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Security risk for allowing accounts without captcha

I run a website that allows people to create accounts with an email address address and a password. Over the last month, I have had about 100 accounts created with email addresses that look like this:...
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Danger of making calls after unknown random number called through

I recently received a call from a number I didn't know to my mobile, answered it anyway. I didn't say anything, when it is a number I don't know I let the other person speak first.. after a few ...
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What to do after falling victim to a remote access technical support scam? [duplicate]

A common scam involves fake technical support tricking the victim into calling them, downloading remote access software, and allowing the scammer access to their computer. Suppose the victim ...
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Whatsapp suspicious message

Received a message from an unknown individual on WhatsApp messenger. I did not recognize the number (the person is not on my contact list), and there is probably an attachment (4 messages were sent). ...
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Whom should I report spam emails to?

Today I received an email from a person in "critical health condition" who wants to give me about $10 million. It is clearly some kind of scam. What should I do with the email besides not ...
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What is the real risk of clicking a link? [closed]

If I were to click a link on any of my devices, be it over text message, email, or from a webpage, and enter no information/actions with the target page. What is the worst that could happen?
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Checking system integrity after clicking scam email link on Linux

Earlier today, my mother opened an email thinking it was from my sister-inlaw, then clicked on the shortened link. The link loaded a page of fairly nonsensical text. The source of the page had no ...
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How to secure a Windows system impacted by TeamViewer customer support scam? [duplicate]

A friend of mine had her mother allow a "telecommunications customer support agent" (a scammer) to access her computer via TeamViewer. What should I do to secure the system/ensure the computer is ...
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Have gotten a blackmail email with a password of mine - what to do? [duplicate]

I've gotten the following email today (the password has been changed; and the Greek characters are reproduced verbatim): Your ρasswοrd is REPLACED. Ι kηow α lot more τhngs about you τhaη τhαt. ...
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How does this Bitcoin scam work?

Lately I have been receiving messages from accounts on Discord telling me that I have won 1 BTC in a giveaway. This is obviously not true, but I have a hard time seeing how these accounts will get ...
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Is it possible a scammer stole my credit card details and made a new card from it?

So I'm abroad at the moment, yet I've just had a cash withdrawal made on my credit card from my country of origin, even though I'm not there and the card IS with me abroad. I called the card issuer ...
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How do gift card scams work?

A common scam is that the victim is contacted by someone claiming to be from the tax office or whatever, and that the victim is required to pay a fine. The victim then buys gift cards and gives the ...
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What's the scam? Unknown users joining and leaving WhatsApp groups

I'm on a few WhatsApp groups that have signup links. Lately (last few months) I've noticed some very odd activity on a few of these groups: every few days I notice a number (often from a country with ...
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Understanding scam involving mobile transaction number

Today I have received an SMS from the number that my credit card provider uses to send MTANs that have to be entered for e-commerce. So at first the obvious scam seemed to be someone trying to use my ...
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Surely I haven't won the lottery, but where's the scam?

Some time ago I received the following message on my personal mobile phone number: YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS WON 780,000EURO IN THE WORLD LOTTO END OF YEAR PROMO.FOR CLAIMS EMAIL(NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE) ...
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Someone I don't know is sending me test mail. Is this a scam? [closed]

In the last couple of weeks I've received several e-mails at my work account (a small research non-profit). The format is similar for all: "Test mail" in subject line No content in body Address ...
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Trying to understand the point of this scam email

I was reviewing my spam folder and spotted this: People are going to have one of two reactions: Hooray! Free porn! Confirm, confirm, confirm! OR OMG! I didn't sign up for porn! Now everyone can see ...
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Is there a way to forward unknown land line callers to a specific number in a manner similar to nomorobo? [closed]

My parents are getting up there in age and recently, my dad asked me about a message on his answering machine from "Apple" saying his account was "compromised". After having educated him on phishing ...
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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=; helo= envelope-from:attacker@...
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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 ...