Computer Crime Research Center


Funny scams: protect yourself online

Date: September 30, 2007

You, yes you, can bid online for this brand new car and possibly get it for only $2,000! Sound too good to be true?

It is.

You'll send the money and they'll send you nothing. It's a scam called Auction Fraud.

FBI records show it as the most common internet crime in Kansas.

In 2006, the median loss for Kansans who reported auction fraud to the Internet Crime Complaint Center was about $750.

Some other Web users have received an email from their "bank" letting them know their account has been accessed by identity thieves. All you have to do is click on a link and verify your account information so they can clean up the mess.
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