City Desk

People Selling Things On The Internet In D.C. Are Frauds

Okay, not all of you. Emily Babay points to an FBI report that shows internet transaction crime is up 31 percent in the District, 49 percent in Virginia, and 73 percent in Maryland.

But of particular interest is the list of states in which the most perpetrators reside: Though not a state, D.C. is at #5 on the list, after California, Florida, New York, and Texas. (The second half of the top ten: Washington, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.)

Also of note, somewhere, somehow people are still falling for the following scams:

  1. Unsolicited "mystery shopper" opportunities
  2. When a response to an (unusually cheap) rental posting garners a message from a "missionary" who is abroad and needs the interested party to send cash in exchange for apartment keys
  3. "I'm stranded in London and have no money!" email from a friend whose account has been hacked
  4. "You won a sweepstakes!" Just pay some processing fees, first.
  5. Haiti donations

Sadly, my personal favorite, the fake Paypal phishing emails, didn't make the list.

Photo by eulifer via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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