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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | We Phish You a Very Merry Christmas and a Fraudulent New Year

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The holiday season is kicking into full gear, and so is the annual holiday cybercrime surge. As gift givers scour the web to seek out the best deals, cybercrooks put in extra work to profit off of the holiday shopping frenzy. Cybersecurity researchers report that this […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

New #tax scam #targeting preparers #tricks #clients with #fraudulent #returns

When tax preparer Annette Kraft in Duncan, Oklahoma, checked the status of her clients’ tax returns in January, she was surprised to find all of them had been rejected.

“The code was 902-01,” she said. “That means someone else has already filed a tax return.”

It turns out her clients were victims of a new tax scam intended to cheat them out of their refunds. The criminals get their hands on returns from previous years, then use that information to file new fraudulent returns on unsuspecting victims. After the refund goes into the victim’s bank account, the crooks, posing as debt collectors for the IRS, follow up with a phone call claiming the refund was an error, then directing them to a fraudulent website to return the money.

“I had about $9,015 more than I anticipated,” said Duncan police officer David Woods.

He discovered that supposed refund one day as he checked his bank balance, but it didn’t make sense because he hadn’t filed his taxes yet.

“I didn’t get my W-2 to file my taxes,” Woods said.

He returned the money to the government, but now the IRS says his real refund of $3,000 will be delayed, possibly for months. He’s not alone.

At the local tire shop, 49-year-old Jerry Duvall told us his $5,800 return is more than two months late.

“We planned on taking care of expenses, getting caught up on bills and we counted on it,” Duvall said.

He missed a $200 car payment, and on the very day we spoke with him, he told us his car was getting repossessed.

At least 230 of Kraft’s clients have been hit and face months of delays. Taxpayers like 91-year-old Ray Prothro found out about the scam from the IRS while we were there.

“They ought to go to jail,” Prothro said.

It’s not just one tax preparer in Duncan. There may be as many as 100 tax preparers across the country affected by this scam. Those are just the ones that they know of, so the real number could be tens of thousands of taxpayers.

IRS agents showed us where criminals buy those tax returns on the dark web. One seller offered an example: A Midwestern couple’s full 2016 tax return.

As for Kraft, she says the scam has turned her business upside down.

“My clients are more like a family,” Kraft said. “I want them to know that they can trust me, that I can trust them, it hurts.”

Although the IRS says preparers are the ones being hacked, Kraft’s own experts told her she was not hacked. But the IRS says there are a variety of ways for hackers to break in and steal information.

If you see an unexpected refund pop into your account, call your bank and the IRS, and get the money sent back to the Treasury. If you keep money you’re not entitled to, the IRS will require you pay it back.

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A new #Facebook #security feature reveals #fraudulent #Facebook-like #mails

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A new Facebook security feature protects users from identity theft, the tech giant is taking note of every email it has “recently” sent to its users.

Facebook has rolled out a new security feature to protect users from identity theft, the tech giant is taking note of every email it has “recently” sent to its users.

The full list of email sent by Facebook is available under the Settings menu on the social network platform.

Facebook users that will receive a message allegedly sent by the social network giant can check its authenticity by viewing the new “See recent emails from Facebook” section at the bottom of the Security and Login page.

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If the message is not included in the list it is fraudulent and must be discarded.

“Facebookmail.com is a common domain that Facebook uses to send notifications when we detect an attempt to log in to your account or change a password. If you’re unsure if an email you received was from Facebook, you can check its legitimacy by visiting facebook.com/settings to view a list of security-related emails that have been recently sent.” states the announcement published by Facebook. 

Even if threat actors are able to disguise emails, to make them look like official messages sent by Facebook, the new Facebook security feature will help users to identify phishing attacks.

Crooks use phishing attacks to obtain victim’s credentials, access their profile, and perform a wide range of fraudulent activities.

Compromised accounts could be used to send out phishing messages or to spread malware.

Users that will discover email scam pretending to be sent from the Facebook platform can report it to phish@facebook.com.

If your account has been compromised due to a phishing attempt, visit facebook.com/hacked.

“If you’ve checked this tool and determined that an email you received is fake, we encourage you to report it to phish@facebook.com, and if you believe your account has been compromised due to a phishing attempt, you may attempt to regain access to your account at: facebook.com/hacked. ” concludes Facebook.

