I’ve been using the Internet since 1997, way before the invention of popular social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. Since then, I’ve seen my fair share of email scams, hoaxes, and other types of cyberspace spam. I’ve even fallen for some of them myself. Chances are, if you haven’t fallen victim to any of these scams, you’ve at least come pretty close.
Cybercrime is a very lucrative business for Internet con artists, and this is why these scams are so prevalent across the web. Thieves are out to steal your money, and if they can’t get you to directly hand over the password to your online bank account, they’ll try to steal your identity or infect your computer with spyware – which, in turn, can be used to procure personal information to access your money.