Internet Scams Exposed

SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

These emails and text messages are real examples of current scams. Learn to identify them. Please forward any scams you receive to Mark Hutten: They will be posted on this site without your email address.

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Email: with a description of how the scam worked (i.e., what happened exactly), and we will try to (a) locate the scam artist(s), (b) work with law enforcement to expedite prosecution, and (c) help you get some - or all - of your money back.


Another Internet Scam: From Mrs. Cindy Buker

Dear friend

I am Mrs.Cindy Buker and i have been surffering from ovarian cancer
disease and the doctor says that i have just two days to leave.
 I am from (Mississippi) USA but based in Africa Burkina Faso since Nine years ago as a business woman dealing with gold exportation.
Now that i am about to end the race like this,without any family members and no child.I have 3 Million US DOLLARS in Coris Bank Burkina Faso which i instructed the bank to give St Andrews Missionary Home in Burkina Faso.But my mind is not at rest because i am writting this letter now through the help of my computer beside my sick bed.
I also have 4.5Million US Dollars at Ecobank here in Burkina Faso and i instructed the bank to transfer the money to the first foreigner that will apply to the bank after i have gone that they should release the fund to him/her,but you will assure me that you will take 50% of the money and give 50% to the orphanages home in your country for my heart to rest.
You are to contact the bank through this email address ( )

Mrs.Cindy Buker.


Another Internet Scam: Yahoo Email


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Another Internet Scam: From MOROKAT PNKHMTO

My dear friend please contact me +447035904513 reply to

I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department in our BANK LONDON. In my department we discovered abandoned sum of 2.5 million (two million five hundred thousand pounds) in an account belonging to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in a plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we expected his next of kin to come and claim his money because we can not release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in the management of banking and laws, but unfortunately, we learn that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the disaster, leaving behind the body for claims.

Therefore, this discovery that I and other officials in my department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and disbursement since nobody is suitable for this purpose and we do not want this money to go to the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after six years, the money will be transferred to the bank's treasury unclaimed fund request of foreigner as next of kin in this case due to the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a citizen of Great Britain can not act as a next of kin of an alien.

We agree that 30% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect of the provision of foreign currency accounts, 10% will be allocated for expenses incurred during the transaction of the business and 60% will be for me and my colleagues there after I and my colleagues to visit your country for payment in accordance with the specified percentages.

Thus, in order to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank name, bank account, your private telephone and fax numbers for easy and effective communication and location where the money will be credited after we receive your response, I will send you by fax or email the text of the application.

I will not fail to bring to your attention that this business is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me as soon as you receive this letter.

Send me your e-mail and telephone to contact you for more details.

Morokat Pnkhmto.

Scams: News for 8/30/11

News3 new results for text scams
BBB: Lookout for spoofing scams
The Daily Advertiser
According to the BBB, a local man received a text message that his card had been locked. The text came from, which is a spoofed email address. Anyone responding to the message is sharing private information with scammers, the BBB said. ...
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Hurricane Irene Events – Used to Spread Scam
They are now using the events connected to Hurricane Irene to create scams and attract victims in Facebook. If you decide to click on the provocative title "VIDEO SHOCK - Hurricane Irene New York kills All" a text will be displayed in Italian: It seems ...
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Call from Grandson Needing Help Could be a Scam
Everyone knows it's a scam. But suppose you get a phone call from your nephew or your grandson saying he's in jail and needs $5100 to make bail. Or a text from your brother saying he's in England and was mugged and urgently needs some cash to get home. ...
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Web1 new result for text scams
$50 Target Gift Voucher text is a scam
They might be selling your phone number to telemarketers who some how can do these scams. Ask for a refund of the charges and a credit for the text cost too. ...

