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New Internet scams that can leave you out of pocket

iPod scam

Does an advertisement sound too good to be true? That's because it probably is! Still, the pyramid schemes never fail to attract some foolhardy people.

Pyramid schemes that supposedly bring you cheap equipment can really leave you out of pocket.This became known as the iPod scam simply because that's the piece of equipment most often used as bait. The player is small, desirable and fairly expensive, so the opportunity to get one for free or for as little as $20 is very attractive. You'll find the offer on an auction site or advertised via spam. What's being sold is information, not the item itself. There's nothing to stop anyone from selling a document and so the advert simply makes the document sound tempting. The classic example of this kind of scheme is typified by the newspaper ad that said 'Get rich quick!! Send $5 for full instructions.' Fuelled by greed, the victim duly sent off the money, figuring that it was an amount that he or she could afford to lose. Back came a document explaining that the way to get rich quick is to place a newspaper ad that says 'Get rich quick!! Send $5 for full instructions.' The iPod scam is a little more sophisticated, but it still involves recruiting others to your cause. Details vary, but the usual form is that you're asked to get five or ten friends to sign up for particular offers or to buy a product. They, in turn, do the same with their own circle of friends. In theory, you eventually gain enough credit with the scheme to get your free equipment. In practice, the organizer of the scam receives lots of free marketing and often quite a lot of money into the bargain, but you're unlikely to manage to earn an iPod without making them very rich indeed. You might be better off saving up for an iPod instead.

Web sites that you don't want to see.

Lots of internet users constantly fall in these type of internet website. some even install unsafe add-ons to your Internet Explorer without your knowledge. These scams are constantly evolving and so you need a program that will keep up to date to remove it.

Spybot S&D is a good option, as is Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE. Spybot is freely available but it isn't strictly freeware. Its development and support costs need to be raised from somewhere and therefore donations are encouraged. Head to http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html  to learn more about the program and to find download links.
The program works in a similar way to an anti-virus utility. It scans your PC for known spyware, checking it against a list of signature files. You'll need to regularly update this list to stay protected. To do this, select Update from the options on the left-hand side of the main program window and click Search for Updates to find and download updated components. If any are found, choose to download and install them.
To run a scan, choose Search and Destroy and click Check for problems. Those identified by Spybot are arranged in groups as they are found. Click the plus sign next to a group to view all the items within it. Items selected with a tick are slated for removal. With all the items you want to remove ticked, click Fix Selected Problems.
Spybot also enables you to protect your computer against future Spyware infections. Choose Immunize to find potential vulnerabilities in your system. Fix these by clicking the Immunize button marked with a green cross. This blocks known unsafe add-ons to Internet Explorer.



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