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Telstra “Re-Evaluate My Account” Phishing Scam

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Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications giant, Telstra, claims that the company has noticed unauthorised activity on your account and you must click a link to re-evaluate your personal Telstra account.
Categories: Phishing Scams, Scams
Tags: Phishing, Telstra

Mitsubishi Mirage Giveaway Facebook Scam

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Facebook Page calling itself "Mitsubishi 2016" claims that, "for the first time in Facebook History", you can win a Mitsubishi Mirage just by liking the Page, sharing the prize promotion post, and adding a comment specifying what colour car you would like should you win.
Categories: Facebook Scams, Scams
Tags: Facebook Scam, Like-farming, Mitsubishi MIRAGE

Phone Text Message Lottery Scams

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Phone text (SMS) messages claim that the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in an online lottery or promotion.
Categories: Advance Fee Scams, Scams
Tags: Lottery Scams, SMS Scams, Text Message Scams

Western Union Mystery Shopper Money Laundering Scam

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Email offers the recipient work as a mystery shopper evaluating Western Union outlets. The message claims workers will be sent certified checks to cover evaluation costs and their pay.
Categories: Scams
Tags: Money Laundering, Secret Shopper, Western Union

How to Avoid Getting Ripped-Off Via Pre-Paid Debit Card Phone Scams

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In recent years, reloadable debit card phone scams have become more and more common, especially in the United States. In this scam, criminals try to trick victims into purchasing or reloading a pre-paid debit card such as a Green Dot card and then calling them back and providing card details
Categories: Phone Scams, Scams
Tags: Green Dot, Phone Scams, Pre-paid Debit Card

AOL “Mailbox Expired” Phishing Scam

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Email purporting to be from the "AOL Mail Team" claims that your AOL mailbox has expired and, therefore, some incoming email has been "placed on pending" until you click a "validate" link.
Categories: Phishing Scams, Scams
Tags: AOL, Mailbox Expired, Phishing

Bank of America Debt Payment Request Malware Email

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Rather threatening email purporting to be from the Lending Division at Bank of America claims that you have not made any debt payments for the last three months and should click a link to view a full report about the issue.
Categories: Malware
Tags: Bank Of America, Debt Payment Malware

“6 Beautiful Diamond Rings” Facebook Giveaway Scam

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Facebook post claims that you can get a chance to win one of six beautiful diamond rings just by sharing the post, liking the associated Facebook Page, and adding the comment "RING". The post includes a video clip depicting the six rings.
Categories: Facebook Scams, Scams
Tags: Diamond Rings, Facebook Scam, Like-farming

Do NOT Send Christmas Cards for Recovering Soldiers to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Circulating message claims that people can send Christmas cards to recovering soldiers in the UK via the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Christmas Cards Soldier, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Recovering Soldier

Bank of Montreal “New Authentication Service” Phishing Scam

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Email purporting to be from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) claims that your card has not been enrolled in the bank's new authentication service. It warns that you will not be able to use your card until you click a link to enrol.
Categories: Phishing Scams, Scams
Tags: Bank Of Montreal, Bank Phishing Scam

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