internet fraud

IRS Warns of Email Tax Scam

If you get an email that appears to be from the IRS claiming that there's a problem with your 2013 tax return, don't respond. It's a scam.

If You're Hacked, Blame the Government

The increasing vulnerability of companies to cyberattacks can be largely blamed on sluggish or nonexistent action on part of the U.S. government, security pros say.

How to Survive a Credit Card Hack

In today's high-tech world, our personal financial information is rarely safe from hackers. And too many businesses fail to meet security compliance standards.

Yahoo Email Account Passwords Stolen

Yahoo says usernames and passwords of some of its email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people users have recently corresponded with.

5 Ways You're Putting Your Identity at Risk

From oversharing on social media to using the same password across the internet, here's a look at five mistakes people make online that put their personal information at risk.

4 Things Identity Thieves Don't Want You To Know

More than 11.6 million people in the U.S. reported having their identity stolen in 2011, 13 percent more than in 2010, and those numbers are likely to rise further. But you can avoid being a victim: Here are four things identity thieves don't want you to know.

IRS Internet Scams: If the Tax Man Emails You, It's Fraud

When the IRS sends you an email that it owes you some cash, and all you need to do to collect it is click through to their website, it's naturally tempting. Don't bite: No matter how convincing that email is, you can rest assured that it's a scam.

Phishing Scams, Fake Reviews: How Not to Be Duped

This is high season for tax-related phishing scams, as online con artists try to trick you out of your personal data, and thus your cash. But Internet scams and deceptions are a year-round industry. Here are some tips on how to avoid being conned.

Financial Scams: The Latest Twists in the Art of the Con

You're not going to fall for the old Nigerian prince scam anymore -- but the fraudsters know that, and they've moved on, too. Here are some financial scams that made the rounds in 2011 -- and will likely be back in some form this year.

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.

Cheap Knockoffs Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

We all know that buying a fake Fendi is "bad" to the degree that selling such goods is illegal, and they hurt the companies whose good are being copied, and the economy overall. But it turns out that knockoffs are problematic in many other ways as well: Buying them can put your health and your money at risk.

Online Buyer Beware: Cyber-Fraud Is Getting Slicker

A growing number of Americans are shopping online for the holidays -- leaving themselves vulnerable to increasingly sophisticated web fraud. The Justice Department busted 82 websites allegedly selling counterfeit and pirated goods on Cyber Monday, but more criminals are still out there.