Thursday, December 24, 2015



Updated December 15, 2014.
The Internet makes it easier to accomplish many things -- banking, research, travel, and shopping are all at our virtual fingertips. And just as the Internet makes it easier for legitmate pursuits, it also makes it easier for scammers, con artists, and other online miscreants to carry out their virtual crimes- - impacting our real life finances, security, and peace of mind. Online scams are constantly evolving, but here are the most common ones today.
Man using laptop on sofa - Richard Drury/Digital Vision/Getty Images
Richard Drury/Digital Vision/Getty Images

1.  Phishing scams

Phishing email try to trick the intended victim into visiting a fraudulent website disguised to look like a valid eCommerceor banking site. The victim thinks they are logging into their real account, but instead everything they enter on the fake site is being sent to the scammers. Armed with this information, the scammer can wipe out the victim's accounts, run up their credit cards, or even steal their identity.

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