Our goal is to help people increase their awareness of computer-related, internet-based threats, scams and fraudulent practices, and to decrease their risks and associated lost productivity.
Dating & Sex
A 2-Yr Romance Scam of Many Parts!
– A Professional Love Scammer From Zimbabwe
– Zimbabwe Romance Scammer Strikes Again!
Facebook Sextortion Scam
I Love You, Bail Me Out!
I Love You, Bail Me Out Again!
I Love You, Send Me Money!
My Malware Recorded You!
Online Dating Scams
– Plenty of Fish Has Plenty of Sharks
Sexting a Minor. Or So You Think.
Sextortion By Email
Sextortion By Bot?
Underage Girl Sext Scam
Jobs & Hiring Scams
Amazon “Work From Home”
Bloomscope Engineering Job Scam
Car Wrap Scams on the Rise
FAKE Housing/Real Estate Corp.
Job Interviews in Google Hangouts,Telegram &Skype
Job Interviews for FAKE Businesses!
Nannies, Baby Sitters, Tutors & Dog Sitters
LOTS of Package Shipping Scams!
Patriot Housing Corp Job Scam!
Personal Asst. Employment
Text Recruiting by CVS
Work at Home with WebMD
You’re Hired! Job Scams
Deceptive Marketing & Fake Products
Anti-Aging Face & Skin Creams
Deceptive Consumer Services
Fake Consumer Surveys
Fake Stores: Specialty Liquors!
Fake Stores: Victorious Shoes & Other Online Stores
Free Airline Tickets?
Heather with Credit Card Services
RewardsConnector –Real or Fraud?
Scam Checks on Craigslist
Student Loan Scam Calls
Would You Buy a Computer From Them?
Fake People, Businesses, & more...
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Fake Puppy Selling Websites & Services
direct reports of the "underage girl" sext scam to TDS
# of companies represented in fake job interviews via text
# of Fake Package Reshipping Companies Exposed as Fraud
2023 Newsletter Top stories
May 24: Photos & Voice Messages Are Used to Target YOU
May 17: Sextortion on the Rise, Especially Against Teens
May 10: Think You Know Where These Links Send You? You’re Wrong!
May 3: Scams & Threats Disguised as Love & Sex
April 26: Would You Trust This Norton Agent?
April 19: Love At First Bite?
April 12: Read This If You Writes Checks!
April 5: How a Car Crash Became a $10K Check Fraud
March 29: Using LinkedIn to Target Job Seekers
March 22: Let’s Celebrate Taking Down the Scammers!
March 15: Package Delivery Notices Not to be Trusted!
March 8: Scammers Pretend to be Victims in Ukraine
March 1: I Got Your Dog (Pin Scam)
Feb 22: Can Superfoods Harm You? This One Can!
Feb 15: Suspicious Contractor & Construction Companies?
Feb 8: Too Bad These Jobs are Scams
Feb 1: Interested in Tix on Craigslist? Buyer Beware!Jan 25: Avoid These “Friends”
Jan 18: I’ll Kill Your Mom If You Don’t Pay Me Now!
Jan 11: Victim of a Scam Shares Her Story
Jan 4: How Legitimate Companies Can Scam You: Dark Patterns
Oct 11: Take Advantage of This Cybercriminal Mistake!
Oct 4: Making YOU an Accomplice to a Crime!
Sept 27: Tracking Scammers Disguised as Famous People
Sept 20: Targeting Senior Citizens Across the World
Sept 13: Do NOT Purchase Tickets at Tickets-Center.com!
Sept 6: Job Scams on the Rise
Aug 30: Can You Trust This Political Polling Service?
Aug 23: Sneaker Sales on Instagram
Aug 16: Multi-Part Scam Targets a Woman for 2 Years!
Aug 9: Can You Trust Customer Reviews of Products?
Aug 2: Apartment Rental Scam!
July 26: Would You Fall for These New Phishing Tricks?
July 19: You Are Targeted on Social Media
July 12: Enjoy a Laugh at Scammers!
July 5: Double Fraud! Medical Marjijuana & Shipping Costs
June 28: Romance Scams Targeting Men
June 21: Scamming a Scammer – Are You Free?
June 14: Does Google Share Blame for This Scam?
June 7: He Was Targeted By the Same Scammers for Years!
