Feds Charged With Stealing Money During Silk Road Investigation

Two former federal agents who investigated the Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace seized by the FBI in 2013, have been charged for their own outrageous digital crimes, including stealing money they acquired on their druggie undercover assignment. » 3/30/15 12:40pm Monday 12:40pm

Stolen Uber Accounts Are Selling for a Dollar on the Dark Net  

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

Mars One Is Broke, Disorganized, and Sketchy as Hell

Remember Mars One? The mega-hyped, one way ticket to go start a colony on Mars assuming it could get a ship and funding and capable colonists and training facilities and the major technological advances necessary to make it all happen? Surprise! According to one finalist, the whole thing is pretty much a scam. » 3/16/15 2:40pm 3/16/15 2:40pm

Beware: Anthem Hack Victims Are Getting Bombarded by Phishing Scams

Just a few days ago, Anthem, the second-largest health insurer in the country, revealed that it had been the victim of a massive security breach, potentially exposing the highly sensitive data of up to 80 million customers. And things just got worse. Now, both current and former customers are being hit with phishing… » 2/06/15 3:43pm 2/06/15 3:43pm

GoFundMe Is a Great Way to Scam People

I'm not the morality police over here, but I'm just gonna go ahead and say that people should not scam each other. Think of a scam free world! We would be free to trust unlucky Nigerian princes and Publisher's Clearing House. So, first of all: Don't rip people off. It's rude. But if you were going to perpetuate a… » 1/23/15 2:50pm 1/23/15 2:50pm

Kickstarter Project Finds Exciting New Way to Screw Its Backers

Here is a good idea: A coffee machine that roasts, grinds, and brews all in one go—raw, green beans to a hot cup of coffee on your countertop. Hell yeah. Freshness. » 12/09/14 11:00am 12/09/14 11:00am

The Simplest Way to Stop Crowdfunding Scams

I wish I could say that crowdfunding was hitting a rough patch. What with all the scams and impossible projects gracing the various platforms' hallowed halls, that's what should be happening. And yet! Creators continue to promise beyond their means, and we keep burying them with cash. Thankfully, though, Indiegogo may… » 12/02/14 1:10pm 12/02/14 1:10pm

Even the 19th Century Had Needy Nigerian Prince Scams

We've all received that email at least once before. A kind prince/princess/spambot in Nigeria has millions of dollars, and better yet, they want to split it with you. Just hand over your social security code and wait for them to arrive on American soil. As the above newspaper clipping shows, these types of scams were… » 11/14/14 5:27pm 11/14/14 5:27pm

The Common Facebook Scams You Should Never Click On

It's been a little sad to watch Facebook devolve from being a squeaky clean site full of people you love to a spam-ridden wasteland. And with a fifth of the world's population using the site, you can be sure the spam is going to keep coming. So you need all the help you can get separating the good links from the bad. » 7/31/14 11:34am 7/31/14 11:34am

Huge Scam Sends 30,000 Fake Copyright Notices Containing Trojans

TorrentFreak reports that in recent days some 30,000 fake copyright infringement notices demanding cash settlements have been circulating in Germany. In addition to defrauding unwitting folks out of cash, the notices also come bundled with malicious software designed to steal personal info. » 7/08/14 1:40pm 7/08/14 1:40pm

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

12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Can you spot the fakes? Hundreds of amazing images wash over our greedy eyeballs each and every day, clogging our Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds. Many of them are fakes, lies, or both. Like these! » 1/21/14 12:50pm 1/21/14 12:50pm

17 Better Ways to Waste Your Money Than On This Crowdfunded "Flying Car"

Every six months or so we hear that Paul Moller's flying car is just a few years away! Too bad we've been hearing that for the past 40 years. » 11/11/13 5:20pm 11/11/13 5:20pm

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

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