Family sentenced to prison in Disney ticket scam.

Prison is now the family home for one Central Florida family. Eileen Hightower and her two children committed credit card fraud at Disney World. On January 17, 2018, the Hightower family each received sentences of three years behind or more bars. They were also ordered to pay $107,000 in restitution. The family stole information [...]

Customers scammed into buying discounted Nintendo Switch on Amazon

After the release of the Nintendo Switch, many Amazon customers were scammed out of hundreds of dollars. The Switch game console was release in 2017 by Nintendo causing a lot of excitement among gamers. The demand was so high for the new console that there were limited quantities available. Because of this high demand [...]

21 million victims in Google Play malware attack

The Google Play store was targeted by a vicious malware software. Malware is a software that scammers use to perform different types of fraud. This malware was named ExpensiveWall because it was found hidden in wallpaper apps. This scam affected more than 21 million Google Play users. It is to be the second-biggest attack [...]

Phishing scam targets Office 365 users

New York company by the name of Avanan discovered a phishing scam that targeted Office 365 users. The scam used the attack method known as Punnycode. Scammers behind Punnycode have been able to hack Office 365 users by sending them fraudulent emails. The emails they sent included a link to a fake Microsoft website. [...]

Gamers find fraudulent charges on their ea.com Origin’s accounts.

Over a three year period from 2012 to 2015, gamers were complaining that hackers were accessing their Electronic Arts (EA) Origin accounts. Origin is the EA online store and was launched in 2011. As of 2013, more than 50 million users had accounts on the site. Users took to Reddit.com, a social discussion site, [...]

Hacker group charged with felony fraud for stealing FIFA game currency.

In September 2015, the FBI raided the homes of four men of the hacker group, Rane Developments.  Over a two year period, the four men – Anthony Clark, Nicholas Castellucci, Ricky Miller, and Eaton Zveare – rigged their gaming consoles to hack into the EA Sports game, FIFA Ultimate Team. The hacks allowed the [...]

Almost ¾ of a million of Australians affected by Sony hack.

Sony was excited to release their new PlayStation 4. Consumers quickly snatched up their new gaming equipment and began to play. Soon after the release, Sony sent out an email to some users instructing a password change. But Sony was too late, again. In fact, users had already begun to notice that their credit [...]

PlayStation false customer charges and Sony could not care less. This is rich!

Sony was excited to release their new PlayStation 4. Consumers quickly snatched up their new gaming equipment and began to play. Soon after the release, Sony sent out an email to some users instructing a password change. But Sony was too late, again. In fact, users had already begun to notice that their credit [...]

Phishing scam—fake web links con dark web users out of $365,000 worth of bitcoins.

Michael Richo engaged in an online phishing scheme to steal bitcoins from individuals on the dark web. He visited dark web forums and posted fake links to online marketplaces. The links directed individuals to fake login pages that looked like genuine pages for the various online marketplaces. When individuals attempted to log into the [...]

Nineteen-year-old woman arrested for $16,000 of online Carousell fraud.

In 2016, Singaporean police received 35 reports of people being cheated out of money after placing orders for tickets to a Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studios Singapore, as well as for branded lipsticks. These items had been offered for sale at attractive prices on the online marketplace Carousell. The victims had all placed [...]