Free console games on Instagram? Not exactly…

Take a look at some fake “free game” sites found on Instagram. Anyone with children in their family who can’t get enough of freebies online may want to gently steer them away from the below. Everyone from PS4 to Nintendo gamers are potential targets.

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It’s a hard life for phishers

Phishing URL compromise is surprisingly common, as many phish pages are fully expected to have a short shelf life. Of course, having a site taken down isn’t the only thing making life difficult for phishers. As you’ll see, it’s often the least of their worries given the surprisingly plentiful ways people want to celebrate International Give a Phisher a Headache Day.

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Avoid: BofA, Wells Fargo SMS phishing

It always pays to train a wary eye on your text messages, as conniving phishers don’t always stick to the tried and tested route of email scams. We take a look at a pair of SMS phishes sent directly to a mobile device – if you bank with Wells Fargo or Bank of America, these are two to watch out for.

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Blurry previews and Facebook phishing

Here’s a Facebook phish which uses the incredibly old technique of blurring the supposed page underneath the login prompt. This is supposed to tantalise victims with what they could see if only they hand over login details. This tactic has been around from Facebook and Tumblr all the way back to Myspace, most typically in the form of the infamous “See who visited your page” type scams of yesteryear.

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Soldiering on: the $5.6 million 419 scam

419 scams most commonly drop into your mailbox, but they do occasionally appear via other channels such as snail mail and social media. Today we’re going to take a look at an angle seemingly beloved of scammers everywhere – a specific character type clung to down the years for no other reason than to cheat people out of their money.

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