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Five Scams That Won’t Make You Laugh on April Fool’s Day

If there’s one day of the year when everyone has their guard up, it’s April Fool’s Day. After all, who can put their hand up and say that they have never been duped by an April Fool’s trick? Some of the classic April Fool’s stunts have gone down in history, such as the BBC’s news report from 1957 showing the annual spaghetti harvest in Switzerland.

Simpler times, you say? Well, 50 years later the BBC pulled a similar stunt – getting Monty Python’s Terry Jones to star in a short documentary revealing the phenomenon of flying penguins. And, like the spaghetti hanging from the branches of trees in southern Switzerland, some people believed it. They believed it because the BBC is a trusted source of information. If some nutter had sat next to you on the bus and tried to convince you that penguins could fly or that you could send a Gmail by making the motion of licking a stamp you probably wouldn’t believe them.

Source: Five Scams That Won’t Make You Laugh on April Fool’s Day

UK residents hit with extremely personalized scam emails – Help Net Security

A compelling and potentially very successful email spam campaign is being leveraged against UK residents, warns Sophos researcher Paul Ducklin.

Needless to say, users would do well to ignore these emails. Some could (understandably) be worried about the fact that someone out there has much personal info about them, but if they are, it’s best to involve local law enforcement and ask for advice.

Source: UK residents hit with extremely personalized scam emails – Help Net Security

Do iPhones get viruses? How to remove a virus from an iPhone or iPad – How to – Macworld UK

iPhones are known for their strong security; any time rival fanboys have an argument about whether iPhones or Android smartphones are better, the superior security of the iOS platform is bound to come up. (To be fair, Android phones are pretty secure too.)

iOS malware is rare but not unknown. Here’s how to check an iPhone or iPad for viruses and wipe it clean

Source: Do iPhones get viruses? How to remove a virus from an iPhone or iPad – How to – Macworld UK

Beware of Outlook “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions” Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject: “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions,” which claims that due to our recent security updates for the year, all Outlook users are to verify and validate their accounts, is a phishing scam. The email message is being sent by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack their victims’ email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised not to follow the instructions in it.

Source: Beware of Outlook “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions” Phishing Scam

Improving the security of consumer devices around your home

 

Advice from the Information Commissioners Office:

Lots of people now have devices in their homes such as video cameras, baby monitors, music systems and photo or document storage that can be accessed online. It can be very useful to access these devices from outside your home over the internet but you need to make sure that you aren’t at risk of revealing your personal details to other people.

Source: Consumer devices | ICO

Money from Microsoft Giveaway Hoax – Hoax-Slayer 2G

Circulating message claims that Bill Gates of Microsoft is “sharing his fortune” with those who forward the message to others.

The claims in the message are utter nonsense. Bill Gates will not pay you so much as a cent for forwarding a message. Nor will anybody else associated with Microsoft. In fact, the message is one of the Internet’s oldest and most long-lived hoaxes. Versions of this silly hoax have been circulating in various forms since the 1990s.

Source: Money from Microsoft Giveaway Hoax – Hoax-Slayer 2G

HMRC “Last Fiscal Activity” Tax Refund Phishing Scam – Hoax-Slayer 2G

Email purporting to be from UK tax agency HMRC claims that the agency has recalculated your last fiscal activity and determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund.

Source: HMRC “Last Fiscal Activity” Tax Refund Phishing Scam – Hoax-Slayer 2G

Ransomware could attack your fitness tracker, smart watch and television | Noddle Blog

The latest trends in wireless fitness trackers, smartwatches and Smart TV’s have opened up new ways for criminals to hack into your personal data and hold you at ransom, warn cyber security experts.

Think about all the everyday objects you have that are connected to the internet and hold your personal data, information about you, photos and contacts. Hackers are to those devices as bees are to honey – they’re attracted to your devices because even if the information held is not valuable to them, it’ll be valuable to you. This is where ransomware comes in….

Source: Ransomware could attack your fitness tracker, smart watch and television | Noddle Blog

Financial Fraud Costing Uk 2 Million A Day2 | Get Safe Online

In 2016, the UK lost £2 million each day as a result of financial fraud, according to official figures released by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) today. The figures show the overall scale of financial fraud was £768.8 million, an increase on the £755 million lost in 2015.

Source: Financial Fraud Costing Uk 2 Million A Day2 | Get Safe Online