Can You Trust Your Facebook Friends?

Facebook Friends scam uses cloned pages to trap unwary users: Internet Scambusters #754 In the ever-changing world of social media scams, Facebook Friends are being targeted in the latest con trick. But it’s easy to hide your Friends list, as we explain in this week’s issue. We also have the lowdown on other currently active […]

Amazon Scammers Bombard Marketplace Shoppers

Up to 100 fraudulent accounts being set up every day in Amazon scam onslaught: Internet Scambusters #753 Amazon scams involving third party sellers are running at an alarming rate. Up to 100 fraudulent accounts are being created every day on the Internet retailer’s Marketplace service that allows independent sellers to set up shop on its […]

Cash for Keys Squatters Hold Homes for Ransom

Snippets issue highlights cash for keys, ID theft and new fake jewelry scams: Internet Scambusters #752 Imagine preparing to move into a new home, only to find someone already living there and refusing to move out until you give them cash for keys. That’s what’s happening to buyers who purchase homes out of foreclosure, but […]

Smart Toys Pose Threat to Child Privacy and Security

Some smart toys record what your kids say, others are open to hacking: Internet Scambusters #751 Interactive smart toys are a great way to educate and entertain children. But some of them may be “smarter” than you think — by recording what your kids say and sending the conversations back to the toymaker without your […]

How Rent-to-Own Deals Can Lead to a Scam

Important steps you should take to check out rent-to-own programs: Internet Scambusters #750 Rent-to-own deals, in which would-be homebuyers get a chance to purchase the home they’re renting, sound great on the surface. But because the people who opt to use them are relatively inexperienced in the real-estate market, they’re a sitting target for scammers. […]

Job Scammers Step Up Their Game

Convincing interviews, realistic profiles strengthen job scammers’ tactics: Internet Scambusters #749 You don’t have to be an easy mark or gullible to fall for a job scam these days. Crooks have learned from the past on how to make their schemes more convincing — and they’re prepared to invest time in courting their potential victims. […]

This Lead-in-Water Check is a Scam

Snippets issue highlights lead-in-water, movie money, bogus arts grants and inventor scams: Internet Scambusters #748 Reports of thieves posing as lead-in-water experts on door-to-door visits head up our Snippets issue this week. We also have reports on realistic-looking movie money being used for Craigslist purchases, bogus grants being offered to artists — for a fee […]

Predatory Publishing Scams Cost Authors Thousands

Academics and other specialist writers targeted by predatory publishing firms: Internet Scambusters #747 Predatory publishing is the term for a nasty scam currently targeting academics and other professionals. Firms solicit articles for specialist online publications and then charge the authors hundreds or even thousands of dollars for actually publishing them. In this week’s issue, we […]

Don’t Fall for These 5 Common TV Scams

Latest TV scams offer too-good-to-be true deals: Internet Scambusters #746 Consumers’ relationships with their television sets make them a popular target for TV scams. From fake subscription offers to non-existent TVs in smart packaging, the tricksters have many ways to snare their victims. In this week’s issue, we highlight the 5 most common tricks and […]

Angler Phishing Scams Reel In Stolen IDs

ID thieves use angler phishing scam on social networks: Internet Scambusters #745 Angler phishing is the latest ploy being used by scammers on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. They pose as customer service reps following up complaints and convince victims to hand over confidential information, as we explain in this week’s issue. We also […]