scams

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 Unfortunately for Australia’s ScamWatch site, the users of Reddit have seized onto its outdated appearance, going so far as to accuse it of resembling the very sites it’s trying to educate about.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.


What Online Scams Would Look Like If They Were Real People

When we see Nigerian princes or weird links or invasive people who want to much personal information pop up in our email inbox, we immediately know that they’re scams. It’s part of the internet. But what if it was a part of real life too? It would be absolutely terrifying to see online scams and viruses as people.


How Chinese Scammers Are Swapping Fake iPhone Parts For The Real Deal

A very ingenious new kind of high-tech scam has been going down in China, where clever thieves are returning fake iPhone components to Apple and claiming they’re broken official parts, receiving genuine Apple-made pieces in return. And they’re making a nice profit in the process.


Anatomy Of A Scam: How You're Getting Fleeced On Facebook

There’s been a recent resurgence of Facebook scam pages, promising everything from Samsung Galaxy S IV handsets to free Playstation 4 consoles. You should avoid them like the plague, but people don’t. How do these scams work, though?


'Get Rich Crowdfunding' Might Not Be A Legit Business

According to US government regulators, the number of registered domain names containing the word “crowdfunding” has increased from 900 to 9001 since January 2012. Many of these are just harmless parked domains, but the SEC is worried that many are opportunistic scams targeting your money.


Apple's App Store Is Finally Cracking Down On The Screenshot Scam

After years of complaints, scams and careless screening tactics, the iTunes App Store is finally starting to figure itself out. The latest update should stop developers from using misleading screenshots by locking them into place once the app gets approved.