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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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