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Beware New Banking Scams

The American Bankers Association has issued a new warning to highlight increases in phishing scams linked to consumer bank accounts.

According to the ABA, phishing schemes that aim to gather credit and debit details from consumers are on the rise. The crux of most scams: Misinforming consumers about closure of or trouble with their bank accounts, a lure to consumer replies from the socially engineered scam.
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Google Sues "Google Money" Scam Artists

Fresh from the official Google blog, we have news that Google is taking a group of online scammers to court.

We've all seen the ads: "Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!" "Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!" Finally, the search giant has announced it's going to do something to protect its trademark and help spare a few suckers from getting scalped. Google is suing Pacific WebWorks and a rash of unnamed defendants.

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Google Sues "Google Money" Scam Artists

Fresh from the official Google blog, we have news that Google is taking a group of online scammers to court. We've all seen the ads: "Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!" "Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!" Finally, the search giant has announced it's going to do something to protect its trademark and help spare a few suckers from getting scalped.
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Some scareware scammers building botnets, too

Symantec has uncovered yet more evidence underscoring the rapid advance of scareware - and the increasing guile of its purveyors.

Symantec virus researchers have now confirmed that at least one group of cybercrooks spreading tainted Web links that cause promotions for worthless anti-virus protection to overrun your PC are going a step further. They are also pulling all infected PCs into the "cosma" botnet.

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Phishing using scary bait

Job offers in phishing e-mail are designed to trick users into revealing confidential personally identifiable information (PII); they may also be hoping to fool victims into sending criminals some money. PhishBucket's article dated Oct. 12, 2008 and entitled "The Two Things Job Phishers Want from You" summarizes the techniques used by phishing criminals.
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Phishers Get More Wily as Cybercrime Grows

Phishing scams have grown up from the unsophisticated swindles of the past in which fake Nigerian princes e-mailed victims, who would get a big windfall if they just provide their bank account number.

Even as authorities try to stamp out that con and other e-mail and online scams, scammers are getting more wily and finding new loopholes to exploit.

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Phising increased 40 percent in 2008

The percentage of people losing money to phishing attacks is higher than ever -- five million consumers in the United States fell victim during 2008, an increase of 40 percent over 2007, according to a new report from Gartner.

"You can't relax," Avivah Litan, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner and author of the report, told SCMagazineUS.com Wednesday. "You have to assume phishing emails are getting through. They are."

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