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August 04, 2015, Tuesday
  • Sen. Trillanes cites security risk as primary reason why his witnesses in bribery charge vs. 2 CA justices won’t be able to testify. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says his witnesses in bribery charge vs. CA justices won’t be able to appear before the CA hearing. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he will appear before CA hearing on Aug. 14 to explain his bribery charge vs. 2 CA justices. 4 hours ago |
  • Trillanes ordered to appear at CA hearing on Aug. 14 at 2 pm & explain why he shouldn’t be cited for contempt for bribery allegations. 4 hours ago |
  • CA tells Sen. Trillanes to explain his allegation that 2 CA justices got P 25M each in bribes to stop Makati Mayor Binay’s suspension. 4 hours ago |
  • DMCI tells Supreme Court that Torre de Manila is outside the boundary of Rizal Park. 4 hours ago |
  • DMCI tells Supreme Court that it followed all ordinances, rules & guidelines in building Torre de Manila. 4 hours ago |
  • Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says the poll body can adjust its calendar of activities & extend campaign period when there is election. 4 hours ago |
  • LTFRB sues 2 fixers who had long been loitering in the agency’s vicinity & offering fake franchise to applicants. 4 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero says Comelec should castigate candidates abusing election rules instead of extending the campaign period. 4 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has been experiencing light-headedness and acid reflux. 4 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada will undergo medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center from 6 pm Tuesday until Thursday. 4 hours ago |
  • Sandiganbayan grants Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s request for a medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. 4 hours ago |
  • PAGASA says frequent heavy rains in the afternoon in Metro Manila are just due to thunderstorms. 4 hours ago |
  • PAGASA says there is no weather disturbance currently affecting Metro Manila. 4 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph. 4 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ was located 1,770 kilometers east of Luzon at 2 pm on Tuesday. 4 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ outside PAR has gustiness of up to 245 kph. 4 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ outside PAR carries maximum sustained winds of up to 215 kph near the center. 4 hours ago |
  • Signal Number 3 may be raised over Cagayan when Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ enters PAR on Wednesday morning. 4 hours ago |
  • Batanes may experience Signal Number 4 when Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ (with local name ‘Hanna’) enters PAR on Wednesday morning. 5 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos & Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo attend Liberal Party meeting in San Juan today with Mar Roxas. 5 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos & Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo say no one has asked them to run as Roxas’ vice pres’l bet. 5 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos says she may run for Congress but she has not made up her mind. 5 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos says she is not eyeing the vice presidency. 5 hours ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says she hopes Sen. Grace Poe will agree to become Roxas’ runningmate. 5 hours ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says if ever she will seek a higher post, it may be the senate. 5 hours ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says she has no plans of running for vice president. 5 hours ago |
  • Pampanga to experience power interruptions on Thursday. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says Binay’s ‘True State of the Nation’ or ‘TSONA’ reflects the real performance of the Aquino gov’t. 10 hours ago |
  • De Lima says DOJ has no evidence that will pin down House members to the alleged BBL payoff. 10 hours ago |
  • House Sgt. At Arms Radovan says their CCTVs store only 5 days worth of videos before these are automatically erased by the system. 10 hours ago |
  • House Sgt. At Arms Nicasio Radovan says CCTVs in Batasan Complex have no recording of alleged BBL payoff last May 25, 26 & 27. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano says Binay should release his ‘true SALN’ instead of delivering a counter-SONA. 10 hours ago |
  • DOTC Sec. Abaya hits back at Binay & says the VP does not understand the root cause of the MRT problem. 10 hours ago |
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How to avoid 'honey traps' in online dating sites

By MST News | Feb. 13, 2013 at 05:51pm
Various virtual 'honey traps' are common online – and once dazzled by a momentary passion, a user can easily find himself or herself left without money or with a nasty infection on his machine,according to Kaspersky Lab, a secure content and threat management solutions developer.

The popularity of online dating sites such as match.com, badoo.com, mamba.ru, etc. could hardly escape the attention of fraudsters. Spam emails imitating notifications from these sites are widespread in almost all major languages.

By clicking the links in these emails, the user runs the risk of infecting his computer with some sort of malicious program that is usually downloaded instead of the promised photos of a beautiful stranger.

Fake dating sites not only pose risks associated with phishing or malware – they can also jeopardize the wealth of the unwary user. One simple scam to loosen the users’ purse-strings is to demand registration or confirmation of age via a text message costing from 0.30 USD to 12 USD.

However, once the money has been spent no access is provided – because there is no content to access.

The most creative type of junk mail which has not lost its popularity throughout the years is the so-called Nigerian spam. The more romantic authors of these letters target potential victims registered on dating sites.

The “girl” who allegedly writes these sorts of emails usually lives in a distant, war-torn African country. Very soon the potential groom finds out his would-be fiancée is an heiress to a million-dollar inheritance and is willing to share her wealth with her betrothed.

However, to get his bride and her money out of the country, her future husband is asked to pay for some legal services. These tactics need long-term correspondence because very few people would agree to pay considerable sums guided by their heart rather than their head.

The first emails from the potential patsy are answered by a robot but once the fraudsters understand they have got a chance, they immediately enter into the correspondence.

Processing a potential victim can last a long time and here an individual approach and an understanding of psychology are especially important.

Unlike these “Nigerian” brides, "Russian" brides only need money to buy an air ticket and finally meet the man of their dreams – and of course this money becomes easy prey for the fraudsters.

“The Internet offers ample opportunities for communication. However, it is not always a safe place to search for romance. We have described only a few of the honey traps lying in wait on the Internet,” said Tatyana Kulikova, Senior Spam Analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

To avoid disappointment, Kulikova suggests these safety rules: (i) do not visit unknown dating sites especially those advertised in spam, (ii) do not open emails from unknown senders, and (iii) do not reply to emails if they seem suspicious.
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