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    If you try logging in to an account, but get a “wrong password” error what do you do? You will probably try typing the same password again. But if that does not work, do you try another one of your passwords? Then another, and another? Cybercriminals have a clever new scam that takes advanta…

      In a recent phishing attack that targets single men, cybercriminals show us how they use modern technology to trick their victims. The scam starts with the cybercriminal posing as a single woman and befriending their target on social media. Then they start building rapport with the target th…

        Cybercriminals are using advanced tactics to disguise dangerous malware as harmless text files. Using a phishing email, the bad guys try to trick you into downloading a file attachment named “ReadMe_knl.txt”. Typically, files ending in .txt are plain text documents that can be opened in any …

          While cyber threats continue to advance in new and intimidating ways, classic phishing methods are still a favorite among the bad guys. Let’s take a look at a recent Facebook-themed phishing attack and see if you can spot the red flags:

            Jared Faulkner is the IT director for the St. Francois County Government. As part of his work, he continuously deals with various internet viruses, hackers and other cybercriminal behavior, along with continuously being updated by authorities such as the Department of Homeland Security. He h…

            Old scams are resurfacing in the area that are affecting unwary local residents by taking their money under false pretenses.

            Some area residents have reported receiving official-looking letters in the mail that claim they won a $4.5 million prize during the October release of the “Mega Millions Spanish sweepstake international lottery” in Madrid, Spain.

            Residents are asked to be on the look-out for a scam appearing to come from a government office.

            More than half of holiday shoppers expect to click to shop on Cyber Monday – Nov. 28 this year – and it could be one of the biggest online shopping days ever. The National Retail Federation estimates total online sales for the season at $117 billion.

            Anyone who may be looking for a home to rent in the Parkland area is advised to be cautious about potential scams. Real estate agent Donna ByFord, who works through Goodson Realty in Park Hills, was alerted to a swindle involving one of her sale listings Friday morning.

            One local resident did the right thing when it comes to outsmarting scammers – and hopes by telling his story others will do the same.


            The Shed Vapes has done it again. For the third year in a row, the business earned Best Parkland Vape Shop. The business also earned another award: Best Specialty Shop-Farmington.

            Several area residents have contacted the Daily Journal in recent days reporting a scam in which they have received phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service who threatens legal action against them for back taxes owed to the government.

            State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is warning Missourians of an Unclaimed Property scam utilizing a letter purporting to be from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and instructing the recipient to pay a fee in order to receive Unclaimed Property. While it is an …

            A Farmington man says the caller on the other end of the phone line claimed to be a nephew in trouble with the law – but instead, was a scammer who took the man and his wife for almost $4,000.

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