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Hacker

A person who infiltrates a computer system, usually in order to gather information. A hacker finds a way past the system's protocols. Some hackers do this simply for the thrill, though many others hack for nefarious purposes. For example, a hacker may be hired by a company or government to conduct espionage on a competitor or enemy. Other hackers freelance in order to find things like credit card numbers to facilitate identity theft and other crimes. However, the word is not always used in a negative context.
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Hire and crash Where the scammers hire a car and stage an accident with another vehicle, usually someone they know.
The second reason could be the inability of Google's systems to catch these scammers. Google has been pushing artificial intelligence and machine learning in its systems to make them more efficient.
"It's a huge problem," says Doug Shadel, state director of AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) Washington, who says the organization's fraud center receives thousands of calls every month from people targeted by scammers.
The scammers then attempt to talk you into moving your money out of your existing pension scheme and into some other form of high-risk investments, which the callers will argue come with all sorts of guaranteed returns or the chance to unlock some of the cash in your pension to spend now.
In each case, the scammers call their victim and demand immediate payment of unpaid tax.
"By being aware and staying ahead of scammers, we can stop them winning and keep the country's money safe and secure."
"They (the scammers) are very realistic, so that's why we're very concerned," she said.
These scammers say they are from a government body or a bank and that you are owed money, usually a refund of over-charged fees or taxes.
When you are skimming your Facebook newsfeed, it's often a split-second decision to hit the "like" button -- so it's no surprise that scammers are starting to take advantage.
COMMON SCAMS ACCORDING to the FOS, the most common ones are: | Upfront payment fees When scammers ask you to pay fees to release compensation payouts or loans, and traders disappearing after payments are made.
The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers Thursday of telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for nonexistent taxes, such as the "Federal Student Tax."