The Biggest Online Drug Market Just Vanished, Taking $12 Million With It

Evolution, the most popular online drug market since the Silk Road, has disappeared without warning. Users say $12 million in Bitcoin has also vanished. And it looks like a classic scam. » 3/18/15 10:35am 3/18/15 10:35am

Email Scams Are Still Depressingly Effective

It is the Year Of Our Lord two thousand and fourteen, but somehow, nearly half of all people on this email-infested landfill we call 'Earth' are still falling for simple phishing scams. » 11/08/14 1:00pm 11/08/14 1:00pm

New Netflix Phishing Scam Tricks You Into Calling Fake "Tech Support"

If the screen below has ever popped up as you were supposedly logging into Netflix, we've got some bad news for you. No, it's not your Netflix account—that's perfectly safe (at least for now). But if you followed the instructions on the screen, you've been duped by a new phishing scheme that seems so painfully… » 3/03/14 12:23pm 3/03/14 12:23pm

A Woman Who Bought Two iPhones Was Scammed with Two Apples Instead

When you're looking to buy an Apple iPhone off a classifieds ad, you expect certain things. Like it having a working touchscreen. Like it maybe be in one piece. Like it actually being an Apple iPhone and not... just an apple. A woman made the dear mistake of buying two apples in an iPhone box when she really wanted… » 8/02/13 11:00pm 8/02/13 11:00pm

How Chinese Scammers Are Swapping Fake iPhone Parts for the Real Deal

A very ingenious new kind of high-tech scam has been going down in China, where clever thieves are returning fake iPhone components to Apple and claiming they're broken official parts, receiving genuine Apple-made pieces in return. And making a nice profit in the process. » 4/15/13 7:00am 4/15/13 7:00am

These MacBooks and iPads Made from Wood and Duct Tape Are Not Really…

People. Especially people of Florida. Listen up. If you get approached to buy a MacBook or iPad in a parking lot, don't buy it. Even if it's dirt cheap and a freaking steal and you need a new computer or whatever. Why? Because it might end up as a pile of wood and duct tape. Seriously. » 11/17/12 1:00am 11/17/12 1:00am

A Girl Bought an iPad at Wal-Mart But Inside the Box Was Just a Stack…

Imagine your excitement as a 15-year-old girl when your Mom brings back an iPad as your birthday gift. Then imagine the shock and horror when you open the box and only see a stack of yellow notepads. That's what happened to Courtney Akers from Texas. » 10/12/12 9:00pm 10/12/12 9:00pm

Yep, Kickstarter Is Pretty Much a Scam for Useless Crap

The Onion, as only The Onion can, exposed the cesspool of faux-inventions of Kickstarter by calling the folks who start Kickstarter projects, Internet criminals who "bilk friends and families out of terrible, ill-conceived and unnecessary personal projects". Yep, pretty much. » 6/26/12 12:40pm 6/26/12 12:40pm

Multimillionaire Software Exec Arrested in LEGO-Thieving Bar-Code Scam

Ah, power. You give a person too much and they will abuse it. Such is the case with Thomas Langenbach, a 47-year-old VP at Palo Alto-based software company SAP Labs, who has been arrested for the nerdiest crime in recent memory. His abuse of power: computer skill-based. » 5/21/12 9:00pm 5/21/12 9:00pm

Harry Potter Fans: Don't Fall For the Pottermore Scam

The BBC is reporting that scammers are selling "early access accounts" to Pottermore, the website that will contain more stories on the Harry Potter universe. Gullible fans are buying these accounts hoping to get in there before its October opening. » 8/05/11 9:07am 8/05/11 9:07am

The Immigration Con Man who Built a Fake Army

What would you do to stay in the country you love? Would you trust a fellow foreigner—someone from your homeland—with your future, paying him up to $450 to join his US Army unit and get a fast-track to citizenship? These desperate, deceived immigrants did just that. » 4/14/11 1:00pm 4/14/11 1:00pm

Hackers Just Created $1 Million in Microsoft Points

Microsoft points are the digital currency you use to buy Xbox and Zune content, and you can buy cards that are pre-loaded with points to enter in to your account. Problem? Just like with the iTunes gift cards, somebody discovered the algorithm Microsoft uses to generate valid codes, and loosed it onto the internet. » 3/10/11 12:55pm 3/10/11 12:55pm

Fake College Copies a Real College's Website to Steal Money from…

University of Redwood's school website had beautiful pictures of their campus and even a faculty directory. Too bad the college wasn't real. Turns out the website stole all of its content from Reed College and scammed prospective students out of application fees. » 2/28/11 11:20am 2/28/11 11:20am

Man Discovers His Online Girlfriend of 2.5 Years Is Fake—After Paying…

A 48-year-old man in Naperville, Illinois must be crying his eyes out right now because he was recently finally forced to face reality about a few things. » 2/25/11 11:20pm 2/25/11 11:20pm

The Greatest Scam in Tech? Scott Redmond would like us to clarify.

Last week we posted an exposé of Peep Wireless. Despite repeated attempts, we initially couldn't reach the company for comment, but founder Scott Redmond has since contacted us. He's nonplussed. For transparency's sake, we'd like to show you his objections. » 1/18/11 8:00pm 1/18/11 8:00pm

The Greatest Scam in Tech

In the tech world, a few questions are usually enough. Does the product work? Is the idea good? How much does it cost? But as Peep Telephony reminds us, there's a fourth, all-important qualification: Is it real? » 1/13/11 1:20pm 1/13/11 1:20pm

Man Paid Up To $20 Million For "Protection" In Insane Computer Virus…

Since 2004, Roger Davidson's basically been living in a twisted Dan Brown novel. It all started when a computer repair guy informed him that a virus on his computer was linked to Opus Dei, Polish priests, and death threats. » 11/10/10 12:39am 11/10/10 12:39am

The Secret Scam of Cheap Earbuds

Those cheap earphones you keep buying year after year? The ones with the cool designs? They all kinda sound the same, huh? There's a pretty good reason for that: They actually are all the same earphones. » 8/24/10 12:00pm 8/24/10 12:00pm

Verizon FiOS Set to Double Early Termination Fee to $360

Oh, Verizon. Will you ever stop breaking our hearts? First it's a $350 ETF for smartphone cancellation, and now you've gone and upped the ante even further for FiOS customers. » 1/14/10 1:00pm 1/14/10 1:00pm

Curious Man Buys $3 Billion CD-ROM For Windows 98 On Amazon, Shipping…

Brian T Klug has balls, I'll give him that. Why else would he have bought a Discovery Channel CD-ROM (Windows 98) incorrectly priced on Amazon to the tune of $2,904,980,000 just to see what would happen? » 1/04/10 1:50pm 1/04/10 1:50pm