Would you fall for crafty new e-mail scams?

It isn’t just the tech illiterate that are likely to fall victim to online fraud. Sophisticated new schemes could catch even the savviest folks off guard.

A recent CIO.com story highlights some new e-mail scams out there today, which have taken steps beyond the usual Nigerian prince and pharmaceutical-selling scams.

One new tactic involves the scammers buying an item that victim as put for sale online. The scammer mails a check for more than the cost of the item, and asks the seller to wire the difference to correct the “mistake.” Then the seller’s bank sees that the check is a counterfeit and can’t deposit the money in the seller’s account.

Other scams lately have played off of current events, including one e-mail offering folks compensation because of the BP oil spill (of course, recipients were told they needed to send personal information to get the money).

You and your users can keep up on the latest scams by visiting the FTC’s OnGuard Online site. The government also asks that people forward all fraudulent e-mails to spam@uce.gov, so officials can keep up-to-date on new fraud tactics.

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