porn
Second Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bizarre Scheme to Extort Millions From Porn Pirates

Paul Hansmeier, an American lawyer who could generously be called enterprising, has pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and wire fraud, concluding a bizarre saga of porn, piracy, and extortion. Read More >>

crime
Catfish Victim Allegedly Planned to Kill Mother to Get Money to Pay Scammer

A scam victim may have been plotting to kill her mother in order to pay the person who was catfishing her. Read More >>

twitter
Changing Your Twitter Name to Elon Musk Will Get Your Account Locked

Twitter has a lot of big problems, and one of them involves using the hype surrounding cryptocurrency to scam people out of their money. One solution it's come up with? Locking any unverified accounts that change their profile name to 'Elon Musk'. Read More >>

scams
Convicted ‘Free Tablet’ Fraudster Ordered to Pay Up £2.1 Million to Victims

New York officials announced the conviction and sentencing of Nevada-based Sungame Corporation and its CEO Neil Chandran for grand larceny and securities fraud, saying the fraudsters would be forced to pay up £2.1 million to redress hundreds of people the company scammed with promises of free 3D tablets or go to jail. Chandran, who was previously barred from trading by the Alberta Securities Commission in 2015, will also be barred from doing so in New York state. Read More >>

crime
Elderly People Are Too Embarrassed to Admit to Being Scammed

Research into cases of modern online fraud has found that elderly victims are likely to keep quiet about being tricked into handing over bank details or money, with the shame of being fooled by a scammer making it too hard for them to admit to friends and family that they've been done over. Read More >>

tv
Faking My Westworld Fandom Was So Easy, I Almost Forgot I Was a Fraud

Reading The Ringer’s recent review of Hereditary’s Wikipedia page, I thought I’d found another opportunity to do my favourite thing. Everyone’s favourite thing. The activity that the internet seems to have been designed for: acting self-righteous. Read More >>

crime
Couple Who Scammed Amazon Out of More Than £895,000 in Electronics Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison

Back in October, Gizmodo reported that a couple in the US state of Indiana had been charged for relieving $1.2 million (£895,400) worth of merchandise from Amazon. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana yesterday sentenced husband and wife Erin and Leah Finan to nearly six years in prison each. Read More >>

privacy
Tech Support Scammers Use Victims’ Webcams to Secretly Record ‘Testimonials’ for YouTube

A team of scammers sneakily filmed dozens of Australians by remotely accessing their webcams, then uploaded those videos onto YouTube, according to Australian news outlet ABC. Read More >>

science
A US Doctor Is in Trouble for Claiming to Treat Ebola Though Sound

Bill Gray, a 75-year-old, Stanford-trained doctor based in the US state of California, claims on his website that he can treat almost any patient’s health problems through personalised, “homeopathic” audio recordings sent via email. But the California medical board is having none of it. Earlier this month, it filed a five-page complaint against Gray for behaving unprofessionally, setting the stage for a hearing that could strip Gray’s license to practice medicine. Read More >>

crime
Scammer Threatens to Kill Dog Unless Owner Pays Bitcoin Ransom

It can be difficult to muster anger about every bitcoin scam out there, but when con artists go after our Very Good Dogs, consider me invested. Last week, a basset hound named Happy went missing in the US state of North Carolina, and a scammer claiming to have the dog soon demanded hundreds of dollars in bitcoin for his return. Read More >>

crime
Indian Police Say Conmen Used Fake Space Age Technology to Scam Investor Out of £157,000

A father-son duo in India were arrested after allegedly convincing a businessman to spend 14.3 million rupees (about £156,600) on their phoney Space Age tech. Authorities say the pair was previously arrested for allegedly selling “naagmani,” a mystical medicine that comes from snakes—making them literal snake oil salesmen. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook’s New Tool Outs Phishing Sites Posing as ‘Secure’

Phishing attacks, which sucker unsuspecting users into clicking malicious links or giving up their login credentials, often rely on domain names that appear similar to a site they’re trying to imitate. For example, an attacker might register a domain like faceb00k[.]com and use it to steal users’ Facebook credentials. Unless a user is carefully examining the link, they might not notice that the O’s have been replaced with zeros. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft Warns That Tech Support Scams Are Still on the Rise

People using social engineering to runs scams posing as tech support isn’t exactly new, but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. In fact, it seems this is a problem that’s only getting worse after multiple organisations revealed that last year the number of tech support victims had risen between 24 and 86 per cent. Read More >>

science
Homeopath Says She Used Dog Rabies Saliva to ‘Cure’ Misbehaving 4-Year-Old, Gets Yelled at by Everyone

A Canadian naturopath is feeling the heat after she published a blog post about treating a young child’s behavioural problems with a homeopathic remedy made from the saliva of a rabid dog. But it’s really only the latest episode to highlight the absurdity of the popular alternative “medicine.” Read More >>

twitter
A Notorious Scammer Tricked Twitter Into Thinking He was in Syria

During the coordinated airstrikes in Syria launched by the United States, France, and Britain in response to a chemical attack on civilians believed to be carried out by the Assad regime, Twitter users rushed to find reliable sources of information about the attack. Unfortunately, many of them were tricked by Arturas Kerelis, a scammer pretending to be an authority on the situation. Read More >>