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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | What Kind Of Phone Calls And Messages Can Steal Your Money

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Phone calls need not always be the bearer of good news. In its recent report, a telecommunication firm said that around 44.6% of the phone calls made in 2019 were made by the scammers, and the numbers will rise up further in 2020.

Incidents of cyber crimes and phone scams are so frequent these days that the next phone call you are about to receive- might be a call from a scammer trying to steal your money.

Before you get up and receive your ringing phone, you might want to read this list of the most common type of phone call scammers that can put you at risk. Who knows maybe a little bit of awareness can save you from being scammed?

1. “Your ATM card has been blocked”

People often receive phone calls
from scammers impersonating bankers. To rattle you off and to show you that
they are ‘real’, they might even tell you your ATM card
number and the expiration date. While they have all that information with them,
they try to get you scared by telling you that the bank is blocking your ATM
card or even credit card for some discrepancies in your account. They say that
they can make it all go away and need to access your account for that, and so
they ask for your card’s PIN.

Do not share your PIN as it will actually give them access to your bank account, more than you would like, letting them withdraw all the money from your account.

2. “Send us the OTP to let us bank transfer your cash reward”

If asking your bank account details
directly wasn’t enough, they try to tempt you with attractive offers. Scammers
make phone calls saying that you have won a competition or a lottery; you might
not remember participating in. They say that you have won a huge sum of money
and/or a holiday in your dream destination.

For that, they need your bank
account number and ATM PIN so that they can transfer the sum directly to your
bank account.

While the reward might look tempting enough and the caller might seem trustworthy, these callers are most likely to withdraw all your hard-earned money instead of giving you a ‘reward’.


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3. “This is Techsupport, we want to help you”

With developing IT cells of the scammers, they often pose as tech support as well. They pose as IT guys from tech companies helping you get rid of your computer virus. They start by asking you to download software that helps you share your computer with them and gives them remote control access to your computer as well.

While you see them ‘helping’ you,
they are quite likely to be downloading all your personal information in the
background. Sometimes they often hold all your computer data ‘hostage’ and
threaten to give it back to you only if you pay a certain sum of money.

4. “Please confirm your Aadhar Card number”

This important identity card of
Indian citizen holds all of their key information. Along with the name, birth
date, family details, it has their bank account details, PAN card details and
many more. To gain access to all that information, bank account details and
more, scammers often come up with various schemes, that ends with them asking
for your Aadhar card number.

Please do not share that your Aadhar card details with anyone as your personal information can be misused.

5. “Click the link to spend time with this lovely lady”

We all receive such enticing emails
and messages that promise company to lonely souls. Although you’re intelligent enough
to spot the red alert in the message and understand it to be a scam, you might
receive some other messages and emails that can tempt you. Whatever it may seem
DO NOT click on the links that follow the ad mails and messages.

These links mostly take you to a homepage that gives the hackers access to your computer, and hence, your personal information and data.

As the number of scammers increase
in number with every passing year, they often come up with new ways to trick
you. Banks never call you asking for your bank details as they already have it
themselves. 

Do not disclose them to a ‘banker’ over the phone, as they are mostly a fraud impersonating a banker. If you feel your bank account details are at risk, do not hesitate on visiting your bank and talking to the bank manager, or even reporting a complaint to the police.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Qatar- MoI warns against falling victim to scams and fake messages

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans (MENAFN – The Peninsula) Doha: In a bid to safeguard people from a mounting threat of cybercrime, especially phishing, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has launched an awareness campaign to educate masses on potential ways and tools used by fraudsters. The MoI, in an ongoing campaign, […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate – Financing the transformation of food systems under a changing climate: key messages – World

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Citation

Millan A. 2019. Financing the transformation of food systems under a changing climate: key messages. Wageningen, the Netherlands: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

**Permanent link to cite or share this item: **https://hdl.handle.net/10568/105874

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The global food system will need to produce food more efficiently and sustainably to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meet the 2°C climate commitments of the Paris Agreement. As climate change affects food systems, governments, food and agriculture companies, and public and private investors need to better identify and address the numerous climate- related risks they face. This can also be an inflection point to take advantage of new investment opportunities that the transformation to low-carbon and resilient food systems presents. Climate-smart investments to transform food systems, however, are not yet at scale. This will require addressing core market failures to unlocking private sector financing from food and agriculture companies, domestic and international financial institutions, and specialized investors. Whilst this paper highlights the clear need and role for the former, it explores in greater depth innovative strategies to address the core market failures of the latter: 1) lack of deep pipeline of bankable projects, today; 2) high investment risk and lack of primary data/information asymmetries; and 3) lack of intermediation to efficiently connect different pools of capital to investment. Against this backdrop, CCAFS and its partners highlight a diverse set of policy options, innovative financial solutions, and strategies for how government, food and agriculture companies, public and private donors and investors can support the transformation to low-carbon and resilient food systems.

