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Scam Charges On Your Phone Bill (more)..

Folks, as I — and other members of the media — have been warning, the underground economy known generically as “hackers” and “cyber-criminals” has ramped up their efforts during this Holiday (shopping) period.

Spam e-mails containing links to bogus ID Stealing websites are flooding our Inboxes (some are aimed at our insecurities during this period of financial stress); and more “legit” websites are being poisoned; and, new variants of the fake “you have been infected” (or, “VirusX_YZ has been detected on this machine! Click here to..”) scam “warnings” have been released onto the web. Etc. Etc. Etc.

It is all about stealing your money. It has been for some time.
And these guys are good. They stole between $10 – $105 billion last year (depending on which source you read).

As a result, I have recently been swamped with calls for help from people with badly infected machines (this is why I couldn’t post, or only was able to re-post these last few days).

Today is no different. And so today all I have time to do is direct your attention to two articles which I consider to be important, and would ask my readers to read.

The first is, Shocking – 98% of Computers are Insecure, by Internet Security blogger Bill Mullins. You will find helpful advice here, and not just doom and gloom.

Also, you may be being ripped off right now, and be unaware of it, via your phone bill– as fellow blogger Rick Robinette describes here, Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…
* also see his follow-up post, Are you a victim of “CRAMMING”?

I truly believe (and life experience backs me up) that awareness on the part of web surfers (us “regular Joe’s and Jane’s”) prevents a lot of this vile crime.. the “savvier” you are, the less likely you are to need to have to give me a call. Be smart. Be safe. Be aware.

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December 6, 2008 - Posted by | advice, blogging, computers, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, how to, Internet, Internet scam, tech, Windows |

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  1. Are you following me?

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    Comment by Anonymous | December 6, 2008 | Reply

  2. Tech Paul,

    Thanks for the link info to my blog… I have been getting a lot of hits on this article. Apparently it is a big problem… I just hope people are watching their phone bills… Again, thank you!

    Brother Blogger (Rick)

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    Comment by Rick | December 6, 2008 | Reply

    • Awareness (combined with alertness) is key, and so I am glad to be able to point my readers at the information you’ve provided. You are doing a terrific job.

      Now all we have to do is get the people in power as concerned about these issues as we are….

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      Comment by techpaul | December 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. I have to agree with you about educating people about security. Any software can be hacked, but it’s gonan be much much harder if users know how to configure them and how to use encryption for example.

    ONe thing I’d like to point is the difference between hackers and criminals thought. Hackers are not always criminals. Some don’t steal and don’t scam people, they are just curious people. The just analyze code and find holes. Criminals are the one phishing on people and selling information about accounts and other illegal stuff.

    Other than that, keep up the good work to inform people about security.

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    Comment by Jonathan | December 9, 2008 | Reply

    • Jonathan–
      I am not sure what you mean by “it’s going to be harder”.. If you mean, that if people were to keep their software properly updated/patched, and started encrypting their volumes it would be harder for malware to infect, and exploits to succeed, you’re right.
      But most computer users really don’t have a clue what how PCs operate, and don’t care.

      The term “hackers”, thanks mainly to the US news media, really refers to “crackers” (hackers= tweakers and super-programmers//crackers = badguys), but this is so much a part of established norm, and has been going on for so long, that nobody bothers trying to correct the usage anymore.
      To differentiate the two, nowadays the terms “whitehat” (good) and “blackhat” (criminal) are used.

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      Comment by techpaul | December 9, 2008 | Reply

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    Comment by Tesla | December 19, 2008 | Reply

  5. If you were charged by ILD on your local phone bill for services you did not authorize ILD to bill you for, you can try contacting class action lawyers here:

    http://www.classactionconnect.com/?q=node/733

    You can also share your ILD phone bill story with other consumers here:

    http://classactionconnect.com/consumer-complaints/ild-teleservices-inc-telephone-bill-complaints-unauthorized-phone-charges/

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    Comment by Phone Bill Charges? | December 31, 2008 | Reply


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