Scams in the News (9/29/2009)

Scams in the news articles are usually for Mondays, but surprisingly there weren’t any internet scam news worthy of reporting. Plus, yesterday’s MLM article took a long time to write, so please do check it out if you are interested.

Here are the most news-worthy stories on the net today.

  • New IRS Email Scam Could be Costly – The Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning Internet users to be on guard against a convincing e-mail virus scam disguised as a message from auditors at the Internal Revenue Service. According to one victim interviewed by Security Fix, falling for the ruse could cost you or your employer tens of thousand of dollars.
  • Web ads endorsed by newspapers likely a scam – We’ve all seen this time and time again. Scam make-money opportunities that use fake newspaper articles to promote their business. “I get paid about $25 for every link I post on Google and I get paid every week,” the story said. “I make around $10,500 a month right now.” – That kind of BS. In fact, as I’ve mentioned so many times before, don’t trust any websites with, “as seen on…” or “as reported by…”. They’re all lies.
  • Swanson warns unemployed to be on guard against job scams – The title speaks for itself. Don’t fall for employment scams online or offline. The link has some good tips for job seekers to avoid scams. Visit our Make-Money-Scams category for tips.
  • Latest online fraud craze targets students and foreign tourists – The fraudsters have been taking advantage of the surge in students looking to move into rented properties as the new university year begins, by offering properties that don’t exist or are owned by someone else then demanding a full deposit, or in some cases rent payment, upfront. For many students this year is the first time they have had to deal with renting a property, making them vulnerable targets for this type of fraud.
  • Twitter remains most favorable place for cyber attacks – Security researchers report that Twitter is increasingly hit with the different kind of scam which makes it harder for people to communicate with each other as malicious messages are sent even through the legal accounts. According to the reports last week a number of attacks were launched by means of tried-and-true e-mail spamming techniques. It seems things are getting worse in the Twitter world. Be careful because those micro-blogs can hurt you.

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  1. Vista sg says:

    you were right. Nowadays the scam and fraud both news and email are spreading anywhere uncontrollable. Do not get caught with that news.

    I have received several email every wekk about this scam. We should all give each other the latest information.

    very useful information. Keep up the good work.


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