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Facebook #secretly deleted #some of Mark Zuckerberg’s private #messages over fears the #company could be #hacked

Want to delete that embarrassing message you just sent? WhatsApp will let you, and so will Instagram — but if you’re using Facebook, then you’re out of luck.

Unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and cofounder of Facebook.

TechCrunch reported Thursday that some old messages sent by Zuckerberg and senior executives have disappeared from recipients’ Facebook Messenger inboxes, proven by the original email receipts sent at the time.

The company appeared to confirm the unique arrangement, telling TechCrunch the change was made in response to an uptick in hacking.

“After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications. These included limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger. We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages,” the company said.

The Sony hack targeted the emails of Sony film executives, which revealed a side of Hollywood rarely seen by outsiders, and the decision to name the event as a catalyst for Facebook’s message purge indicates how troubling the incident was in Silicon Valley — and that Facebook was concerned about being hacked.

The company also raised the idea of a “retention period,” though there is no such thing for normal users. If a user long presses a private message on Facebook a “Delete Message” pop up confirms that the function will “delete your copy of the message,” and the recipients’ copy will remain.

Facebook-owned Instagram has long had the option to “unsend” direct messages, while Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently launched a deletion function where unread messages can be deleted “for everyone.” A message is then displayed to all participants that content has been deleted.

But Zuckerberg’s deleted messages didn’t leave behind any such message, probably because they had already been read, many years ago.

The messages were originally sent to former employees and people outside of Facebook. According to TechCrunch, the recipients of the now-deleted messages were not informed at any stage that correspondence they received had been erased.

Zuckerberg may be the CEO of Facebook, but it’s unclear how the decision to remove senior executives’ messages would be allowed under the company’s terms of service. The terms only allow Facebook to remove content if the company believes “that it violates this Statement or our policies” or for infringing copyright.

Deleting messages quietly, and selectively, also appears to fly in the face of Facebook’s campaign to “make the world more open and transparent.” Its own policies say that the company “should publicly make available information about its purpose, plans, policies, and operations.”

Facebook appears to have not followed these policies in this instance, and it raises questions about the recipient’s right to privacy.

The news comes just weeks after the Cambridge Analytica scandal which has seen Zuckerberg admit that tens of millions of users probably had their data scraped.

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Hackers threaten to send Android users’ private photos and messages to all their friends and family

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Thousands of Android users are being held to ransom by a new strain of malware known as LeakerLocker. The so-called ransomware is being used by hackers to extort victims by threatening to leak their personal information to all their contacts unless a ransom is paid. This information could potentially include…

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Man jailed for sending explicit messages to young girls in chatrooms

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The UK Has a Dirty Secret for Spying on Encrypted Messages: Hacking

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Members of the media and some politicians are near-constantly talking about accessing terrorist communications, but are ignoring one of the most viable solutions. After a string of terrorist attacks in the UK this year, members of the government have renewed their pressure on tech companies such as WhatsApp to provide…

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Teacher arrested, accused of sending student illicit text messages

A teacher was arrested Tuesday after a Waco detective uncovered an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and a student on the campus of Methodist Children’s Home in mid-February , an arrest affidavit states.
Carmen Rojas, 42, of Waco, was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of displaying harmful material to a minor at the facility that provides services to youths through residential care, foster care and other services on Feb. 15. According to the arrest affidavit, the detective spoke and showed photo copies of text messages and images from Rojas’ phone to program director Jeff Creel, who identified Rojas as the teacher.

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‘Paranoid Republicans’ are reportedly using an app that auto-deletes messages over hacking fears

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‘Paranoid Republicans’ are reportedly using an app that auto-deletes messages over hacking fears

In 2016, the emails of Democratic Party officials were hacked and leaked to Wikileaks — an incident that defined the US presidential election and helped Donald Trump achieve his shock victory over establishment favourite Hillary Clinton. Republicans are now determined …

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Trump wants to use couriers for important messages because “no computer is safe”

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Trump wants to use couriers for important messages because “no computer is safe”

Apart from his apparent love of Twitter, President-elect Donald Trump isn’t a huge fan of technology. Speaking last week about the Russian hacking incidents, the Republican blamed computers for complicating people’s lives. Now, he’s suggested a method of keeping sensitive

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