security
A Glitch in Gmail Could Expose You to Netflix Scammers

You may be aware that Gmail doesn't think dots are important, so if you have a dot in your email address it'll just ignore it and carry on as if it weren't there. So for instance, if I were to sign with tompritchard@gmail.com (that's not actually mine, don't send this account hate mail) emails sent to tom.pritchard@gmail.com would end up in my inbox. The problem is not everyone sees the world the way Google does, and doesn't ignore the fact dots can and do appear in email addresses. Netflix is one of them, and that opens up the possibility of being scammed. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency Scam Site Disappears, Leaving Only the Word ‘Penis’ Behind

A short-lived and relatively unknown cryptocurrency project built on Ethereum called Prodeum disappeared this weekend—along with the money a small number of hapless investors sunk into it. All that remained of its website was a white page with the word “penis” written on it. Read More >>

crime
Backer Funds From Kickstarter Campaign Allegedly Stolen to Build a Damn House

Peachy Printer launched on Kickstarter back in September of 2013. It claimed to be the world’s first $100/£69 3D printer and scanner, and raised $651,091 CAD (£350,958) in backer money. Now Rylan Grayston, the company’s CEO, claims that his co-founder David Boe embezzled nearly half of that money, and used it to build himself a new house. Read More >>

internet
The Biggest Online Drug Market Since Silk Road Just Vanished, Taking £8 Million With It

Evolution, the most popular online drug market since the Silk Road, has disappeared without warning. Users say more than £8 million in Bitcoin has also vanished. And it looks like a classic scam. Read More >>

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Email Scams are Still Depressingly Effective

It is the Year Of Our Lord twenty thousand and fourteen, but somehow, nearly half of all people on this email-infested landfill we call 'Earth' are still falling for simple phishing scams. Read More >>

security
Cold Call Scammer Convicted for Scaring Windows Users Into Paying for Software

Hooray! One of the people behind the "Your computer is leaking personal information" phone scams has been convicted, with Mohammed Khalid Jamil earning a four-month suspended jail term for hiring call centre staff to trick unaware Windows users into paying for bogus malware protection. Read More >>

gaming
eBay Xbox One Picture Scam Idiot Gets Free Console

Remember the sad, stupidity-ridden case of Peter Clatworthy, the Nottingham-based eBayer who mistakenly (knowingly) bought a picture of an Xbox One off the online auction site for £450? Seems his Christmas has come early -- not only has he been given a full refund by eBay, but gaming retailer CEX has sent him a free Xbox One console too. The lesson? Worldwide online embarrassment sometimes does pay. [Gamespot] Read More >>

gaming
Man Stupidly, Knowingly, Buys a Picture of an Xbox One Off eBay For £450

There are many scammers out there on the web, and some of them look deceptively legitimate before disappointingly failing to deliver the goods. Which is what makes having sympathy for Nottingham's Peter Clatworthy difficult: if a £450 eBay listing clearly states it's for a picture of an Xbox One, then you should bloody well expect to receive a picture of an Xbox One for your £450. Read More >>

crime
A Woman Who Bought Two iPhones Was Scammed with Two Apples Instead

When you're looking to buy an Apple iPhone from a classifieds ad, you expect certain things. Like it having a working touchscreen. Like it maybe be in one piece. Like it actually being an Apple iPhone and not... just an apple. A woman made the dear mistake of buying two apples in an iPhone box when she really wanted two iPhones. Oof. Read More >>

crime
These MacBooks and iPads Made from Wood and Duct Tape Are Not Really MacBooks and iPads

People. Especially people of Florida. Listen up. If you get approached to buy a MacBook or iPad in a parking lot, don't buy it. Even if it's dirt cheap and a freaking steal and you need a new computer or whatever. Why? Because it might end up as a pile of wood and duct tape. Seriously. Read More >>

olympics
PSA: “Unticketed” Doesn’t Mean Free Olympic Events

LOCOG's just turned hundreds of people away from the opening stages of the Olympic archery because it's an "unticketed" event. Loads of bow-fans turned up to Lords to watch world records fall, but it was a non-public event, and wasn't even shown on TV, despite what scam sites claiming to sell tickets proclaimed. Read More >>

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Yep, Kickstarter Is Pretty Much a Scam for Useless Crap

The Onion, as only The Onion can, exposed the cesspool of faux-inventions of Kickstarter by calling the folks who start Kickstarter projects, Internet criminals who "bilk friends and families out of terrible, ill-conceived and unnecessary personal projects". Yep, pretty much. Read More >>

lego
Multimillionaire Software Exec Arrested in LEGO-Thieving Bar-Code Scam

Ah, power. You give a person too much and they will abuse it. Such is the case with Thomas Langenbach, a 47-year-old VP at Palo Alto-based software company SAP Labs, who has been arrested for the nerdiest crime in recent memory. His abuse of power: computer-based. Read More >>

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iTunes Scammers Rumbled by Shock Wolverhampton Success Story

Members of a gang consisting of members in Kent, Derby, Birmingham and Wolverhampton have been banged up, after netting around £500k from buying their own "music" through iTunes using stolen credit card details. Read More >>