Tag: spam

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don’t reply to — or click on — a link for a random text message you see on your phone saying that you’ve won a prize, gift card or an expensive electronic like an iPad. It’s most likely a scam.According...

Malware is short for “malicious software."  It includes viruses and spyware that get installed on your computer, phone, or mobile device without your consent. These programs can cause your device to crash and can be used to monitor and control your...

A free iPad?! A $1,000 gift card? And all for clicking on a “YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR A PRIZE” text message you got out of the blue?According to a recent FTC settlement with a marketer named Jason Q. Cruz, it simply isn’t so. Seems Mr. Cruz sent...

Who doesn’t like to get something for free? That’s what scammers are hoping when they send out messages like this:You've been selected for a free $1000 giftcard!Enter the code 'FREE' at yourfavestore.com.shop.biz to get it now.Only 112 left! Text...

You get a text message claiming your email account has been hacked. The message asks you to text back in order to reactivate your account. Has your account really been hacked, or is this a scam?Here’s an example of a spam text making the rounds:User...

You get a flood of messages from friends and family. They’re getting emails from you with seemingly random links, or messages with urgent pleas to wire you money. It looks like your email or social media account might have been taken over. What do...

TXT MSG:U won a FREE gift card!! Go 2 TXMSGSPAM, enter code $$$ to claim card within 24 hrs.RU getting the MSG? Recently, the FTC moved to shut down a network of scammers who sent spam texts that promised  “free” gifts, prizes, electronics, or gift...

Text message spam is to your cell phone what email spam is to your personal computer. Both may try to get you to reveal personal information.Text message spam is a triple threat: It often uses the promise of free gifts or product offers to get you...

If you've ever gotten a text message on your cell phone telling you that you've won a free prize, you're not alone. During the past year, the FTC has gotten tens of thousands of complaints about unsolicited text messages. Many of the messages claim...

Over the past several years, a new threat has emerged on the Internet, increasingly putting consumers at risk. Some industry experts suggest that as many as 1 in 10 computers in the U.S. are part of what is called a botnet. Botnets are groups of...

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