News10 new results for internet scams
Australians sending away $10ma month to online scammers
Sydney Morning Herald
Det Supt Hay on Tuesday said the majority of money being sent to internet scammers operating out of Africa went via dating sites. "Romance fraud is number one," Det Supt Hay said. "We have 10000 Australians sending $10 million every month to Nigeria ...
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Sydney Morning Herald
McGraw warns residents not to fall for lottery scam
West Virginia Record
Unfortunately, the convenience we all enjoy from modern technology is also convenient for thieves -- scammers are more convincing when armed with small pieces personal of information about us, right from the Internet," McGraw said in a statement. ...
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West Virginia Record
'Londoning' Internet Scams
Arutz Sheva
The ESET internet security company advises to avoid relating travel plans to friends on the internet. Online pirates get the travel information with the traveler's personal details, and carry out a simple, yet effective scam: During the vacation, ...
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Avoid boiler room scams
Cambridge News
Latest estimates suggest the average loss in these scams is £20000. Internet shopping can also be a tricky area. Criminals are such good copyists these days that it can be hard to tell a fake website from a real one, until the goods don't arrive and ...
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Web of Trust Partners with Russia's Largest Internet Company, Group
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
WOT's real-time reputation ratings provide customers a safe environment from phishing, scams and other forms of email threats. Web of Trust (WOT) is a Finland-based community-powered browser tool that boosts trust on the Internet by using ...
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Learning the tools and processes to detect and control corporate fraud
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazine
There is a dichotomy here that comes out loud and clear at summits and seminars like this one, especially with the younger and more aware managers who ask these questions directly, far more now than it was in an age before the advent of the internet. ...
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Hurricane Irene Scam Hits Facebook
PC Magazine
There are also lots of non-Internet scams going on. I'm an Irene victim (a tree down into the street) and had a stranger ring my doorbell offering to clear the tree, something which is the town's job. Always be skeptical.
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Job scams continue on respected Web sites, in personal e-mails
The Triton
By Dorie Cox For years, the Internet has been a vehicle for a variety of fraudulence. For yacht crew, online fraud continues as scams on respected Web sites, phishing in personal e-mail accounts and posts on social media sites. ...
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YPD investigating Advanced Placement phone scam
Yuma Sun
Not only is the alleged scam artist not associated with the College Board, but the College Board does not offer tutoring services. “Understand there is a certain amount of information or information that can be obtained on the Internet about many ...
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Bank phone scam makes the rounds in Eugene
The Register-Guard
... closely for suspicious activity and contact police if they become a victim of fraud. Information about current scams can be found at the Oregon Attorney General's website at or at the Internet Crime Complaint Center at
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Another Internet Scam: From SunRoy Trade Ltd


Job Opportunity

SunRoy Trade Ltd
United Kingdom:
WR12 7AJ Worcester,
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
China Address:
112-119 Zhengzhou Ke Ji Building,
43 Tong Bai Road,
Zhengzhou,Henan, China
We are into Manufacturing of Fabrics, Textiles and Furniture Wares with numerous customers home and abroad. We produce various clothing materials, batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costume.
We need a honest representative from your country who will be in charge of all our payments from our clients/customers, because most of our customers pay us through Certified checks which are not negotiable here in China. This brought to our quest to employ a credible and trustworthy person as our representative to handle our payments. We have lots of payments made from our clients sitting in our accounting department in china. In order to maintain our long lasted relationship with our customers we have employed some workers in the past but they are not enough since we are growing rapidly. This would not affect your present job, but will serve as another stream of income to your good self.
As our Representative in your country, your tasks are;
1. Receive payment from Customers
2. Cash it at any cashing point or at your banks and you will deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on each Payment processed.
3. Forward the balance after deduction of (percentage/pay) to any of our offices you will be contacted to send payment to. (Payment is to be forwarded by Western Union Money Transfer/Money Gram).
Note: As a representative of our company; you will be entitled to 10% of any amount you receive from customers on behalf of the company as payments for outstanding debts or goods that they want to buy.
This work takes only 3-7 hours per week. You'll have a lot of free time doing another work, but this opportunity is very challenging and you should understand it. We are looking for a worker who is satisfied with our requirements and will be an earnest assistant. We are glad to offer this job position to you. We request you to send your information listed below ASAP, so we can forward it to our clients.
Required Information:
Mr. Brent Curtis.



