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"We apologise for the previous apology" - NZ gov dept in email CC: double-blunder

A government department in New Zealand has had to apologise twice after mixing up CC: and BCC: when apologising for mixing up CC: and BCC:.

It's a really easy mistake to make, so take a moment to remind yourself why it's a bad idea...

Rihanna sex video event scam spreads on Facebook

Rihanna sex video event scam spreads on Facebook

Be on your guard if you see any of your Facebook friends post a message about an alleged Rihanna sex video.

"STOP CONTACTING THOSE B*!%£RDS"

"STOP CONTACTING THOSE B*!@#RDS"

Although you may not be duped by email scams, it's perfectly possible that you know someone elderly or vulnerable who might be. Always be on the lookout on their behalf, as a surprising number of easily exploited people have become financial victims in the past.

Monday review - the hot 24 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time.

Here's everything we've written in the past seven days.

Arsenal Lotto scam spammed out via PowerPoint file

Arsenal Lotto scam spammed out via PowerPoint

Scammers use desperate measures in their attempt to trick you into believing you have won a lottery run by Arsenal Football Club.

Smart octogenarian foils scammer who said he would buy item via PayPal

Smart octagenrian foils scammer who said he would buy item via PayPal

A man in his eighties tries to sell a generator for his friend online.

When a potential buyer asks to send his payment through via PayPal - what could possibly go wrong?

Budget airline impersonated by Facebook hoaxer and malware spammers

Australian airline Jetstar in double cybertrouble - impersonated by Facebook hoaxer and malware spammers

Budget Australian airline Jetstar is suffering a double dose of cyberpain today.

First up was a hoaxer who managed to create a Facebook persona called "Jetstar Australia". Next came a malware spam campaign masquerading as a Jetstar flight itinerary...

Share via email "Friends" spam via The Daily Mail leads to 419 scam

Share via email "Friends" spam via The Daily Mail leads to 419 scam

Spammers seem not to realise that Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross stopped being Friends years ago.

TNS24 - a fake courier company website, used by online scammers

TNS24 - a fake courier company website, used by online scammers

Look out for Photoshop disasters by fraudsters and scammers.

Facebook Black? Beware widespread scam hitting social networkers

Facebook Black? Users told to be wary of widespread scam

Want to change your Facebook from blue to black?

Maybe it's time to exercise a little self-restraint, because scammers are hard at work tricking users into completing their money-making scams.

"Free $100 McDonald's Gift Card" is a Facebook scam

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Hungry for a few dozen hamburgers? Your stomach will continue to rumble, plus your blood pressure will likely go up, if you click on a Facebook survey scam offering "Free $100 McDonald's Gift Card".

A million dollars, the Internet Crime Complaint Center and Naked Security - the ingredients for a scam

A million dollars, the Internet Crime Complaint Center and Naked Security - the ingredients for a scam

An email scam is using a Naked Security news story about the arrest of a gang of suspected credit card fraudsters, in an attempt to scam innocent internet users.

Free iPad Mini scam spreads via Facebook rogue application

Free iPad Mini scam spreads via Facebook rogue application

Facebook users are being targeted in a scam that offers them the opportunity to get their hands on a free iPad Mini.

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Fake Tesco/Asda voucher scammers on Facebook hit with large fines

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Two firms have been fined a total of £450,000 (approximately US $720,000) for running a series of scams on Facebook.

The scams, which claimed to offer free vouchers and supermarket gift cards for the likes of Tesco and Asda,resulted in members of the public signing-up for expensive premium-rate phone services.

FTC announces international crack down on bogus support call scam

FTC announces international crack down on bogus support call scam

The US Federal Trade Commission announced a crackdown on a widespread phone-based scam that tricked tens of thousands of computer owners, worldwide, into purchasing bogus computer cleanup services.

"Omg this is so cool!" Pinterest hack feeds spam to Twitter and Facebook

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Another rash of account takeovers on the photo-sharing site Pinterest has spilled over onto Twitter and Facebook, as spammers take advantage of linked accounts.

Beware! Free Apple products used as lure in text scams

Free Apple products used as lure in text scams

Could an Apple iPad, iPhone or MacBook be yours for free?

Afraid not - that SMS text message you received is a scam.

18 months later, and Facebook Profile Viewer rogue apps still successfully tricking users

18 months later, and Facebook still failing to stop Profile Viewer rogue apps

Facebook does not give you any way to find out who has been viewing your profile.

Any application or link which claims it can reveal to you who has should be treated with great suspicion.