An analysis from Microsoft Research suggests that Nigerian scammers need to sound as ridiculous as possible, so that only the most gullible will reply to them.
It seems the latest method to scam money from the innocent is to use cute doggie pics to entice vulnerable dog lovers.
It may take more than an ounce of prevention to avoid falling prey to the growing number of online criminals and their increasingly sophisticated deceptions.
Japanese researchers aim to protect potential victims of phone scams by identifying "overtrust" in their voices when they interact with the bad guys.
Computers running McAfee service are found to be acting as open proxies for spammers, customers report.
Scammers are out in force online for the Super Bowl, as one California couple discover. They spend $5,900 and all they get is a FedEx and a taunt.
Criminals posing as PC security experts are calling people with offers of free scans in order to gain access to their computers, Microsoft says.
Within hours of the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, malware was found on sites optimized to show up on Web searches related to the event and in scams on Facebook.
After disasters like last week's Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Internet scammers love to take advantage of people's vulnerabilities and generosity. Kara Tsuboi reports on schemes to look out for when you're online.
Phishing attacks have spiked this year, recent reports show. Here's a primer on what phishing is and how to avoid it.