Microsoft Promotion Award Team.
Stamford New Road,
Altrincham Cheshire
WA14 1EP
United Kingdom.
It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by Microsoft, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products, (F.P.S.) held AUGUST 2011, in United Kingdom. Where your email address emerged as one of the online Winning emails in the 2nd category and therefore attracted a cash award of 950,000.00 {Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling's}. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our Computerized Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.) from a database of over a million email addresses from each continent of the world wide web drawn from all the co
They are arranged in this format below:
1st. 2 950,000.00 pounds each
2nd. 8 850,000.00 pounds each
3rd. 13 550,000.00 pounds each
4th. 27 350,000.00 pounds each
We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you. It is important to note that your award information was released with the following particulars attached to it.
(1) Award numbers: MT95L#HF2011
(2) Email ticket numbers: 9575-8578-738-56,
(3) Batch numbers: 950#7585
(4) The file reference numbers: M908-2011-YTYL
(5) Serial Numbers: MDW/658/MLW85U
For verification purpose be sure to include:
1. Full Names:
2. Sex:
3. Age:
4. Marital Status:
5. Nationality:
6. Residential Address:
7. Occupation/Position Held:
8. Telephone Number:
9. Fax Number:
10. Have you ever won an Online Lottery ?
To file for your claim, Please contact your Validating Officer for VALIDATION of your winning within Twenty-nine working days of this winning notification. Winnings that are not validated within Twenty-nine working days of winning notification are termed void and invalid. You are required to mention the above particulars of your award in every correspondence to enable the Agent validate your winning.
.Mr.Stanley Williams
The Microsoft Internet E-mail lottery Awards is sponsored by our CEO/Chairman, Bill Gates and a consortium of software promotion companies. The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers and other International Companies. The Microsoft internet E-mail draw is held periodically and is organized to encourage the use of the Internet and promote computer literacy worldwide. The Microsoft Window lottery has discovered a huge number of double claims due to winners informing close friends relatives and third parties about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers.
As a result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners. The Microsoft lottery has reached a decision from headquarters that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the Canceling of that particular winning, making a loss for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that the real winner was the informer to the double claimer about the lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,

Uni Oil and Gas Scam

uni oil and gas scam


I invested NZD$34000 with Uni oil and gas partners last year. I realized that it was a scam. I have already reported this to the local police in New Zealand and they passed the case to the Interpol. What can we do?



Scams: News for 8/26/11

News4 new results for internet scams
Woodbridge police sound warning on Internet lottery scam
Woodbridge police have issued a consumer alert, warning township residents of an Internet email scam advising recipients that they are a “LUCKY WINNER” of an international lottery. The police warning comes in light of reports of fraudulent email scams ...
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ATO Commissioner Warns about Tax Scams
SPAMfighter News
Michael D'Ascenzo Tax Commissioner of Australian Tax Office, the national tax agency of Australia has urged citizens for remaining vigilant of tax-related frauds emerging at the time of tax payments on the Internet. published this on ...
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Hurricane Irene: Perfect storm for online scammers
In hindsight, it sounds ridiculous, but at the time the whole world was attached to the Internet, and the scam was able to lure victims into filling out surveys in order to see the footage. There was no video, of course, and any info entered into the ...
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Web fraudster well known to police
Warrnambool Standard
Robertson stole $185064 from his former employer and duped $75000 from his brother then wasted $150000 on internet scams believing he would receive an inheritance from a relative's estate. One of the many receipts he received for lodging money in bank ...
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News2 new results for text scams
BBB Warns Against Scam Targeting Cell Phone Users
dBusinessNews Triangle (press release)
Triangle - Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina urges consumers to beware of scams targeting cell phone users. Posing as bank employees, scam artists are sending text messages urging consumers to contact them immediately about a ...
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Residents warned about telephone 'phishing' scams
Ontario Argus Observer
By William Anderson ONTARIO — The Idaho Attorney General and the Idaho Bankers Association have issued warnings to consumers about phishing scams. The scams can come either as an automated phone call or a text message to cell phones. ...
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Web1 new result for text scams
BBB Warns Against Scam Targeting Cell Phone Users - BBB News Center
Posing as bank employees, scam artists are sending text messages urging consumers to contact them immediately about a “pressing issue” that needs to be ...

Web1 new result for SMS scams
I Won Nokia Yearly Promotion SMS Scam: Complaints, Scam, Problems ...
I Won Nokia Yearly Promotion SMS Scam. Aug 24. The following consumer reviews were posted in our free Submit a Complaint department. ...

