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Terry Cutler | What you need to know about popular scams and how to avoid being duped

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Published on May 30, 2015

Published on Jul 4, 2013
Global News Montreal July 4 2013

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TERRY CUTLER, DIGITAL LOCKSMITHS
Terry is collaborating with the RCMP Anti Fraud group to help beat the scammers.
He takes their calls, allows them into his bait system, and tracks them down using his own software.

WE WILL GO OVER THREE POPULAR SCAMS:

1. RansomWare -- Someone claiming to be from Microsoft will call you up saying your computer is causing errors and that they would like to fix it for you remotely. Once they get in and install the fake anti virus software, your computer will become locked and held for a $100-$300 ransom. (Ransomware is a type of virus that prevents you from using your computer or accessing your data until you pay a certain amount (the "ransom") to a remote entity.) feel free to listen to my interview on this topic http://www.terrycutler.com/wordpress/...

2. One direction scam on kijiji. People buying tickets on Kijiji for $600+ dollars were scammed. Buyers should always get their tickets with evenko.ca or the artist's website.

3. Luxury vehicle scam, where people are asked to wire money for cars to offshore accounts. Full details here http://www.omvic.on.ca/news/releases/...

***WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS?

1. Usually the warning signs are "if it's too good to be true, it probably ain't", but the problem with the latest scams is that there's been so much effort into making it appear legit, that most people wouldn't know until it was too late.
2. Photographs that the scammer sends show a very attractive person. The photo appears to have been taken at a professional modeling agency or photographic studio. All photos are fake.
3. The scammer claims to be a native-born North American citizen, but uses poor grammar indicative of a non-native English speaker. The scammer raises the hopes of the victim by various false claims of romance, products, or services. The false claims may be supported by bogus testimonials/documents.
4. asks you to pay through non-traceable avenues, such as Western Union or MoneyGram, or a third party, or via an overseas address
5. sells a typically expensive item at cut-rate prices, which is a good indicator that it could be counterfeit.
6. refuses to provide tracking numbers when you purchase an item. Tracking numbers are another way to trace a valid transaction.
7. offers only excuses, instead of help, when your purchased item doesn't arrive at your doorstep.

About Terry :
Terry Cutler is a co-founder of Digital Locksmiths, Inc.(http://www.digitallocksmiths.ca) -- an IT security and data defense firm based in Montreal -- and serves as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Terry's career in the IT security space prior to his joining Digital Locksmiths has been long and distinguished. He was most recently a Premium Support Engineer for Novell in Canada where he analyzed network vulnerabilities and transitioned security technologies into production, and before that he held digital security leadership roles with a number of large corporations. Through the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), Terry earned the rank Certified Ethical Hacker in recognition of his having mastered a range of industry best practices to thwart hackers by knowing how they think and operate from the inside out. In addition to being a licensed private investigator in Canada, Terry is an active member of both the High Technology Crime Investigation Association and the Center for Internet Security. An internationally known author, trainer, speaker, and security consultant, Terry has appeared in numerous television and radio programs and is very active on the conference circuit. More at http://www.terrycutler.com

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