We all know about phishing, but that’s just one of a whole batch of tricks identified by the IRS in its annual “dirty dozen” list of the most common tax scams.
There are five newcomers to this year’s list — many of them the result of incorrect or misleading advice from tax preparers or bogus scheme promoters, and some of them just false information entered on tax returns.
Since it’s tax season, this week we take you through the full dirty dozen countdown.
In a business said to be worth a total of more than $15 billion, online games scam incidents have soared in the past couple of years.
Fans of multi-player role-playing games, cell phone quizzes and online casinos have handed over all kinds of swag, from virtual “gold” and other imaginary credits, through real cash to personal details in a phishing scheme aimed at identity theft.
The irony is that, in at least some online games, it’s perfectly legit to scam others within the scope of the gameplay, though not, of course, in the real world!
To most people, spam is just a darned nuisance. But to others, this insidious stream of electronic junk mail and evil-bearing messages can be anything from a drag on their PC performance to a real threat to their reputation, their identity and even their livelihood.
In this spam update, we’ll take a closer look at the scale of the problem and the hidden risk that threatens so many of us — the chance our own computers are being taken over and used as a spamming tool.