What Will Be The 10 Worst Internet Scams In 2008?

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Scambusters.org predicts the top Internet scams to watch out for to stay safe in 2008.

We believe there will be a new category of scams that makes the 2008 Top 10 List, most likely related social networking sites.

The year 2007 was a record year for Internet scams, yet most experts agree that 2008 will be even bigger. The editors of Scambusters.org, a public service website that has been helping people protect themselves from Internet scams since 1994, have created their fourth annual 'Top 10' list of predictions for the biggest online threats you need to watch out for to stay safe in 2008.

"Identity theft continues to hold the top position, and we predict phishing scams will be the number two scam for 2008," states Dr. Audri Lanford, Co-Director of Scambusters.org. "Perhaps most surprising is that there hasn't been a new large category of scams in three years, which is frankly shocking to us," says Dr. Lanford. "We believe there will be a new category of scams that makes the 2008 Top 10 List, most likely related social networking sites."

Here is the complete list of predictions for the Top Ten Internet scams for 2008.

10. New category of scams.
9. Pump and dump scams.
8. Online dating scams.
7. Spyware threats.
6. Overpayment scams.
5. Viruses, worms and Trojans.
4. Nigerian scams -- with many new twists.
3. Lottery scams.
2. Phishing scams.
1. Identity theft scams.

You can find out how well (or poorly) Scambusters.org did with their 2007 predictions and discover more about these Internet scams here.

About Scambusters.org

Scambusters.org is a public service that has been helping people protect themselves from Internet fraud since 1994. Founded by Co-Directors Audri and Jim Lanford, Scambusters.org provides a free weekly email newsletter that shows you how to protect yourself from cunning scammers -- online and offline. Scambusters.org offers a lively, entertaining and opinionated approach to avoiding the most popular scams, viruses, spyware, phishing scams, identity theft ploys, credit card fraud schemes, and urban legends making the rounds.

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