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No, You Don’t Have a New Facebook Profile; It’s a Scam No, You Don’t Have a New Facebook Profile; It’s a Scam
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Another day, another email scam that uses Facebook to trick unsuspecting users into visiting a shady pharmaceutical site. If the word “another” is confusing you, let’s just say that this style of scam isn’t making its first lap around the …

No, Facebook Black Isn’t a Real Thing; You’re Being Scammed No, Facebook Black Isn’t a Real Thing; You’re Being Scammed
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As more and more people join social networks like Facebook and Twitter, it only gets easier for scam artists to pick off a few non-discerning users. The latest scam that’s making its way across Facebook offers to change your user …

Fake Apple Store Rewards Email Snags Your Info Fake Apple Store Rewards Email Snags Your Info
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You can never tell people to watch what they click enough, and as a general rule it’s safe to assume that anything that seems too good to be true online usually is.  The danger, of course, is not just that …

Who Falls For Nigerian Email Scams? The Gullible, of Course
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We’ve all gotten them. The emails from someone purporting to have a lot of money that needs help sailing through the tricky waters of international banking. The ones that need us (me!) to do the important work of banking for …

Fake Facebook Emails Claim You Have Missed Notifications Fake Facebook Emails Claim You Have Missed Notifications

When browsing your inbox, be cautious around any email you receive claiming that you have Facebook notifications pending. That’s because a new email scam is on the loose and it’s targeting Facebook users. This new email scam comes packaged in …

Facebook: Despite Alarmist Statuses, We Still Don’t Own Your Content Facebook: Despite Alarmist Statuses, We Still Don’t Own Your Content
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Facebook has taken it upon themselves to comment on a recent viral status update that you may or may not have seen floating around your parts in the past couple of days. The status varies a bit, but usually takes …

Remove Facebook Timeline Scams Still Target Dissatisfied Users Remove Facebook Timeline Scams Still Target Dissatisfied Users
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When Facebook makes a big change, a good portion of the user base freaks out for a little while. This has happened for years and if I thought myself a betting man, I’d bet that Facebook users will remain resistant …

Tis Better To Have Loved? Online Romance Scams Cost Victims Million Last Year Tis Better To Have Loved? Online Romance Scams Cost Victims Million Last Year

Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all – Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1849 Do you think Lord Tennyson was also talking about loving and losing in the realm of online dating? Based on figures …

Twitter Scam Preys On Draw Something Fans Twitter Scam Preys On Draw Something Fans
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Twitter scams are nothing new, and their level of sophistication can vary. Sometimes, a scam user will just send out links to multiple other users offering some prize or ware. Sometimes, scam users will flood users with random links, with …

Facebook “Sick Baby” Scams Running Rampant Facebook “Sick Baby” Scams Running Rampant

Social Media giant Facebook is often a tool for the dishonest, who use the forum to gain access to private information, run money-making scams, and solicit funds and sexual favors from people by tugging at their heartstrings. According to an …

Fake Pokemon Yellow Is On The iTunes App Store
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Apple strictly monitors the App store to make sure that nobody uploads content that infringes on any other group’s copyright, but sometimes things get through. Somebody may want to tell Nintendo about this one then. In what may be the …

Twitter, Wikipedia ‘Squatter’ Sites Fined For Posing As Twitter, Wikipedia
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Typos happen. They’re inescapable if you use a computer. This is why keyboards come with a Delete key. Given then that typos are expected, it was inevitable that someone out in the internet would find a way to profit from …

Deactivate Facebook Timeline Scams Prey On Unhappy Users Deactivate Facebook Timeline Scams Prey On Unhappy Users
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Facebook’s new Timeline feature isn’t going away (I mean, did you see Mark Zuckerberg talk about it at f8 – he was absolutely giddy). And once you opt in to it, you can’t go back to the old profile format. …

Phony Craigslist Ads Lead To Murder Plot Phony Craigslist Ads Lead To Murder Plot
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Online classified site Craigslist, like most of the internet, has to ability to be a force for good in the world. Say you need a new dresser for your bedroom and there’s someone in your vicinity that needs to get …

Mortgage Scammers From Google Ads Get Shut Down Mortgage Scammers From Google Ads Get Shut Down
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The Office of the Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) has shut down 85 online mortgage modification scams, and says it is cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation regarding Google suspending ad relationships with 500 advertisers. “The …

FBI: Massive Fraudulent Online Ad Scheme Affected More Than 4 Million Computers FBI: Massive Fraudulent Online Ad Scheme Affected More Than 4 Million Computers

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, at least 4 million computers in over 100 different countries fell victim to a giant fraud scheme that involved a sophisticated virus that manipulated search results and used online ads to generate …

FDA Warns Of Scam For People Who Buy Drugs Online
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The Food and Drug Administration is warning people who have purchased drugs online about fraudsters posing as FDA agents or other law enforcement officials attempting to extort money.

Scammers Targeting Amazon Retailers With Fake Receipts
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Cyber criminals are using a hacking program to create fake receipts for items sold through Amazon.com and its retail partners, in an effort to receive refunds or new products, according to security firm GFI Software.

“The free program available online allows scammers to create an HTML ‘receipt’ for phantom Amazon.com purchases,” said Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher, GFI Software

 

PayPal Responds to iTunes Scam Issues

The other day, reports surfaced of scammers running up iTunes users’ tabs through PayPal. Apple said there was no vulnerability in its system, and some blamed users for being gullible and falling for phishing scams.

Don’t Click the Link for the Facebook “Dislike” Button
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Many Facebook users have long awaited the arrival of a "dislike" button for status updates that they find dumb, repulsive, or just annoying. If you happen to see someone on the social network claiming to have found one, however, don’t buy it. It’s a scam.

FTC Goes After Acai Berry Internet Marketers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said today, a U.S. district court has ordered the marketers of acai berry supplements and other products to stop an Internet sales scheme that allegedly scammed people out of $30 million or more in 2009 through deceptive advertising and unfair billing practices.

The FTC says since 2007, victimized consumers have flooded law enforcement agencies and the Better Business Bureau with more than 2,800 complaints about the company Central Coast Nutraceuticals (CCN).