Kickstarter Just Opened the Floodgates to Even More Frauds and Scams

Crowdfunding is notorious for being riddled with impossible projects, broken promises, and straight up scams. But Kickstarter's been one of the few sites that even attempts to vet projects before people start throwing their money at them. Now, though, Kickstarter has decided to let creators choose to bypass the… » 6/03/14 12:21pm 6/03/14 12:21pm

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

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

Amazon Has Another Huge Security Hole

You may recall that Amazon was implicated as the weak link in the Mat Honan iCloud hack, wherein a gadget blogger had his entire online identity nuked from orbit because Amazon gave up the secondary identifying information necessary to issue a password reset over at Apple. (The last four of your credit card,… » 12/19/12 6:36pm 12/19/12 6:36pm

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