If it purports to be from Yahoo, it probably includes a graphic of the outdated logo: Or here’s a slick trick: If you point your cursor at the “click here” link without clicking, the pop-up bubble shows you what website will actually open, as you can see here. When you call the number to take care of the “account problem,” you get an automated voicemail system that prompts you for your account information.“Things got out of control on my trip to London,” says an email from one of your friends. You just won an overseas sweepstakes—one that you never even entered! And get this—once you supply your mailing address, you actually do get a check for a huge amount of money! The only one who made money from this “sweepstakes” is the scammer." data-reactid="205"Only one problem, which you can probably see coming down Sixth Avenue: Their check was bogus. The only one who made money from this “sweepstakes” is the scammer. Maybe it’s stuffing envelopes, processing insurance claims, or processing credit-card transactions.“I was mugged, and all my belongings including cell phone and credit card were all stolen at gunpoint. They tell you to deposit it, but in the meantime, send them a check for a couple hundred bucks to cover processing fees and taxes. All you need to do is buy something up front: processing equipment, or a Web site, or access to a list of some type. You’re on the Web, when a pop-up message appears, claiming that your computer might be infected by a virus.Usually, though, you can tell at a glance that these emails are fake.They’re filled with misspellings, typos, and the wording of a non-native English speaker. Same thing as phishing, except that it arrives by text message (SMS) instead of email. The work-at-home scam is when you get an email offering you an amazing work-at-home job. ’”" data-reactid="32"Her lawyer was deeply apologetic. And so, for your own entertainment and education, here they are: The 11 hottest Internet scams that we’re still falling for. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.”you to have it! Paul Agabi get those millions out of the country, using your bank account as a parking spot, he’ll share the dough with you." data-reactid="56"Amazingly enough, rich dead guy left behind millions of dollars—and your correspondent wants you to have it! Paul Agabi get those millions out of the country, using your bank account as a parking spot, he’ll share the dough with you. It’s only a couple hundred bucks, so you send it." data-reactid="74"But then a funny thing happens: Mr. You will be asked to send more, more, more money until you come to your senses and realize you’re being bilked. You’re on a dating site, and you find The One: She’s gorgeous, she’s witty, and she’s really into you. She’s a stock photo and a con artist who’s been playing you—probably a male. I showed up at the closing—but the buyer herself was absent.promised that I’d have the money by today! Here’s a shocker: Not everything you read on the Internet is true. On the 21st of April, my client, his wife and their only child were involved in a car accident. Maybe you make an offer on a house in some money to him, to cover bribes to officials. Though it has expanded beyond the country of Nigeria, it is still called the “Nigerian” or “419″ scam (named for the section of the Nigerian penal code it violates)." data-reactid="77"You will never get any money. She doesn’t show up, because she’s not a real person.
You’ll discover, of course, that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with your account.They are mostly school dropouts, who spend many hours behind a computer, either a personal laptop or at the internet café, devising creative and innovative ways to swindle their victims.A large number of victims are enticed into believing they have been singled out from the masses, to share in multi-million dollar windfall profit, or the person is a female living in Ghana and is looking for love.You’ve just gotten an email that offers a pre-approved Visa card! Use them to steer clear of anything that’s too good to be true. He welcomes non-toxic comments in the Comments below. " data-reactid="239"David Pogue is the founder of Yahoo Tech; here’s how to get his columns by email. David Pogue is the founder of Yahoo Tech; here’s how to get his columns by email. On the Web, he’s