Con-artists and scams

Magic, con-artists & scams: How the old becomes new again

As you get older, you realize that in any profession, career or skill, there are about 50 common formulas or rules that get used over and over again – often in very creative ways.

Some of the most popular cons out there right now are simply variants on classic cons that have been around for many years. This post takes a look at some of these cons, and how to avoid getting taken by them.

Jennifer Lawrence & the iCloud photo leak: How to avoid it happening to you

Jennifer Lawrence & the iCloud photo leak: How to avoid it happening to you

Yesterday, several hundred photos of celebrities that took naked or partially naked “selfies” were posted online. Included were several compromising pictures of one of the biggest names in Hollywood right now, Jennifer Lawrence. The leak appears to involve the theft of these photos from Apple’s iCloud service, which automatically backs up phones to remote cloud…

Money

How to avoid investment scams (Investigate financial advisers using little or no money)

A few days ago, the Los Angeles Times reported that Irvine Police Department detectives had arrested three people in connection with an elaborate plot to defraud more than a dozen people for nearly a million dollars. As the case unfolds, there is no doubt this number will go even higher. The scheme was not elaborate,…