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NBA Team Releases Players' Tax Info to Email Scammer

The scammer 'spoofed' the email address the Milwaukee Bucks' president

(Newser) - The Milwaukee Bucks say their organization inadvertently provided tax information of employees, including players, to someone who was impersonating the team's president over email, the AP reports. The NBA team said Thursday that the "security incident" involving the W-2 forms of all 2015 employees was reported to the... More »

This Simple Scam Has Cost Businesses $2B in 2 Years

'It's easy; all you need is a computer'

(Newser) - International scammers are successfully tricking businesses into wiring them as much $90 million at a time, and the problem is getting worse, the Financial Times reports. In a scam known as "business email crime" or "CEO fraud," criminals impersonate the email account of a business's CEO... More »

Older Women Should Beware of This Online Dating Scam

In 6 months alone, $82.3 million was reported in confidence frauds

(Newser) - Con artists are scamming elderly American women out of big bucks—sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars—by wooing them on dating websites and suddenly asking for money, the New York Times reports. "I blame myself," says a Georgia woman who gave a swindler nearly $300,000. "... More »

Netflix Email Scam Stole Private Documents

And a Pinterest scam is going around, too

(Newser) - Click on any Netflix tech-support emails lately? Then you may have fallen victim to a phishing scam that swiped your login information at the very least, CBS News reports. The Better Business Bureau says the phony emails, sent out by con artists, have been linking customers to a login page... More »

eBay Scammers Made $3M in Fake Car Sales: FBI

Romanian ringleader now being sought

(Newser) - The FBI has a new wanted man—a 33-year-old Romanian accused of leading a ring of scammers who made $3 million selling non-existent vehicles on sites such as eBay and, reports CNN . Nicolae Popescu allegedly found plenty of victims between 2011 and 2012. Authorities say he and his... More »

Kickstarter Users Uncover Huge Scam on ... Kickstarter

$120K pledged to sham Kobe beef jerky company

(Newser) - They were almost taken for fools. But one almost-unlucky group of Kickstarter users managed to uncover a $120,309 scam on the site, helping to kill the campaign less than an hour before it was set to end—and their money was whisked out of their bank accounts. CNNMoney reports... More »

Scammers Horn In on Newtown Donations

Website set up in victim's name

(Newser) - Just as they did after 9/11, Katrina, and the Aurora shooting, scammers are taking advantage of people's generosity in the wake of the Newtown massacre. A website in the name of Noah Pozner, a 6-year-old killed in the attacks, sought donations and cards for his family; it also contained... More »

Lawyers Have Lost $70M to ... Email Scammers

One will be prosecuted this fall

(Newser) - Even lawyers can be taken in by email scams—and one US Postal Inspector estimates law firms have lost at least $70 million to such scams since 2009, the Wall Street Journal reports. Scammers email lawyers—known for their eagerness to gain new clients, often via the Internet—with a... More »

Fallen Soldier's Photo Used in Craigslist Scam

Ads claimed soldier was injured, needed help with medical bills

(Newser) - Five years after he was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Sgt. Sean Fennerty's photo is being used by online scam artists. The Oregon soldier's photo appeared next to ads on Craigslist Pensacola and fundraising site containing a plea for funds from somebody claiming to... More »

Nigerian Scams Purposely Sound Unbelievable

Scammers want to rein in only the very gullible: study

(Newser) - "Nigerian scams" are so well-known that we call them, well, Nigerian scams. So why don't the scammers update their tactics a bit, rather than coming right out and admitting they're from Nigeria right there in the body of the email? The answer, according to a Microsoft researcher... More »

Online Romance Scams: a $50M Business

Those older than 40 and divorced are common targets: report

(Newser) - Scammers conned $50 million out of 5,600 people last year who were searching for love on the Internet, says a new report. That's an average of $8,900 per victim. The way it generally works: Fraudsters hunt for vulnerable targets on dating sites and social networks, and convince... More »

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