Internet dating infested by 419 scammers
Many fraudsters rely on their good English and social engineering skills to scam victims rather than relying on technology.
Since basic scams are still so popular, we thought we’d alert you to three types you may encounter.
With the constant barrage of news articles about cyberattacks that use extremely sophisticated malware (like the Tesla Crypt malware/ransomware that hit the Internet in early 2015) or employ complex hacking skills, it’s easy to forget that the web is still full of fraudsters that scam in the “old school” way: through unsophisticated, basic attacks.
These scams rely heavily on “social engineering,” a method hackers use that revolves around manipulating and tricking people.
Krebs speculated that this might be in-fighting, or caused by the fact that such scammers often share the same internet cafes – which might have infected machines.
Krebs said that many of the email addresses revealed on the list had previously been used in dating, confidence scams and lottery scams.
Private Recovery’s keylogger is often sent to victims disguised as a screensaver, but site users attempt to scam victims into opening it via methods including online dating scams, where the malware is delivered as a “picture” of their beloved, after a long online courtship.There are thousands of types of scams today, but most boil down to stealing money, property, or information. Phishing Receive an e-mail from someone pretending to be your bank indicating you are overdrawn or made a purchase you really didn't make and asking you to log in and verify the information.However, the link in the e-mail actually points to a fake site that logs your username and password information.Once people get the chance to “get rich quick,” especially through a scheme that seems to be just one small hurdle away from being complete, they are often more than willing to depart from some money they currently have.Check out this sample 419 scam email that includes warnings on what to watch out for. Here’s how they work: First, the fraudster creates a fake account at an online dating service.