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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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    iYogi Scam Alert: Signs to Identify a Fake Website and Avoid Phishing?

    by on Jan 24th, 2013

    Fake websites are spread throughout the length and breadth of the World Wide Web. Worst still, they disguise as professional and great. All the more, such websites shout great offers and discounts on hot selling products. iYogi Scam warns that these fake websites do not work and serve what they claim to.

    iYogi Scam noticed that online scam artists lure their unsuspecting targets with lucrative deals to these fake websites which can be anything viz. a travel website, an e-commerce website, coupon websites, a tax return filing website, a fund raining website among others. These websites are designed in ways that collect vital personal data, employment details, financial details including name, address, user ID, customer relationship number, phone numbers, social security numbers, bank account details, credit card details, credit card details and many more. Apart from the risk of losing information to hackers and cons, these fake websites may transmit malware to the PC used to access these sites.

    So, what are the ways to avoid these fake websites? iYogi Scam has listed following signs that you must check before you visit these sites –

    1. Point of contact: A reputed and genuine professional website name will be associated to registered names such as “Plc” ‘inc’, “Ltd”, “LLC” among others. In addition to the registered business names, look for the physical mailing address, e-mail address, fixed line phone number or a contact or complaint form. You will not find such contact information on fake websites.
    2. Have you found contact numbers? If you have found some contact numbers in the form of e-mail addresses or phone numbers? iYogi Scam suggests you to assure if you can reach a human or a auto responding machine. Call or send an inquiry mail. Can you access them during normal business hours? Could you talk or reach person to answer your call or you reach voice mails?
    3. Check out the site at whois.net: iYogi Scam advises its subscribers to check the website at the ‘whois.net’. This portal will reveal if the website is associated to any online selling scams and will identify who owns the website.

    In addition to these abovementioned points, iYogi Scam also warns that fake websites contain cloned and copied content from other websites, hidden terms and conditions on shipping, delivery, return, payments. Does the site redirect to another website? iYogi Scam strictly warns online visitors to stay steer clear of such websites.

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    iYogi Scam Alert: How to Protect Against Online Tax Related Identity Theft Scams

    by on Jan 15th, 2013

    With IRS tax filing deadline just a few months away, you could be busy filing your tax and burdened managing under paperwork. While you are busy filing your tax returns, online scam artists could con you and steal identity. iYogi Scam Alert warns that incidences of tax related identity scams are increasing day by day. Online scam artists seize billions of taxpayer money by filing fake returns. Scammers will dupe you to collect copies of sensitive documents, your private information, social security number, bank account details leading you to incur huge loss.

    To help you protect against tax related identity scams, you need to know how tax related identity scams work. iYogi Scam Alert shows how these online scams work. Incidences of tax related identity scams occurs in any of these following patterns –

    • Scammers use your employment information to get jobs and create problems for you. When scammers’ income add up your total income, government will ask you for more taxes on income which you haven’t earned.
    • Online identity theft scammers will extract your name, address and social security number by using a fake W-2 forms. Later, they will use these forms to collect refunds of your tax payment.
    • Scammers of tax related identity scams may dupe you with a fake accounting website. They con unsuspicious taxpayers to use the website for filing their returns and tap their personal information.

    iYogi Scam Alert warns taxpayers about how to identify such tax related identity scams:  

    1. You may receive an e-mail stating that you need to furnish your personal information. Remember that an IRS will not initiate any communication with taxpayers via e-mails.
    2. You may receive a notice stating that more than one tax return have been filed by your name
    3. Have you ever received notice stating that you got wages from a dubious employer?

    In addition to these signs of tax related identity scams, iYogi Scam Alert suggests taxpayers to file their taxes earlier to avoid haste and get trapped by scammers’ schemes of tax payment. Since, there is no proper protective measure in place to protect unsuspecting taxpayers from online tax related identity scams.

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    iYogi Scam Alert: 4 Deadly Holiday Online Scams to Avoid

    by on Dec 19th, 2012

    As holiday shopping season is at its peak and we are busy in making shopping lists and purchasing items, one thing we hardly pay heed to. And it is holiday shopping scams. As holiday shoppers mostly emphasize on gifts, decorating items, gadgets and placing orders via online shopping carts, cybercriminals are tap unsuspecting buyers with online scams to earn money. iYogi Scam Alert offers guidance on how to avoid these online scams during holiday shopping season.

    Here is a roundup of four lucrative online scams you need to be aware of during holiday shopping –

    Direct Message (DM) Scam –
    iYogi Scam Alert warns against holiday shopping direct messages on Twitter account about a particular products. You may often come across a DM from another Twitter user who is offering your desired product at a lucrative bargain. Since you do not know the person, do not make an online upfront payment in order to grab the best bargain and get fooled.

    SMiShing –
    iYogi Scam Alert also warns against SMiSishing which implies phishing online scams through SMS text messages. With these SMiSishing, cybercriminals will send you alluring prizes and offers for holiday shopping through text messages.

