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Spot and avoid the latest online scams

Among the recent targets of Web criminals are students, renters, and romance-seekers; everyone is at risk though, so keep your defenses up, up, up.

By Mar. 6, 2014


How to spot and avoid Facebook 'Like' scams

When you click or press the Like button, you may be disclosing more about yourself than you imagine. You may also be contributing to the bank accounts of Internet scammers.

By Jul. 22, 2013


How to avoid Black Friday scams

Black Friday brings out both bargain hunters and scammers in droves. CNET's Sumi Das shares tips on how to protect your identity and how to separate the not-to-be-missed offers from the suspicious deals.

By Nov. 21, 2012


Beware of potential Christmas scams

The Christmas season is upon us, and so are the Grinches that accompany it.

By Dec. 19, 2011


FTC charges 29 in crackdown on spam text message scams

The trade agency says the accused sent more than 180 million spam text messages falsely promising free gift cards.

By Mar. 7, 2013


Fighting spam and scams on Twitter

Twitter users are an increasingly attractive target for online ne'er-do-wells. One company is filtering tweets to analyze the problem--and help develop safeguards.

By Feb. 17, 2011


Feds target mortgage ad scams on Bing, Yahoo

The federal group overseeing the administration of funds from the 2008 bailout shuts down mortgage scams on Bing and Yahoo. The group targeted similar ads on Google last week.

By Nov. 21, 2011


Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

According to a study, men are especially likely to fall for a heinous Facebook scam if they believe that the person at the other end of their laptop is a sexy female.

By Nov. 10, 2011


Americans more susceptible to online scams than believed, study finds

U.K. survey respondents less likely to fall for Internet scams than in the U.S. but more likely than Australians.

By Jan. 3, 2012


How to avoid disaster-related Internet scams

Officials warn of scams in the wake of the disasters in Japan. Here's how to avoid them.

By Mar. 17, 2011