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What's The Worst Online Scam You've Seen?

Today our own Kate Knibbs documented how she discovered her good name was being used to publish clickbait content on Elite Daily. While Kate was able to reclaim her identity in this instance, the Internet is full of ridiculous scams.


Some Slimy Clickbait Jerk Stole My Identity To Blog For Elite Daily 

My online reputation has the digital equivalent of an STI. A few weeks ago, I found out I was getting impersonated on the internet. My mysterious usurper did his homework, bogarting my photos and biographical details to publish blogs under my byline at Elite Daily.


Telstra Has New Tech To Stop Phone Scammers In Their Tracks...For A Price

Phone scams are a massive pain. It’s either someone calling to try and “repair” (read: hack) your computer or misrepresent themselves and extort you for cash. Telstra thinks it can stop these ransom call scams in their tracks with a new gadget it’s calling the Call Guardian.


The Worst PayPal Horror Stories

Yesterday, PayPal agreed to pay customers $US15 million for ripping them off over the past few years. After I wrote about it, reader horror stories started flooding my inbox and comments.


PayPal Has To Pay $25 Million For Being Sketchy As Hell

After the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a complaint against PayPal today, the company quickly agreed to refund $US15 million to customers it ripped off over the past few years.


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.


We Want To Hear About The Worst Crowdfunding Scams And Failures 

Crowdfunding is a great way to raise money. It’s also a great way to hardcore scam people, and we’re looking for the worst swindles, hoodwinks and old-fashioned ponzi schemes populating the teeming and poorly-regulated underbelly of the money-grubbing dream industry that you’ve seen. O Come All Ye Crowdfunding Horror Stories!


Scammers And Sceptics Are Strangling The Future Of Digital Money

Bitcoin devotees and other cryptocurrency fans say that maths gives their radical ideas so much potential. But starting a new value system also requires a level of faith in the people using the maths. As “shitcoin” scams pile up, it’s becoming clear that new currencies need trust too. And they don’t have it.


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.


Stolen Uber Accounts Are On Sale For A Dollar On A Darknet Market  

Anyone with a spare dollar can buy access to stolen, active Uber account information. Vendors on the new darknet market AlphaBay are peddling Uber user details.


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