    Phony gift cards –
    Gift cards are one of the most sought after online tools that help shoppers save more on their purchase. Hence, iYogi Scam Alert warns you against phony gift cards cybercriminals offer to lure unsuspecting shoppers. Hence, you need to be extra cautious while buying or giving fake gift cards. Cybercriminals target these fake gift cards through social media. They use these gift cards to obtain personal information and for identity theft.

    iPhone/iPad gift scams –
    iYogi Scam Alert also points that many cybercriminals would try to lure shoppers with free perks such as free iPhone 5, free iPad mini, free New iPad . They will send you fake links, online contests, phishing e-mails to scoop out your personal information or transmit malware to your computers.

    Along with these four online scams, iYogi Scam Alert has detected more weapons cybercriminals have in their arsenal to crook you during holiday shopping season. These are fake e-commerce sites, phony charities (with a stolen logo from the Red Cross), holiday themed phishing mails and e-cards, fake classifieds, mobile apps and many more.

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    iYogi Scam Alerts: Lookout for Fake Bank of America E-Mail

    by on Dec 11th, 2012

    Phishing e-mails often convey a sense of urgency and this latest e-mail scam is no different. A well-crafted phishing e-mail is doing rounds on the Internet; this time targeting Bank of America customers. iYogi scam alerts warns users of fraudulent e-mails that appear to be rolled out from Bank of America informing its users about their locked bank accounts.

    These e-mails that purport to be from Bank of America informs you that during your last sign in, you have crossed the maximum number of attempts to correctly answer your ‘SiteKey challenge questions’. So, for security reasons, the bank has locked your account. The e-mail then asks you to confirm, verify, or update your account details by visiting the link provided in the e-mail. Once you click on that link, it will redirect you to a spoof website that will capture your login details for cyber criminals to hack your bank account.

    iYogi Scam Alerts team also noted that the e-mail address for sending these e-mails is spoofed and these mails come from hijacked mail servers located in Europe and Asia. iYogi advices its users to be wary of such e-mails as Bank of America will never send e-mails to its users in this way, requesting their personal as well as bank account details.

    What should be done about this?

    Here are some things that users should keep in mind while dealing with such fraudulent e-mails:

    • Bank of America will never ask you to verify personal information like this. They will always ask you to visit the site and login to your account.
    • Most of the fraudulent e-mails contain incorrect grammar, misspellings, and poor punctuation usage. If you note any of these errors in the language, you should cross-check the e-mail with the bank by calling at their customer care number.
    • Carefully check the link in the e-mail to check its validity.
    • Phishing e-mails often use generic salutations like ‘Dear Customer’ or ‘Dear account holder’. However, e-mails that are sent from bank will be customized with your name.
    • To stay protected, always login directly to the bank’s website, instead of following the link in the e-mail.

    We bring in the latest scam news to help its users stay protected. To know more about latest scam and phishing alerts, keep reading iYogi scam alerts.

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    iYogi Scam Alert: Top 5 Causes of Identity Theft

    by on Dec 5th, 2012

    Identity theft is the fastest growing and most popular crime in the U.S. Hackers and scammers keep wincing out new ways to cheat innocent users. Every year more than nine million people become victims to identity theft, either online or offline. Identity theft occurs when someone tries to steal your personal and confidential information. Hackers have devised different ways of carrying out identity theft by stealing your personal information through credit card, hacking your mail account, public records, and the like. iYogi scam alerts report the top 5 ways through which scammers carry out identity theft:

    • Lost or stolen credit cards
      Today, most of us do most of our purchasing and banking through the Internet. So, with so many passwords and account numbers floating around, it becomes easier for hackers to nab your personal information. Out of all the identity theft scams, nearly one-quarter are due to credit card frauds. Keeping your credit cards secure and clearing your logins and passwords after using them on a public computer are the best ways to stay protected. Other than that, you should regularly monitor your bank and credit card statements to check if something is going wary.
    • Fake e-mails
      E-mails that claim to be from official sources are another popular way of carrying out identity theft. The hackers design fancy e-mails either to scare or lure the customer. Different types of hoax e-mails include virus e-mail, charity e-mails, missing child e-mails, bogus warning e-mails, lottery e-mails, e-mails for petitions and protests and so on. All these e-mails try to extract user information on one pretext or the other.
    • Social media scams
      Our social networking sites provide a wealth of information to scammers and hackers. They are in fact a storehouse of our digital identities. We enter our names, age, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, birthday date, and our photographs so that we are easily traceable by our friends and loved ones. We update each and every move that we make. But all this information is picked up by scammers to gain access to our bank accounts and other personal accounts.
    • Data breach
      Another potential way of carrying out identity theft, data breach is the intentional or unintentional release of secure information to an untrusted environment. iYogi advises users that if you think that your back account or credit card information has been compromised, you should immediately close that account and open a new one.
    • Offline scams
      In this digital era, offline schemes still account for the most common cause for identity frauds. Burglaries like lost or stolen wallets, laptops, and computers are the main reason behind offline identity scams. Other means of carrying out offline identity theft include false schemes that try to lure innocent customers.

    iYogi Scam alerts team warns users of identity theft scams and advises them to exercise extreme caution while indulging in any online or offline activity.

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