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    Tips to Protect Against NCAA Ticket Scams

    by on Mar 20th, 2015

    During this ‘March Madness’, slow down on the ‘madness’ and boost your safety measures! Beware of the fake ticket scams that are prowling the internet, looking for the next victim to prey on.

    With the onset of the NACC basketball tournament, scam artists have started devising new tricks to dupe unsuspecting ticket buyers. While grabbing a seat to watch your favorite team’s match, you could possibly end up becoming a victim of bogus tickets. Really; this is indeed a huge scam presently doing the rounds and enabling scam artists to pocket big bucks. iYogi scam alert has compiled the BBB guidelines for you, specifically released to keep you safe this season, so that you enjoy this year’s tournament merrily, while being safe.

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    Apple Pay: A Bounty for Online Scammers!

    by on Mar 20th, 2015

    Imagine…You get charged for hundreds of dollars for the merchandise you didn’t even buy. Well, if you’re an Apple Pay user you better watch out! The latest gimmick that scammers are performing to fleece money from Apple Pay users is to use the stolen credit card data and utilize it to shoplift goods from online as well brick and mortar stores. To know the ways in which this fraud is being controlled, click here.

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    iYogi Fraud Alert: Beware of Online Bills Scams!

    by on Mar 17th, 2015

    Do you mostly miss out the last date of submitting your bills? Are you tired of paying the late bill submission fine? Do you wish to do away the hassles of standing in long queues just to pay your utility bills? Indeed, online bill payment can be a boon for you. Besides offering you the convenience of paying your bills from the very comforts of your home or office, it also reduces the burden of managing paper clutter and earns you rewards too. However, this convenience isn’t minus its share of risks; unless you are alert, you could easily let the ease of bill payment take a toll on your financial security! Cyber criminals are using bogus bills as tricks to rip you off your money. Read through this iYogi fraud alert to know the devious tricks that these fraudsters are using to rob you… Ensure that the next bill you are planning to pay online isn’t a non-existent outstanding bill…

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    Online Dating Can be a Scam: Reveals iYogi Scam Alert

    by on Feb 10th, 2015

    Online dating scams or romance frauds knock just when you think that you’ve met your soulmate online. But, they aren’t who they say they are. Once they gain your trust, they ask for money using a variety of devious dating schemes. With the growth of this heinous crime, BBB has issued some guidelines for dating site users so that they don’t fall prey to such scams. Read on the iYogi scam alert and be sure that the person you’ve developed a relationship with is surely who they say they are and not in contact with members of any criminal gang.

     

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    iYogi Scam Alert: Over the age of 60? Beware of Lottery-Scams!

    by on Feb 10th, 2015

    Lottery scams are on the rise and senior citizens are the prime target for these. The scam artists have come up with a new trick aimed at the elderly to extort their hard earned money. The scam artists are approaching the elderly saying that they have won a lottery worth millions and then asking them to pay a fee to collect the entire winning amount. It is important for you to know what signs to look out for and how to report such scams, if you suspect that they are occurring. Read on iYogi scam alerts to learn how to protect your loved ones from lottery scams.

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    How to Spot and Avoid E-book Scams?

    by on Apr 2nd, 2013

    Popularity of e-books is skyrocketing with our reading pattern gradually shifting from hardcover to e-readers. Accessibility of e-books, convenience of reading and availability of e-reader devices allure bibliomaniacs to embrace e-readers and download e-books on those devices. Besides, e-books also support various platforms and devices which range from computers, Smartphone, tablets, to e-book readers. Moreover, several websites allow downloading popular e-books for free, in different formats. And that’s when the issue arises. Online frauds are cashing in the rage of e-book download, whether for free or for a “low price” and have started to monetize on the growing trend of buying e-books online. iYogi scam alerts raises red flags and signs to spot and avoid the
    traps of e-book scams.

