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Facebook Photoshop Scam Spreading Like Wildfire

Share Clicking on Facebook links is dangerous business. At least a few of aren't aware of this sad fact; otherwise, the latest scam Facebook app wouldn't be spreading at the alarming rate of almost 90,000 clicks per hour. M86 Security labs reported the latest link hoax, which spreads quickly via Facebook Chat. It starts with a message from a friend that reads, "hey, I just made a photoshop...

Radiation Panic is Mounting Online in Japan (and Beyond)

In both horror and sadness, the world is watching the crisis unfold in Japan. The damage to the Fukushima nuclear facility adds another menacing dimension to the disaster. As murky reports emerge, so does increasing panic, made only worse by the viral aspect of social networking. Frantic messages have been pervasive on Twitter, where Tokyo residents report fleeing, encouraged by the internation...

Scam Claims to Show How Much Time You Spent on Facebook in 2010

A new scam spreading across Facebook purports to show users how many hours they spent on the social networking site in 2010. According to Naked Security, users who click the rogue link are taken to an application request for permission page. If the user gives the fraudulent app access, he or she will be asked to take a survey, or a "security check," for which the scammers get paid every time it's...

Heartbroken Mom Gets Swindled for $127K by Seductive Soldier Scammer

Nothing is worse than heartache. The wrenching sorrow of losing the one you love makes it feel like your whole world is ending, and not much else elicits that much pain -- unless, of course, you've given up nearly $125,000 to the person who did you wrong. That's just a horrid case of adding insult to injury. A divorced mother of three from Leicestershire, U.K. met a dashing and "All-American" s...

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 ...

Teen Creates 'Twifficiency' App, Endures Twitter's Misguided Wrath

Yesterday, a harmless teenager from the U.K. suddenly found himself under a flood of Twitter attacks -- all because of an app called 'Twifficiency.' "Twifficiency calculates your Twitter efficiency based upon your Twitter activity," the service's site explains. "This includes how many people you follow, how many people follow you, how often you tweet and how many tweets you read." As with any ot...

Danger: Facebook 'Dislike Button' Is Just Another Scam

Share Not to be party poopers or anything, but you know all those statuses you've seen on your friends' Facebook profiles, claiming to have finally installed that elusive 'Dislike Button?' Totally fake. Tragic news, we know, but, as of now, there's still no official dislike button, and anyone with a status claiming otherwise is just another victim of the latest scam to hit Facebook. As Sopho...

Hackers Cash $9M in Forged Checks with New Online Scam

High-tech criminals have apparently adopted a decidedly low-tech methodology in the latest banking scam. Hackers are forging and cashing checks in order to slip past their victims' defenses. Rather than snagging passwords and initiating electronic transfers, these scammers are hacking into sites that store images of checks for banks, check cashing outlets and other businesses. From these images,...

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 wor...

Indian Phone Scammers Pose as Microsoft Technicians, Plant Malware Across U.K.

Kolkata may be the land of elaborate Durga Pujas, cinematic legend Satyajit Ray and coronary-inducing kati rolls, but the Eastern Indian metropolis is also the land of a virulent phone scam that's been quietly making its way around the world for the past two years. As the Guardian reports, a group of scam artists based out of the former Indian capital have been calling random households, and...

Online Scammers Take Lawyer for $240,000

When it comes to being up to date with the latest trends and techniques in law-evasion, lawyers are, by definition, experts. Even they, however, can fall prey to well-disguised cybercrimes, as one New Hampshire barrister has just proven. The lawyer, who remains anonymous, reportedly lost some $240,000 after falling for an online scam that used fake companies and counterfeit checks to hire him...

'Distracting Beach Babes' Video Scam Plagues Facebook Users

Just in time for summer, a bikini-clad malware scam is spreading across Facebook. According to Sophos, a video entitled "Distracting Beach Babes," containing a malicious link, was posted to thousands of users' Walls over the weekend. Apparently, this latest scam is an offshoot of the "Sexiest Video Ever" scam, which hit Facebook users last week. By clicking on the video thumbnail of a girl's bu...

Scammers Target Unemployed with Phony Jobs

Landing a job in a stagnant labor market, as many have found out, is no easy task. The process only becomes more frustrating when cyber-criminals begin capitalizing on that desperation for their own parasitic benefit. As the Wall Street Journal reports, increasing numbers of scammers have begun posting fake job ads across the Internet in the hopes of luring optimistic job seekers into their devio...

Gmail's New Anti-Scam Feature Alerts Users to Strange Log-ins

In response to a slew of clever e-mail scams, Google has introduced a new security feature that automatically notifies Gmail users whenever suspicious activity appears on their account. In addition to the recent activity information that currently runs across the bottom of Gmail users' inboxes, Google has now decided to send out warning messages whenever it detects something fishy going on. As th...

'New Password' E-mail Scam Plagues Facebook Members

Share If you get an e-mail with a subject line that reads, "Facebook password reset confirmation customer support," you can just go ahead and hit the delete button. That's because, if you open it, you may fall prey to the latest scam to hit Facebook, and divulge intensely personal password or banking information. The malicious e-mail bears an attachment that, the message claims, contains your ...