Crowdsourced fraud and kickstarted scams

Crowdsourced funding opportunities via Kickstarter, Patreon, and GoFundMe have removed many structural roadblocks for people to access capital quickly and conveniently. But they’ve also lowered the barrier to entry for many very old scams. So how do you tell the difference between a great cause or project to contribute to and a digital confidence scam? Let us take a look at pitfalls on two crowdfunding platforms.

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Compromised LinkedIn accounts used to send phishing links via private message and InMail

A recent attack uses existing LinkedIn user accounts to send phishing links to their contacts via private message but also to external members via email.

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Fake DHS email – “Give us $350 in the next 24 hours”

Every now and then, we see the 419 “Hitman deployed to kill you” missive doing the rounds. This time, we have a fake DHS notification telling you to pay a $350 fee within 24 hours – or else.

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Nigerian scams without the Nigerians

Many in the United States are familiar with Nigerian scams, but what kind of scams are going on in non-English countries? Take a look at the Chinese version – the seminar scam.

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419 spam: 10 million US dollars, courtesy of “Rev. Goodluck Ebola”

A 419 email is currently doing the rounds with promises of $10.5m USD waiting to be sent your way. This is most definitely something you don’t want to get tangled up in.

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