This is a growing collection of stories from a variety of sources. If you don't understand the scams that
are going on it makes it very hard to defend against them.
There is a common thread to all these stories. The worst are potential email scams that result in
financial loss to the victim. The most costly are Phishing scams.
It needs to be realized that wumber will help prevent you from becoming a victim to both spam and phishing
if the wumber service and tools are used they way they are intended. There is no better protection than user awareness and vigilance. Remember
"if something seems too good to be true, it probably is" Nobody is going to make you a millionaire or give you large sums of money it just
doesn't make sense!
IRS taxpayer scams
Since 2006 the IRS has published information and alerts about 12 taxpayer scams on their web site. They have started to enhance
systems to assist in the prevention and detection of Identity Theft and are doing what they can to keep the taxpayers safe and informed. To find out more about the IRS
scams visit the IRS website.
What percentage of email is spam?
According to the Norton Cybercrime Index (NCI) email processed from the begining of January
2013 until the end of February 2013 found that (at its peak) 85.32% was spam. With the lowest percentage of spam a staggering 46%. These nearly real-time
statistics can be found at Norton Cyber Crime Index.
When are you most likely to get scammed?
The most likely time you will be targeted for Identity Theft is while you are shopping. 61.22% of all Identity Theft
happens while you shop. See more amazing facts at the Norton Cybercrime Index.
One in Ten people a victims of scams
In July 2012 a newspaper article reported that 1 in 10 people had been the victims
of scams over the prior 5 years totalling more than 6 Billion Pounds (USD$9.6 Billion) in victim losses. 3 out of 10 victims reported been duped by schemes claiming
bank accounts or computers had been compromised.