The Top 10 Scams for 2001

Written by Audri and Jim Lanford

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6. Auction Antics

You can get a lot of terrific deals through online auctions, but you need to be careful. Before buying anything that seems too cheap, or that shouldn't be on an auction site at all, ask questions.

Look atrepparttar seller's feedback rating and comments. You'll get a lot of clues from that. Checkrepparttar 127565 retail price ofrepparttar 127566 merchandise. If it's new merchandise, you can probably expect to pay 1/2 to 2/3 of retail, even at auction.

Rememberrepparttar 127567 old story ofrepparttar 127568 fellow who raffled off a brand new Lincoln at a small town carnival? Tickets were $1 each, and everyone figured they had a good chance.

He sold a lot of tickets, and, as promised, he delivered a brand new Lincoln... penny.

For more on auction fraud, you can check outrepparttar 127569 issue of Internet ScamBusters called "Online Auctions: Deals or Steals" at:

5. Chain Letters

"Add your name to position X, moverepparttar 127570 name in position Y to position Z, send 200 copies of this letter to your closest personal friends, and very soon you'll have no personal friends left!"

Don't believerepparttar 127571 claims about legitimacy, folks. These things are illegal, immoral, and probably fattening.

4. Viruses

Get a good anti-virus program, keep it updated, and keep it running.

Huh? What are viruses doing inrepparttar 127572 ranks of scams?

They're actually amongrepparttar 127573 more clever of scams, if you think about it. Deceptive subject lines, hidden code that causes you to spread them to your friends, and almost always appealing torepparttar 127574 most common desires.

3. Nigerian Fee Scam

This is an oldie, and a real baddie.

The basic line goes like this:

"I represent some high mucky muck who wants to get a lot of suspicious money out of my country, and we need help from you to do it. We'll pay you stupid amounts of cash to be a front person."

The system escalates until you've got money sunk intorepparttar 127575 scam, and they want you to visitrepparttar 127576 country in question in person. There have been people who played along with this and never made it home alive.

Originally this was focused through Nigeria, but with recent events, you may hear about Taliban leaders wanting help, or people from other war-torn countries.

Don't respond to these people in any way. People die falling for this one.

For more on this scam, check out:

2. Identity Theft

This is a VERY serious problem. We covered this in our last issue of Internet ScamBusters. If you haven't read it, do so now at:

1. WTC Scams

The spams relating torepparttar 127577 World Trade Center began within an hour ofrepparttar 127578 attacks. They range from appeals for aid torepparttar 127579 victims, usually sent throughrepparttar 127580 spammers' web sites, to fake news items concerning reported attacks.

There's nothing funny to be said about these.

Don't pass them along, and don't contribute through any site that doesn't belong to a recognizable charity, such asrepparttar 127581 Red Cross orrepparttar 127582 United Way.

You can read more about these scams at:

When you consider doing any sort of business online, look over this list and see ifrepparttar 127583 appeal sounds like one or more of these scams. If so, check it out carefully before sending money.

Most online businesses are run by honest folks and are quite safe. Just use a little common sense and caution, and you should be fine.

Avoid getting scammed on the Internet. Sign up for a free subscription to Internet ScamBusters, the #1 publication on Internet fraud. Send a blank email to or visit:

So-Called Scumware, And What You Can Do About It

Written by Steve Nash

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To help you do 'something', here are some resources where you can learn much more about this predatory advertising, why it's wrong, and what *you* can do about it:

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So there you have it. Predatory advertising in all its gory!

If it all seems too much to absorb just visit one ofrepparttar 127565 links above, and try and do your bit to halt this scourge onrepparttar 127566 Internet. Because, until this predatory advertising is stopped or neutralised, you facerepparttar 127567 potential of losing your hard-earned visitors each and every day, with a simple click.

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