cryptocurrency
World’s Dumbest Bitcoin Scammer Tries to Scam Bitcoin Educator, Gets Scammed in The Process

Ben Perrin is a Canadian cryptocurrency enthusiast and educator who hosts a bitcoin show on YouTube. This is immediately apparent after a quick a look at all his social media. Ten seconds of viewing on of his videos will show that he is knowledgeable about digital assets, and 30 seconds of perusing his channel will show he has produced some videos on bitcoin scams. So it’s surprising that a bitcoin scammer would try to scam Perrin through his Instagram account and go so far as to actually send Perrin some of their own bitcoin. Read More >>

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Bitcoin Scammers Try and Fail to Sextort 86-Year-Old Woman Who Just Wanted a Free Bagel

All 86-year-old Arlene Kaganove wanted was a free bagel from American cafe chain Panera on her birthday. Instead, after signing up for the My Panera rewards programme, Kaganove was sent threatening emails demanding she pay $1,400 (£1,146) worth of bitcoin—in exchange for a supposed recording of her watching porn. Read More >>

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Libra Scammers Are Promising Early Access to Facebook’s Digital Currency to Steal Private Information

If you search YouTube for Facebook’s Libra, you’ll find plenty of videos that tell you how to buy the digital currency. The problem is that many of the videos are published by scam artists who are apparently trying to steal your personal information. How do we know they’re scams? Libra hasn’t even been launched yet. Read More >>

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Facebook Launches UK-Only Anti-Scam Hotline

Facebook is spending £3m on making it harder for people to use Facebook to spread various scams, with the move part of a deal to make peace with internet legend Martin Lewis -- a man whose likeness has previously been stolen and used to launch a thousand unauthorised online scams. Read More >>

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Fraudsters Fish for Benefit Hack Victims on Social Media

Scammers have found a way to steal future income from those eligible for the new Universal Credit benefit, and are advertising their thievery as a form of "grant" people are eligible for on social media. Read More >>

crime
Masked Mime Artist Cons Villagers Out of Several Pounds

Residents of the Forest of Dean village of Woolaston are at the centre of a bizarre mystery, after a local village fundraiser was hijacked by a masked mime artist. Read More >>

internet
Catfish Fetishists: The Men Who Get Off on Getting Scammed Online (NSFW)

It’s Thursday night and Eddie is looking for action. He scrolls through Twitter hoping to find the woman of his dreams. Finally, he finds her, or someone who looks a lot like her: A woman going by the name “Katfish Princess” who describes herself as “hot, greedy and completely fake.” Read More >>

money
Banks Start Refunding Transfer Con Victims

A few new paragraphs of boring text have been added to a voluntary code that covers dealings via the UK's main high street banks today, with the wording containing the positive news that innocent victims of money transfer scams may now see their lost money refunded. Read More >>

science
Penis Enlargement Surgery Is a Total Scam, Big Study Finds

In case there was any doubt – penis enlargement surgeries are usually ineffective and can leave men psychologically and physically damaged, according to a new study. Read More >>

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Google is Giving the Boot to a Major Play Store Developer With More Than 600 Million Installs

Google has begun purging the Play Store of apps made by DO Global, a Chinese firm that makes Android apps and is partially backed by Baidu, after a BuzzFeed News report indicated it was committing massive ad fraud. Read More >>

crime
Hacker Gets Six Years in Jail for Blackmailing Porn Site Visitors

A former computer science student who used the moniker K!NG and made more than £700,000 scamming visitors to legal porn sites using ransomware has been sentenced to six years in jail, the BBC reports. Read More >>

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Two Students Charged With Cheating Apple Out of £685K in Wild iPhone Counterfeit Scam

In a grift for the ages, two engineering students allegedly scammed Apple out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s hard to say if the students were very clever or if Apple is just really bad at preventing this kind of thing. Read More >>

bitcoin
Bitcoin Surges 15 Per Cent Overnight Because Nobody Learned Their Lesson After the Last Crash

Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency in the world, jumped to a four-month high overnight, briefly breaching $5,000 on the Bitstamp exchange. Bitcoin is up roughly 15 per cent on the day and traders are excited because it really seems like nobody learned their lesson during the last cryptocurrency bubble. Read More >>

crime
Accountants Hate Him: Man Admits to Tricking Google and Facebook in £92 Million Scam

A Lithuanian man faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting to his role in a scheme that bilked Google and Facebook out of $121 million (£92 million), Bloomberg reports. Read More >>

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There’s No End in Sight to Our Robocall Hell

There was a time when you could safely answer your phone without already knowing who’s on the other end of the line. But those days are long over. Robocalls are not only annoying, but they also make it hard to function. Hell, they make elements of my job damn near impossible – seriously, I made around 100 calls this week for a story, not a single person answered. Sure, there are other bigger and more sinister machines to rage against, but this one – this one is mine. Read More >>