scams

  • Fake GTA IV offers account for 50 percent of today's spam

    Fake GTA IV offers account for 50 percent of today's spam

    Disappointed because you didn’t pre-order GTA IV and now can’t play it like everyone else? Even if that’s the case, don’t fall victim to e-mail hoaxes that, according to spam filtering house ClearMyMail, have accounted for more than 50 percent of all spam messages in the past day. Repeated for emphasis, because italics alone do not convey the gravity of the situation: GTA… Read More

  • Review: Griffin ClearBoost iPhone Case

    Review: Griffin ClearBoost iPhone Case

    I am more than willing to suspend my disbelief in all manner of situations. I, for example, still believe that my family and wife love me and that the world is not colluding to to kill me. I believe that what I am writing now matters, to some degree, and that it will help you in your day-to-day existence. I also believe that I will eventually return to my original college weight of 175 through… Read More

  • Craigslist scam really some kind of crazy cover-up for a minor burglary

    Craigslist scam really some kind of crazy cover-up for a minor burglary

    Remember the Craigslist scam in Southern Oregon where an unknown person or persons posted asking people to come clear out a house? Well, it was actually supposed to be a way to cover the tracks of two bumbling burglars. Amber and Brandon Herbert originally broke into the property’s garage and as a way to keep from getting caught a post of the Craig’s list ad encouraging folks to come… Read More

  • Vishing AKA voice-phishing: Tell your Mom, tell your Dad

    Again with the phishing! The FBI is warning of “new” attacks, called vishing, that are encouraging email recipients to call toll-free numbers which ultimately lead down a VoIP hole to an south Asian sweatshop where a young man will answer and read a real-sounding script asking for PINs, SSNs, and your tumescent girth. Urban legend or no, it’s something to warn your parents about. Read More

  • Scambaiting at its finest: Tricking Nigerian scammers into rewriting an entire Harry Potter book by hand

    Scambaiting at its finest: Tricking Nigerian scammers into rewriting an entire Harry Potter book by hand

    Wow. Nothing better than seeing a scammer get scammed. There have been some pretty ingenious scambaiting techniques throughout the ages, but getting a scammer to rewrite all 293 pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by hand has got to be in the top ten of all time. Kudos to the 419 Eater web site for all the great trickery. Harry Potter & The Well of Scammers [419 Eater] via… Read More

  • A charming new Skype scam

    A charming new Skype scam

    I hate it when people call or chat with me on Skype randomly. I know some people use this opportunity to share stories of their native lands and to brush up on their English, but I use it as opportunity to share pictures of the Lemon Party (don’t search for it. Trust me.) This, however, is a wonderful new method of getting attention by spamming thousands of accounts with fake spyware links… Read More

  • My Dear One: Many Joys of the Season, YOUR OLPC PROJECT owes us $20 million

    My Dear One: Many Joys of the Season, YOUR OLPC PROJECT owes us $20 million

    Nigerian company LANCOR is suing the OLPC project for infringing on their Nigerian keyboard design, causing us to wonder if some sort of 419 spamming virus hasn’t infiltrated the Nigerian judicial system, rendering completely useless. The suit holds that the OLPC uses extra keys to allow users to type using the Nigerian alphabet. While this is clearly a case of insane people suing a charity… Read More

  • Your iPhone doesn't want to get wet

    Your iPhone doesn't want to get wet

    I have lost more than one cellphone to water damage. I once actually sent a phone of mine through the wash on accident. That was embarrassing. Normally, though, one could take the phone into their carrier’s store and feign ignorance. “It just stopped working, I dunno?” and walk out with a replacement. Don’t try this with the iPhone. The iPhone, as well as the iPod touch… Read More

  • Betavoltaic Battery: It's probably a pump and dump scam

    Betavoltaic Battery: It's probably a pump and dump scam

    I had a moment to mull over this “30-year laptop battery story” and I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that it’s a pump and dump scheme of nefarious proportions. Penny stock companies that promise “unlimited energy” and “cures for cancer” often try to build a case for their stock by getting a piece in the legitimate media. As this is getting harder… Read More

  • Romanian eBay Scammer Exposed, Threatened

    Romanian eBay Scammer Exposed, Threatened

    There’s a great article over on dslreports.com about the innerworkings of a Romanian eBay scamming operation and how one victim got his revenge. A handful of resourceful eBay users were able to track down the ringleader and warn would-be victims to stay away from the phony auctions. One Russian user wasn’t so lucky, however, and ended up getting bilked out of $2,000 — his… Read More

 
  • $10 DSL from AT&T: It's a Little Bit Country

    $10 DSL from AT&T: It's a Little Bit Country

    The Consumerist and Cory Doctorow both wrote a bit on AT&T’s secret $10 DSL (“Downstream speeds up to 768Kbps/Upstream speeds up to 128Kbps”) which offers bare bones access because of an FCC loophole they couldn’t close when the bought BellSouth. You have to sign up for a full year, though. That’s all well and good, but Cory suggests avoiding the service &mdash… Read More

  • Destiny Revealed: You Are Moron and We Will Steal Your Money

    Destiny Revealed: You Are Moron and We Will Steal Your Money

    Not sure why this bothers me so much, but it does. Above you see an website I found clicking through on another page and I felt I had to check it out. It’s some sort of horoscope service so I rolled through all the questions — age, sign, etc. Then, suddenly, it asks for my phone number and PIN. I then read the fine print: Read More

  • FBI Protects America By Fighting Zombies

    FBI Protects America By Fighting Zombies

    As part of Operation Bot Roast (good god, guys, really?), the FBI has contacted more than one million people, telling them their PCs have been zombified. Someone at the Bureau is wise to the intricate networks of botnets that routinely send massive numbers of spam e-mails and has now invoked the “national security” clause to help stop them. Our tips e-mail account regularly gets… Read More

  • Stop Buying Petrol… and Start Wasting Money

    Stop Buying Petrol… and Start Wasting Money

    It’s not every day that we get scams wrapped in press releases. Scammers usually try to use more obtuse methods of spreading the good news like flyers posted to lampposts and stickers on cars that say “Sell Herbalife and Make $5 billion! I did!” However, this RamJet crap is quite an old scam and even includes a helpful book on how to “How To Develop Fuel For As Low As $0.59… Read More