Yahoo Email Phishing Scam – Account Exceeded Limit.

Account Exceeded Limit

A Yahoo email phishing scam is being sent to our in-boxes again.  The email looks like it comes from Yahoo admin and informs you that you need to upgrade your account as you have exceeded your limit of 30GB or you will not be able to send or receive email.

This is a phishing scam.

 

What is a phishing email

We have seen many of these on social networks lately – there have been phishing scams on Twitter, Hotmail, Facebook, and many more, and the object of the hackers game is to fool you into giving them your personal information, such as username, password and even worse credit card details. These scams don’t always come via Email it can be on instant messages or private messages on various networks. Once you give this information, they have control over your account.

How can we tell its an email scam

As luck would have it – I knew instantly that this was fake basically because I rarely use this account and never save anything there, I’ve probably used 30kb not 30gb;  Another tell-tale sign is that cyber criminals almost never put your name its usually to the account user, this is because the same email has been sent to hundreds of other people. Often the spelling is bad and its usually a threat to scare you into acting right away.

You can easily see that the email is not from Yahoo when you click to upgrade – you will notice that  URL in the address bar its not Yahoo but a website called Livresetsen.be this is where you will be sending the information when you click the link.

Sometimes this URL will be changed to something that looks real. It could be that the link itself could contain malicious software, you may be able to hover your curser over this link to reveal the real one.

The best thing to do if you get anything at all asking for your password via email is first Google it, if you can’t find anything about the scam, then contact company that you believe it is – via their numbers/emails on their website and ask them directly.

What to do if you have been phished

from the Yahoo Security page……

Help! I think I’ve been phished!

If you think you’ve given confidential personal information to a phishing site, then follow these guidelines to help prevent your information from being used illegally by fraudsters. Do not delay — fraudsters can move quickly to take over your account and do substantial damage.

I think my Yahoo! ID was phished!

If you think you entered your Yahoo! ID and password at a phishing site, then follow these steps:

  • Change your Yahoo! password immediately. Here’s how:
    1. Type profiles.yahoo.com in your browser’s Address bar.
    2. Sign into Yahoo!.
    3. Click on the Account Info tab.
    4. Enter your current password.
    5. On the Account Info page, click the Change Password link near the top of the page and follow the instructions.
  • If your password no longer works, tell us so we can start the account recovery process.
  • On the Account Info page, verify the rest of your account information; be sure any contact phone numbers or secondary email addresses are correct.
  • On the Account Info page, go to “Update password-reset info” and change your questions and answers.
  • Report the phishing email or web site that tricked you!

Do not give out your email or password easily – it might not just be an email phishing scam, watch out for anything that asks for personal information – For instance: It could be a popup on your PC that says you have viruses and need to scan your PC thats when they say its going to cost you to remove it.  Links in Pop ups to me are the same as Auto DM’s in twitter with links, avoid like the plague.  Do not click.

Hope this helps – be careful out there 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook Profile Viewer Scam – Who is looking at your timeline?

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Can you see who is looking at your facebook profile

I last wrote about this scam 2 years ago, or a scam just like it – as the above link shows – and still we have not learned our lesson. We are still clicking and sharing these applications.  Who is watching your Profile, who are my Facebook profile visitors, who is looking at your timeline. Someone suggested we are curious, I think we are paranoid. Is my ex looking at what I am saying on Facebook? Does that boy I fancy know I stalk him on facebook? HA, not me!   You know you can block people or set your profile up so that not everyone can view it or even find it.

Facebook Profile Viewer Scam

This latest one appears to be an app called Facebook Profile Viewers, which was shared by a “friend” on Facebook to 45 people that I can see. If he did that on purpose I can only assume that he thought it was real – but I would probably put money on it that he has allowed the application into his account giving it permission to share with all of his Facebook friends.  This is getting very common now, where we have to allow these apps or services permissions we sometimes do it without thinking, click, click – done. ARGH!

I’ve no idea what sort of scam this is probably phishing scam, identity theft or virus, as I’ve not clicked it, and I don’t care – I just know that its not good – its bad!