    E-book scams target publishers, consumers and authors
    iYogi scam warns that e-book scams are targeted all types readers, publishers and authors of these e-book scams. iYogi scam alert cautions that readers need to be careful while selecting a link to purchase an e-book. These e-book scams do not contain malware and adware which infect their PCs or e-book readers to gather personal data. Many e-book scams target publishers and authors to create pirated copy of their books and capitalize by selling them elsewhere at a
    lucrative bargain.

    iYogi scam suggests following signs to identify e-book scams

    1. iYogi scam warns that readers must choose BBB (Better Business Bureau) accredited websites flashing BBB logo. Remember that a genuine BBB logo will redirect users to the BBB Business Review page written on that company.
    2. Scammers sell cheap marketing or self-help e-books for dirt-cheap rates and those e-books contain redundant, unnecessary and useless information.
    3. Scammers often make a copy of books written by genuine and popular authors and sell those books by anonymous author’s names.
    4. Scammers often target aspiring authors by inviting them for a competition and allow them to publish their e-books digitally. They also charge authors entry fees to participate in the competition.

    iYogi scam also cautions readers from those e-books which contain links to commercial, spam or malware websites which install virus or malware to computers.

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    iYogi Scam Alert Lists Top 10 Online Scams of 2013

    by on Mar 14th, 2013

    iYogi has listed major notorious online scams that are prevalent in 2013. These scams include some age old tricks implemented on various online transactions and some new, more sophisticated tricks to trap Internet users. iYogi Scam alerts warn its subscribers and online users to be careful of e-mails, online dating profiles, investment schemes, online deals that appear too good to resist.

    • Virus removal scams

    Have you received cold calls which had tried to intimidate by saying that your computer is infected with dangerous viruses and malware? iYogi has pointed out that there are scammers who make this threatening calls in order to get remote access of users computer and steal social security number, credit card and banking details. They ask for remote access from users to help detect and remove viruses from users’ computers. iYogi cautions PC users not to fall prey to these online scams and reveal their credit card details to these scammers.

    • BBB fake complaint email

    iYogi Scam alert warns e-mail users to be cautious about phishing mails which look identical to official mails sent by BBB. The subject line of such scam notice mails from BBB may read “Complaint against your business” or some similar lines. The e-mail instructs readers to open the mail attachment to get further details on the claim. On opening such attachments, some Trojan virus will be installed on the system and those viruses will send their personal and banking information, keylogs, passwords and other sensitive data which are required for hacking. .

    • Advertising scams

    iYogi has spotted this specific type of advertising scams going rampant on the web. Scammers impersonate as telemarketing companies and target unsuspecting users of Craiglist who want to sell their vehicles or other valuable assets. These scammers offer money-back guarantee for selling your goods. They charge users with a whopping $500 fee for posting your ad and never payback refunds.

    There are some more types of online scams iYogi has advised online users to be careful of such as online romance scams where scammers take months or a year to build confidence, promise to meet in person and ask for large amount of money transfer. As soon as victims wire the money, scammers disappear.

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    iYogi Scam Alert: Top 5 scams to watch for

    by on Mar 6th, 2013

    Internet scam is a multi-million dollar industry and scams intended to rip off naïve Internet users of their money are many. iYogi Scam Alerts team would like to warn its users of the top 5 Internet scams that have duped millions of users worldwide. Thousands of scam artists and fraudsters are trolling for victims on the Internet. Can you recognize them easily? If your answer is ‘No,’ then here is a quick guide to the top 5 scams and frauds that will help you identify and relate to them easily:

    1. The financial scam: The scam usually starts with a conventional e-mail message that informs you of winning a million dollars through lottery or inheritance. But, to collect your “winnings”, you need to pay the “processing” fee of several thousands of dollars. However, the moment you pay the money, you realize that you have been suckered into paying thousands of dollars to a con man on false promises.
    2. The love scam: It starts when you meet someone on a social networking site or a dating site and fall in love with him/her. The person, who’s from a faraway place, gains your trust and asks for a monitory help on the pretext of some family emergency. However, the notion breaks once you wire the money and the person is never found again.
    3. The youth scam: You are invited to participate in a contest through an SMS alert. You are asked to enter your credentials to apply for a credit card for free. However, you never receive any credit card and your personal information is used to plan a scam against you.
    4. Free gift scam: You get an e-mail about winning an XBOX or an iPad, or some other hot gadget. To claim your prize, you need to visit and handle the “shipping and handling” costs by providing your debit card and PIN number. However, the item never arrives, but you are ripped of thousands of dollars from your bank account.
    5. The computer scam: You receive a call with a warning that your computer is infected with a nasty virus. The offer is to clean your computer, either free of cost or for a minimum fee. But, instead of scanning your computer for viruses, the scammers remotely access your computer to load it with malware and try to steal confidential information stored in your computer for a fraud.

