Save You Scam – Ignore the Your Computer Was Infected and Now Pay Me Blackmail Scam

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Here is a pretty decent cyber blackmail scam that can probably get the best of folks.

It is in a form of a blackmail via email stating they infected your PC, stole your personal info and recorded you on your webcam and for proof they provide a real password you have actually used  (or still do).

The blackmail comes into play as they are requesting you pay them via bitcoin or else they will send out the webcam recorded video(s) and all personal information. **DON’T FALL FOR THIS SCAM**





Yes, it is a real password that they include in the subject line along with “save you” verbiage. It truly is a password that you may have used and probably tied to the email account your receiving the email to.

But how did they get your info? Easy, with all the data breaches that have happened in the past several years, our data, including passwords have been leaked into the dark-web for crappy folks to buy and try to use and take advantage of folks just like this.

They are leveraging old data to promote fear into falling for the scam. Do note, if you still use the password they listed in the email for ANYTHING, go and change any accounts that are still using that password just for best practice.

So we want to provide this information to protect yourself. Here is the word for word mailing that you may receive. Hoping you are finding this from searching, ultimately protecting yourself from these malicious folks who are too lazy to work for the money. Continue reading “Save You Scam – Ignore the Your Computer Was Infected and Now Pay Me Blackmail Scam” »

Don’t Be Scammed – Ignore The Internet NetWORX Spam Letter

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If you own a domain name or someone has it registered on your behalf you will probably come across these devious letters in the mail.

They come from fraudulent domain registrars others who prey on people who don’t fully understand the domain registration service or directory listings in full.  So send letters in the mail about something expiring like your domain name or similar and request payment before “renewal” of something is up.

And because they know businesses and nonprofits are busy, many simply send these in the mail to their accounting folks (I know actual clients who did) to get paid.

We get asked about these from our clients, which tells me they have clearly deceived their letters pretty well to try to trick some domain owners into thinking a domain renewal invoice.

So I first wrote about this other iDNS mail letter a couple of years ago, but my clients and myself are still receiving these. Which is a problem. Why? Because it means many of you are still falling for the scam and paying these fraudulent scammers 300-500% higher cost to own the registration to your domain.





Why is this considered Spam? Because its unsolicited (you didn’t ask for it) and is a fraudulently deceiving letter, making you think the worlds going to end if you don’t transfer your domain name to them. In which after they own your domain name registration, they can jack your price higher/hold your domain hostage to force you to pay.

So we want to provide this information to protect you, whether you have registered your domain name with Northwoods Web Designs or some other provider. Here is the word for word mailing that you may receive. Hoping you are finding this from searching, ultimately protecting yourself from this spam company.

These companies who send these letters, such as NETWORX,  attempt to convince you into transferring or renewing your domain using their service. Which on average is 500% above the market rate for domain name services.  Continue reading “Don’t Be Scammed – Ignore The Internet NetWORX Spam Letter” »

Don’t Be Scammed – Ignore the Apple ID Has Been Locked Email

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Here is another example of scammers trying to prey on the folks least expecting it. This time, it is the beloved and dedicated Apple users.

An Apple ID is an important piece of authentication when it comes to apple products. It is used on your Macbook Air, your ipod’s your Apple iPhones, access to the App Store and iTunes Store and more. Its what connects you to the Apple cloud.

So when a letter comes through, like this one which actually made it through spam filters, stating your Apple ID is locked and you have to visit the link to unlock you quickly, you might just do that without thinking twice.

But before you do, always call or visit the Apple’s site by manually typing in the Apple’s website (https://www.apple.com/).





So our clients have been receiving these in the mail. Your probably thinking, wait how does this relate to website stuff? Well plenty, considering over 50% of the users searching the web and visiting websites is all done on those smartphones. And 1/2 of those smart phones are some type of iPhone.

So we want to provide this information to protect you, whether you are a client of ours or not for your reference. Here is the word for word mailing that you may receive. Hoping you are finding this from searching, ultimately protecting yourself from this spam company. Continue reading “Don’t Be Scammed – Ignore the Apple ID Has Been Locked Email” »

Don’t Be Scammed – Ignore The iDNS Domain Registrar Spam Letter

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From time to time, some of Northwoods Web Designs (NWD) clients as well as ourselves, receive letters from fraudulent domain registrars who prey on people who don’t fully understand the domain registration service by sending letters in the mail about their expiring domain and requests payment.

We get asked about these from our clients, which tells me they have clearly deceived their letters pretty well to try to trick some domain owners into thinking a domain renewal invoice.

So I first wrote about this a couple of years ago, but my clients and myself are still receiving these. Which is a problem. Why? Because it means many of you are still falling for the scam and paying United Arab Emirates 300-500% higher cost to own the registration to your domain.





Why is this considered Spam? Because its unsolicited (you didn’t ask for it) and is a fraudulently deceiving letter, making you think the worlds going to end if you don’t transfer your domain name to them. In which after they own your domain name registration, they can jack your price higher/hold your domain hostage to force you to pay.

So we want to provide this information to protect you, whether you have registered your domain name with Northwoods Web Designs or some other provider. Here is the word for word mailing that you may receive. Hoping you are finding this from searching, ultimately protecting yourself from this spam company.

These companies who send these letters, such as iDNS,  attempt to convince you into transferring or renewing your domain using their service. Which on average is 500% above the market rate for domain name services.  Continue reading “Don’t Be Scammed – Ignore The iDNS Domain Registrar Spam Letter” »

Spam Hall of Shame – Be Cautious of Scam Voicemails Left Trying to Get You To Call Back

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Stop Spam - Although some of it is funnyWelcome to our Spam Hall of Shame. Where we post some of the most bizarre, funny but potentially harmful scam/spam to the unknowing victim.

This spam showcases around voicemail phishing (Vishing), which is a type of scam done through Voicemails.  Unfortunately anyone can be a target of this scam and doesn’t matter whether you provided your number with others.

Phone numbers in the U.S. follow a predicted value so a simply computer program can be created to obtain the numbers (everything from (111) – 111 – 1111 to (999) – 999 – 9999 for example. Which makes it easy to have a computer to simply do the dirty work and leave a recorded message (scammers are also lazy people).

Continue reading “Spam Hall of Shame – Be Cautious of Scam Voicemails Left Trying to Get You To Call Back” »