All posts by Ryan C

SCAM OF THE WEEK: Emails from DMV

So one of the latest phishing scams comes from New York. Basically, an attacker sends out an email purportedly from the DMV, saying that you have a short time to pay off one or more tickets before they rescind your driver’s license. 

From our friends at KnowBe4:

Here is a reminder that you need to be alert for fake emails that look like they come from your local police or State Dept of Motor Vehicles (DMV) claiming you have a traffic violation. At the moment, there is a local scam in New York that falsely states you have outstanding violations you need to either pay for or refute, and if you don’t your license will be revoked. This scam may spread to the rest of America soon. Remember that citations are never emailed with links in them, or sent out with an email attachment, and report scams like this to your local police department.” 

In short, I’ve never heard of a DMV in any jurisdiction that contacts customers by email. They only contact people via regular postal mail. Don’t fall for this, and don’t click on any links that claim to be a DMV-sent email.

 

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TWO SCAMS OF THE WEEK: WhatsApp and Robert Godwin

So this is a real shitty week in terms of scummy people and their attempts to part you from your rightfully-earned money.  Continue reading TWO SCAMS OF THE WEEK: WhatsApp and Robert Godwin

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Gun Grip: How I Improved in Five Seconds

So many would still call me a newbie in terms of shooting. I can shoot my PPQ with nearly pinpoint accuracy, but I couldn’t necessarily put five round in an 5″ circle at 5 yards in five seconds. My second shot would always be super low and left as I slapped the trigger and overcompensated for recoil. But I have a habit of watching a ton of videos, taking courses, and the like. Even the ones who might be hated, because I believe everybody can teach us something.  Continue reading Gun Grip: How I Improved in Five Seconds

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SCAM: Evil Airline Phishing Attack

From our friends at KnowBe4. It appears a new phishing attack has a 90% success rate, and is very super simple. No real sophistication here. Continue reading SCAM: Evil Airline Phishing Attack

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Challenge Accepted: Helping Others at the Range

So, a couple of years ago, I posted a challenge to all my shooter friends to be good ambassadors, and help receptive new shooters. And I was reminded of a fairly recent situation I encountered on my local range. Continue reading Challenge Accepted: Helping Others at the Range

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The REAL Price of “Free”

So many people want to get something for nothing. They don’t want to pay for Netflix, or pay for their movies, or some other such digital product. They say that it’s a victimless crime and doesn’t harm the content/product owner any. While that’s debatable, there’s now a a serious example of why getting shit for free is not a good idea, unless it was supposed to be free in the first place.

Continue reading The REAL Price of “Free”

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SCAM: IRS Form Used to Scare You Out of Money

From our friends at KnowBe4. There appears to be a new sort of phishing attack to scare you out of your hard-earned money. And it claims to come from the IRS (spoiler alert: it’s not the IRS). Continue reading SCAM: IRS Form Used to Scare You Out of Money

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SCAM: Apple Store Phishing Attempt

This one’s good. It sends a user a notice, indicating that a purchase was made on their Apple ID, and provides a link to a refund request form. It asks for your Apple login info, name, address, date of birth, and full payment card information.

DO NOT EVER FILL THIS OUT FOR A REFUND! Continue reading SCAM: Apple Store Phishing Attempt

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Tech Support Scams and Scareware

(Sorry about the lack of posts recently. I just switched day jobs, and the transition is still under way)

These are really just old tricks with a new twist. KnowBe4 is call them “new”, but this is simply the next evolution in the “Windows Tech Support Scam“. Basically, the scammer calls you and says your computer is infected, or in some other way compromised. They then convince you to allow them to access your computer to perform some remedial repairs. But, if they could detect these infections, didn’t they have access before (this should be the first clue)? Continue reading Tech Support Scams and Scareware

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My Walther CCP – A Review

It’s time for my review of my new two-tone Walther CCP – Concealed Carry Pistol.  Continue reading My Walther CCP – A Review

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