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Have I got scammed? [on hold]

I have seen this thing pop up on my screen, it said: “you have won a free iphoneX enter your address to mail it to you!” And then it said:”you’re one of our 10 lucky winners!”I felt like I couldn’t ...
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I entered my password in a possible scam website. What should I do?

A while ago, I found a website that said that it will pay up to 100$ an hour just to watch ads. So, I thought what's the harm, and I created an account using a fake Facebook account (with my real ...
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How could a scammer know the apps on my phone / iTunes account?

I received an email with the subject "Your invoice from Apple #xxxxx". It then continues by: "[...] your payment from "Pokemon Go was accepted [...]". That line made me sceptical. I just downloaded ...
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Finding out if a series of job emails from the same person are a scam or a way of tracking/phishing?

I'm Indian, and have received a third job email from a Canadian "Co-founder and COO". I'm not even actively job searching. He hasn't mentioned how he got my mail id or why I'm the right fit for the ...
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Tech support agent asked me some questions unrelated to tech support or my problem

About 4 years ago I was having a problem with my Microsoft Windows system so I went to Google and searched "Microsoft tech support phone number" to see the results and got the number from some random ...
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Why would a scammer ask for creation of a new email account?

I recently received the following email: Good day my dear friend, I am contacting you to help get the deposit (£8.5 million pounds), my late client Engineer Alexander left in his Bank before ...
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Do you need to hire a professional in order to be pci compliant?

i run an organic food store, and after a conference call with my credit card service (card connect), do i really have to hire a PCI certified professional once a year in order to be pci compliant? If ...
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How do I report scam phone calls? [duplicate]

I get scam phone calls on a regular basis. The latest one was a computer-generated voice claiming to be a security expert from Microsoft and alleging "errors and fraudulent behavior" within my ...
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Email from a hacker with my password [duplicate]

I have received an email from a hacker saying he got my email account password. The password showed in the mail is not my account password but is a password I use sometimes. I checked haveibeenpwned ...
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How is this website redirect working?

Someone sent me a URL via WhatsApp (httpx://cadburys-prizes[.]com) that allegedly lets me claim a free box of chocolates. Obviously this is fake and I've seen similar websites before. If I view the ...
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Why don't call center scammers accept bitcoins?

I've watching few YouTube channels which call scam call centers mostly based in India and waste their time basically Including a channel called Kitboga and another one called The Hoax Hotel. A common ...
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How do SEO scams work?

Lately, I've been getting emails for my work email address from SEO scammers. Some examples look like this: Hi, Hope you are doing well there! Would you like to increase the traffic of your website? ...
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What to do about email threats containing leaked passwords?

A few days ago I got an email from a hacker supposedly using an email of mine (he was using the same email address TO and FROM) from my own email domain, and had a part of a password I use to purchase ...
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Sent text by bank I don’t have an account with- Is this a scam?

I have received this text message supposedly from NatWest bank (UK), yet I have never had an account with them or given away details to them: Our team have tried to contact you regarding your ...
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Strange Email Validation request - should I worry about it? [duplicate]

I have a domain in .name zone registered in Germany. A couple of days ago I received an email, here is the English part of it: Dear customer (the German text has my name instead of "customer" here)...
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I would like to get scammed [closed]

I would like to get scammed via email to have some fun. How can I achieve this? (I have looked online and have found no answers only how to not get scammed.)
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People using my email address (and only that) for booking hotels. What kind of scam is this?

I have faced the same issue twice: 2 people, whose names are definitely not the same as mine, used my email address to book hotels through a well-known hotel company and a lesser-known hotel booking ...
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Why do scammers use victims' computers to remote-control their own computers?

I've seen videos showing how tech support scammers operate. In nearly all of these videos, the scammer instructs their intended victim to install and run remote-control software, which allows the ...
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Am I at risk for giving my email, name and phone number to a scammer?

I signed up in UFX using my email, name and mobile phone number. I immediately received a call from an unknown number, which was from an employee who tried to take my bank account information so he ...
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Message telling me that I bought something with credit card

I just received a message via SMS that I bought something from an online shop with my credit card. The message reads like this (translated from German): Your credit card purchase - please check: - ...
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Why do scammers use emails like yahoo?

I was doing a Cyber Security and IT audit for a company. I was told that they had very little in terms of fraud protection, one of the only ways that they detected potential fraudsters was by ...
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Almost fell for “tech support” scam - what is the risk?

An acquaintance of mine got a call from an alleged Microsoft employee and provided him access to his Windows 10 computer via team viewer (commonly known as the tech support scam). But when the scammer ...
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Received an email from a Bulgarian address trying to extort money

As the title says, I received an email from some Bulgarian email address saying that the sender has compromised my browser and thereby obtained control over my camera as well as gathering data on all ...
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Intricate fraud attempt on eBay

I would like the community's input on an event that took place recently, that I honestly don't know what do make of: When trying to watch an item on eBay, a warning notice said my account had been ...
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I gave my cell number to a stranger on the internet. Have I fallen victim to a scam?

I was playing an online game and I came in contact with this user. She was listed as from the same country as me (Egypt). So when she asked me for my cell phone number, I gave it to her. I figured it ...
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How can I know that whoever called me is my cellphone service provider?

