tinder
Check Out These FTC Complaints Against Tinder

Anyone who’s spent any considerable amount of time on Tinder knows that, like any service promising random lonely people quick and easy access to a horde of horned-up singles over the Internet, it kind of sucks. It’s filled with fake profiles, tries to sell you on premium services, and even if you do meet someone, there’s a reasonable chance your date will involve listening to them test out their bad standup routine or complain about feminism. Read More >>

hacking
Equifax’s Website Redirected People to Malware Thanks to a Compromised, Years-Old Plugin

Credit-reporting agency Equifax, which has been embroiled in a richly-deserved sea of anger after losing the sensitive personal and financial info of at least 145 million people  to hackers, found itself in yet another hole  this week after its website began redirecting users to malware . On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported the problems with the site began because Equifax was still using a defunct web analytics plugin called Fireclick which had since been taken over by scammers. Read More >>

cybersecurity
Security Researchers Discover Spammer List of Over 711 Million Email Accounts

An unknown hacker has gathered up to 711 million email accounts stored on an “open and accessible” server in the Netherlands, ZDNet reported. The server contains passwords to both email addresses and servers which are apparently being used to send large amounts of spam through legitimate accounts, thereby bypassing filters. Read More >>

crime
“Microsoft” Scam Callers Arrested After Years of Terrorising the Technically Challenged

Those shameless scammers that cold-call people pretending to be from Microsoft and demanding money after walking users through supposed problems with their computers? They're going down, it seems, with four people arrested in the UK for enabling the rip-off. Read More >>

security
When Are You Most Likely To Fall Victim To A Scam Email?

Do you know what makes you vulnerable to an email scam/phishing attack/malware all up in your computer? It's you. Yep - rather than focusing on software flaws, the most easily exploitable link in your online security chain is the humble human. Read More >>

wtf
‘Drinkable Sunscreen’ Creator is Getting Sued For Obviously Dangerous Product

Imagine yourself enjoying an idyllic day at the beach: You’ve been sitting out in the sun for hours and are starting to get a bit thirsty. Do you feel compelled to reach for a bottle of ice cold water from the cooler, or a sudden urge to shotgun the nearest bottle of Coppertone? If you answered the latter, I have some bad news for you, friend. Read More >>

science
Anti-Mosquito Candles Totally Don’t Work

Today in science that turns out to be totally bunk: Citronella candles warding off mosquitoes. At least, the natural “repellent” doesn’t seem to have any effect on one of the most notorious disease-spreading blood suckers on Earth. Read More >>

dating
Have You Fallen in Love With a Template Letter?

A new campaign is warning people who cruise dating sites to be on the lookout for scams, as the loneliest of heart are apparently being attacked and made to fall in love with criminals via the means of a stock series of romantic messages. Read More >>

internet
These Stories of People Who Got Scammed on Tinder are Heartbreaking

If someone asks you to send them money on a dating app like Tinder, don’t do it. This might sound like common sense, but in a world where more people are meeting potential partners online, it can become all too easy for otherwise intelligent people to get scammed. And these Tinder horror stories are a testament to that. Read More >>

uber
“Zombie Uber Drivers” Want to Trick Chinese Riders into Cancelling Bookings

An apparent new way of scamming money out of the tech unicorn system has been uncovered in China, where it's alleged that some Uber drivers are uploading deliberately horrible profile photos in order to make people who've booked rides cancel their trips -- handing the drivers a small cancellation fee in return for doing nothing. Read More >>

money
An Email Scam Cost One of Europe’s Biggest Companies £33 Million

Earlier this month, Leoni AG, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wires and electrical cables, informed investors that the German company lost almost 40 million euros (or about £33 million) to online scammers. Today, we finally know how: according to investigators, the thieves simply spoofed emails to look like official payment requests, a tactic known as “CEO fraud”. Read More >>

crime
Interpol Just Busted a Nigerian Email Scam Kingpin

“Mike” (portrayed above) is a real person and his email party is now over. Authorities announced today that a 40-year-old Nigerian man, identified only as Mike, was nabbed in a joint operation by Interpol and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission. Mike was reportedly the mastermind behind a large number of online scams, and officials suspect him of swindling more than $60 million from people around the world, including $15.4 million from one victim alone. Read More >>

crime
iPhone 6 Buyers Reverse-scam Amazon Sellers

An Amazon US listing for the iPhone 6 beset by one-star reviews from buyers appears to indicate a scam in progress, but it's not the obvious sort of trick. It's the buyers that have latched onto this listing, realising they can blag a refund from Amazon by swapping out the phone for a roughly equivalent in weight lump of gunk when it arrives -- and swearing blindly that it was all the seller's fault. Read More >>

apps
Tell Your Parents WhatsApp Gold Isn’t a Real Thing

Users of messaging tool WhatsApp are today's malicious hacker target of choice, with some finding out to their delight that they've been chosen to test a new version of the app called WhatsApp Gold. Only, of course, it's a scam. Read More >>

internet
We Found the Best Nigerian Prince Email Scam in the Galaxy

The Nigerian prince scam will never die. It’s lasted in various forms for decades now, but the latest iteration is downright amazing. Can’t you give $3 million to help a Nigerian astronaut get home from his secret space mission? Read More >>