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That's what you get when you click random links: Facebook scam promises nude photos of Paramore's Hayley Williams

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/hayleywilliams.jpg" />Matt invited us to a <a HREF="http://www.crunchgear.com/tag/facebook/">Facebook</a> party last week, something alon

Hackers cost U.S. businesses $25 million in phishing-related scams in 2009

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/hackerrs.png" />From now on, any story about "hackers" or "hacking" will be accompanied by a link to the song "Halcyon And On And On," as

You don't fall for the wallet inspector gimmick, so why fall for its online equivalent?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/wallet.jpg" />I think I'm getting to the point that, instead of feeling bad for people who fall victim to phishing scheme, or any other o

Video Professor Tries To Bully Washington Post, Fails

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/johnwscherer-215x181.jpg" width="215" height="181" /><a href="http://www.jonpayne.net/?p=36">Video Professor</a> continues to be angry that I

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

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/duckscam.jpg" />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.

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

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/firefoxphishing.jpg" />Notice less phishing e-mail lately? There's a reason, hot shot: the volume of phishing e-mail has dropped from 0.7

Free laptops sent to government offices spurs FBI case

<img src="http://crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/freelaptop.jpg" alt="free laptop" />Apparently it's not okay to send West Virginia's governor five free laptops. What a world! Governor Joe M

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

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/oventv.jpg" />Oh, dear. Imagine you're minding your own business at the local Wal-Mart when a man approaches you. “Hey, buddy, want a b

CircuitCity.com's very shady return policy

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/circuit-city-logo11.jpg">Well, now I'm not shopping at CircuitCity.com or <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/05/26/yeah-im-never-sho

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

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/searsburglar-1.jpg">Buying a <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/tag/plasma/">plasma TV</a> can be so frustrating. First, you as the infor

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,”

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

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 mes

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? L

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 f

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 t

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

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 s

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

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 opportuni
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