Top Five Online Scams

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“Complaints about online fraud nearly doubled from 2003 to 2004, according to a December 2004 report by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. Research firm Gartner estimates that nearly 10 million Americans were hit by online fraudsters last year–largely due to a wave of phishing e-mails seeking to steal users’ identities.

Thousands of con artists, grifters, fraudsters, and other denizens of the dark are trolling for victims online. Can you recognize online fraud when you see it? Here’s a quick guide to the Top 5 scams and schemes you’re most likely to find on the ‘Net.”

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