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Tips to Avoid Check Scams

Listen up lawyers — and everyone else! In light of my last article, Lawyers, Best Target for Advance Fee Fraud?, the list of tips below should help everyone to avoid advance fee frauds. These tips are meant for lawyers, but apply to all potential victims. Have a read and don’t get scammed. Firstly, red flags: You are asked to wire money out of your account:… Continue reading
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Lawyers, Best Target for Advance Fee Fraud?

Working on the theory that the 419 advance fee fraud plays on people’s greed, who would be the best target? Lawyers, of course. You’d think that lawyers are too smart to fall for these scams, but apparently, it is quite common. This happens to lawyers frequently enough that a bar association posted a warning regarding such scams. So, it turns out, some scammers started thinking big.… Continue reading
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Want Some of Saddam’s Treasure?

As people become more aware of Nigerian princes and rich Nigerian generals’ widows, it would be wise for scammers to put a new twist on the same old scheme. Instead of an email from a Nigerian billionaire, you receive one from a U.S. soldier. This is usually how the email goes, “We stumbled into Saddam Hussein’s storage vault and discovered funds belonging to his family,” writes… Continue reading
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“You are Jealous of Me”

India, with its growing economy, has become a large target for Nigerian scams. The core strategy of the scam is the same old advance fee fraud. But instead of lottery scams and inheritance scams, free goodies are used, as well, to entice potential victims to bite. Imagine Finnish mobile handset giant Nokia paying you millions for being a loyal customer, or Korean consumer electronics giant LG… Continue reading
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95% of Comments on Blogs are Spam or Malicious

Websense Security reports that 95 per cent of user-generated comments on blogs and forums are spam or malicious. Summarizing some of the numbers: 233% growth in the number of malicious sites in the last six months and 671% growth in the number of malicious sites during the last year. In the first half of 2009, 77% of Web sites with malicious code are legitimate sites that… Continue reading
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Nigerians Now Sell Birds

Dogs, horses, and now birds. Nigerians are at it again with non-existent animals. A couple was duped out of £300. Bruce McGregor’s mother and stepfather responded to an online ad offering a parrot for free. Just like in the horse case, the scammer offers an animal for free, but the catch is the transportation cost. The couple was told to pay £300 for the… Continue reading
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