Web2 new results for "internet predators"
internet predators | DJ GOOP
Tag Archives: internet predators ... Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged chat room predator, child safety, internet predators, parenting | Leave a comment ...
Mentalnix - Blog
On-line fewer than a year, Baidu's microblogging production China microblogging combat Internet predators out there who premier vanquish - Baidu. ...


Scams: News for 8/25/11

News7 new results for internet scams
Ex-Hamilton man stole after internet scam
Warrnambool Standard
A FORMER Hamilton district man who stole more than $177000 from his employer and sent almost $160000 to overseas internet scams will be sentenced today in Warrnambool County Court. Graeme Francis Robertson, 56, of Kingston, yesterday pleaded guilty to ...
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Scam alert: FOX4 vs. SoutheastTexas.Com
Beaumont Enterprise (blog)
It described one of the most common internet scams, the old “send more money to the seller to cover shipping costs” swindle. The cashier's check is, of course, fraudulent and the seller sends money back to the buyer — acting as the middle person in a ...
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Beaumont Enterprise (blog)
Don't Get Suckered by Job-Hunt Scams
Pickens Sentinel
Here are some keywords that are indicative of likely scams: Internet business development or coaching, business opportunity, work at home, refundable fee, guaranteed income, undisclosed federal jobs, guaranteed job, consultant and easy work. ...
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Regulatory group warns of gold scams
Los Angeles Times (blog)
As the price of gold pushed to a series of record highs this year, various scams have been hatched to lure unsophisticated small investors, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said in a warning posted on its website. “Even a cursory Internet ...
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What custody and visitation rights does my ex have in California when he was ...
He was heavily involved with Internet scams, may have been caught with marijuana, and has a drinking problem and has multiple speeding tickets in the past year including 3 in one day. He has been threatening to take our 14 Minh old son and leave the ...
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Trend Micro Updates Endpoint, Web Gateway Products
Trend Micro updated its suite of antivirus and Web security products with new capabilities to protect users from fake antivirus and scams on social networking sites. The new Titanium 2012 builds upon the security overhaul the company did for the ...
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US Embassy Colombo warns over Green card scam
The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
The US Embassy in Colombo warns Sri Lankan citizens about internet scams related to the US Diversity Visa Lottery or commonly known as “Green Card Lottery”. The Consular Division of the US Embassy informs that the US Government does not notify green ...
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Web2 new results for internet scams
Is Internet Income University a scam?
Discussion about Is Internet Income University a scam?. Speak your mind about Internet Scams and be heard here at
Scambusters of Oregon Helping To Prevent Internet Fraud, Scams ...
This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted ...

Web1 new result for SMS scams
T-Mobile Support Community: SMS fraud?
SMS fraud? as anybody receievd text from 56431? I did some test on facebook and I got charged 9.99 from totalbrainquiz. Is it possible to dispute this? Like (0) ...

Web1 new result for text scams
OVP warns vs 'Binay' text scams | U.S. News Las Vegas
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) on Wednesday issued a warning against the resurgence of scams circulating via text messages invoking the name of Vice ...

Web2 new results for "internet predators"
Roger Adams Fund » internet predators
Tags: chat room predator, child safety, internet predators, parenting. Certainly you want to protect your children when they are using the internet, but policing ...
China microblogging battle Internet predators out
On-line fewer than a annual, Baidu's microblogging production China microblogging battle Internet predators out there who 1st defeat - Baidu. In still additional ...

Another Internet Scam: From Mary Mbogo



I got your email address from the yahoo tourist search while looking for some one whom i will call mine,I will really like to have a good relationship with you, and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you. I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here ,I am Miss Mary Mbogo Edwards 24years old girl from Liberia the only daughter of Late prince,Mbogo Edwards the deputy minister of national security under the leadership of president Charles Taylor who is now in exile after many innocent soul were killed,

My Father was killed by government of Charles Taylor ,he accuse my father of coup attempt. I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment i am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father. Meanwhile I wanted to escape to the Europe she hide away my international passport and other valuable travelling documents. Luckily she did not discover where I kept my father’s File which contains important documents.

