“Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.”

-Samuel Johnson



From the Blog

The Refund Scam

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Fraudster on the Roof, Wire Fraud

As always, please note that the intention of the “Fraudster on the Roof” series is for readers to learn and think about how to better detect fraud, not to improve how they implement it. The fundamentals of the Refund Scam are simple: scammer orders an item from a large online market place, when it arrives […]

US Senate & the Tech Support Scam

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Tech Support Scam

Running a Tech Support scam? Based in India? Think you’re safe? Think again. Senator Susan M. Collins “According to Microsoft, these computer tech support scams cost Americans an estimated $1.5 billion a year” “Putting a stop to the multitude of ruthless scams that target seniors is among the Committee’s top priorities.” “If you had this […]

On Ad Procurement Delays

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Online Advertising

We already know that the online advertising ecosystem consists of advertisers and publishers that are bound together via advertising networks. Publishers have the content along with the users and advertisers have ads that they want viewed by interested users. Networks then bring the nuts and bolts to connect the entities together. Networks typically divide publishers […]

Farming Credit Cards with Robo Dialing

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Wire Fraud

What better way to steal a credit card than to simply ask nicely for it. I recently received an automated call on my cell phone from an unknown number which basically started like this “Hello, we are calling from the Boeing Credit Union. Your credit card has been blocked. Please press 1 to unblock it.” I […]

Google update to software downloads

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Ad Injectors, Malvertising, Phishing

Google has a policy update on the way which is sure to impact the monsters that target vulnerable audiences with a myriad of deceptive downloads. Dear AdWords Advertiser, We’re writing to let you know about a change to Google’s advertising policies that might affect your AdWords account. Around late April, the Google AdWords policy on […]

Fake Reviews & The Google Play Store

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Affiliate Fraud, App Stores

The Fair Credit Reporting Act ensures that Americans are granted a free credit report from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion once every twelve months. If you are fortunate enough not to encounter a scammer along the way to getting your free credit report, then you’ll most likely end up at  annualcreditreport.com Unfortunately, not everyone is so […]