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I received the first “nigerian scam” on XING

As a premiere, I received the first Nigerian Scam on XING. It is quite common to receive such requests on LinkedIn, but for me it is the first time on XING. This is the text: Hello Sorin Mustaca, I have partners who I front for to assist source for a foreign partner who could be of help to receive fund for the purpose of various viable investment abroad on their behalf, they are all still in service and want anonymity to protect their reputation in service.I will furnish you with their mode of operations after receiving your readiness. Regards, Dr….


How clever social engineering can overcome two-factor authentication… or not?

If you have a Google account you must have two-factor authentication enabled in order to prevent anyone to use your account by just having your username and password. If you don’t know how to do that, check my free eBook here. 2FA requires something that you know (username and password) and something that you have (smartphone) in order to allow access to your account.Unless somebody gets all of them, they simply can’t steal your account. Until now… Alex MacCaw has published screenshots from a new scam appeared that is targeting Google users who have two-factor authentication enabled (2FA). It works like this:…


What is this Google Trader?

Short story: It is a waste of time and money, possibly even a scam!   Long story: There are lots of ways to lose your money in this world, but here’s one I never thought before: binary option Web sites. But, what the hack is “binary option trading”? Don’t need to read all. I marked with Red and Bold what are the most critical parts. 🙂 From Wikipedia: A binary option is a financial option in which the payoff is either some fixed monetary amount or nothing at all. While binary options are used in a theoretical framework as the building…


Phishing on a different level: IRS Scam

IRS(Internal Revenue Service) is the official authority in the USA to collect taxes. “Why would someone phish them?”, you may ask.   That’s why:(see red area below).   In the form they ask you to have access to your bank account. They have all needed proves to substitute you: address, tax payer ID and many others. This way they can pay with your bank account when they pretend to be you. Solution: Never answer such requests per email. Erase the email immediately.    


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How do you react if you receive an email with subject “Your file has been uploaded”?

A spam campaign sending emails from an “Auto ImageService” with the subject “Your file has been uploaded” is making its round on the Internet. The content of the email (see below) is very simple and advertises a link to a photo taken with a digital camera (DCIM stands for Digital Camera IMages) which was allegedly uploaded to some online image service. And now to my question: How do you react if you see such an email in your Inbox ?     I guess, most people would think: “What file? Oh, a photo? Hmm…” And here it goes: – You know…





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