scams

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

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 judici

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 car

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 c

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

$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 becau

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 ro

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

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 th