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What Is Smishing (And How To Protect Yourself)

Smishing is a new form of phishing that uses text messaging instead of email. It’s a growing problem worldwide, happening over 30 million times per day! Smishing scammers try to trick you into giving personal information by pretending to be a trusted person or business. They might ask for your name, email address, credit card […]

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Cyber Criminals Making Millions from Computer Ransom Scams

Jan 11, 2013
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Symantec released new research highlighting widespread “ransomware” scams in Europe, the U.S., and Canada. The research estimates cybercriminals are *extorting* millions each year from victims. The full research can be read here.

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The anatomy of a targeted email account hack

“OMG! My email is hacked!” This is a true account of an email hack we’ve just witnessed and helped a client through. It all started with one of our client’s bank account manager calling our client (will call him Bob in this email): Bank: Bob, Happy New Year! We have received an email from your […]

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'The Pretender' Scam Targets Alberta Businesses

Nov 8, 2012
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A scam that has been targeting British Columbia businesses is now focusing on Alberta businesses.

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Facebook: A Fun and Safe Past Time – Right?

People tend to think that with all those jokes and games, Facebook should be a safe place to play. Not true!

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Stealing is Dangerous – why Apple in-app purchases should not be stolen

The Apple AppStore offers thousands of free apps. Many developers offer in-app purchases for extra functions. The system isn’t perfect because if you make an in-app purchase on one device, it is not transferrable to another. This is what thieves many of us use as a justification for bypassing the in-app purchase technology altogether, and […]

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New Scareware E-Mail Uses Warnings in an Attempt to Scam Money

Apr 24, 2012
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The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has issued a warning about scareware messages saying a computer is associated with child pornography and demanding money to fix the problem. The government agencies insist they NEVER send out e-mails to that effect, and are encouraging people to not fall for the scams.

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Beware of unexpected phone calls about your computer

Mar 29, 2012
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Unexpected calls to homes from all over the world continue with callers’ statements like: “We are calling you from [XYZ] company and noticed that your computer is infected with a virus.” Unaware clients are then misled into giving remote access to home computer(s) to the caller, who proceeds to install what appears to be anti-virus […]

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Watch Out for Tax Season Scams via Letters, E-Mails, and Online Forms

Mar 16, 2012
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It’s tax season, which means there are bad guys out there looking to take advantage of those filing returns, and who may expect to be contacted for whatever reason by the Canadian Revenue Agency.

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