I've mentioned the first scam before: Account Debiting Objects. It's possible to script an object to take $L from its owner. If you are given (or buy) such an object, when you rez it in world, it sends you a message:
The second scam is fairly new to SL, but it's been around the web for years: phishing. Someone can send you a link...in local chat, IM, group chat, on a notecard...and if you click the link, it takes you to what looks to the casual eye like a normal Second Life website sign in page. But, if you enter your user name and password, the scammer has them, and can then log in as you. He can pay all your money to another of his accounts, or change your password, or even use your account to commit serious Terms of Service violations. This type of phishing scam is becoming more common lately, possibly because we don't expect to encounter phishing on the grid. But you should be careful of ANY link you click on, especially if it's given to you by a stranger.
|Check the URL of strange websites. This is the Genuine Article|
Be careful out there, OK?