Our goal is to help people increase their awareness of computer-related, internet-based threats, scams and fraudulent practices, and to decrease their risks and associated lost productivity.
Dating & Sex
A Professional Love Scammer From Zimbabwe
Facebook Sextortion Scam
I Love You, Bail Me Out!
I Love You, Bail Me Out Again!
I Love You, Send Me Money!
My Malware Recorded You!
Online Dating Scams
Plenty of Fish Has Plenty of Sharks
Sexting a Minor. Or So You Think.
Sextortion By Email
Sextortion By Bot?
Underage Girl Sext Scam
Jobs & Hiring Scams
Amazon “Work From Home”
Car Wrap Scams on the Rise
FAKE Housing/Real Estate Corp.
Job Interviews in Google Hangouts,Telegram &Skype
Job Interviews for FAKE Businesses!
Nannies, Baby Sitters, Tutors & Dog Sitters
LOTS of Package Shipping Scams!
Patriot Housing Corp Job Scam!
Personal Asst. Employment
Sunrise Housing Group Job Scam!
Text Recruiting by CVS
Work at Home with WebMD
You’re Hired! Job Scams
Anti-Aging Face & Skin Creams
Deceptive Consumer Services
Fake Stores: Victorious Shoes & Other Online Stores
Free Airline Tickets?
Heather with Credit Card Services
RewardsConnector –Real or Fraud?
Scam Checks on Craigslist
Student Loan Scam Calls
Would You Buy a Computer From Them?
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Fake Amazon Customer Service Numbers Reported on TDS
direct reports of the "underage girl" sext scam to TDS
# of companies represented in fake job interviews via text
# of Fake Package Reshipping Companies Exposed as Fraud
2021 Newsletter Top stories
May 12: We Don’t Have ALL the Answers, But We DO Have Your Problems!
May 5: It Looks Like You! (Facebook Message)
April 28: Playing with Scammers
April 21: The Story Behind the Story – What’s Real Anymore?
April 14: Okey to Monitor Me!
Apirl 7: Can We Ever Trust Gift Card Emails Again?
March 31: World’s Best Tape Measurer or A More Insidious Message?
March 24: ICANN Favors Criminals Over Public Safety
March 17: A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words
March 10: XYZ? Let It Be!
March 3: Textplosion!
Feb 24: Why It Is Important to be Skeptical Online
Feb 17: Life Online is Not Always What It Appears to Be!
Feb 10: Its a Numbers Game: IP Addresses
Feb 3: Why Google Can No Longer Be Trusted
Jan 27: Thank You for Your Order
Jan 20: REAL from FRAUD
Jan 13: Clever Look-Alike Domains
Jan 6: A Digital Mugging
Oct 20: Fall Weather Brings Fall Scams
Oct 13: Can You Spot the World in Your Inbox?
Oct 6: Cash or Malware Offer for Your Home?
Sept 29: Would You Trust This Bank?
Sept 22: Click Tricks, Misdirection & Ad Traps
Sept 15: Popular Click Tricks!
Sept 8: A Bucket of Smelly Phish!
Sept 1: A Rose By Any Other Name…
Aug 25: Open Letter to Google About How to Do Better
Aug 18: Where Does This Fall on the Sleaz-o-Meter?
Aug 11: One Woman’s Free Money Story
Aug. 4: Do Legitimate Businesses Put Profit Before Safety?
July 28: Customer Support from Scammers
July 21: A New Twist to Sextortion
July 14: How Many Warning Signs Can You Spot?
July 7: Unlocking the Door to an Apt. Rental Scam
June 30: Is This Credible?
June 23: A. Father’s Day Gift Quiz
June 16: Explosion of Package Shipping Scams!
June 9: Craigslist Rental Scams…Again
June 2: Cryptocurrency Scams with a Nasty Twist!
May 26: My Cup Runneth Over with Amazon Phish
May 19: Package Reshipping Scammers are Relentless!
2020 Newsletter Top stories
June 17: One Password Can Destroy You
June 10: Questionable Texts-The Good, The Bad & Ugly
June 3: We Found An Old Check With Your Name On It
May 27: Reality Online Is Anything But Real
May 20: How Good Are You At Detecting Fraud?
May 13: Best Award-Winning Scam Story Evah!
May 6: Facebook Goes Beyond Your Account to Track You
April 29: Microsoft Outlook Has a BIG Problem
April 22: Target’s Online Spider Web
April 15: The Many Faces of Clickbait
April 8: Many Different Ways to Go Phishing
April 1: Comment Spam Landmines
March 25: A Spear-Phish Targets a School
March 18: We Share Your Pain: Comment Spam
March 11: Corona Virus Scams
March 3: How Many Red Flags Can You Count?
