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I received an phishing email from myself [duplicate]

So today when I was checking my spam folder on my outlook account, I noticed I had received an email from my own address. The email looks like a typical scam: Claims to have installed a RAT on my ...
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Why would a stranger offer to write content for a nonexistent blog?

I get emails like this all the time: Hello dear, I’m a long time reader. I’m writing to you because I’d love to contribute a guest post on your website. I’ve been brainstorming some topics that I ...
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Email phishing, understand mail header

I try to understand phishing email received from an attacker: Received: .... Received: .... Received-SPF: Pass (sender SPF authorized) identity=mailfrom; client-ip=74.208.4.XX; helo=mout.gmx.com; ...
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How does “automatic” redirection occurs from a legitimate website to a scammy one?

Using Firefox on Windows 10 every time when I visit ebay.com I get redirected to a clearly fraudulent website telling me I've won some prize and asking me to enter my personal information. The ...
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Why is it not possible for browsers to completely detect the Phishing pages?

The browsers have some capability to detect the phishing pages, but they are not able to detect all. Why is that? Phishing still remains to be one of the most convenient way to hacking. Why is it not ...
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How does someone know i clicked a link in an email? URL spoofing? JSON?

How do hackers/scammers know that I clicked a link? Why is my personal info in the url redirect link? Is this info then being stored in a database and the hacker/scammer knows that because this ...
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How can I get information about an attack to GoFundMe infosec? [closed]

I'm not sure I posted in the right place, but I posted a question about an apparent scam that hinges on GoFundMe's particular behavior at https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/112175/is-this-...
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Sextortion with actual password not found in leaks

I have received one of those typical sextortion scams ("drive-by exploit", filmed by webcam (mine has tape on it), pay bitcoin etc.). The thing is that an old password of mine is included (I don't ...
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Is this foreign call some kind of scam and what kind is it?

Every few days I get a call on my mobile phone from a number like 370 621 65748, which seems to be a Lithuanian number, but it only rings once and then disconnects. It happens enough to seem ...
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How can a scammer scan your data if you're redirected from their fake website to the legitimate website?

Coming from this comment from this question at Travel StackExchange. My question is: How can the scammer still scan a user's data when the user registers their account on the legitimate site, after ...
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Why would a scammer not reply with the same email?

I was recently messaged over a website of an online marketplace regarding an advertisement of an item I was selling, whereupon the "buyer" asked me to contact them over an email they provided. After ...
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Apple Pay scam?

The weirdest thing has happened to me today. I bought an iPhone XR and ran through the setup on iTunes. At one point the iPhone asked me to setup Apple Pay, which I did. I finished the setup process ...
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Bogus Instagram account using my email, never been verified, has over 1000 followers

This appears to be a phishing scam like I've never encountered before. I received an email from security@mail.instagram.com to an email address I rarely use, but I noticed it because messages get ...
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Hacker used my account to place an order, but not my credit card. Why?

This scam involves my HomeDepot.com account. For those not in the US, Home Depot is a chain of very large home improvement / DIY stores. Background / how I knew my account was compromised: Yesterday ...
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What can scammers see on my devices after I delete the remote desktop software?

I got a call from a call centre today which convinced me that they were calling from BT. They made me download TeamViewer which was unresponsive so I downloaded supermo instead. After this they gained ...
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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 ...