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.
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.
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.
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.