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22 Official Complaints From People Who Got Royally Screwed On Airbnb

If you ever try to book a rental on Airbnb and the owner asks you to pay via wire transfer, don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. It’s a scam. It’s always a scam.


Feds Charged With Stealing Money During Silk Road Investigation

Two former federal agents who investigated the Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace seized by the FBI in 2013, have been charged for their own outrageous digital crimes, including stealing money they acquired on their druggie undercover assignment.


Inmate Walks Free After Emailing Release Instructions To Prison Staff

An inmate who was in prison for multiple charges of fraud is apparently up to his old tricks. Posing as a senior court clerk, Neil Moore, 28, used an illicit mobile phone to email fake bail instructions to prison staff, who released him. Well, that’s embarrassing.


Withdrawing Cash With A Smartphone Could Beat The Card Skimmers

The U.S. loses more money to card fraud than the rest of the world combined — something that’s mostly down to the magnetic stripes that make their cards incredibly hackable. Although more secure technologies are coming, they will require time and money to adopt. But one kindly Canadian bank has a secure system that only needs a smartphone and a QR code.


Facebook Fraudster Jumps Bail By Giving His GPS Anklet A Mind Of Its Own

A man under house arrest for faking an ownership stake in Facebook is missing after rigging up an elaborate contraption to make it look like he was still in his home.


Turns Out Apple Pay Can't Solve Credit Card Fraud

Among other things, Apple’s Second Coming of the Mobile Payment Solution was meant to fix our broke-arse credit card security system. Only, according to (unconfirmed) reports, it’s doing exactly the opposite.


GoFundMe Is A Great Way To Scam People

I’m not the morality police over here, but I’m just gonna go ahead and say that people should not scam each other. Think of a scam free world! We would be free to trust unlucky Nigerian princes and Publisher’s Clearing House. So, first of all: Don’t rip people off. It’s rude. But if you were going to perpetuate a scam, crowdfunding platform GoFundMe is a great way to do so.


Report: A Flaw In Visa's Contactless Card Lets Anyone Charge It $US999,999

Contactless credit cards are a hit in the UK. But a British research team has revealed a serious security flaw that allows anyone to charge up to $US999,999.99 in foreign currency to a nearby card, even while it’s still in a wallet or purse.


You Can Buy Fake University Email Accounts For As Little As 16 Cents

Want to pretend you went to the Ivy League? If you have some money and know how to log onto China’s version of eBay, Taobao, it’s not so hard. It is, however, illegal.


Beware Crooks Stealing Your Card Details At Car Washes

There’s a new trend sweeping the credit card fraud business, and it takes the concept of money laundering quite literally: Criminals are swiping card details from car washes.