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Pizza Hut hack: Thousands of customers’ data stolen as users report fraudulent card transactions

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Pizza Hut hack: Thousands of customers’ data stolen as users report fraudulent card transactions

Hackers hit Pizza Hut earlier in October and reportedly stole customers’ financial information. Pizza Hut said that its website was hacked and some of its customers who used the fast food chain’s website and app were affected by the breach.

Although Pizza Hut reportedly sent out emails notifying its customers of the breach, the alerts came two weeks after the company’s website was hacked. Some users took to Twitter to complain about the delayed notification. Some customers also reported fraudulent card transactions, which they suspect may have occurred due to the Pizza Hut hack.

“Pizza Hut has recently identified a temporary security intrusion that occurred on our website. We have learned that the information of some customers who visited our website or mobile application during an approximately 28-hour period (from the morning of October 1, 2017, through midday on October 2, 2017) and subsequently placed an order may have been compromised,” the company said in an email sent to affected customers, Bleeping Computer reported.

“Pizza Hut identified the security intrusion quickly and took immediate action to halt it,” the fast food chain added. “The security intrusion at issue impacted a small percentage of our customers and we estimate that less than one percent of the visits to our website over the course of the relevant week were affected.”

It is still unclear as to how many users may have been affected by the breach and whether the hackers were able to get their hands on any corporate data. IBTimes UK has reached out to Pizza Hut for further clarity on the incident and will update this article in the event of a response.

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Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Get Fraudulent Tax Refunds

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to a scheme that used stolen identities to collect fraudulent tax refunds. The U.S. Justice Department said 45-year-old Furvio Flete-Garcia, of Lawrence, admitted guilt during his trial Thursday and is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Sept. 25. Authorities…

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PayPal Phishing Scam News: Fraudulent Scheme Redirects Users to Obtain Personal Information, Photo

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PayPal Phishing Scam News: Fraudulent Scheme Redirects Users to Obtain Personal Information, Photo

This phishing scam reportedly involves the redirection of PayPal users to a different website (hxxps://hellopc[.]co[.]nz/wp-includes/random_compat/error_polyfil.php) that will present a false login page. According to PhishMe, the page will only appear legitimate but is actually a fraudulent scheme. Once PayPal users input their details, the hackers are able to obtain their…

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Stolen Identity, Stolen Faith: A Chicagoan’s Fight With Feds Over Fraudulent Student Loans

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Six years after an identity thief stole her personal information to open fraudulent student loans, Chicagoan Marisol Vargas-Sierra said she was still …

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SWIFT’s New Plan To Stop Fraudulent Transfers Faster

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

SWIFT’s New Plan To Stop Fraudulent Transfers Faster

Daily reports to clients will soon be part of the SWIFT inter-bank messaging system — as the international payments network is working double-time to ensure their client-members are able to spot unauthorized payments as quickly as possible. These changes come

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Suspects used fraudulent credit cards at three Rock Hill stores

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Suspects used fraudulent credit cards at three Rock Hill stores

Three New York City residents were jailed onCREDIT CARD FRAUDcharges after they used fraudulent cards to purchase more than $2,000 in merchandise, according to Rock Hill Police. Shakera Louise Brown, 24, of Staten Island, 24-year-old Jewel Wilson of Brooklyn and 24-year-old Lashawn Ray Wilkerson, also of Brooklyn, were each charged with six counts ofFINANCIAL transaction card fraud, six counts of identity theft and five counts of conspiracy, according to jail records. All three remained in the York County Detention Center on Monday under $255,000 bond each. Officers responded to Best Buy on Chamberside Drive Friday after three people tried to use fraudulent cards to purchase merchandise andA GIFT CARD, according to a police report. The suspects fled in a black Nissan Altima that officers pulled over as it tried to leave the parking lot. The driver, Wilkerson, was “nervous and shaking,” police said. The vehicle was a rental; however, neither aRENTAL AGREEMENT nor the person who rented the vehicle were inside the car. Officers found four fraudulent credit cards in Brown’s phone case inside the car, police said. They found another fraudulent card and a list ofCREDIT CARD NUMBERS in Brown’s purse. A Best Buy employee told police Wilkerson was […]

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