“Nigerian Scam” is still working – Police Reports show.
I occasionally think to myself; Surely everyone’s heard of the Nigerian Scam (aka Advance Fee Fraud or 419 Scam, after the relevant section of the Nigerian Criminal Code). But, alas, people still continue to fall for these simple scams. The deal is often identical, only the names and places have changed . These places are […]
New Scam Information SIte – infomercialscams.info
I would like to give a shout-out to a new site that I’ve come across – INFOMERCIALSCAMS.INFO. InfomercialScams.info is a website designed to help the public identify all types of scams and schemes on and off the internet. They also try to help people distinguish between scams and actual deals by providing them with information […]
Alleged Image Copyright Theft Scam is a Money Spinner
I got a comment recently on my blog about a scam that I was unaware of but which, after a small amount of research has made me boiling mad. First, some background The Internet is awash with images – mostly pictures of my cat, I admit, but they are everywhere – the World Wide Web […]
Don’t buy a vehicle from a “Curbstoner”
OK, so what, precisely, is a Curbstoner? Here’s some background: You know that place on your commute that always has a bunch of cars for sale? the patch of waste ground by the stoplights? Buying a used car or leasing a car is a major decision (you can check the van leasing info to take the […]
Best places in the US to get Scammed Online!
A report by Symantec (the somewhat self-interested PC Security company) has produced a report that lists the top ten places in the US to be scammed online. The nation’s capital, Washington DC, is top of the cybercrime rankings, mainly due to its high saturation of smartphone usage (second in the country), but the large number […]
Fake ‘Scam’ Website to Educate Consumers.
A new initiative has been launched by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) to educate consumers about the pitfalls of internet scams. They have recently launched an educational campaign that includes a fake ‘scam’ website. To insure to educate consumers about internet scames, with conversion rate optimization strategies, it will allow […]
IRS Lists it’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams
Hiding income in offshore accounts, identity theft, return preparer fraud, and filing false or misleading tax forms top the annual list of â€œdirty dozenâ€ tax scams in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. â€œThe Dirty Dozen represents the worst of the worst tax scams,â€ IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. â€œDonâ€™t fall prey to these […]
Spoof websites bilk Caledonia man out of $30K
A man in Caledonia, Wisconsin thought he was buying a car from a reputable website (autotrader.com) and paying for it using a reputable financial site (amazonpayments.com). Turned out that both sites were so-called ‘spoof sites’ – Identical copies of valid website, used to capture personal information such as credit card numbers/passwords or, as in this […]