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Municipalities dealing with credit card fraud. Betsy Scott. December 30, 2010

The Columbian
In Our View: Beware the Snake Oil. December 13, 2010.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Social media newest way to get scammed. Ann Hardie. December 12, 2010.

Kilgore News Herald
Seniors targeted in emergency call scams. Aaron May. January 19, 2011.

Minuteman News Center
Online shopping drives early holiday sales. Frank Szivos. December 8, 2010.

10 Ways to Avoid Gift Card Fraud This Holiday Season. Laura Heller. December 8, 2010.
Avoid being scammed this holiday season. Ric Romero. December 6, 2010.

Chicago Sun-Times
Don’t let scams ruin holiday cheer. Janet Lundquist. December 6, 2010.

Kennebec Journal
Watchdogs have taken a bite out of charity scam. David B. Offer. November 23, 2010.

The Columbian
‘Grandson’ scam fails to fool man. John Branton. October 20, 2010.

University of Southern Indiana Shield
Honesty equals rarity. Kelly Monroe. October 16, 2010.

The Bakersfield Californian
I prefer to be scammed by someone with a spell-check. Valerie Schultz. September 1, 2010.

Victoria News
Playing along with a scam artist. Kyle Slavin. August 27, 2010.

USA Today.
Paris girls flash breasts to distract ATM users. Kitty Bean Yancey. August 20, 2010.

The Explorer, Tuscon AZ
So obvious it’s almost cliche, but… Romi Wittman. August 4, 2010.
Internet scams hit home in Marion County. Fred Hiers. July 22, 2010.

Chicago Tribune
Big prize money winner… or scam artist’s sucker? Jon Yates. June 17, 2010.,0,7649348.story

AOL News
Doritos Fake-Out Shows Internet Scams Thriving. Tamara Lytle. June 17, 2010.

Atlanta Constitution
Beware of Haiti scams. Tammy Joyner. 2/5/10

Charlotte Examiner
Police investigate mystery shopper scam. Kelley Walker Perry. 2/22/10

2/23 Online with Erin: Con-Artists get into dating game. 2/23/10

Washburn University
Keeping Your Identity Yours. Bryce Grammer. 2/23/10

PC World
Ikea Gift Card Scam Takes in Nearly 40,000 Facebook Users. Robert McMillan. 4/9/10

All Facebook
40,000 Facebook Users Fall for Ikea Gift Card Scam. Raj Dash. 4/9/10

Scam Facebok page attracts 40000 victims seeking Ikea gift card. Robert McMillan. 4/9/10

The Morning News
Local Businesses Not Immune To E-Mail Scams. Tara Muck. April 30, 2008.

KPC News
Score one for creativity in latest financial scam. April 6, 2008. and
10 Fraud-Prevention Resources. Kristin Edelhauser. August 20, 2007.

The Western Star, Newfoundland
Love at the point of a machete. Michael Rigler. August 14, 2007.

The Mercury News.
Beware the ecard. Dennis Rockstroh. August 8, 2007.

Channel 12 News
iPhone hysteria leading to many scams. August 3, 2007.

Mo’ iPhone, Mo’ Problems (And Good Stuff Too). July 21, 2007.

Death Threat Hoax Found Online. July 11, 2007.

Scam Alert 7 – Puppy Scams. July 5, 2007.

IPhone scams ramp up, target overeager buyers. Gregg Keizer. July 2, 2007.
Urban legends outlawed … April Fools’! Herb Weisbaum. March 26, 2007.

The Herald
Ignore scams that offer overpayments. Mike Benbow. March 26, 2007.

Dayton Daily News
Watchdog groups warn of identity fraud at tax time. Kristin McAllister. March 23, 2007.

Tips to avoid getting duped online. Jean Hudson. January 21, 2007.

Eyewitness News
Protect Your Kids from Internet Scams. Tenikka Smith. January 9, 2007

Click chic: Where to find some of the best deals and designs on the Internet. December 4, 2006,0,2560581.story

Fox News
Victims Still Falling Prey to Nigerian E-Mail Scam. November 29, 2006,2933,232500,00.html

The Monitor
Internet Fraud and You: Staying safe on the Net. August 20,2006.

Associated Press
Are you scam savvy? July 18, 2006

San Jose Mercury News
Action Line: Jury duty scam, more appear on handy blog. July 1, 2006.

NPR All Things Considered
Hundreds Arrested in Mass-Marketing Scam. May 2006.

WAMU FM (NPR) Tech Tuedsay
Combatting Cyber-Crime. May 30, 2006 – iTunes Podcast

Cool Site of the Day is Cool Site of the Day. May 28, 2006.

ABC Radio Network
The Satellite Sisters talk to Audri about clever scams, viruses, and urban legends. May 25, 2006

Bottom Line/Personal
SCAMMED! What We All Can Learn from These Real-Life Victims. May 1, 2006
(local copy of the Bottom Line/Personal article)

Your Guide To Shopping Online November 28, 2005

CNN International
Katrina scams mushroom: After every disaster, the con artists come out of the woodwork to bilk well-meaning Americans. September 9, 2005.

Charity scams. 5 Tips: How to make sure you’re really giving to a charity. September 9, 2005.

International Herald Tribune
Katrina relief effort draws Web scammers. September 9, 2005.

United Press International
Electronic Con Artists Using Katrina. September 9, 2005.

New York Times
After the Storm, the Swindlers. Excellent front page story by Tom Zeller on Hurricane Katrina scams. September 8, 2005.

