Cyber Crime

I was a victim of cybercrime

Learn to avoid cybercrime by knowing what the criminals are doing.  Read what happened to me so that you will not be duped like I was.

  • Cost me $350
  • Being an intelligent, logical, mathematical man, I never thought this could happen to me
  • Cybercrime was not part of my business plan
  • Con man was so clever with words and lies
    • Instilled a fear that overshadowed my logical functions

  • A graphics program I am fond of stopped working properly
  • An honest technician said firewall had been turned off
  • Other security features had been compromised
  • Total of 1969 errors
  • I have a Mac and it never occurred to me that such a thing could happen
  • Technician fixed everything
  • Told me to change passwords
  • I Googled “how change Apple Id password”
    • That is when the cybercrime began

Fraudster’s manipulation

  • Fraudster obviously knew that most people wanting to change their Apple ID password would be having a cyber security issue
  • I ended up on a phishing page

  • Here I asked to change my Apple ID
  • I gave my username and new password
  • Things switched to a page with a message similar to the one in this
    image
  • It said that they would send an email
  • None came
  • That
    was all part of the phishing plan
  • Wondering what had happened to the email, I phoned the number
  • Con man who answered was a salesman for Live Remote
  • He said that his company was contracted to solve technical problems for Microsoft and Apple
  • Soon he said
    • Someone had access to my computer and was sending out nude pictures and nasty messages in my name
    • And that various hackers around the world had access to my computer
    • IP addresses he showed me were supposedly fraudulently connected to my computer
    • I was 97% infected
    • Once it reached 100%, all of the hackers would have full access to my computer including my banking information
  • He said their technicians could fix the problem
  • Eventually I
    found out that it would cost me $350
  • Because I felt I had just
    minutes before all the hackers had complete control over my banking
    information, I gave my credit card number
  • They asked for remote access to my computer
    • They could supposedly fix the problem
  • If I had know what I know now, that would have been a red flag
  • After talking to my original legitimate technician, I realized I had been scammed

Other points of interest

  • They named their company Live Remote
    • Very similar to the name of the legitimate company with which I was working
  • They charge $350 for one year of unlimited service
    • That is exactly what the legitimate company charges
  • So, they impersonated two companies
    • Apple and the legitimate support company with which I was working
  • I even had to cancel my credit card and contact the credit bureaus to put an alert on my account

Let your cyber security person know.  Never under any circumstances give money to a company named Live Remote.  Otherwise you could be a cybercrime victim.

Phishing: An exercise in which criminals create replicas of commercial websites.  They then defraud online account holders of financial information by posing as the legitimate company.

Cyber Security: A branch of security that focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction.

YouTube video about cyber security

 

Pages related to avoiding cybercrime

The Network World has an interesting article about hacking a chemical plant for extortion.

The SPAM fighter website says: National Crime Agency of UK has come up with tailor-made reports collaborating with other agencies in an effort to fight cybercrime.   More

The Eastbourne Herald has some excellent advice on how to avoid cybercrime.  Read now

The College of Liberal Arts Newsroom says . . .the most imperative steps one should take towards cybercrime prevention
include having a strong password and installing anti-virus software. 
  More

 

Learn about STOPzilla antivirus software

 

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