Con Artists

Scammers Hacking Computers by Calling Victims on the Phone

The latest scam: A con artist calls you on the phone, poses as a technician from a big company like Microsoft, and claims he's detected a virus on your computer. He (or she!) then asks for access to your computer in order to "help" you. From there, the scheme can become one of several moneymaking ploys.

12 Holiday Cyber Scams to Watch Out For

As more consumers pick up their smartphones and tablets to go holiday shopping, cyber crooks are trying just about everything to dupe them out of their hard-earned money. To keep you protected, we asked an online security expert to list the season's hottest scams and how to avoid them.

Spotting Financial Scammers: A Guide to Common Cons

Even as many Americans struggle to make ends meet, scammers are plotting all sorts of sneaky ways to rob them of their money -- and in millions of cases, they succeed. When it comes to these cons, the best offense is a smart defense, so here's an intro course in how to spot the latest scams.

How Washington Helped Birth a Billion Dollar Phone Scam

Almost 30 years ago, the government's breakup of AT&T changed how telecom billed customers, and scammers discovered a loophole that let them slip unauthorized fees onto consumers' monthly phone bills. Since then, "cramming" has grown into a multibillion dollar a year con game.