When the computer is rebooted or restarted, a screen comes up telling the user that they have violated federal laws and that they now owe a fine. Once the fine is paid, the virus continues working in the background and can steal credit card or banking information.
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Medicare fraud doesn’t just cost citizens taxpayer dollars. According to Gary Cantrell, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations for HHS, “Medicare fraud also exposes some of our most vulnerable citizens to identity theft, and, in some cases, endangers patients’ lives.”
If you have then you will be interested in a new official government database which is now available to the public which offers you the opportunity to “read all about it” when it comes to complaints about credit cards.
Would forcing internet businesses to allow back- door surveillance really help law enforcement agencies like the FBI, or would citizens simply find a way to get around them?
John V. Gillies, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami office states, “Organized criminals are stealing $5 billion and more by fraudulently claiming tax refunds.”
Checking your DNS to make sure that it is safe from malware is important because without it you could lose your Internet services. While it is best and most effectively tested through a computer professional, it is possible to check you DNS yourself for malware.
Most of us aren’t hackers, but we have been warned of the dangers of our location being found as we take, upload and share photos taken from our Smartphones and iPhone. For most of us the danger of doing so probably won’t lead to an arrest, but for many it could lead to it’s own set of problems.
“Victims don’t know they’ve been targeted until they file their own return and get notified by the IRS that someone has already filed a return in their name.”
This Charleston law firm reported being “scammed” out of $390,000 with this type of scheme. Other law firms in the area report similar methods of being approached. These cases were tracked to Japan, Canada and Nigeria.
As you will see in the FBI report, there is a whole lot of “good news/bad news.” The good news is that lots of people are being busted for crimes like fraud and theft. The bad news is that the bad guys are getting really good at using technology to make their scams a whole lot more convincing.