scams

The ACCC Is Disrupting Online Dating Scammers By Sending Aussies Letters With Advice

Australians are giving folks. That apparently makes us especially susceptible to online dating scams. The ACCC, working in concert with the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce, is getting in touch with Australians it thinks are sending money overseas to scammers, picking them out by tracking international transactions.


The Common Facebook Scams You Should Never Click On

It’s been a little sad to watch Facebook devolve from being a squeaky clean site full of people you love to a spam-ridden wasteland. And with a fifth of the world’s population using the site, you can be sure the spam is going to keep coming. So you need all the help you can get separating the good links from the bad.


Huge Scam Sends 30,000 Fake Copyright Notices Containing Trojans

TorrentFreak reports that in recent days some 30,000 fake copyright infringement notices demanding cash settlements have been circulating in Germany. In addition to defrauding unwitting folks out of cash, the notices also come bundled with malicious software designed to steal personal info.


Scammers Took $89 Million From Australians In 2013

Don’t trust anyone who is nice to you on the Internet. That’s the latest message from the ACCC, who says that scammers ripped off online daters and other victims to the tune of $90 million last year.


Kickstarter Just Opened The Floodgates To Even More Frauds And Scams

Crowdfunding is notorious for being riddled with impossible projects, broken promises and straight-up scams. But Kickstarter’s been one of the few sites that even attempts to vet projects before people start throwing their money at them. Now, though, Kickstarter has decided to let creators choose to bypass the approval process altogether. Fantastic.


Microsoft Phone Scammer Fined $45,000 For Holding Users' PCs Hostage

A con man targeting unsuspecting Windows users and holding their computers hostage online has been fined and given a suspended jail sentence in Britain. The scammer’s outsourced Indian telemarketing workers called random phone numbers, convinced people their PCs were virus-laden and charged for antivirus software that Microsoft offers for free.


12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Can you spot the fakes? Hundreds of amazing images wash over our greedy eyeballs each and every day, clogging our Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds. Many of them are fakes, lies or both. Like these!


Elaborate Chinese Real Estate Scam Traps Owners In Illegal Apartments

Shady brokers in New York have long been known to sell the same apartment to multiple gullible buyers. In China, however, real estate scammers have gone to the next level: Buyers are being “taken hostage” by developers who fail to mention that the apartments they’re selling are totally illegal.


The Internet Has Passed Judgement On The Australian Government's Scam Awareness Site

The internet is not a forgiving place, least of all for government websites that look like they were constructed during the GeoCities era. Unfortunately for Australia’s ScamWatch site, the users of Reddit have seized onto its outdated appearance, going so far as to accuse it of resembling the very sites it’s trying to educate about.


Brisbane Woman Who Bought Two iPhones Was Scammed With Two Apples Instead

When you’re looking to buy an Apple iPhone off a classifieds ad, you expect certain things. Like it having a working touchscreen. Like it maybe be in one piece. Like it actually being an Apple iPhone and not… just an apple. A woman made the dear mistake of buying two apples in an iPhone box when she really wanted two iPhones. Oof.