The Funniest Nigerian Scam Around: The Illuminati

Remember back in the late 90s and early 2000s when people were getting all those messages about dead Nigerian princes or wealthy banking associates who were commanded to reach out to you about some descendant you did not realize you had? Well, nowadays most people realize these are scams.


What is interesting is that the traditional Nigerian scam has fallen off the deep end at least in the United States of America. Yahoos as the Nigerian scammers are called by fellow Nigerians, try not to focus as much on Americans anymore in favor of people in Norway and the Netherlands.


Do not let this fool you though, there is still some Nigerian scammers out there preying on the USA. This article though is about one of the funniest trends in the Nigerian scamming sagas. One might think this is not real but I assure you… it is totally 100% real.


The latest trend to take the Yahoos by storm (and apparently, I assume, making them a lot of money considering how many of these scammers out there are using this strategy), is to convince people on social media that they can join the Illuminati for $250 dollars.


How the Illuminati Membership Scam work?


Well, they reach out to you via a message on facebook (or other social media platforms) and they ask you if you want to be rich and famous (seriously). They tell you a good story of how you can become worldwide famous, earn millions of dollars per an hour, and join the coveted brotherhood of the Illuminati. Strangely enough, their Illuminati brotherhood also seems to worship the devil, which makes it even more ridiculous.


And yet, one can only assume this strategy has been successful. I have seen other people proactively reaching out to these people looking to join the Illuminati.


Once they have someone interested (somehow) in joining the brotherhood of the Illuminati, the Yahoo scammer will then send them a form for them to fill out. Basically it is a bunch of personal information about who you are, how much money you earn, and other questions that are quite intrusive. You send this information back to the Nigerian scammer (the yahoo) and then they tell you that they must gather the ritual materials for you to join the Illuminati so you can complete all of your dreams.


Apparently, the ritual material costs right around $250 dollars and sometimes includes crocodile eyes and the skin of various snakes that they crush (and perhaps dance?) to perform the Illuminati ritual. Of course, if some reason you DID Western Union the joining fee for the Illuminati, the Yahoo will just take you on for another scam. He will say they need more money to complete your next level of membership, or they will attempt to threaten you into giving more based off the information you supplied them when wanting to join the Illuminati.


I am not sure how this scam is so successful, but a quick search online reveals that there are many people looking to fall for this blatant scam. Do not be one of them! Instead, just sit back in amazement and wonder that people could even fall for this… who wants to join the Illuminati brotherhood? Not me for one. Hopefully not you either!

Using the Three-Prong Method to Internet Security

When it comes to cyber security and your computer’s safety, there is a lot out there for you to learn. Also, there is a lot of bad stuff out there being promoted as good stuff. This article is going to supply you with some tips and tricks to beef up your armor against hackers, maligned software, or whatever other entities are out there looking to control your computer or mobile devices for some malign reason.


Let us get into it, shall we?


First things first, we have already talked pretty extensively on password protection on this site but… did you know that in many cases you can create a double authenticity login? Places like facebook and many other social media sites are now practicing this. When someone logins in to their facebook accounts, they will then be asked to enter in a PIN or second password. This double laying is really powerful, and is one of the first of three prongs we are going to be discussing in this article. When creating your second password, make sure to follow all the rules we talked about previously on how to make a complex password that is very hard to hack into or to break!


The second prong to cyber security for your computer is using a good antivirus. Many people do not like the idea of buying antivirus anymore, but it is still worth your time and worth your money to do so. A good antivirus can be the difference when it comes to stopping hackers from getting into your computer, stealing your identity and accessing all of your bank accounts where your hard earned money is sitting for them to just take. There is free anti virus software out there you can use as well, but you want to be very careful with free antivirus software. A lot of this free software is actually heavily marketed malware. When you install this software, it actually is a virus that you have unleashed on your computer that will be doing the exact opposite of what the sweet marketing message promised. When it comes to finding good antivirus software, look on forums that are trusted for different recommendations or just bite the bullet and buy a good antivirus software.


This is often the best bet since a paid for antivirus software likely will come with a suite of cyber security tools that you can use to your advantage that will make it even harder for your security to become compromised.


The third, and sometimes most important, prong to your cyber security is you. The easiest way for hackers to bypass all of your antivirus software, to get around your extremely complex password that you have made, is by using what is called social engineering. Social engineering makes use of attachments, links, and your social media to lure you into giving away your password. It sounds silly, but it is something that happens easier than you might expect. Such as allowing various applications that you actively think you want to use your facebook account. This is just one example of social engineering. Approach it all with a healthy level of skepticism to make sure you are not being engineered into giving away all of your information.