May 31: What Do Gourmet Food, Gambling, Phishing & Skin Products Have in Common?
2022 Newsletter Top stories
June 29: She Played a Scammer Like a Skilled Musician
June 22: 2 Reasons Why the Internet Favors Criminals
June 15: Four Reasons Why You Can’t Trust Amazon or Google
June 8: Can an Address Change Service Be a Scam?
June 1: Dissecting Foul Phishing Tricks
May 25: Recognizing and Honoring the Best… Or is it?
May 18: Both Sex & Love Online Are Risky in Many Ways!
May 11: This Trick Can Net a Scammer Thousands of $!
May 4: A Rose By Any Other Name…
April 27: How Do You Know This Business is FAKE?
April 20: You Can’t Trust What You Most Need
April 13: How Scammers Use Fear to Manipulate You
April 6: Romance Scammer Jason Lindvig Strikes Again!
March 30: Your Facebook & IM Accounts Were Hacked, Now What?
March 23: Meet Fraudster Dr. Albert Johnson
March 16: Your New Boss and Lover Are Liars
March 9: The Internet Favors Criminals. Meet Eldridge Engels!
March 2: When Scammers Get Lazy
Feb 23: The Keys to Your Digital Kingdom Are…
Feb 16: Warning Signs Your New Job is a Scam
Feb 9: Puppy & Dog-Selling Scam Sites
Feb 2: How Observant are YOU at Spotting Suspicious Red Flags?
Jan 26: When a Woman’s Love Floods Your Chat Service
Jan 19: This is How You’ll Be Scammed Twice!
Jan 12: A Parade of Liars
Jan 5: A Young Man’s Female “Friends”
Dec 28: People with Serious Credibility Problems!
Dec 21: Exposing a “Gun” Used by Cybercriminals
Dec 14: Interested in Global Entry Program? Don’t Do This!
Dec 7: Anatomy of a Rental Scam
Nov 30: Here’s Why You Cannot Trust Google Ads
Nov 23: Using YOUR Verification Code to Scam YOU!
Nov 16: Would you Guess These Websites are Scams?
Nov 9: The Problem is Worse Than We Thought
Nov 2: Turning Your Phone into a Self-Inflicting Bomb
Oct 26: Collateral Damage From a 4-Year-Old Scam
Oct 19: These Cute Puppy Sites Are Scams
Oct 12: Cybercriminals Are Improving Their Scams
Oct 5: For Sale? Beware of These Scammer Tricks!
Sept 28: Would You Buy From These Liquor Stores? We Hope Not!
Sept 21: Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Sept 14: Sextortion Scams & Two Victims
Sept 7: Guilty By Association (Pet Selling Scams)
Aug 31: This Woman Was Scammed For More Than $128,000
Aug 24: You Can Prevent Friends & Relatives From Being Victimized! Here’s How…
Aug 17: Are You This Gullible?
Aug 10: They ALL Have Credibility Problems
Aug 3: A Fairy-Tale Love Story… or is it?
July 27: Targeted by a Barrage of Malicious Texts
July 20: Do YOU Have a Target on Your Back?
July 13: Would you Guess These Business Websites Are Scams?
July 6: “I Need a Favor from You” – A Scammer’s Tell!
2021 Newsletter Top stories
June 16: Explosion of Package Shipping Scams!
June 9: Craigslist Rental Scams…Again
June 2: Cryptocurrency Scams with a Nasty Twist!
May 26: My Cup Runneth Over with Amazon Phish
May 19: Package Reshipping Scammers are Relentless!
May 12: We Don’t Have ALL the Answers, But We DO Have Your Problems!
May 5: It Looks Like You! (Facebook Message)
April 28: Playing with Scammers
April 21: The Story Behind the Story – What’s Real Anymore?
April 14: Okey to Monitor Me!
Apirl 7: Can We Ever Trust Gift Card Emails Again?
March 31: World’s Best Tape Measurer or A More Insidious Message?
March 24: ICANN Favors Criminals Over Public Safety
March 17: A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words
March 10: XYZ? Let It Be!
March 3: Textplosion!
Feb 24: Why It Is Important to be Skeptical Online
Feb 17: Life Online is Not Always What It Appears to Be!
