Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fraud Flash for the week of September 29, 2008

Sept. 30, 2008
Identity theft victim wins right to sue county clerk over posting of personal data
An Ohio woman whose identity was allegedly stolen after an image of a speeding ticket containing her personal information was posted on a county government Web site can sue the county official responsible for putting such records online, a state appeals court in Cincinnati ruled last week.

Oct. 1, 2008
Online fraud rises by 185 per cent
The amount of money lost to internet fraudsters specifically targeting banking customers rose by an alarming 185 per cent in the first six months of 2008 because of an increase in phishing attacks and spyware scams, according to Apacs, the payment industry association.

Online fraud nearly doubles in just 12 months!
If ever there was a sign that we are in real trouble with worldwide economies it is the massive growth in online fraud as more and more people throw their common sense out of the window and chase an array of free money, gifts and other such prizes.

Oct. 2, 2008
New phishing attempt targets bank customers
Many people are wondering what to do now that their bank has been acquired in the wake of the lending crisis. Well, whatever you do, don't click on links in e-mails purportedly sent by your bank.
Security firm SonicWall said Thursday that it has been seeing e-mails that attempt to lure people to fake bank Web sites, where they are asked to re-verify their personal and bank information as part of a merger.

Phishing scams cash in on bank crisis
Businesses need to be on the lookout for phishing scams trying to cash in on the current economic crisis gripping the US. According to JP Morgan, customers using its Chase services have been receiving spam emails from fraudsters trying to commit identity theft and fraud by coaxing users into giving them account information.

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