I just refused to give my credentials to a phone call operator who called me. and I wonder whether I did the right thing. Background. My cellphone operator (call them Alpha) uses a simple ...
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Found scam site that tricks you into giving them more contact info to remove your existing public info [closed]

I found a site where they display your political registration info (which includes contact info) that was requested from the government. If you find your contact information from this site, do NOT ...
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Is this PayPal e-mail a scam? [closed]

I just received this e-mail (where the blacked out parts are my e-mail address): To me it looks like a scam for the following reasons: First of all, I do not have a Paypal account. It is written in ...
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“Microsoft Warning Alert” on Ubuntu computer

I get the "Microsoft Warning Alert" popup from firefox on a Linux computer. That scam is described in https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-malicious-pornographic-spyware-riskware-...
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Unauthorized domain comes up as my website [duplicate]

While checking my website's traffic, I found a referring website that had sent over 400 visits to my site. When I clicked on the URL of the referring website, the site looked almost exactly like my ...
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Is it dangerous for a scammer to know just your name and birthday? [closed]

Basically, this afternoon, I got a call that I had picked up. The caller asked for (my name) stating that they were from this company associated with my healthcare. The call seemed pretty legit, and ...
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I visited a malicious link and I am paranoid

I am a Mac User and while I was on youtube, I clicked on a url www.giftforfans .us I don't know what I was thinking but I got phished pretty hard... Now I am a bit paranoid and I am wondering if ...
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How can scammers inject pop-ups onto target computers?

My grandfather recently fell for a telephone scam. I won't go into details into how the scam worked; it's sufficient to say that he sent them over $2000 worth of iTunes gift card codes. The scammers ...
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Why is this website verified by Symantec if it's known for scam & theft? [duplicate]

The website is verified by the Certificate Authority Symantec according to my Firefox browser; however, when I went to the website and foolishly bought a gift card, I then got a notification from my ...
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PayPal Scam Email?

Is this a scam email or is it a valid email from PayPal? To: XXXXXX XXXXXX From: PayPal Credit Request attempted on: June 10, 2017 You attempted to open an account or make a purchase using ...
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How to punish scamer [closed]

I really hope, this is the right place to ask that sort of question. If the topic is against rules place just lock/remove it. I hope I won't get banned :D. Anyway I feel I should ask this here. On ...
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Can people let me know why this command was ran and why he typed "network hacked…clampi found [duplicate]

What is the reason this command was run and why network hacked....clampi found was typed in at the command prompt Title has been changed....somebody gave me the computer to fix after calling a number ...
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Was coerced into setting up 2 Google Phone Accounts and don't know how to delete them [closed]

I received a text after posting on Craigslist and putting in my iphone number for texting. The text said "Hi i am Jacqueline..wanna buy your Wooden Organizer - $40. Urgently. Can I call you now?" ...
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Is it possible to set up a webpage to force a mobile browser to click on two off-site locations in order to fake a sign-up?

I've recently been victim to a scam. I was signed up to an internet gaming 'club' despite never knowingly having visited their site, read their T&C's nor clicked an agreement. Under UK ...
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Any tips for windows tech support scammer “trolling”? [closed]

I have a good looking virtual machine setup that I intend to give full control to a tech support scammer and waste their time for an hour or two. I will be speaking to them through my host computer ...
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Company name is used in Dropbox invoice scam

People, not employees or users, just ordinary people with no relation to us, have been getting scam emails, prompting them to open and download a link from Dropbox. I think this link contains files ...
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grammatical errors on privacy page linked from security web page

My Employer has sent me a link related to setting up security questions for Microsoft Azure account. I clicked on the privacy link from that page which sent me to the following page: https://www....
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Did I get “hacked”? Need help

I'm a little apprehensive that there is some unauthorized usage of my router or computer or phone. I have an Asus RT-AC66U, a macbook pro and an iPhone. I'm hoping someone here might be able to help. ...
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Scam link in “from”-links on my blog traffic

I have a blog on blogspot (google), which is mostly visited by my friends and occasional wanderers on the internet. In the statistics I can see "reference-url"'s which are supposedly sites that link ...
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Is this passport survey website legitimate? [closed]

I recently asked a question on skeptics.se about a website regarding the legitimacy of it as a survey website for a passport survey. The website address is https://www.passportplanning.com, and is a ...
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Apart from losing €40, is there any further risk if someone has my prepaid credit card number and home address? [closed]

My girl was scammed and entered my home address and my credit card number on a fake website (through a Facebook ad). What risks am I additionally incurring, apart from having lost €40 (the money that ...
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Is this a scam? If yes, how does it work?

I found an email in my Gmail spam folder which has the Gmail trusted sender icon. This seemed strange as I never saw this on spam, and it is making me uncomfortable. I can't figure out what this ...
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Are non-English speakers better protected from (international) phishing?

After I received dozen of spam mails over the last year with my thrashmail (used for "You must log in once to check out this product.."-Sites, etc.) I noticed they were mostly translated (if they are ...
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Why do big companies use scammy looking URL's? [closed]

Why do big companies like microsoft use URL's like buy.live.com, that don't look like they belong to microsoft at all? Is there a technical reason not to use something like buy.live.microsoft.com ? ...
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WhatsApp video from unknown source

Today I received a video in WhatsApp from an unknown sender (a telephone number is shown but not saved to my contact list). The movie showing Homer Simpson as a thumbnail was sent with the message "...