Feb 26: Malicious Mimics
Feb 19: Malicious Texts Target You Through Your Phone
Feb 12: Calling Customer Support
Feb 5: Blurred Lines Between Legitimate and Scam
Jan 29: You’re a Winner!
Jan 22: A Walk on the Whild Side
Jan 15: Day Old Domains
Jan 8: We Want to Believe…
Jan 1: Do You Qualify for a Settlement? Russia Thinks You Do
Dec 30: Deceit and Lies Are Too Easy Online!
Dec 23: Hacking Human Behavior
Dec 16: How Good a Detective Are You?
Dec 9: Using TDS for Malicious Purposes!
Dec 2: Murky Waters of Cam Girls?
Nov 25: A Peak into Apt./House Rental Scams
Nov 18: Job Scams
Nov 11: Stories From Our Readers
Nov 4: Medicare/Medicaid – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Oct 28: An Ocean Full of Phish!
Oct 21: Feel My Pain!
Oct 14: Political Questionnaire or Malicious Text?
Oct 7: Sleuthing Comment Spam
Sept 30: Mi Casa NO Es Tu Casa!
Sept 23: Telltale Signs of Malicious Intent
Sept 16: Save Your Marriage
Sept 9: Jenzaa Has a Severe Problem
Sept 2: Can 2 Letters Reveal Fraud? YES!
Aug 26: Looking for Love in ALL the Wrong Places
Aug 19: Texting Mayhem!
Aug 12: Using Google Image Search to Tell Real From Fake
Aug 5: Can You Guess the Scam Site?
July 29: Dark Patterns – Revisited
July 22: Fraud at the Spa?
July 15: Deadly Phone Numbers!
July 8: Good Words Are Worth Much, and Cost Little
July 1: Fake Friend Request on FB
June 24: A Plethora of Phish!
2019 Newsletter TOp stories
Dec 25: Private Video for You (& Other Clickbait)
Dec 18: Amazon Fraud Phone Call & Email?
Dec 11: An Opaque Fishbowl
Dec 4: Christmas & Malicious Clickbait
Nov. 30: Attacking the Faithful
Nov 20: Malicious Emails Disguised as Health News
Nov 13: Breaking News Breaks More Than News
Nov 6: Fcbk “Likes” Link to Malware Disguised as Porn
Oct 30: How Many Red Flags Can You Spot?
Oct 23: Spear Phishing a Rotary Club
Oct 16: Beware of Extreme Claims
Oct 9: An Award Winning Story!
Oct 2: Appearances Are Deceiving
Sept 25: How the Best Can Be the Worst
Sept 18: Stranger in a Strange Land
Sept 11: One Malicious Domain to Rule Them All
Sept 4: Have You Had “The Talk” Yet?
Aug 28: Sextortion Again
Aug 21: Not a “Happy Meal!”
Aug 14: Your Scam Story!
Aug 7: How to Best Protect Your Finances
July 31: What “Sounds Official” But Isn’t?
July 24: 2 Random Hyphenated Words
July 17: Nigerian 419 Scammers Will Brighten Our Day
July 10: Golf Magazine Clickbait?
July 3: Two Very Different Types of Deception
June 26: Poisoned Google Searches?
June 19: Down the Rabbit Hole of an Apple Phish
June 12: Beware The Great White Space!
June 5: Scams of the Week
May 29: The Danger of Redirects
May 22: Stay Away From the “Pro”
May 15: One Phish, Two Phish, Red Phish, Blue Phish
May 8: When All Roads Lead to… JBBRWAKI?
May 1: Painful Social Engineering
April 24: Misuse of Free Website Services
April 17: Telltale Signs of Scammer Email Addresses
April 10: Bridal Shower Shenanigans
April 3: FROM vs. Reply-To
March 27: Extortion on the Rise
March 20: The Last Laugh From the Laffer Center
March 13: A Very Dangerous US!
March 6: Avalanche of Scam/Spam Phone Calls
Feb 27: Malicious Texts Disguised as Amex & Chase Bank
Feb 20: A Rise in Malicious Fake Newsletters
Feb 13: Time to Renew Your Domain….or is it?
Feb 6: Free, Absurd, Illegal, and Popular…Clickbait!
Jan 30: Do You Pay Attention to Details?
Jan 23: Sextortion on the Rise
Jan 16: When Good Food Turns Bad: Hijacked Websites
Jan 9: Beware Breaking News Alerts
Jan 2: We’ve Known Each Other for Many Years
NOTE: All links from 1/2/19 through 10/16/19 are PDF files
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