Elaborate Chinese Real Estate Scam Traps Owners in Illegal Apartments

Here in New York, shady brokers have long been known to sell the same apartment to multiple gullible buyers. In China, however, real estate scammers have gone to the next level: Buyers are being “taken hostage” by developers who fail to mention that the apartments they’re selling are totally illegal. » 11/04/13 1:00pm 11/04/13 1:00pm

What Online Scams Would Look Like If They Were Real People

When we see Nigerian princes or weird links or invasive people who want to much personal information pop up in our e-mail inbox, we immediately know that they're scams. It's part of the Internet. But what if it was a part of real life too? It would be absolutely terrifying to see online scams and viruses as people. » 5/17/13 1:00am 5/17/13 1:00am

Apple's App Store Is Finally Cracking Down on the Screenshot Scam

After years of complaints, scams, and careless screening tactics, Apple's App Store is finally starting to figure itself out. The latest update should stop developers from using misleading screenshots by locking them into place once the app gets approved. » 1/10/13 11:01am 1/10/13 11:01am

Why You Shouldn't Post Your Concert Tickets on Facebook

The scene: your girlfriend and/or boyfriend (hey, nothing wrong with polyamory) got you tickets to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. You've been waiting your whole life to see those goats up close, so naturally, you want to post pictures of your beloved gift on Facebook, rubbing it in all your friends' rodeo-less… » 1/08/13 10:32am 1/08/13 10:32am

Credit Card Skimmers Aren't Just at ATMs Anymore

It used to be that you only had to be paranoid about credit card skimmers when using an ATM. But times have changed, and the bad guys have gotten so sophisticated that they've now created realistic but fake point of sale terminals that even print an authentic looking receipt while they're collecting your credit card… » 12/18/12 10:06am 12/18/12 10:06am

Was the Bogus ICOA Press Release Actually a Clever Stock Scam?

Earlier today, a press release was floating around that claimed Google had bought Wi-Fi hotspot company ICOA for $400 million dollars. It was bogus but a lot of us bought it. So what gives? Why would someone do this? Probably to make a killing on stocks. » 11/26/12 2:02pm 11/26/12 2:02pm

If You're Buying a $200 iPad From a Stranger at the Gas Station at…

Some things just sound too good to be true, like dirt cheap Apple products for instance. It generally turns out that it's because they are, as an unfortunate Texas woman found out after purchasing an "iPad" from a stranger at a gas station for $200. She got a pretty sweet mirror though. » 11/09/12 10:36am 11/09/12 10:36am