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Gulf Oil Spill Victims in Florida Hit With Phishing Scam

As if folks on the Gulf Coast don't have enough worries already, phishing (and, sadly, not fishing) is now plaguing Florida. According to a Reuters report, many Floridians have received an e-mail from scam artists posing as BP CEO Tony Hayward. In the e-mail, the fake Hayward claims the recipient is eligible for a $500,000 grant from BP in exchange for personal information. To spread the...

10 Ways to Spot an E-Mail Scam

Share The increasing flood of e-mail hitting your inbox can lower the guard of even the most cautious person. In the rush to keep up with important notes, it's easier than ever to fall prey to the scam artists and identity thieves who lurk online. E-mail scams and phishing attempts evolve constantly, hoping to take advantage of the latest trends and current events. Although the e-mails...

Cheap Ford Fusions E-Mail Just Another Spam Hoax

If you recently received an e-mail offer for $15,500 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid, you can just go ahead and move that to your spam folder. The automaker is the latest company to have its name used in an spam scam and has no intentions of giving you a deal this good. As AutoblogGreen reports, an e-mail from "Ford Motor Company" is making the rounds. The e-mail offers a deal on the popular model: "Due...

Online Scammers Creating Fake Local News to Attract Your Clicks

We hope that by now you've become adept at spotting spam and scam e-mails just by taking a quick glance at their subjects. Gross typos, egregiously bad grammar, and an over-abundance of exclamation points are a sure sign, but you're soon going to have to learn a few new tricks to avoid the most recent batch of scam e-mails, which are personalized to look like news reports local to your town. The...

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,...

E-Scammers Take Canadian Women for $300K in Online Seduction

Last week, a woman in Edmonton, Alberta publicly told of a recent dating Web site scam that has cost her "a lot" of money, FOX News reports. Apparently, the woman -- who has elected to remain anonymous -- is only one of several victims in the area; local detective Mark Johnson told the Edmonton Sun that other women have been scammed, as well, resulting in a total loss approaching $300,000...

Man Loses $150,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scammer

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. We apologize if that comes across as cynical -- we just want you to think twice next time someone calls and offers you gobs of money for no apparent reason. Take the sad case of John Rempel of Leamington, England. The man literally gave away his entire savings (along with most of his family's) to a person claiming that Rempel had...

15 Dangerous E-Mails You Should Delete Immediately

Yes, we know we've covered the biggest e-mail scams before, but criminals never stop coming up with new ways to mess you up via the Internet, so we've decided it's time for an update -- this time focusing on specific e-mails to watch out for (that is, if you want to avoid everything from garden variety financial scams and computer viruses to flat-out ID theft). As always, remember there are...

McDonald's and Other Big Brands Used to Spread Computer Viruses

Yeah, we know, it always seems like another day, another virus around these parts, but we feel it's our duty to keep you informed of any threats to your security (ID theft, computer viruses, etc). So, we hope you're paying attention to yet another warning of a nasty virus that uses some seriously deceitful means to trick you. The latest is a series of trojan viruses that show up in your e-mail...

New E-Mail Scam Targets the Previously Scammed

As if you didn't feel bad enough about yourself after being taken in by that e-mail from the Nigerian prince enlisting your help to gain access to nonexistent millions, now you've got to worry about guarding yourself against a scam targeted at those who have already fallen victim to Internet con-men. Those infinitely malleable 419 scams that harvest personal info from the less cautious among...

Would You Fall For This?

We understand that there are people out there who are gullible or uninformed, and that's why we try to help as much as we can. That said, we have never, ever seen a scam this obvious, at least not a real one. The sad thing is there are probably enough people that are dumb enough to fall for it, and therefore scammers who would try it, so it's not out of the question that this ruse actually...

Spam Numbers Plummet by 66% After McColo Shut Down

Thanks to the busting up of spam purveyor McColo Corp., about which we reported Wednesday, Internet spam decreased by nearly 66-percent on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. This massive decrease is not particularly surprising, as experts had estimated that McColo was responsible for 75-percent of daily spam. While these figures will surely help spam victims to breathe easy, we wouldn't...

Nigerian Scammers Hitting Up Facebook Users

We've covered the various Nigerian scams again and again, yet the hits keep coming as those crafty fraudsters come up with new ways to try to separate you from your cash illegally. The latest? Hijacking peoples' Facebook accounts and sending messages asking for money! Karina Wells, an Aussie Google employee, received a Facebook message from a friend claiming that friend was trapped in (where...

Sending Spam E-Mail Is Fast-Track to Riches, Study Reveals

If you're anything like us, you get dozens and dozens of spams per day. If you have multiple e-mail accounts, that's a lot of spam and, when you think of everyone else you know, that's an awful lot of unwanted messages. It certainly seems like spamming can't be worth all the effort and that spammers couldn't possibly make any money from it, right? Well, they certainly do, and a group of...

Latest Facebook Fake-Video Virus Takes Over Your Profile

We've talked about viruses hitting Facebook before, but it seems they're getting a little more serious now. A new one is making the rounds, W32.Koobface.A, which not only installs itself into the background on your PC, but takes over your profile on the site and sends itself to all your friends! The virus uses the same trick we've seen before, the fake-YouTube page that says you're missing a...