Tagged With scams

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If someone asks you to send them money on a dating app like Tinder, don't do it. This might sound like common sense, but in a world where more people are meeting potential partners online, it can become all too easy for otherwise intelligent people to get scammed. And these Tinder horror stories are a testament to that.

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"Mike" (portrayed above) is a real person and his email party is now over. Authorities announced today that a 40-year-old Nigerian man, identified only as Mike, was nabbed in a joint operation by Interpol and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission. Mike was reportedly the mastermind behind a large number of online scams, and officials suspect him of swindling more than $US60 million ($79.6 million) from people around the world, including $US15.4 million ($20.4 million) from one victim alone.

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Every year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) compile a report on how many Australians are getting conned by scammers, what scams are working on us and how much money we're losing.

This year's findings show that $85 million was reported lost to the ACCC's Scamwatch last year, with 105,200 scam complaints. That's a $3 million increase in money lost, and a 15 per cent rise in complaints — with the top culprits being investment and online dating scams.

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Wikipedia is no stranger to scandals, but a quiet update on its administrators' announcement board reveals a big problem. The site's CheckUser team recently banned 381 editors' accounts for "undisclosed paid advocacy". In other words, these Wikipedians were secretly shilling for brands and even resorting to extortion.