Web scammers go too far: They're using cute doggie pics

Look, humans making other humans believe they'll love them forever is an acceptable form of subterfuge.

It's been happening for centuries. Nigerian scammers have merely used the bounties of the Web to make it more contemporary. Even on Christian dating sites.

However, woe betide you if you stoop to using doggie pics. That, sir, is pure, base sleaze, unworthy of anyone calling themselves human.

Yet this is apparently the latest in scams perpetrated on an innocent dog lover in Colorado.

As CBS Denver reports, the soft emotions of dog lovers are costing them thousands in hard cash.

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E-mailed malware disguised as group coupon offers on the rise

Be sure to double check that Groupon you received in your e-mail -- spammers are using the popularity of e-mailed advertisements for group discount deals to send more malware.

The rise of malware through fake e-mail advertisements and notifications are on the rise, according to a study released today by security firm Kaspersky Lab.

"They are primarily doing so by sending out malicious e-mails designed to look like official notifications. Kaspersky Lab is seeing more and more malicious spam designed to look like coupon service notifications," the report said.

The firm said it also noted these coupon spam … Read more

Ever lied online? Good thing you weren't in Rhode Island

Back in '80s when the Internet more closely resembled a series of tubes, the state of Rhode Island passed a law making it illegal to lie online. And until this week, this law was still in effect, according to the Associated Press.

That's right, in Rhode Island someone could actually be slapped with a misdemeanor charge, fined up to $500, and sentenced up to a year in prison for lying about their age on an online dating site, fibbing on Facebook about how many people were at a house party, or pumping up their resume on LinkedIn.

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Are Nigerian scammers' crazy e-mails actually very clever?

There are plenty of scammers in the tech world.

They choose to couch themselves in deep wisdoms, sincere declarations of honesty, and core-driven respect for privacy.

They do this to sound supremely intelligent in order to fool those who think that they themselves are supremely intelligent.

It seems, though, that Nigerian e-mail scammers may have a different approach.

You might imagine that every time Dr. Heinous Troutbender of Nigeria writes to you to say that he will pay you at least $2 million -- if you'll only let him use your bank account for a minute -- no one … Read more

Apple and Facebook have not teamed up to give away free iPads

The promise is seductive. Two of the biggest technology companies on the planet are combining forces to give their adoring fans free iPads and iPhones? Yes! And all you have to do is give up all your personal information for that chance.

That's what spam scammers are hoping you will do once you see the quasi-personal letter from everyone's favorite friend networker, Mark Zuckerberg. The e-mail will come off as somewhat legit, singling you out as a randomly selected winner of a one-time only promotional event sponsored by Facebook and Apple.

So, you've already won a free iPad or iPhone, but there's a catch. Mark Zuckerberg just needs your e-mail address, phone number, and other account information to confirm. And of course, the site that Zuckerberg chooses to use to acquire that information is not Facebook, but a random promotional company.… Read more

New phishing attacks target iCloud, MobileMe users

As the holidays quickly approach and our agendas become filled with baking cookies, traveling, and last-second shopping, scammers are on the loose and have started targeting iCloud users in an attempt to acquire your log-in credentials.

These technolojerks (yes, that's going to be a thing) stoop pretty low to try and pry sensitive information from their prey. In the latest incarnation, phishers are claiming to be Apple, suggesting to users that if they do not respond promptly their iCloud (or MobileMe) account could be terminated.

Thankfully, the brain trust scammers aren't the most grammatically sound (at least not … Read more

Scam targets Apple App Store customers

One of the latest scams floating around cyberspace is aimed at people who recently bought items at Apple's App Store.

As described yesterday by security vendor F-Secure, scammers are sending out phony messages to users claiming that a recent order at Apple's App Store has been canceled.

F-Secure's blog post intimated that the scam was specifically targeting actual App Store customers. But instead the scammers seem to be employing the usual shotgun approach, targeting many people in hopes of hitting a certain percentage who actually just bought something through the App Store, Sean Sullivan, a security adviser … Read more

Facebook scam claims to need testers for iPhone 4, iPad

Popularity of Apple products has always brought out scammers, hoping to prey on the wish list's of potential targets. Currently, a Facebook scam promises to send consumers a brand-new iPhone 4 or iPad 3G for testing. In return for your opinion, you get to keep the device.

Well, not to dash your hopes and dreams of owning one of Apple's latest iDevices, but signing up at the linked site will not result in a shipped product. These types of scams are only designed to get user information and spread throughout the Facebook network.

This scam has also been … Read more

Appreciating the diligent e-mail scammer

The Globe and Mail's Jack Kapica is one who can sympathize with all those earnest, hardworking e-mail scammers struggling to make a quick buck.

Nigerian-scammer types must be wracking their brains on a daily basis in order to come up with fresh, imaginative ways to mangle the English language while, ahem, promising large sums of money via some fishy business arrangement. So Kapica finds it refreshing when, instead of offering the usual gobs of moolah, the e-mail scammer threatens to whack him unless Kapica pays up.

Read more on Jack Kapica's take at The Globe and Mail: "The scammer's challenge"Read more