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Match.com is latest dating site to be hacked

If being single isn't tough enough, all the baddies on the internet are going after their dating profiles. AshleyMadison was the big profile hack, complete with leaks, and now, Match.com has been compromised as well. A security alert was issued by an outfit called Malwarebytes, and they noted that the dating site was hacked and has…

Halfords Autocentre fined £47,000 after uncover investigation

An undercover operation found that a Halfords Autocentre failed to fix 11 out of 20 defects that had been deliberately left by Trading Standards. The watchdog sent an illegal Vauxhall Astra with broken and missing light bulbs, irregular tyre pressures, oil leaks and faulty windscreen wipers to the centre in Filton, Bristol. The car was…

Woman's £80k Bentley wrecked by a fake valet

In a triumph for minimum wage Walter White-esque jet sprayers everywhere, some over privileged woman’s Bentley got a valet car wash and ended up looking like this. Oops. Jessica Sawyer, from Bramhall, Cheshire, was distraught when the £80,000 Bentley GTC her mum bought for her for her 30th birthday was totalled after she put it…

Kwik Fit fitters are a bunch of tricky f****ers

Turns out that Kwik Fit mechanics are not the ones to trust – in fact, according to a new BBC1 consumer show, they regularly rip off customers by doing unnecessary work to their cars. The show, called Your Money, Their Tricks, brought 10 cars into various branches of Kwik Fit for their free brake and…

Kim Dotcom to bring you paranoid email!

If you're the kind of person who doesn't like the idea of ANYONE looking at your emails (what have you got in there? Naked selfies?), then you'll be pleased to hear that internet cad, Kim Dotcom, is bringing us all a Mega-style email, which is fully encrypted and basically snoop and government-proof. The terrorist alarm…

Spam SMS from loan companies - what you should (and shouldn't) do

Every couple of months we receive an email like this one from avid Bitterwallet reader Stephen. We keep receiving them because the world is still full of low-life loan companies that will do anything to take your money. So here's Stephen's dilemma, along with some background on about why businesses harass consumers with SMS messages:…

Get inside the head of a Nigerian scammer

In the year of our Lord that is 2010, who the bleeding hell still falls for the emails of Nigerian scammers? Plenty of folk. But who are these mystery folk who try to trick the world out of several thousand quid a pop? Scam Detectives recently published a three part interview with a convicted advance…

Why you should sack off donations to letterbox charities

When the lazy slackarses can be bothered to brave the weather, I probably get two or three plastic sacks pushed through my letterbox every week. Working independently of one another, these charities that want my family's second hand clothes fail to realise we don't have an endless stream of clothing we no longer wear, and…

Undated 20p pieces - what to do with yours, and the eBay scams

Ever since we featured the story about the undated 20p pieces worth hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of times more than their face value, we've received a fat stack of emails asking for advice on where and how to sell them. All to a man have turned down our beyond-generous offer of a quid…

E-Whores: Going Undercover into the Online Classifieds Dating Scams

The advent of superstore shopping has created a cultural backlash (what some might call the ‘Walmart mentality‘).  Internet junkies are seeking for everything from used VW golfs to ASUS laptops and bartending jobs, all on the same site. For a lonely few, the 'dating' and 'friendship' sections are only a mouse click away.  But seeking…