How to make your computer security fool-proof

You will never be truly safe online. There is just too many elements all moving at once here. Because of this, it is even more important than ever to “augment” your cyber armor if you will. You want to become the most protected as you possibly can be. This article will go over some ideas that you probably never thought of, but they are easily done and very powerful to ward against hackers who want to you use your computer for malign purposes.


The first tip I have is using a VPN – virtual personal network. VPNs are pretty common use for most corporations nowadays. Yet, most consumers do not realize that they can use personal VPNs for their personal computers and laptops as well. This is really powerful as it will help keep your actual computer out of harm’s way when you are downloading products or other items.


Speaking of downloading… one of the biggest things out there today that is causing major harm to people’s computers are what are known as PUAs. PUAs are Potentially Unwanted Applications. Typically, when you download something, you may end up getting a few PUAs installed along with it. These usually crop up as things like Adware or unwanted browser extensions. Whenever you are downloading something, make sure you are also watching that installation wizard so that nothing sneaks by you and you accidentally get one of these potentially unwanted applications on your computer. They often can be tough to get rid of, and are almost always incredibly annoying.


Remember, your mobile phone is a hacker’s dream. It has everything on there. A lot of times, even your banking information is there thanks to mobile banking. It is even more important you are careful with what you download onto your mobile phone for this very reason. The last thing you need is a hacker being able to get your information because you downloaded some kind of Angry Birds clone that gave the hacker access to your Wells Fargo app (or whatever banking app you are currently using).


Speak loudly for privacy. You may say that you have nothing to hide, but that doesn’t mean you have nothing to be stolen! Speak out for tighter privacy laws, tighter privacy policies with these companies that you partake in their services, and of course tighter privacy software that protects your identity from being stolen easily by those who would wish to do you or your bank account harm.


Obviously, as we have talked about in other articles, you want to make sure you also have an extremely complex password. The more complex of a password you create, the harder you will make it for hackers to hack into your computer and steal actual funds from you. It will also help prevent another modern trend that hackers are using where they take over your computer to start mining for bitcoins using your internet and data connection. Something that could create quite a steep internet bill at the end of the month if you were unaware that you were being hacked and that your computer was being used as one of these many zombie bots by a hacker.

Here’s a great video that talks about the potential security of the new Windows 10 platform when it comes to viruses.

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How to create an impenetrable password

Computer passwords are at an all time high. Nowadays when you have robots that can guess and mix and match letters to find your password, it is even more important that you craft a password for your accounts that will stand any kind of siege – from hackers or zombie bots.


The first thing about passwords is… do not use the same password for all of your accounts. One of the oldest hacking tricks around is that they will break into your banking account by hacking your facebook or some other account first that has less security around it. Once they find out that password, often they can get access to your banking accounts because you have used the same password for your baking institution as you have for your facebook account.


A big no no!


What are some other powerful ways to keep your most important passwords unbreakable? Use more letters! Every time you add a new letter to your password, you make it incredibly harder to hack into because you are adding so many more variables by just adding that one extra letter that the hackers now need to figure out. It is incredibly simple, easy to do, and very hard for hackers to get around because each new letter creates such a bigger challenge for them to circumvent.


Another key to creating a fortress strong password, is to make sure you use things outside of the typical alphabet. Instead of putting a password like thisismypassword make it thisismypassword23!


When you add numbers and exclamation points, you are varying the password up and making it even more difficult for people to break into your accounts. You can use any kind icons or symbols like semicolons, percentage signs, go crazy with whatever you like and can remember easily.


Along with adding symbols such as exclamation points or periods, you can also make random letters capitalized. Since almost every password login out there is case sensitive, this will open up a whole new level of variables that a hacker will have to get through that makes that much harder for them to crack your password.


Now, one thing you need to make sure you never do is click on links in your email that seems like it is coming from your bank. Most of these are phishing emails. These phishing emails will pretend to be from your bank, but they are actually hackers looking for you to click on that link, go to the mimic website, and enter in your password there. Even if you followed all the above tips, the phishing technique will get around that completely.


Instead, whenever you get an email from a banking institution that you use, just open up a new window and go to the banking site directly without using the supplied link! This defeats the attempted phishing and is a lot safer. If something seems wrong, like the email says there is something wrong with your account, go to your banking website directly and give their customer service a call. This will circumvent the phishing attempt and also you can let them know that someone was attempting to phish your account so they can put extra eyes on your account to make sure there is no suspicious activity happening.