The Internet is full of cybercriminals in order to benefit from the ingenuity of others, but some virtual scams are especially bizarre. From crowdfunding fake fake products to computer hijacking with a ransom demand and even a Tinder frame. You need to be attentive and very careful on the web with your information and your money to avoid being scammed. In the list below, check out five curious scams that have happened in recent years.
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1. Scam of the hidden Christmas friend
The coup of the hidden Christmas friend has been circulating on the Internet for some years, at the time of the holiday season. On Facebook, Reddit, forums and other networks, messages are posted inviting users to a promising action. The text varies, but one of them asks six women to buy each one a gift worth at least US $ 10, about R $ 38, and send it to an address to be informed later, privately, and in return the participant would receive between six and 36 present.
Message summons users for false exchange of gifts Photo: Reproduo / Evansville
It is a chain that propagates a pyramid scheme. A majority of people at the bottom channel money or products to the top, where a tiny minority takes advantage over the loss of many. The practice is illegal. But that's not all. When participating in this supposed exchange of gifts, the user can also have his personal data stolen and used in criminal actions.
2. Collective financing of false artificial gills
A company called Triton started a campaign at Indiegogo to finance a small device that, according to them, would allow perfect breathing under water. In a few days, US $ 850,000 was raised, equivalent to more than R $ 3 million. To be able to dive for long periods without huge and heavy air tanks would be great, but the device proposed by the company is scientifically impossible.
Impossible device to breathe underwater had successful crowdfunding Photo: Reproduo / Triton
The explanation for the operation of the invention was that it would be able to filter oxygen from seawater. However, oxygen makes up less than 1% of ocean water, while a human's lungs consume, on average, half a liter of air with each inhalation. As marine biologist Alistair Dove explained to the Craked website, the device would need to filter 90 liters of water per minute, using a battery more efficient than any existing today.
After the negative repercussion, in April 2016, Triton canceled the campaign and returned the money to supporters. But they did not give up and relaunched the project, this time revealing the fact that the product requires the use of refillable liquid oxygen containers. That is, no new technology.
3. Dozens of men fall for Tinder
In New York, a man met a woman on Tinder, chatted for a while and made an appointment. She asked him to watch a DJ friend's concert in a square and then have drinks in the area. Arriving at the site, he found around 150, 200 men somewhat confused. Until the woman came on stage, introduced herself and announced: I have a confession, you are all here today for a date with me.
Natasha Aponte said she was tired of dating apps and wanted her suitors to participate in a competition to win the right to date her. Astonished, some soon left, but many remained and underwent a series of bizarre activities.
Woman takes over a hundred men to compete for a date with her Photo: Reproduo / Inside Edition
The woman soon disqualified people with certain characteristics, such as being less than five feet tall or having been rejected in their last relationship. Those who were left did push-ups, ran a race and formed a line, so she could decide who would go on and who wouldn't. They also had a minute to explain why they wanted to be with her.
The story, which happened in August this year, went viral and left everyone perplexed. It was later revealed that it was a frame produced by Rob Bliss, the director of a viral marketing agency responsible for famous videos. The goal would be to criticize the banality of relationships mediated by apps like Tinder. A video released by Rob and Natasha explains everything.
4. Ransomware has a ransom note
In April, a ransomware was discovered that, when infecting a computer, encrypts files, shuffles their names and adds the .whiterose extension to them. Ransomware is a type of malware that hijacks the victim's machine and demands a cash ransom. In the case of White Rose, the ransom request is somewhat curious.
Ransomware victim receives a power ransom message Photo: Reproduo / Bleeping Computer
The message, written in the form of a poem, tells the story of an isolated and lonely hacker surrounded by white roses in a garden. The author then states that he wants to share the flowers with the world, encrypting the PC and turning it into a rose. The good news is that the malware has already been deciphered and can be eliminated without any payment to criminal creatives. If you are targeting White Rose, search for the solution on the web.
5. The inheritance of the prince of Nigeria
The Nigerian prince's coup is an old acquaintance of Internet users and has already become a joke, but even today it is still capable of making victims. There are many variations, but usually the criminal sends an email saying that the recipient is a distant relative and the last descendant of a respected member of the Nigerian aristocracy, who has just died, leaving behind a millionaire inheritance. The target, of course, has his personal data and a sum of money requested for the transfer to be carried out.
Traditional scams by Nigerian criminals are common Photo: Reproduction / Reddit
Today, however, the scammers in Nigeria are not limited to this classic and work with several virtual frauds. There is an organized community of young people who make the practice a profession and earn millions of dollars every year. The boys use social networks, dating services, real estate listings and even international babysitting agencies to deliver scams. From crude messages about lottery prizes to more sophisticated frames. In most cases, the tactic is to work out a convincing enough situation for the victim to send as much money as possible.