Helping people with computers... one answer at a time. is a web site and resource dedicated to educating people about keeping themselves safe from internet scams in all forms.

Anyone who's been a reader of Ask Leo! for some time knows that in addition to technical topics I often cover many issues related to the non-technical side of keeping yourself safe on the internet. Things like account theft, phishing, privacy and more are all common themes that show up in my inbox as people ask me questions every day.

ScamBusters is a site run by my friends Jim and Audri Lanford who are dedicated to providing education and information to educate and protect folks like you and me from the vast array of schemes and scams that are out on the internet.

At you'll find tons of free resources on how to avoid scams, identity theft threats, and urban legends that are making the rounds.

It's not just me who recognizes the service provided by! If you have a look at their press page you'll see that ScamBusters is regularly used as a resource and reference by mainstream press outlets like CNN, The New York Times, AP, The Wall Street Journal and more. At the other end of the spectrum, I was very pleased to see ScamBusters listed as a reference in a handout I received not long ago while attending a local "Keep Your Kids Safe" presentation for parents.

"ScamBusters is regularly used as a resource and reference by mainstream press outlets .."

There are so many scams out on the internet these days it's sometimes hard to know what's legitimate and what's real. Yes, of course some are so obviously fake as to be silly - though you'd probably be surprised at how many people still fall for them. On the other hand, though, are some very sophisticated attempts to steal your money or even your identity. ScamBusters provides the resources you need to cut through the crap and tell truth from fiction.

It's important for us all to become better educated about Internet Safety. is a great place to start.

I recommend 'em.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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July 8, 2008 3:56 AM

This is the first time i heard about this website , but anyway i see it's very useful to be found a website talk about internet scams and how to make the internet more safety for us.

Thanks leo for your definition about this website.

February 14, 2009 5:21 AM

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Pleasae cheack this company is scam or not

December 20, 2011 11:35 AM

Call me suspicious, but scams look like scams [imho]. I find it comparable to someone approaching you on the street, and asking the same question or you to take the same action. Well, comparable except for one can't see the person. It's the classic scenario of "psst, hey you - yeah you, come over here" coming from the dark inky shadows of an alley. Don't pay attention, don't respond.

December 20, 2011 12:06 PM

With Leo's permission, and his right to edit:

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce another entity that serves to advise and protect against the classic 419 scammers.

[A 419 fraud; any of the various advance-fee frauds in which the scammer solicits up front payments promising large sums of money]

The group, known as the 419eaters, spend part of each day running elaborate cons on the Internet scammers. They consider themselves enforcers of justice.

Act One. Hanging In Chad.(29 minutes)

Funny and educational. Like scambusters, these fine people devote their personal time and efforts doing their best to protect us from scams.

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