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Top scams on the Internet

Date: April 27, 2007

These days you can do just about anything on the internet, from surfing to shopping. And that gives scam artists more avenues to take advantage of you. Here's a look at the top five email scams, according to PC World.

Number one is the Auction Fraud, where you're asked to send in your money, but you never get anything in return.

This one accounts for three quarters of the complaints registered with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

The second is the Phishing Scam, that's when you receive an email that looks like it's from your bank, asking you to log onto your account and verify your information or else your account will be terminated.

Knoxville Police Department Spokesman Darrell DeBusk says you should take caution if you receive one of these emails. "The banks just do not do that. You need to be very suspicious from the very beginning. Banks, as their practice, will not send you an email asking you to update your account."
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