouldn’t be able to grab your security key. Security keys would also be able to warn you if you were visiting a phishing website.

 

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for self-protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. Victor Swindell of PepperEyes.com is a division of Onyx Knight Enterprises.

 

16/07/2018

How to Spot Phishing E-mail!


I was looking in my Hotmail account today and saw this e-mail. It was obvious to me that

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Beware the mail in your in-box

it was fake, but you may not be sure when you get these type of e-mails.  These types of e-mail only purpose is to get your information.

  1. The first tell-tale sign is I don’t have a USAA account.
  2. Look at the email it ends in ‘.de’ which mean it came from Germany.
  3. Companies use their own company name in their e-mail. for example, if the e-mail came from ‘bankofamerica’, then the e-mail would come from bankofamerica.com
  4. It is addressed to DEAR CUSTOMER, not to me specifically.  A company doing business with me knows my name.  When my insurance company email’s me. It has my name.
  5. It creates a sense of urgency. One of the best ways to get customer’s information is to create a sense of urgency, that if you don’t ‘act now’ something bad will happen.
  6. They always want you to click their link.  If you remember what hover your mouse over a link it will show you in the bottom left side of your computer window..where the link is going.  Once again it’s not going to USAA..it’s going to Germany.

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What you can do

  1.  DELETE IT – and mark it as spam.
  2. If you do have an account at the institution this is from.  Go to your web browser and type in the URL of the company and log in.  DO NOT USE THE LINK IN THE E-MAIL.  and make sure all is OK with your account.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

21/06/2018

A New PayPal Scam ..


A few minutes ago I opened my e-mail and saw this notice that appeared to have come from PayPal.

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My first thought was …so what I don’t purchase from the EU anyway. My Second thought was this is obviously a new phishing scam.

How can I tell it’s a SCAM.
It starts with Dear,    <NO NAME> …Paypal knows my name.

Even though it instructs me to log into my PayPal account, it conveniently provided a link for me. However, my reader knows how to check if a link is valid.  Simply hover your mouse pointer over the link at look at what appears in the lower left corner of the screen. The link is not PayPal. So obviously they want to get my PayPal credentials..

What Should I Do?

  1. DELETE THE E_MAIL!
  2. The best way to handle a situation like this is to visit the PayPal website directly. Don’t click a link in an email message, even if you’re certain it really did come from PayPal. If you go to the paypal.com website and sign in to your account, you’ll be able to see any issues that might be affecting your account.
  3. To secure your PayPal Account, Just head to the settings page on PayPal and click the notifications link. While you’re there, you should enable two-factor authentication if you haven’t.

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

05/04/2018

The IRS Scam Continues


I’ve written about this before on this blog.  This scam is alive and well. In fact just this TpyHkgJweek, I’ve received two calls this week.  One of them was from Canada, one from New York! It used to be that the call was from someone with a thick foreign dialect calling from New Mexico, and other places…now it’s a digital recording ..still using broken English.  They claim to be the Investigative Team of IRS, and assert there is a legal matter against me, and If I don’t call the local law enforcement is going to pick me up. It’s still so obvious to me that it’s a scam.  However, our goal is to warn you!

Numbers they have called from:
(If you have others ..let me know ..I’m keeping a running list as I get them)

  • (607) 542-3079             (646) 396-7418
  • (914) 401-5565             (607) 542-3893
  • (914) 401-5965             (607) 542-4652
  • (914) 512-5975             (518) 615-7980
  • (631) 604-0694             (929) 800-2683

So after many years of reporting, why are they still doing it.  Obviously many people are still falling for it. It’s phishing, with using fear as bait, to get someone to bite

You can go to the IRS Web Site to verify what I’m about to inform you about. (https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing)

Also, See https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/scam-calls-and-emails-using-irs-as-bait-persist

The real IRS will NOT:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment.
  • The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail. (this includes Robo Calls)
  • Demand tax payment and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, demand that you pay with a prepaid debit card. (using Green Dot, money grams or other).
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other agencies to arrest you without paying.
  • Threaten you with a lawsuit. (They will serve you first)

If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident.
  • You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your report.

If you think you may owe taxes:

  • Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number. (go to IRS.gov to call a local office)
  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.

In most cases, an IRS phishing scam is an unsolicited, bogus email that claims to come from the IRS. They often use fake refunds, phony tax bills, or threats of an audit. Some emails link to sham websites that look real.  The scammers’ goal is to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. If they get what they’re after, they use it to steal a victim’s money and their identity.

If you get a ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:

  • Don’t reply to the message.
  • Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
  • Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Then delete it.
  • Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.

More information on how to report phishing or phone scams is available on IRS.gov.

What happens when you call

One day I decided to play along and called one of the numbers.  I, of course, pretended to be someone else.  If they can pretend to be the IRS, I can be someone else. You get connected to some type of call center, as there are LOTS of people on the phone … scamming people.  I got connected to a person who identified themselves as Agent Eva Green (foreign accent).  Badge # PP35759  and my case number assigned is U8CIA69Q04.  Apparently, I have made mistakes on my 2011-2016 Tax forms and according to section 101 (If you look it up its discusses death benefits..but I most people won’t look this up) – I owed $7,500 which included all kinds of fines, fees…etc.  Since there was sooo much noise I told her that I could not hear her…and really you can’t with all the noise.  So I was transferred to another person speaking with a foreign accent, he called himself Mike Olson Badge GS26052.  He wanted to verify my ID…I gave him my fake persona (I think I covered this in one of my posts).  He said the ID verified (Oh really?).  He said that I owed $3,424 which included the fees etc.  Notice how the amounts did not match.  Anyway, under section 101- they had the ability to have the local police come to arrest me, take me to Washington DC, cancel my driver’s license, take the money from my bank account, suspend my social security and other things.  I had two options to settle this in court or out of court and of course, had to hire a lawyer.  I told him I was a lawyer.  (If he can claim to be an IRS Agent, I can be a lawyer).  He said he would see me in court and hung up.

So if you get these calls…and have the time… have fun. Next time I’m gonna be politician.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. by Victor Swindell

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