Defense Against Crime

02/05/2019

This is Microsoft Tech Support calling….


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I know I’ve written by the Microsoft Technical Support Scam before, but I’m getting these calls almost every week. I’ve seen messages on Next Door from other citizens.  So here is the gist of the call. (and you can probably find some of these calls on YouTube)

The phone rings you received an automated message from what is being claimed as being from Microsoft support claiming that they have noticed an issue with your computer and they want you to talk to a support specialist to help you resolve the issue.

The scammers will tell you that your computer is running slowly because of viruses or other issues. They will instruct you to look at things that are PERFECTLY NORMAL like red x’s in the event log. and tell you that your computer has major issues and that your support has expired and you need an additional piece of software – at a cost, of course.

I always tell them I’m running an Encom 511 running the lasted Orax Operating System. After a pause, this usually ends the call.  But I know next week they will call again.

I’ll stop here.  Think about this!  When you purchase a car, say a Toyota, does Toyota call you and tell you that they have noticed a defect in your car?  NO.   Now If there is a massive defect in your model car, they will notify by mail and tell you to take it to a dealership to fix, but as of this writing dealerships and manufacturers, don’t monitor your car.  

If you are running a Microsoft product and register that product with Microsoft if there are fixes to be made the software can update itself.  Microsoft pushing out operation system or software patches, and updates on a regular schedule. You also have the option to go into the Windows Control Panels and check for and install updates.  If you are on their mailing list they send an e-mail of what the patches and updates are.  You have to initiate this, Microsoft doesn’t.

Just like when you have car issues, your car has all these indicators that tell you there is an issue.  If you have computer issues, your computer will tell you.  In both cases, you will take them to a shop to get the issue resolved unless you know how to do it yourself.

If your car manufacturer called you and told you they have been monitoring your car and you have a problem, wouldn’t you be suspicious? Right?

Scammers have two weapons, fear, and ignorance.  They use one or both to get stuff some you.  However, if you are armed with the knowledge you can defend yourself.  This is how must crime is dealt with.

MICROSOFT IS NOT MONOTORING YOUR COMPUTER. The NSA maybe, but Microsoft isn’t.
The latest Microsoft Operating System has firewall software and other protection measures.  You should also should buy a good security suite from a reputable company like ZoneAlarm or MacAfee.

REMEMBER THESE RULES WHEN YOU GET A CALL.

  1. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM!
  2. DO NOT TRUST THEM!
  3. DO NOT BUY THEIR SERVICE!
  4. DO NOT INSTALL THEIR SOFTWARE.!

 

Reporting tech support scams

Help Microsoft stop scammers, whether they claim to be from Microsoft or from another tech company, by reporting tech support scams here: www.microsoft.com/reportascam

To report an unsafe website directly to Microsoft, fill out a Report an unsafe site form. You can also report unsafe websites in Microsoft Edge by selecting Settings and More  > Help and Feedback > Send feedback when you encounter something suspicious.

For urgent situations, use one of the following options:

Microsoft Support
Global Customer Service

 

How to protect against tech support scams – Quiz

  1. Will ever Microsoft call you or e-mail you about issues with your computer Operating system or computer?
  2. Will Microsoft request your personal or financial information?
  3. Should you ever call the number in an e-mail that claims to be from Microsoft?
  4. Should You purchase software from a stranger over the phone that called you, and install it on your computer?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, you have failed!

 

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In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

18/02/2019

Telephone Scam Alert


040513_0112_BewareofDel1.jpgThere are variations on this telephone scam…so be careful and be wise.

Calls are being received from a caller who informs the victim a loved one or family member has been in an accident.

The caller often asks leading questions, which in turn is causing the victims to provide the names or locations of their family members.  Then, they tell the victim they are holding the loved one or family member hostage until they receive payment. The scenario varies from call to call and occasionally includes threats to harm the family member or a statement about the caller’s brother being there with the brother being a “fugitive” who is angry.

The callers demand the victim wire money for the safe release of their family member. The request is usually between $500 – $1000, but has varied. Some demands have been much higher in certain areas. It appears the calls are not coming from the local area. It is also unknown at this time how the victim’s phone numbers are being obtained.

If you receive such a telephone call, please confirm the safety of your family member and contact your local police agency

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.

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.

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