Financial Woes Prompt Surge in Online Scams

Cybercriminals have launched a massive new wave of Internet-based schemes to steal personal data and carry out financial scams in an effort to take advantage of the fear and confusion created by tumbling financial markets, security specialists say. The schemes -- often involving online promotions touting fake computer virus protection, get-rich scams and funny or lurid videos -- already were rising last fall when financial markets took a dive.

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