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Top Internet Scams for 2008

Posted on 1.30.2008
Who you gonna call? Scambusters! They have come out with their top ten list of Internet scams for 2008.

"Identity theft continues to hold the top position, and we predict phishing scams will be the number two scam for 2008," states Dr. Audri Lanford, Co-Director of Scambusters.org. "We believe there will be a new category of scams that makes the 2008 Top 10 List, most likely related social networking sites."

Without further ado:

10. New category of scams.
9. Pump and dump scams.
8. Online dating scams.
7. Spyware threats.
6. Overpayment scams.
5. Viruses, worms and Trojans.
4. Nigerian scams - with many new twists.
3. Lottery scams.
2. Phishing scams.
1. Identity theft scams.

My favorite is number 10 - "New category of scams." I suppose this is the "most likely related social networking sites" bit, but it's a little vague, no? The anticipation is killing me.

So if you're involved in online dating sites, social networking or e-commerce, be aware of the risks and perceived risks. If you're a legitimate Nigerian business person, you may want to consider moving to another country.
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