Affinity Scams

Affinity Scams and Fraud: How They Work

Affinity scammers exploit commonality—deploying familiarity as a weapon. Here’s what you need to know.
Sara Ganim

Sara Ganim and Karen Given Have No Affinity for Coco Berthmann

Two award-winning journalists explore a scammer’s troubled mind and dubious claims and introduce us to affinity scams.
mail theft

Alexander’s Client Sends a Thief Oodles of Boodles via Check

Scammers don’t always need quantum computing or even much in the way of tactics. Sometimes, they can just steal your mail.
Data poisoning

Why is Data Poisoning Dangerous?

Will Data Poisoning Be the Next Frontier for Cyberattacks and Misinformation?
Kathy Stokes, AARP

AARP Anti-Fraud Tzar Kathy Stokes Gets Real about Online Crime

A new study from the AARP confirms what most of us feared: Scammers aren’t ageist.
Data poisoning

What Data Poisoning Is and How It Could Transform ChatGPT into a Potent Cyberweapon

Data poisoning in deep-learning and artificial intelligence environments may impact the future of mis- and disinformation campaigns and even malware. Here’s what you need to know.
Nadine - Trademark

Nadine’s Trademark Filing Triggers a Spoof Call that Leaves a Mark

When Nadine told the government that she wanted to protect a trademark, she also alerted a criminal.
Puppy scammer

Carl’s Nasty Puppy Scammer Leads Him to the Cutest Surprise

A couple tried to adopt a puppy after they lost their beloved lab and they found one that was perfect, except it didn’t exist.
Deepfake sextortion

FBI Warns of Uptick in Deepfake-Based Sextortion Schemes

Sextortion scams featuring targeted AI “deepfake” participants are becoming more common. Here’s what you need to know.
David Maimon

David Maimon on the Spike in Driver’s License Fraud

A professor of criminology says drivers’ licenses are the new skeleton key to your identity.