More about the Cyber Scam-bot.

This is a rest day on the Virtual Book Tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion. I’m not sure who’s supposed to rest – I never shut off my computer for a day unless I’m going to be away.
The Tour gets back on the road on Monday with a two part interview at Conversations With Writers.

Thanks to my Muse Conference Board buddies, Vivian, Terri, Vickie, Diane, and Chris for their takes on the message – and to  Jim Selleck, on the Museitupclub, and Dr J Lee Choron, on Zumaya Authors, for their responses to my query as well. Jim posted a lengthy explanation to Comments on this blog below. Thanks also to Mother Hen, Lea Schizas, who said she has scam notes like that periodically on her sites, even Apollo’s Lyre (well she has so many sites for scammers to find). We should all learn to avoid answering them.

Jennifer Schwabach, from the Double Dragon Authors’ site, sent me a note about an article on Yahoo-tech that described the very process used. The full article describes five cyber scams we should all be aware of. I will post the original message I received from the Russian CyberLover software tomorrow. You will be able to learn enough from it to be suspicious about similar notes.

Here is the info from note she sent me:-
Chatroom Scams
The Scam: Russian cyber-crooks have developed a software robot that poses as a human in chatrooms. These bots can chat with up to 10 people simultaneously, and easily persuade them to hand over phone numbers, photographs, birthday, address, and other personal information. The site claims “Not a single girl has yet realized that she was communicating with a program!” Information harvested by these bots can be used by fraudsters to carry out various forms of fraud. Unsuspecting victims may also be tricked into visiting a ‘personal site’ that could load malware onto their computers. Sergei Shevchenko, Senior Malware Analyst at PC Tools said CyberLover, “employs highly intelligent and customized dialogue to target users of social networking systems. It can monitor Internet browser activity, automatically recognize and fill in the fields in the web pages, generate keystrokes and mouse clicks, and post messages, URLs, files and photos.”
The Don’t’s: Common sense says never, ever give out personal information to anyone you just met online.
The link to the full article is <http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/hughes/24616&gt;

I will post the original message I received of Facebook next time I get to the blog (Should do one tomorrow with the next week’s Book Tour stops). Looking at it from the knowledge I have now it seems really easy to spot – but I don’t doubt the scammers are increasing the sophistication of their scambots all the time.

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