The Wall Street Journal
Online Scams Solicit Katrina Donations, Risk Identity Theft. September 8, 2005.,,SB112614471129734872,00.html (subscription required)

San Francisco Chronicle
Hurricane relief scams proliferate on Internet. Opportunistic frauds, come-ons more prevalent than past disasters. September 8, 2005.

The Charleston Gazette
Giving without getting taken: Want to help out hurricane victims? Watch out for scams. September 8, 2005.

Disaster Relief Network
Relief turns to Internet. September 6, 2005.

St. Petersburg Times
A chorus of voices from the storm. September 4, 2005.

Broadband Reports
Katrina Scams: Internet parasites emerge. September 2, 2005.

CNN International
Beware Hurricane Katrina scams. September 1, 2005.

A New Identity Theft Scam Almost No One Knows About. August 24, 2005.

San Jose Mercury News

Action Line: Supposed phone scam turns out to be a sham. January 20, 2005. (free reg required)

Watch for internet scams in wake of tragic tsunami. Scambusters has a good rundown of the types of scams doing the rounds and advice on how to avoid them. January 20, 2005.,2106,3162205a28,00.html


Groups Warn Of Tsunami Scams. The millions of dollars donated to relief efforts in Southeast Asia have brought criminals and scammers out of the woodwork. ScamBusters is quoted three times. January 7, 2005.

New York Times

F.B.I. Warns of Internet Frauds That Capitalize on Tsunami. The schemes have included unsolicited e-mail messages seeking money and a phony Web site capable of depositing a virus on computers. ScamBusters is described as ‘one of the oldest and most comprehensive online clearinghouses for information about Internet fraud.’ January 6, 2005. (archive)

Eureka Times-Standard
Don’t get conned — check out Scambusters: “One of the best sources for information on new frauds, hoaxes and urban legends is a website run by Jim and Audri Lanford called Scambusters.” June 12, 2004.,1413,127~2896~2209220,00.html

San Jose Mercury News

Credit Card Warning: May 29, 2004 Internet ScamBusters alert about credit card fraud — it’s about halfway down the page.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Scam artists are getting better at victimizing small businesses: Elizabeth Olson of The New York Times gives many examples of how clever scam artists are becoming in this May 10, 2004 article.

New York Times

When the Check in the Mail is a Bill: April 22, 2004 article by Elizabeth Olson that includes some excellent information on phishing scams. (No longer available free online)

National Public Radio

Listen to NPR’s Bill Delaney February 24, 2004 interview Audri Lanford about the newest on the Nigerian fee scam — including the main reason why people get taken in — on Here and Now. Click here for audio link (scroll down to ‘Internet Scams’).

New York Times

E-Mail scam almost fools family: In this January 24, 2004 article, Eugene Driscoll sheds light on a fairly new, huge car scam. (No longer available online)

Chicago Sun Times

If e-mails ask for current billing info, throw them back: Andy Ihnatko, in this January 20, 2004 article, exposes a number of current phishing scams.


Work at Home Scams
: We’re honored to again be included in Forbes Best of the Web, this time in the Summer 2003 article, “Homepage Hucksters,” which is about Web schemes that prey on the newly unemployed:

CNN / Money

Burden of Spoof
: Les Christie’s excellent article about how scammers use fake Web sites to steal your credit card number and your identity:

PC World

Avoid Iraqi Cons Online
: An excellent article on Iraqi scams by Charles Bermant (you’ll see Internet ScamBusters quoted heavily, btw).,aid,110343,00.asp

NY Post

Flower Spam Scam a Hackers’ Flytrap
: Anne Becker’s September 28, 2003 article on the 1-800-Flowers scam is no longer available free online.

PC Magazine

Dot-Con Artists
: The Federal Trade Commission has produced a new Web site designed to curb fraud and con games on the Internet… (no longer available online)

The New York Times

A New Caveat for eBay Users: Seller Beware
: Putting Your Family Heirlooms Up for Bids May Make You a Target for Credit Card Fraud

Forbes Best of the Web

We’re pleased to announce that Internet ScamBusters has earned the Forbes “Best of the Web
” designation and has also appeared in the print version of Forbes’ Best of the Web. <blush>: &category=Guard+Dogs&ToUse=Investing

Entrepreneur Magazine Online

Scram, Scam!
If you sell on the Web, know that fraud is part of the e-commerce game. Don’t let thieves get the best of you. (no longer available online)

Larry Chase’s Web Digest For Marketers

Email Newsletters Worthy of Your Time: The Net’s often compared to the Wild Wild West. Like that bygone era, there are plenty of charlatans out there. Scambusters
keeps you posted on what to watch out for. Over 50,000 have subscribed:”


Guard Dogs
(no longer available free online) :

CIO Magazine

“Mailicious” Conduct

National Public Radio:

Phishing scams
: NPR’s Alex Chadwick interviews Audri Lanford about the newest Internet scams on Day to Day. (for audio link scroll down to ‘Avoiding Internet Fraud Traps’).

BusinessWeek Online


March 3, 1997 (subscription required):


Web Merchants Stung by Fraud


ScamBusters Digs Up Dirt on Online Fraud
(no longer available online)


The dark side of online shopping

Age-old scams find new home on Net


Fraud Follows Buyers Onto Web
(no longer available online)


Today’s Incredibly Useful Site: Spotting Fakes Online – ScamBusters provides some great tips in Yahoo Internet Life’s
Incredibly Useful Site of the Day. (no longer available online)

Schemes, Scams and Savin’ a Buck

FTC Moves on Net Fraud
(no longer available online)

Houston Chronicle
: On the Edge
Sometimes These Things Are True