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Influencer Offering ‘Legal’ Money in Insta Stories Arrested for Not-So-Legal £1.15 Million Scam

A 22-year-old YouTuber and Instagram personality in the US advertising “legal” money for “serious ppl only” with “no scams!” turned out to be a scammer, allegedly. Nothing is real. Read More >>

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Google’s Adsense Is Turning Into A Tool For Extortion

Of all the things that Google’s afraid of (employee revolts! antitrust actions! diversity!) ad fraud is certainly high on the list. And now, some creative scammers have turned Google’s fraud crackdown against its own users. Read More >>

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Please Do Not Drink Silver to Kill the Coronavirus

Wherever mass tragedy strikes, there will be vulturous hucksters looking to take advantage of people’s fears. The outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in China and other countries is no exception. Medical quacks are already trying to sell the very bad idea of swallowing silver to ward off the virus – something that’s more likely to turn you into a real-life smurf than cure anything. Read More >>

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3 of the Most Common Mobile Scams and How to Stop Them

Our phones carry so much of our lives these days – our social networks, access to our banks, home security apps – that keeping them safe and protected is of paramount importance. These are three of the most common ways your phone can be hacked, and how to stop them. Read More >>

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Be Careful What You Click On: This American School District Lost £1.8 Million in a Phishing Scam

Given that it’s the beginning of a new year, it’s important to remember to be careful what you click on. A school district in the US state of Texas learned this the hard way when it lost approximately $2.3 million (£1.8 million) due to a phishing email scam. Read More >>

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Report: Advertising Scammer Bribed a Facebook Employee to Keep Its Posts Up

Here’s one more leak in the drip drip drip of evidence that Facebook is totally out of control, even if and when it tries to get it together. Buzzfeed reports that an extremely predatory scammer that exploited Baby Boomers (also previously exposed by Buzzfeed in October) had a helper on the inside at Facebook. Read More >>

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Members of Cybercrime Group Evil Corp Indicted for £76 Million In Heists and No One Can Touch Them

The governments of the US and the UK on Thursday announced the unsealing of indictments against two Russian members of a major cybercriminal operation called Evil Corp. Read More >>

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Terrorists Win

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive came out all the way back in 2012 – though it still has a large player base and its tie-ins with the Steam Community marketplace have remained active long after developer Valve’s attention mostly went elsewhere. Patch notes from Monday flagged by Vice News indicate that may have become a big problem, with the CS:GO team writing that it had disabled the ability to trade and sell in-game keys used to unlock weapons and skins due to criminals taking over their turf. Read More >>

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Scammers Target Cash App Giveaways on Twitter and Instagram

Twitter and Instagram have become inundated with scams targeting users of Cash App, the popular person-to-person payment service, according to new research released Thursday. Read More >>

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YouTube Deletes “Pick-Up Artist” Accounts Ahead of BBC Shaming

The BBC is about to screen two documentaries investigating grim YouTube "pick-up" channels, so isn't it an enormous coincidence that YouTube has just deleted two of the most notorious purveyors of this entirely wrong sort of advice? Read More >>

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Match.com Knowingly Profited Off Romance Scammers, FTC Suit Claims

It’s no easy task finding love online. It’s harder still when some of the many dating service options are littered not with hot singles in your area, but with scammers, as has evidently been the case with Match.com, according to a newly filed lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission. Read More >>

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Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO’s Voice to Fool Underling Into Transferring £200,000

The CEO of an energy firm based in the UK thought he was following his boss’s urgent orders in March when he transferred funds to a third-party. But the request actually came from the AI-assisted voice of a fraudster. Read More >>

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Former Uber Employee Says ‘Safe Rides Fee’ Was the Rip-Off You Always Suspected

Uber has, across its 10-year history, been the subject of any number of public scandals – from workplace sexual harassment and data privacy to labour strikes and myriad other controversies. But thanks to a forthcoming book on the beleaguered company, employees had a chance to reminisce about one some of us may not remember: its dodgy Safe Rides Fee. Read More >>

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Dozens Charged Over Massive £4.8 Million Internet Romance Scam

Eighty people have been charged in a massive international fraud scheme that sought to steal tens of millions of pounds from victims globally, including both businesses and individuals – some of whom prosecutors say were elderly. Read More >>

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 >>