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Online Romance Scam Suckers Bereft Man Out of $200,000

A 48-year-old Illinois man recently learned, the hard way, that '419' scams involve more than just distressed bankers, contrite hitmen and forlorn princes. The unnamed victim reportedly discovered the agonizing truth when his online love interest -- of more than two years -- turned out to be a complete fabrication. The heart- (and bank account-) breaking scam cost the man more than $200,000, bu...

The Web's Biggest Scams: From 419 to the Hitman

Share The Web is awash with bad seeds who want your money, your data and your sweet, sweet identity. We don't want to scare you -- since these people are the exception, not the rule -- but they are out there. Crafty buggers who prey on trust and carelessness, scammers are not only persistent social engineers, but also skilled hackers who take over Facebook accounts, break into bank databases and ...

Christmas Underwear Bomb Plot Entices New Batches of 419 Scammers

As always, scam artists are just waiting to take advantage of the latest scare and tragedy. Swine flu, the economic crisis, rising gas prices, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and most recently, the Haitian earthquake, have all been exploited by con men for financial gain. So no one should be surprised that 419 scammers are twisting fear and anger over the failed bombing of Northwest Airlines flight ...

Woman Loses $4K to Scammer Posing as Friend on Facebook

Jayne Scherrman, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was the unfortunate victim of a scam that turned her compassion and trust into a $4,000 profit, the AP reports. A still unknown crook hacked the Facebook account of Jayne's friend Grace Parry and began to send Jayne messages, purporting to be Grace and claiming that she and her husband had been detained in London and were in need of money. Jayne figure...

Economic Slump Hurting Nigerian Scammers, Too

We're all feeling the current recession -- whether by losing our jobs, having less play money in our accounts, or simply being able to hire three servants for what one cost three years ago. But it's not just Americans who get the pinch. Would you believe Nigerian scammers are having a hard time of it, too? The Washington Post claims that young Nigerian men have to double-time it make what they we...

Nigerian Scammers Now Working Craigslist?

Of all the scams out there on the Internets, the Nigerian (or 419) scam is far and away the most well-known. Individuals have fallen for it and lost their entire savings, banks have fallen for it and lost millions, and even a British politician was sucked in. We're happy to help inform people about this scam so that they can avoid it, but it seems some Americans are paying attention for the wro...

British Justice Secretary's Address Book Hacked by Nigerian Scammer

Oh, those Nigerian scammers -- they can be mighty crafty. Just a few days after finding out that one of their ranks managed to convince Citigroup to send him $27 million we find out that another scammer got a hold of the address book of a member of UK government, sending out fake e-mails to a variety of other upper-echelon members of state indicating he was trapped in Nigeria, had lost his wallet,...