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  • Something about Web scams, and the sites that still support them

    Something about Web scams, and the sites that still support them

    Truth be told, I have no idea why I'm about to write this post, other than the fact that it's in my little writing queue. You can't fight City Hall. Here's the deal: the Federal Government of the United States spent a bunch of money investigating various online marketing scams. How they work, what makes people fall for them, etc. Consumers lost some $1.4 billion to such scams. Read More

  • Yup, there's less phishing e-mails being thrown around these days

    Yup, there's less phishing e-mails being thrown around these days

    Notice less phishing e-mail lately? There's a reason, hot shot: the volume of phishing e-mail has dropped from 0.79 percent of all e-mail sent to 0.49 percent. If we're looking at just “bad” e-mail, though, phishing scams still make up the bulk: 86.9 percent of “bad” e-mail was phishing-related this month. That's down six percent from July. Read More

  • Free laptops sent to government offices spurs FBI case

    Free laptops sent to government offices spurs FBI case

    Apparently it's not okay to send West Virginia's governor five free laptops. What a world! Governor Joe Manchin's office got a nice four-pack of Compaq laptops earlier this month, followed a week later by a fifth machine from HP. The only problem was that nobody in his office ordered them or paid for them. Read More

  • Psst… Hey, buddy, I've got a 37-inch TV to sell you for $100

    Psst… Hey, buddy, I've got a 37-inch TV to sell you for $100

    Oh, dear. Imagine you're minding your own business at the local Wal-Mart when a man approaches you. “Hey, buddy, want a brand new TV?” “Sure,” you reply, “why not?” The man pops open his boot, shows off what looks to be a TV... Read More

  • CircuitCity.com's very shady return policy

    CircuitCity.com's very shady return policy

    Well, now I'm not shopping at CircuitCity.com or Best Buy. Seriously. The new CircuitCity.com launched under new management last week we found the following statement within the return policy section. Some manufacturers have implemented returns restrictions that prevent CircuitCity.com from being able to accept returns or offer exchanges, replacements or credits on their products for any reason. Read More

  • Sears is full of bull, plasma TVs do not need to be recharged

    Sears is full of bull, plasma TVs do not need to be recharged

    Buying a plasma TV can be so frustrating. First, you as the informed consumer, know that plamsa TVs generally produce a superior picture verse LCDs but sometimes TV salesmen don't agree. That being said, this guy managed to buy a plasma from Sears and turned down the $300 three-year service plan only to have the company call him a few days later to pitch the plan again. This time though, the rep… Read More

  • Ha! Face! FTC seeks to permanently bar bullshit scareware marketing, freezes offenders’ assets

    Ha! Face! FTC seeks to permanently bar bullshit scareware marketing, freezes offenders’ assets

    According to the FTC, over a million – a million! – people have been tricked “into buying computer security products such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus,” through a tactic commonly known as scareware. Yes, those little boxes that pop up on just about every single non-technical computer user’s computer telling them that their… Read More

  • Dude rips off online brokerages 'Office Space' style

    Get this. You know how when you have to confirm your bank account with, say, Paypal or Google Checkout or any number of online services that want to make sure the bank account that they’re going to be depositing money into belongs to you? So you’ll generally receive two small deposits — pennies each — that you’ll have to confirm, right? Well some guy used an automated… Read More

  • iTunes is now a phishing target thanks to dumb kids

    iTunes is now a phishing target thanks to dumb kids

    Careful with that next e-mail you get from the iTunes music store — it might be a ruse. A cunning attempt to trick you, as it were. According to Computerworld, People began receiving spammed messages yesterday telling them that they must correct a problem with their iTunes account, said Andrew Lochart, an executive at e-mail security vendor Proofpoint Inc. A link in the spam leads to a site… Read More

  • Xziex: Air into water, olde timee alkemiste style

    Xziex: Air into water, olde timee alkemiste style

    Xziex is a company that makes water out of air. That’s right: no longer do you need to, ummm… do stuff with water… ummm… like get water from rivers and lakes and… ummm? Like Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen you can build a moisture farm and ummm…. Well, basically this is some sort of fascinating idea that pulls water out of the air. While most of us would call this a… Read More