Okay, yes I agree Facebook aren’t the greatest people for protecting our security, but it would very naughty of them if this application could even possibly be true, because they say this, on Facebook Help

Can people tell that I’ve looked at their timeline? 

No, Facebook does not provide a functionality that enable people to track who is viewing their timeline. Third party applications also cannot provide this functionality. if you come across an application that claims to offer this ability, we encourage you to report it.

who is looking at your timeline

Can I know who is looking at my timeline or how often its being viewed? 

No, Facebook does not provide a functionality that enables you to track who is view your timeline or parts of your timeline, such as photos.

Security Tips –  What you can do to keep your account safe  – Check number 7 – Think before you click or download anything, same here goes for Twitter – You can’t see who is looking at your Twitter profile either.

If you have been caught out by these scammers, hackers or whatever name you like to give them.

Reset your Password.

You can reset your password on the log in page – click – forgot your password.

If you are already logged in

  • Click Home
  • Account settings
  • Edit Password.

Try to choose a password that is a mixture of numbers and letters and punctuation marks.

Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter DM Phishing Scams – Have I been hacked

We see phishing scams all of the time on social networks – there have been phishing scams on TwitterHotmailFacebook, and many more. The object of the hackers game is to fool you into giving them your personal information, such as username, password, and even worse credit card details. These scams might come via Email as we have seen on Yahoo or on instant messages, private messages on various networks, its not hard for them to get control of your account.

Twitter DM Phishing Scams – Have I been hacked

What are these Phishing Scams on Twitter

Direct Messages on Twitter with the subject line as

  • lol u didn’t see them tapping u
  • your in this
  • Hey this person is writing cruel things about you
  • wow your busted in this video
  • fb is offering freee apple ipadds 2
  • Hey this user is writing cruel things about you
  • OMG your in this
  • and more…….

The first thing we notice is, that most of the time, the grammar or the spelling is incorrect   –  Some lately are coming through with a link that looks like it comes from Facebook – so this is fooling even more people than before – I am seeing these posts almost every day.

What happens when you click on a scam link

Normally what happens is that you  appear to be logged out of Twitter and made to log in again – and HEY Presto – the scammers have your details and password – and start sending out DM’s – they are quite clever only doing one every couple of days so it takes a while for you to notice or for someone to complain.

Twitter DM Phishing Scams – Have I been hacked

Have I been hacked

You have only been hacked as you call it,  because you clicked a link like this.

If you have clicked on a link like this, then you need to change your password and just check in your auth to make sure that you haven’t authorised something that shouldn’t be authorised.

How to stop getting Phished by a hacker

Don’t click links that are dmed to you unless you have spoken to the person and they have said they are going to send you a link – there is no reason for anyone to DM links, twitter is about keeping it out in the open.   Especially annoying is those auto DM’s but that’s another story. I just delete all DM’s that I wasn’t expecting to receive, this will hopefully protect me from these scams, but they are getting clever with the Facebook links – whats next!?

Hope this helps

 

Baby Born Web camera Facebook Scam

Over a week has gone since we saw the last Scam on Facebook, this one cunningly applies new ploys to get you to assist in plastering  it all over Facebook, and it seems to be doing the trick.

Baby Born Amazing Effect – Webcamera

This claims to have amazing effects of a big baby being born on video –  On the link is a paused video shot that looks like the start of the birth, you can imagine what its of.

When you click the link it appears to take you to a blogspot.com address. It attempts to open the video but brings up a further message, asking you to like the page before it will play.   Of course clicking this will post the same original message to your friends without further consent or knowledge.

If you have clicked this then go to

Profile – Activities and Interest – Remove Page.

Also, be aware for this old email, aparently doing the rounds again

Email Exceeded Storage Limit Phishing Scam

The email claims that your email account and exceeded it storage limit and tell you to reply with your username and password to increase the storage.
Just delete and ignore.
Please change your password immediately if you did send your information.
Of course you wouldn’t do that would you…
Be safe, hope this helps