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I just became a Phishing Fool

A few days ago I warned readers about phishing scams and today, I became a victim. How utterly embarrassing! Take a quick look at this email. If you’re a regular Facebook user, would you question it as a legitimate Facebook notification? At a quick glance, it looked legitimate to me and with the latest changes […]


Phishing for Bank of America Fools

Phishing emails are usually easy to spot but that does not mean an intelligent (or busy) individual is safe from becoming a victim of a phishing scam. (Forgive me for using “fool” in the title – it fit nicely with the “f” pronunciation of “phishing!”) Please glance at the fraudulent email below. The logo, colors and headline […]


Chase Phishing Scam Close Call

I usually get phishing emails from Bank of America, but today I got an alert from Chase that almost had me fooled.  Following my own advice from a previous article, How to Avoid Phishing Scams , I logged onto Chase on-line by typing in the URL address instead of clicking on the embedded email link.  If […]


How to Avoid Phishing Scams

I’ve received several emails that appeared to be from Bank of America but poor grammar and spelling coupled with urgency to provide personal information set off warning bells for me and with a little research, I quickly realized these were fraudulent phishing emails.  Phishing is an attempt to steal money or identity by acquiring personal […]


Avoid scammers when making donations

Disasters have a way of bringing out both the best and the worst in people and Hurricane Harvey is no exception. While decent people are rescuing people and animals, driving to Texas with their boats, sending all sorts of needed supplies and making donations, scammers are out in full force taking as much advantage of […]


How to Protect yourself from WannaCry Ransomware

WannaCry or WannaCrypt ransomware has infected over 10,000 organizations and 200,000 individuals in over 150 countries since it was first identified on Friday, May 12th, 2017. A temporary fix was accidentally discovered along the way, but a variant of the initial virus started to spread shortly thereafter. While some have escaped unscathed, others have not been […]


Beware of sneaky and effective gmail attack

A new successful gmail phishing attack has come to my attention and it’s so subtle and successful that both inexperienced and experienced technical users are becoming victims. The warning signs of this attack are not easily apparent and therefore the main strategy we can use to protect ourselves against this attack is to pay close attention every […]


Cyber Monday started early this year … Buyer Beware!

Cyber Monday deals used to begin on the Monday following Thanksgiving weekend but just as Christmas trees appeared early this year to maximize the shopping season, so did online shopping deals. I noticed online sales that began as early as Thursday and are continuing through Cyber Monday. This is great news for those of us who prefer to […]


Dangers of Seniors and Technology

Looking over my dad’s new smartphone photos, my heart skipped a beat. I was staring at vibrant photographs of every credit card in his wallet – and there were many. That’s not where it ended. There were additional photos such as the one of his medical insurance card with his social security number on it. […]


What do you do when you or someone you know has been hacked or spoofed?

I’d like to tell you that I’ve never clicked on a link I shouldn’t have clicked on, but that would be a lie. Do you realize that even a close friend can accidentally give you a virus with an innocent suggestion to download a screensaver, sign a petition, watch a video or read a joke? I’m likely more cautious than many, […]