The 10 Worst Internet Scams for 2005

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Internet ScamBusters, one of the oldest and most comprehensive online clearinghouses for information about Internet scams, predicts the 10 biggest online threats you need to watch out for to stay safe in 2005.

2004 was a very big year for Internet scams, but most experts agree that 2005 will be even bigger. Internet ScamBusters, one of the oldest and most comprehensive online clearinghouses for information about Internet scams, has created a 'Top 10' list of predictions for the biggest online threats you need to watch out for to stay safe in 2005.

"The list contains a couple of surprises, including #5, more personal and targeted attacks, and #7, new threats to mobile devices," says Dr. Audri G. Lanford, Co-Editor of Internet ScamBusters. "In addition, #2 on the list are more sophisticated 'phishing' scams, a class of scams that did not even exist two years ago," Dr. Lanford continued.

Identity theft tops the list, since it was the largest security issue in 2004, and it will most likely grow even faster in 2005.

Here is Internet ScamBusters' Top 10 List of the Worst Internet Scams for 2005:

10. New job postings threats.

9. New, more 'creative' variants of the Nigerian scam.

8. Sale of vehicles on auction sites and elsewhere.

7. New threats to mobile devices.

6. New lottery scams.

5. More personal and targeted attacks.

4. New, more dangerous viruses, worms, and trojans.

3. New spyware threats.

2. More sophisticated phishing scams.

1. Bigger identity theft problems.

You can view the entire list of the 10 worst Internet scams for 2005, with details about each trend, here.

http://www.scambusters.org/internetscams.html

About Internet ScamBusters

Internet ScamBusters, the #1 publication on Internet fraud, shows you how to protect yourself from clever scammers -- online and offline. Established in November 1994, it is a public service by Audri and Jim Lanford that includes a free weekly email newsletter. Internet ScamBusters offers a lively, entertaining and opinionated approach to avoiding the most popular scams, viruses, spyware and urban legends making the rounds.

Contact Information:

Audri G. Lanford, Ph.D.

Internet ScamBusters

828-262-5885

http://www.scambusters.org

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