Tell scammers to F#%K OFF!

The scams are hitting Lithgow really hard! 4 victims that I know of in the last 30 days. Some have lost as much as $20K. I study scams and disinformation. I actually record scammers to analyse the methods they use to convince you to give them access to your computer or mobile device. The bestContinue reading “Tell scammers to F#%K OFF!”

Can you spot the Scam?

Part of my personal study of scams is spending a lot of time on Facebook groups reading about how people got scammed. Most of the people in the group are victims of Romance scams. They hope to find more information about their scammer and get their money back. Unfortunately, this opens them up to aContinue reading “Can you spot the Scam?”

Glitter Bomb Vs Scammers

This is a great video by Mark Rober that talks about how some of these scammers work. He not only talks about how they catch a scammer using a glitter bomb but how the entire scam is structured. This is a great video to send to seniors who seem to fall for this kind ofContinue reading “Glitter Bomb Vs Scammers”

Anatomy of a “Lonely Hearts Scam” Day one!

The other day I was minding my own business when I received a random message on Whatsapp.  I honestly only use the app to talk to a few people. Looking at the message was obviously a scam of some kind. As I am currently studying the psychology of scams I figured this would be aContinue reading “Anatomy of a “Lonely Hearts Scam” Day one!”

The Facebook Data Breach! Get ready for scams!

In 2019 Facebook had a data leak where the personal information of 500 million people was extracted by hackers. The problem is that now that the hackers have the information they wanted they have recently made the rest of the info public on the dark web. This means that anyone who can access the darkContinue reading “The Facebook Data Breach! Get ready for scams!”

Free Class: How to stay safe online for Seniors!

We are going to have free presentation online tomorrow. 2:00-3:30 PM Wed Feb 17th at the Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood center! Learn the basics of staying online The class is going to cover some of the basics to make using the internet safer. This is not your normal computer class where the greatest risk isContinue reading “Free Class: How to stay safe online for Seniors!”

How to ID & Avoid a Phone Text Scam

In the last few years, scammers have gotten smarter at using text messages to lure victims into phishing scheme traps. Their goal is to use these phone text scams, also referred to as SMS scams, to get your bank account or credit card details and other private information. How do you avoid a phone textContinue reading “How to ID & Avoid a Phone Text Scam”