The ‘Scammiest’ Words on the Internet

Warning: Scams Ahead

Spend enough time surfing the Internet, and you just might develop a sixth sense for scams. Sometimes it’s a matter of a Web page that just doesn’t look right or an offer that sounds too good to be true, but often it’s just a matter of spotting the words and phrases that tend to be pop up with great frequency on scam Web sites. And we’re not just referring to obvious buzzwords like the spam-filter-evading “v1agra,” but also such seemingly innocuous words as “congratulations” and “free.” Indeed, detecting such keywords in context became the basis of a tool developed by online security firm PC Tools to flag suspicious sites. The company gave us a look at some of the keywords that set off its software’s alarm bells. Here are a few. Photo Credit: ToastyKen