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Buyer beware, it has come to our attention that there are several websites advertised on Facebook that are scamming people into paying for merchandise that they will never receive. These scams appear to have started to show up about a month ago on Facebook, and there have been hundreds of comments from people reporting on various websites that they have bought into one of these scams and never received the intended merchandise. The advertisement that brought these scams to our attention is hosted by an online retailer called BTMD Online, which claims to offer a high-end curved display for the low price of $69.98. At first, we assumed that this would likely be some sort of bait-and-switch deal,... Read more...
The Web isn’t difficult to navigate if you bring along some common sense and a healthy dose of skepticism, but those traits are sometimes in short supply among stock traders. Lately, would-be moguls are falling victim to scammers who are trying to influence the market with social media accounts that are designed to look like they belong to top industry players. News flows fast on Twitter, and it's easy to get sucked into the excitement generated by a tweet that seems to be from a legitimate source - which is exactly why you need to be on guard when using Twitter (or any source, for that matter). The pump and dump trick is popular with unscrupulous short sellers. They start a Twitter account... Read more...
There's a new growing menace in the world, something becoming known as ebook fraud. It comes in two forms, says security guru Bruce Schneier: books quickly created from automatically gathered content crawled from the Web, and books generated from stealing legit printed books, scanned and sold by someone that doesn't own the copyright. The issue is that sites like Amazon and Google Books allow third-parties to sell books with only a scanty background check and no copyright verification. Amazon includes its third-party books in its search results, and gives unwary Kindle users a sense of security that a book bought for a Kindle from Amazon is for real. Scammers can load Amazon up with many fraudulent... Read more...