Feb 10: Its a Numbers Game: IP Addresses
Feb 3: Why Google Can No Longer Be Trusted
Jan 27: Thank You for Your Order
Jan 20: REAL from FRAUD
Jan 13: Clever Look-Alike Domains
Jan 6: A Digital Mugging
Dec 22: What it looks like to be targeted
Dec 15: One Woman’s Creepy Email
Dec 8: Underage Girl Sext Fraud Rises Again!
Dec 1: Best Ways to Identify Smelly Phish
Nov 24: An Investment Opportunity Not to Miss!
Nov 17: One Man’s Job Hunting Nightmare
Nov 10: Country Quiz – Scams from Around the World
Nov 3: 3 Examples of Targeted Attacks
Oct 27: Targeting the Elderly Again!
Oct 20: Fall Weather Brings Fall Scams
Oct 13: Can You Spot the World in Your Inbox?
Oct 6: Cash or Malware Offer for Your Home?
Sept 29: Would You Trust This Bank?
Sept 22: Click Tricks, Misdirection & Ad Traps
Sept 15: Popular Click Tricks!
Sept 8: A Bucket of Smelly Phish!
Sept 1: A Rose By Any Other Name…
Aug 25: Open Letter to Google About How to Do Better
Aug 18: Where Does This Fall on the Sleaz-o-Meter?
Aug 11: One Woman’s Free Money Story
Aug. 4: Do Legitimate Businesses Put Profit Before Safety?
July 28: Customer Support from Scammers
July 21: A New Twist to Sextortion
July 14: How Many Warning Signs Can You Spot?
July 7: Unlocking the Door to an Apt. Rental Scam
June 30: Is This Credible?
June 23: A. Father’s Day Gift Quiz
2020 Newsletter Top stories
June 17: One Password Can Destroy You
June 10: Questionable Texts-The Good, The Bad & Ugly
June 3: We Found An Old Check With Your Name On It
May 27: Reality Online Is Anything But Real
May 20: How Good Are You At Detecting Fraud?
May 13: Best Award-Winning Scam Story Evah!
May 6: Facebook Goes Beyond Your Account to Track You
April 29: Microsoft Outlook Has a BIG Problem
April 22: Target’s Online Spider Web
April 15: The Many Faces of Clickbait
April 8: Many Different Ways to Go Phishing
April 1: Comment Spam Landmines
March 25: A Spear-Phish Targets a School
March 18: We Share Your Pain: Comment Spam
March 11: Corona Virus Scams
March 3: How Many Red Flags Can You Count?
Feb 26: Malicious Mimics
Feb 19: Malicious Texts Target You Through Your Phone
Feb 12: Calling Customer Support
Feb 5: Blurred Lines Between Legitimate and Scam
Jan 29: You’re a Winner!
Jan 22: A Walk on the Whild Side
Jan 15: Day Old Domains
Jan 8: We Want to Believe…
Jan 1: Do You Qualify for a Settlement? Russia Thinks You Do
Dec 30: Deceit and Lies Are Too Easy Online!
Dec 23: Hacking Human Behavior
Dec 16: How Good a Detective Are You?
Dec 9: Using TDS for Malicious Purposes!
Dec 2: Murky Waters of Cam Girls?
Nov 25: A Peak into Apt./House Rental Scams
Nov 18: Job Scams
Nov 11: Stories From Our Readers
Nov 4: Medicare/Medicaid – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Oct 28: An Ocean Full of Phish!
Oct 21: Feel My Pain!
Oct 14: Political Questionnaire or Malicious Text?
Oct 7: Sleuthing Comment Spam
Sept 30: Mi Casa NO Es Tu Casa!
Sept 23: Telltale Signs of Malicious Intent
Sept 16: Save Your Marriage
Sept 9: Jenzaa Has a Severe Problem
Sept 2: Can 2 Letters Reveal Fraud? YES!
Aug 26: Looking for Love in ALL the Wrong Places
Aug 19: Texting Mayhem!
Aug 12: Using Google Image Search to Tell Real From Fake
Aug 5: Can You Guess the Scam Site?
July 29: Dark Patterns – Revisited
July 22: Fraud at the Spa?
July 15: Deadly Phone Numbers!
July 8: Good Words Are Worth Much, and Cost Little
July 1: Fake Friend Request on FB
June 24: A Plethora of Phish!
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