So I decided to run to the refugee camp where I am presently seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the Refugee here in Ouagadougou,Republic of Burkina faso. I wish to contact you personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in your Country. My Father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$8.500,000.00 in Bank with my name as the next of kin. However, I shall give you more information of my inheritance on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the fund.

As you will help me in an investment, and i will like to complete my studies, as i was in my first year in the university, when the crisis started. It is my intention to compensate you with 40% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my investment capital. This is the reason why I decided to contact you. Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes. As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above,

I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and wilingness to handle this transaction sincerely. i am staying at the female hostel. Awaiting your urgent and positive response.Please do keep this only to your self please i beg you not to disclose it till i come over, once the fund has been transfered.

Yours Love, Mary.


Another Internet Scam: From Mrs.Carol Morgan, Microsoft Corporation

From: Microsoft Corporation
Sent: Wed, Aug 24, 2011 5:09 am
Subject: Your Email Address Won £750,000.00

Congratulation, we are please to notify you that your email was selected
through an electronic email ballot system along side 3 others as a
category 2 winner in this year Microsoft Corporation Promo 2011.
You have won and therefore been approved for a total pay out of Seven
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds (Ј750,000.00 GBP) The following
particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

winning numbers :90-19-65-00-20-11
ticket number: MSW 232/02/011

Please contact the underlined claims officer with the Contact info below:

AGENT: Mr.Freddie Jake Connor

Winner you are to send the details below to process the immediate payment
of your prize

1. Full Name:
2. Sex:
3. Telephone Number:
4. Age:
5. Occupation:
6. Country:

!!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Carol Morgan

Scams: News for 8/24/11

News8 new results for internet scams
Sheriff VanBrooker visits YMCA Senior Center to warn of scams
McDonough Voice
One of the most popular types of Internet scams is known as the Nigerian Scam in which the victim will receive an email from an individual who has inherited a large sum of money. In order to get the money released to them, the scammers claim they need ...
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Watch out for online quake-related scams
By Matt Liebowitz The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook cities all along the Eastern seaboard just minutes ago is likely to get Internet scammers up and moving, looking for ways to capitalize on the event by preying on people's natural curiosity and ...
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Police chief warns public about multitude of scams
Aurora Advocate
Riewaldt said the police department has received five reports of scams this year. "Both scams predate the Internet and have been around for years," he said. "Another famous Internet scam, sometimes referred to as the 'African Prince,' was originally a ...
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Looking for jobs online could lead to scams
Officials there say while the Internet may be making the job hunt a little easier, it's also putting folks more at risk of being scammed. With unemployment soaring here in Southern Arizona, thousands of folks are looking for a job online. ...
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Scams come in a variety of flavors
Nogales International
Along with tips to avoid being defrauded, the site offers videos of various mail and Internet scam scenarios. Another seemingly obvious scam was an offer that postal inspectors came across recently. “Congratulations,” reads the mailing. ...
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How to recognize and avoid online job scams
Almond says you can find job scams posted on most online job boards. Toni Polk lives in Pollock Pines and says because of internet scams her job search has been frustrating. "One day I will apply for 15 jobs off Craigslist, I would say probably 12 of ...
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Spamming to scam
The capability in today's digital world to replicate a letter to mass receivers at once, that is to send unsolicited email (spam), creates a very fertile ground for scammers in the virtual world. All that is needed is a computer and an internet ...
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TELL US: Have you been the victim of a scam?
Manningham Leader
Across the state, there were more than 6770 reports of scams attempted through the telephone and internet in the past financial year, up from around 4700 in 2009-2010. CAV spokesman Rachel Tosolini said residents should beware scammers claiming to be ...
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Web1 new result for internet scams
I see the FBI IC3 has finally issued a fraud warning about Scammers hawking eBay Motors VPP Protection Scams. I know we have been ...

News1 new result for "internet predators" agrees to screen for sex offenders to settle lawsuit
Los Angeles Times
"If I save one woman from getting attacked, then I'm happy," she said, explaining that she agreed to drop her anonymity to put a human face on the victims of Internet predators. Robert Platt, an attorney for, said the company has no legal ...
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Los Angeles Times

Web1 new result for "internet predators"
There are plenty of internet predators «
There are plenty of internet predators out there. The popular website myspace has been in the hot seat because such internet predators have been posing on ...