Euractiv: Poland warns of disinformation campaigners smearing Ukrainian refugees

Euractiv: Poland warns of disinformation campaigners smearing Ukrainian refugees. “The government Plenipotentiary for the Security of the Information Space of the Republic of Poland, Stanisław Żaryn, warned at a press conference about a disinformation campaign taking place in the country concerning refugees from Ukraine. Ukrainian refugees often fall victim to online and media disinformation. Rarely, however, on a scale against which the governments must warn citizens.”

On Trump’s Social Network: Ads for Miracle Cures, Scams and Fake Merchandise (New York Times)

New York Times: On Trump’s Social Network: Ads for Miracle Cures, Scams and Fake Merchandise. “Ads from major brands are nonexistent on the site. Instead, the ads on Truth Social are for alternative medicine, diet pills, gun accessories and Trump-themed trinkets, according to an analysis of hundreds of ads on the social network by The New York Times.”

PC Magazine: Bitwarden Warns of Scam Ads on Google Posing as the Password Manager

PC Magazine: Bitwarden Warns of Scam Ads on Google Posing as the Password Manager. “If you rely on Bitwarden, be careful using a search engine to look up the password manager. That’s because scammers have been spotted creating fake ads on Google to lure unsuspecting users to malicious Bitwarden sites.”

Daily Dot: What creators need to know about Logan Paul’s ‘CryptoZoo’ NFT scandal

Daily Dot: What creators need to know about Logan Paul’s ‘CryptoZoo’ NFT scandal. “When an influencer promises an investment on their project will soar in value only to disappear with any capital, the Web3 community refers to it as a ‘rug pull’ scam. Accusations of rug pulls often fly, but it’s often unclear and difficult to prove if the founders of NFT projects did cash out for millions at the expense of their followers, and even if they did, if it was premeditated and intentionally malicious.”

Bleeping Computer: Fake OnlyFans dating sites abuse UK Environment Agency open redirect

Bleeping Computer: Fake OnlyFans dating sites abuse UK Environment Agency open redirect. “Threat actors abused an open redirect on the official website of the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to direct visitors to fake OnlyFans adult dating sites. OnlyFans is a content subscription service where paid subscribers get access to private photos, videos, and posts from adult models, celebrities, and social media personalities.”

Media Matters: New year, new scam: TikTok’s largest weight loss advertiser is marketing predatory scams to young users

Media Matters: New year, new scam: TikTok’s largest weight loss advertiser is marketing predatory scams to young users. “TikTok’s largest weight loss advertiser, Kilo Group, is dumping money into predatory scams targeting users, particularly women, despite violating the platform’s own content guidelines. These ads promise unrealistic weight loss and extreme body changes, all while trying to trap users into auto-renewing subscriptions — fitting the Better Business Bureau’s profile of a weight loss scam.”

Kotaku: Logan Paul Says Some Of His NFT Game Devs Were ‘Con Men,’ But He Didn’t Scam

Kotaku: Logan Paul Says Some Of His NFT Game Devs Were ‘Con Men,’ But He Didn’t Scam. “After keeping his mouth shut for roughly two weeks, Logan Paul has finally opened up about his blockchain NFT ‘game,’ CryptoZoo, in a response video to investigative YouTuber Stephen ‘Coffeezilla’ Findeisen. However, if you were hoping for some sort of explanation of what went wrong with the project, you’ll be sorely disappointed.”

Coingeek: Scammers target FTX collapse victims by mimicking US State Department

Coingeek: Scammers target FTX collapse victims by mimicking US State Department. “Oregon’s Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) has warned digital currency investors to do their due diligence before investing in any scheme, given the high spate of fraud plaguing the industry. The financial watchdog disclosed the warning on its official website, listing some of the tactics employed by scammers. One such measure is the re-victimization of FTX’s users with the ploy of recovering lost assets for the defunct platform’s users.”

Porn, Piracy, Fraud: What Lurks Inside Google’s Black Box Ad Empire (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Porn, Piracy, Fraud: What Lurks Inside Google’s Black Box Ad Empire. “Google’s embrace of publisher confidentiality means roughly 1 million publishers can remain anonymous to companies and individuals who buy ads on its network to reach customers. This opens the door to a range of abuses and schemes that steal potentially billions of dollars a year and put lives and livelihoods at risk due to dangerous disinformation, fraud and scams.”

Washington Post: Fake job postings are stealing applicants’ money and identities

Washington Post: Fake job postings are stealing applicants’ money and identities. “Lisa Miner thought she had found the perfect new job: Earlier this year, the dialysis technician got an offer to be an app developer for CVS Health after passing a skills test administered by a purported recruiter who had reached out via a personal Gmail account. But the job wasn’t just fake — it was a ploy to steal her money.”

Bleeping Computer: FBI warns of search engine ads pushing malware, phishing

Bleeping Computer: FBI warns of search engine ads pushing malware, phishing. “The FBI warns that threat actors are using search engine advertisements to promote websites distributing ransomware or stealing login credentials for financial institutions and crypto exchanges.”

FTC: Need help spotting, avoiding, and reporting scams? Start with Money Matters

FTC: Need help spotting, avoiding, and reporting scams? Start with Money Matters. “The FTC’s new website, ftc.gov/Money Matters (in Spanish: ftc.gov/AsuntosDeDinero) has your back as you spot, avoid, and report scams — and as you help others protect their bottom line. Let’s say you need to see if a job offer you got is legit: start at Money Matters. Maybe you want to help a friend know how to spot scams when trying to rent an apartment: start at Money Matters.”

New York Times: A Traditional Exchange? FTX Was Anything But.

New York Times: A Traditional Exchange? FTX Was Anything But.. “Cryptocurrency trading platforms like FTX have acquired a sheen of legitimacy in recent years by billing themselves as exchanges — creating an association with staid and trusted financial institutions like the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. But the implosion of FTX shows just how different crypto exchanges are from their more well known, and highly regulated, counterparts.”

Make Tech Easier: FBI Warns of Tech Support Scams through Remote Desktop Software

Make Tech Easier: FBI Warns of Tech Support Scams through Remote Desktop Software. “This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning about tech support scams that are conning people into giving away access to their financial accounts through remote desktop software. Perhaps the most frightening aspect of the report is the bureau’s admission that the numbers are probably higher than what they reported.”