    iYogi Scam Alerts team warns you of all these prevalent scams that try to rip you of your money and other important credentials. To know more about latest scams and frauds in the world of Internet, keep reading iYogi scam alerts.

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    iYogi Scam Alert: Worst American Internet Scams

    by on Feb 19th, 2013

    Internet fraud business is skyrocketing and scammers are stretching their targets to newer zones and channels. iYogi Scam Alert raised red flags to protect you from the most prevalent online fraud schemes such as lucrative shopping deals, tech support, free gift cards, Facebook profile, credit card repayment schemes and many more.

    iYogi Scam Alert guides how to avert and safeguard you against these devious American online scams:

    Remove virus for $100   

    A tech support guy allegedly from a reputed tech support company may call you to warn you that your PC is under severe virus threat. And the bogus tech support technician will claim a free of $100 for supposedly removing the virus from your PC. iYogi Scam Alert warns you against these tech support imposters as they will take the opportunity to access your PC to remove a nonexistent virus to install programs that will steal data from your computer and infiltrate adware and spams in your PC.

     See who is stalking your Facebook profile    

    iYogi Scam Alert strictly warns you against those apps that claim to give you what you have been benefitting from your Once-upon-a-time Google Orkut profile. You might have seen the app in a friend’s news feeds and the will require you to click to find out who has been checking out your Facebook profile. You will be led to a fake Facebook page which will ask you to grant access to your profile and to complete a survey which will extract your information. iYogi claims that these apps are surbey scams that online surveyors design to extract information. Later, you will start receiving flood of ads on your browser on the basis of the personal information you furnished on these survey forms.

    iYogi Scam Alert also warns you against those e-mail scams that notify you of airline reservations or an UPS packages, problems with your net banking account among others. These e-mail scams are phishing and malware scams which will harm you by sending malware to your PC.

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    iYogi Scam Alerts: Beware of missed calls scams

    by on Feb 6th, 2013

    Missed calls scam might be as old as hills, but scammers are still using it and targeting innocent people to mend money, making us realize that most of the users are still not aware of this ongoing scam. iYogi Scam Alerts team warns its users of this prevalent missed calls scam that compels the recipients to fall for this scam.

    How does the scam work?

    Missed call scam starts with a ring on your phone, with callers hanging up the phone quickly so that you are not able to answer the call within that time. Though you have not been able to answer that call, your phone registers a missed call. The callers usually give two to three short calls on your phone to signal out the sense of urgency. Curious to find out who it is, you will end up calling back on that number. This is where the scam starts:

    • The number that you call back gets redirected to a premium rate service, ripping you off your money by deducting heavy call charges per minute.
    • At times, you get to hear a recorded message on the number that may inform you of winning a prize of some sort along with a new number to claim the prize. Now the second number is a premium rate number that charges you a lot of money to claim your prize.

    How to check if this is a scam?

    iYogi Scam Alerts team highlights some simple ways to identify missed call scam. Beware of calls that:

    • come from unidentified numbers,
    • are too short to be answered back,
    • have a number that starts with 190, and
    • have a recorded message asking you to dial a different number, often starting with 190, to claim a prize.

    What can be done about this?

    iYogi Scam Alerts team offers some simple tips and tricks to protect you from this ongoing missed calls scam:

    • It is always advisable not to respond to missed calls that come from numbers you are not familiar with.
    • Be wary of phone numbers that start with 190. These are premium rate numbers and you will end up spending a lot of money by calling at these numbers.
    • Always be careful of deals and offers that look too lucrative to be true.

    To know more news and updates on latest scams and frauds in the digital world, keep reading iYogi Scam Alerts.

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