While losing weight is a popular New Year’s resolution, the Better Business Bureau has issued a news release saying consumers should use caution when buying diet and weight loss products to help them on their quest for health — especially products that advertise a free trial. One Ste. Genevi…
The Department of Social Services is warning Missourians to be alert of fraudulent activity involving Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funds. Individuals have reported receiving phone calls telling them they are eligible to receive a large sum of money through CSBG funds if they agree to…
In a new Smishing (SMS Phishing) attack aimed at Android users, cybercriminals send a text message that claims you have a delivery that needs to be paid for.
A recent social engineering scam uses real people in a call center to trick you into downloading malware onto your computer. Here’s how the scam works:
An easy way for cybercriminals to get your attention is to claim that you owe a large amount of money. Pair this claim with a QuickBooks-themed phishing email and malicious malware, you get a dangerous cybersecurity threat.
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…
Cybercriminals rely on trickery and emotional reactions to bypass your security.
If you’ve taken security awareness training, you have probably been taught to hover your cursor over a link to view the destination URL.
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.
The Social Security Administration launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to continue warning people about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme.
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.
Sometimes, the “friend” on Facebook Messenger is not actually a “friend” at all.
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.
A retired Madison County man reported last week that he has received at least a half dozen suspicious phone calls over a two-week period.
The Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce office was notified Friday that numerous suspicious phone calls had been placed to local businesses, both chamber members and non-members.
Deedra Von Fange, of Farmington, knew there was something not quite right with the email in her inbox on April 23 around 4:46 a.m.
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.
Recent mails to area artists seeking to buy their art are another way scammers are targeting potentially vulnerable individuals, Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns.
One man’s trash, the saying goes, is another man’s treasure.
Ameren is providing tips to safeguard customers in Missouri and Illinois from scam artists attempting to defraud them.
A number of St. Francois County residents have been contacted in recent weeks by a man claiming to represent the Publishers Clearing House. He has some great news for them — they are the grand prize winner of a large sum of cash, a luxury automobile, and in some cases, both.