Child Predator scam tries to trick you into downloading a virus

Parents love their kids and want to protect them from danger. Unfortunately, some cyber-criminals are taking advantage of parents’ fears with an email designed to scare them into downloading malware. The email is disguised as a “community safety” alert warning for parents about a child predator in the area, but it’s really a scam. Your BBB warns you to…

BBB offers tips for securing your mobile device

For years, we’ve had to deal with viruses and other malware on our laptops and desktop computers. Hopefully you’ve got good anti-virus software and are keeping it up to date. But consumers are doing more and more of their web surfing on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets and as you might expect, cybercriminals are…

‘Free pizza from Pizza Hut’ email carries virus

Do you like pizza? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? How about a ghost pizza with a side of malware to mess up your computer and put your ID at risk? Not quite as appetizing, but that’s what you’ll get if you fall for the Pizza Hut email scam. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is…

Warning to businesses: ID thieves have you in their crosshairs

Identity theft is a serious threat to businesses, not just consumers With the recent news stories about retailers having their records compromised by hackers, Americans are focused on the dangers of identity theft. According to a 2012 survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 14 percent of people age 16 or older, or 34.2 million…

Scam Alert: Don’t get burned by ‘Malaysian Airlines flight mystery’ video scam

Social media teasers about exclusive footage could give you malware, steal your identity If we’re honest, most of us will admit to being curious about big, tragic events like the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. When something like that happens, you can count on scammers to come out of the woodwork. The promise of exclusive video that hasn’t…

Netflix phishing scam tricks consumers into calling fake tech support

There is a new scam going around aimed at stealing your files and personal information. If you use Netflix to watch movies and TV shows–and a lot of people do these days–you could be a target. Scammers have been using malware to trick consumers into calling a fake Netflix tech support number, Better Business Bureau warns….

BBB Warning: ‘Cryptolocker’ is latest breed of computer malware

Malware program holds personal information for ransom   Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning consumers of a malware program that accesses your personal computer and holds it hostage. A release by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains that “Cryptolocker” encrypts all your personal documents, photos and…

Creator of notorious SpyEye malware pleads guilty

Glad to know the developer of a nasty piece of malware is facing justice. Not so happy to find the malware is still out there, posing a threat to consumers’ finances. The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Russian national Aleksandr Andreevich Panin (also known as “Gribodemon” and “Harderman”) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy…