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'Evil Twins' and 'Pharming'
( The Wall Street Journal) Phishing is so 2004. This year's new Web threats are "pharming" and "evil twins."
Police Warning of Lottery Scam
( Suffolk News-Herald) Scammers mail official-looking letters and checks that allegedly certify the recipients as one of two international winners of the Million Dollar Lottery 2005 Draw.
Beware Sex Offender Registry Scam
( WFSB-TV) State police say they've gotten some calls from people who have received calls with a recorded message about sex offenders living in the area of the person called.
Officers Warn of eBay, Lottery Scam
( The Sampson Independent) Sheriff's authorities are urging eBay users to be aware of a scam that requests personal information to keep their account with the online auction site from being terminated.
Too-Good Offers Lure Consumers
( The Kansas City Star) A telemarketer says you've been picked to enroll in a club. For a shipping and handling fee of $3.95, you will receive dozens of free DVDs and a $200 gift certificate to a department store. The catch is that you have to supply your bank account number to the company, which could automatically withdraw the money for you.
Scam's Hard Luck Story
( The Daily Telegraph) A grief-stricken family devastated by the Asian tsunami, the downward slide of a Russian oil tycoon and a legless Iraqi boy are the latest hard luck e-mails flooding inboxes.
Police Warning Over Postal Scam
( icSouthlondon) A conman has been targeting businesses in a postal scam.
Spammers Using John Paul's Image to Defraud the Faithful
( Associated Press) In the greedy world of spam e-mail and electronic fraud, nothing is sacred — not even the death of Pope John Paul II.
ID Theft Hooks Up with Traditional Scams
( USA Today) The biggest danger facing would-be travelers is the growing threat of identity theft.
Alert Issued About Inmate-Run Phone Scam
( Edwardsville Intelligencer) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an alert to warn people to hang up the telephone if they get an unexpected collect call from a person in prison or in jail.
Closure for Pet Scam Victims
( WLTX-TV) Mark Blackberg fell for a cruel scam by an Atlanta man who claimed he'd found Mark's lost dog, Lucky.
Traffic Lights Scam Exposed
( The Guardian) A South African has been charged with tampering with traffic lights at a busy Johannesburg junction, allegedly to get tip-off fees from breakdown companies.
Man Charged with Super Bowl Scam
( The Boston Globe) About 41 people fell victim to a $255,000 Internet scam, in which federal prosecutors say that Michael R. Deppe, a 20-year-old from Hudson, conned people into paying for Super Bowl tickets he never planned to deliver.
E-Mail 'Phishing' Scam Takes Another Victim
( KOMO-TV) The e-mail scam known as "phishing" is one of the fastest growing frauds on the Internet.
Couple Victimized by Huge Scam
( Hood County News) A year ago a Hood County woman received two phone calls, a short time apart, from self-proclaimed psychics saying that the woman and her husband were about to have a windfall of money.
Scam Artists Soliciting Scholarship Donations
( The [Port Arthur] News) Scam artists are preying on generous residents with cruel cons centered around helping upcoming grads.
Ponzi Schemes Top Scam List
( The Kansas City Star) The age-old Ponzi scheme led this year's Top 10 list of investor scams, published each year by the North American Securities Administrators Association, which represents state regulators.
New Scam Uses Internet
( The [Henderson] Daily Dispatch) Crooks have been finding ways to use the Internet, the most recent and common scam apparently offering items for sale on Internet auctions or otherwise and then failing to deliver after payment.
Cancer Scam Angers Survivors
( The Arizona Republic) Lynn Wedebrand faked having cancer in order to solicit donations she claimed were needed to pay for treatments.
Beware of Counterfeit Postal Money Orders
( KATU-TV) In a new twist to an old scam, foreign crooks are counterfeiting U.S. Postal money orders to steal your cash.
Ex-Microsoft Worker Gets 2 Years for $13 Million Scam
( Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Former Microsoft Corp. employee Richard Gregg has been sentenced to two years in prison yesterday for mail fraud after unlawfully selling more than $13 million worth of his former employer's software.
