Some viewers of Gilligan’s Island apparently took the show seriously in the 1960s. The U.S. Coast Guard received several telegrams from concerned citizens asking why they didn’t rescue the Minnow’s crew. This has been an excellent week. I have received four or five emails from London and Africa announcing that I have been selected to receive, from each of them, sums in eXcess of ten million dollars The quite remarkable fact seems to be that one fellow’s plane crash, another’s unexpected demise—apparently run over by a herd of elephants— a third’s cruel wife, have all resulted in me being just the right person on the planet to receive millions of dollars which was left in their estates. Not only that: Several lotteries have paid off this week as well, and, just like the poor African ministers who want to share their millions with me, the lottery companies are happy to send money as well. It seems all I have to do is let any one of these secret correspondents know a few details about my bank account and social security number and my life worries will be over.
Starting next week, Verizon will double the early-termination fee for smartphones......The phone is designed in such a way that you can almost never avoid getting $1.99 charge on the bill. Around the OK button on a typical flip phone are the up, down, left, right arrows. If you open the flip and accidentally press the up arrow key, you see that the phone starts to connect to the web. So you hit END right away. Well, too late. You will be charged $1.99 for that 0.02 kilobytes of data......Every month, the 87 million customers will accidentally hit that key a few times a month! That’s over $300 million per month in data revenue off a simple mistake!..
Web criminals are getting much more personal in their attacks, using social networking sites and other databases to make their story lines much more believable. Bryan Rutberg's daughter was among the first to notice something odd about her dad's Facebook page. At about 8 p.m. on Jan. 21, she ran into his bedroom and asked why he'd changed his status to: “BRYAN IS IN URGENT NEED OF HELP!!!“ In Rutberg's case, criminals managed to steal his Facebook login password, steal his Facebook identity, and change his page to make it appear he was in trouble. Next, the criminals sent e-mails to dozens of friends, begging them for help.
Don’t do any banking unless you know it a secure location. How? Look for “https” (not just http) in the URL and the small padlock icon in the lower right hand corner of your browser.
Protect Yourself From Cyber Threats (v.2.0)
Don’t Launch Cell Phone Games and Programs
that are “Pushed” to you
Without protection, its just a craps
What are the
“You stand a better chance at any given time of loosing your personally
identifiable information than you do of just about any other form of nasty thing
than can happen to a person over their lifetime.”
The National Safety Council
1 in 146,107,962.00 could potentially win the power ball lottery grand prize
1 in 3,563,608.83 could potentially win the 200,000 dollar prize in the power ball
1 in 3000 will be killed by lighting in any given year
1 in 1,313 chance of being killed by a doctor
1 in 314 chance of being killed by a firearm
1 in 84 chance of being killed in a car crash over your lifetime
1 in 3 has had their personally identifiable
information lost this year!!
A new, targeted social media
version of a very old scam -- the
“Nigerian,” or “419,” ploy
How did they do that?
Because Facebook regularly contacts its users
through e-mail, and includes links in those e-mails
to login pages, the format is ripe for phishers. It's
easy to imitate Facebook e-mails and simply send
users clicking to a look-a-like login page that steal
Lots of tools on the net for people who may want to
take advantage of you.
“Who steals my purse steals
trash…But he that filches from me
my good name …... Makes me poor
Othello, Act 3 Scene 3
When in doubt about a potential scam check the
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Don’t let them get away with it.
Get mad or get even!
Report them immediately to:
OR…become a scam baiter
(not really recommended, but some people are just really angry)
We are all victims!
1700 new victims in the course of this meeting.
By the end of the decade someone in your family will be
Lowest estimate of projected damage is $5000.
Only 1 in 700 is investigated.
1 year or less in jail.
70 – 80 % involve illegal dugs
FBI reports 30,000 computer a week are taken over.
The meteoric rise in social media use has also
created a launch pad for identity thieves.
“My prediction ….is that the increase in social networking
activity, along with a user’s failure to implement security and
privacy settings and protocols, will lead to an increased
exposure of not only the user’s personal information but
possibly that of their “friends”.
Robert Siciliano : CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com
Go to this site: Choose at least two games and report your
findings and observations on the Discussion Board.
A word or two about passwords
and…. hacking Facebook
No birthdates or social security numbers
No mother’s maiden name
No universal password
Yes to long passwords (over eight characters)
Yes to random patterns – first letter of each word in your favorite song with your favorite number.
Yes to changing it frequently
Three FREE “must have” online tools
to create unique passwords.
Russian "Mafia," Colombian and
Mexican drug cartels, Asian Triads,
Japanese Yakuza, Nigerian confidence
rings, Hell's Angels, rogue factions of
the St. Regis Mohawk tribe and the
surviving, leaner and meaner Cosa
Beware of the push!!
Why do people fall for it ???
Batch Number: 14/ 01259/ IPD
Serial Number: 5063-11
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Winners
in our UNIVERSAL STAKES Lottery Program held on the 20th
JULY, 2004.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number
27522465896-6453 with serial number 3772-554 drew lucky
numbers 7-14-18-31-45 which consequently won in the 2ND
category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum
pay out of USD$1,500,000 ( One Million Five Hundred
Dollars) Only .CONGRATULATIONS!
Some Quick Facts
FBI 2012 statistics show $3 billion in losses
Median individual loss - $575.
But reported loss is tip of the project iceberg – estimated to
be in the billions. Only 1 in 10 crime reported
What Scammers Love
Social networking sites
People who click on links
Manually hacking “captcha” registration blocks.
Pretends to detect a virus and offers
to help with inexpensive debugging
software (usually around $50) – then..
You give your credit card # for the software fix!
Text message from your bank or credit card company to call
right away and verify account information!
You’ve won a free gift from a reputable vendor like Sears or
Macy’s or like the text above – “An apple free prize.”
“Wire me some money for an airline ticket
so that I can be with you forever.”
1) Fake photos: You may be virtual dating with somebody else.
2) Hidden costs: Sign-up could be free, but everything else requires
you to pay extra fees.
3) Milking your Bank Account: The guy/girl is in distress and urgently
need money, e.g. accidents, trapped at airport, hospitalized, etc.
“Make ME your favorite
charity…please :( ”
Their pitch: Speed up relief efforts – wire and send personal info
such as social security and checking account numbers.
Log on here:
The hot-spot Hot Seat
“Coming to a location near you.”
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