Don't Fall for Tax Scams When Filing Your Return
( The Arizona Republic) Every year, thousands seeking to save a few bucks get duped into believing in deductions and other claims that really are too good to be true.
Dozens Hit by E-Mail Auction Scam
( BBC News) Internet shoppers are being warned of a scam targeting customers using the eBay auction website which could cost them hundreds of pounds.
Two Businesswomen Duped in Nigerian Money Order Plot
( The [Macon] Telegraph) An offshoot of a Nigerian oil pipeline scam recently duped two businesswomen in Georgia, a signal to police that variations of the scam are thriving.
5-Year Sentence in Online Sales Scam
( Chicago Tribune) A woman was sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for scamming dozens of Internet consumers by selling plasma TVs, digital cameras and laptop computers she didn't own or possess.
Man Pleads Guilty in $250 Million Scam
( Associated Press) A California man has plead guilty to federal charges that he ran a pyramid scam which defrauded nearly 7,000 investors.
Police Warn Public of Phone Scam Run by Jail Inmates
( Bonita Daily News) When the voice of a state trooper comes over the phone line in the night saying a loved one has been hurt, the last thing on anyone's mind is a phone bill — and authorities say con artists know it.
Police Issue Phone Scam Warning
( The Kansas City Star) Police are warning residents of a scam in which a telephone caller tried to obtain financial information by saying he was from the "U.S. Compliance Office."
Scam Artists Dial for Dollars on Internet Phones
( Reuters) Internet phone services have drawn millions of users looking for rock-bottom rates. Now they're also attracting identity thieves looking to turn stolen credit cards into cash.
Fundraising Scam Emerges in Wake of RCMP Tragedy
( CTV) The RCMP is warning the public to be aware of a fundraising scam preying on the heartstrings of Canadians mourning the four Mounties who were slain in Alberta.
Woman Duped in Internet Baby Scam
( Daily Telegraph) An Australian woman has become the victim of an international baby scam on the internet.
UK Woman Arrested for Marriage Scam
( Garavi Gujarat) A British woman who recruited young British Asian women in shopping centres for bogus marriages with Indian men that helped the latter to skip immigration procedures has been found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court.
'Nigerian' Internet Scam Hits Bennington
( Bennington Banner) The postal money order scam often known as the "Nigerian scam" is back in Bennington, with one woman just missing being taken for nearly $7,000 dollars.
Long Island Woman Arrested for eBay Scam
( Infinity Broadcasting Corp) A Farmingdale, Long Island woman has been arrested for Internet fraud for selling items on eBay but never shipping the merchandise.
U.S. Asked to Probe Music Download Sites
( Associated Press) The Federal Trade Commission is being asked to investigate Web sites that claim to offer legal music downloads for a low price but actually sell popular software that is available free elsewhere on the Internet and is commonly used to steal songs.
Police Warn of Scam from E-Mail
( Mobile Register) Police are warning of a scam in which potential victims get e-mail from someone pretending to be a bank official asking them to verify their bank account and Social Security numbers.
Canadian Helps to Bust False Bride Scam
( The St. Petersburg Times) A Canadian man in love with an imaginary Russian woman has helped Yekaterinburg police arrest a couple behind an Internet scam that cheated love-struck foreigners out of thousands of dollars.
Man Alerts Police to Likely Lottery Scam
( [Washington] Observer-Reporter) When an elderly Cecil Township man saw a letter with a return address in Spain claiming he had won an international lottery, he became suspicious and notified police.
"Nigerian Scam" Targets Online Sellers
( WTOC-TV, Savannah) Internet scams are becoming more and more common. But one little-known scam that's been around for years is hitting a little too close to home. It all starts when you try to sell something online.
( WTOK-TV) Investigators say a man was scammed after responding to an e-mail that he received from someone in Nigeria. In the e-mail, investigators say the sender said that he had $10,000 "locked" in an account in Nigeria and he needed help getting it.
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