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Puerto Rico, A Territory in Recession, Falls Prey to a More Than $4 Million Online Scam

Authorities in Puerto Rico reported this week that hackers had targeted more than four million dollars in government funds in recent months. The attack unsettled lawmakers on the island, who criticized the vague explanations given by the government at a time when Puerto Rico is in a financial crisis. Read more...
Tags: Science, Scams, Hackers, Puerto Rico


Scammers have found a fertile field in Airbnb

Scammers have found a fertile field in Airbnb How many of you have used Airbnb as an alternative to a hotel or for an extended stay option?  Many times it works out well but like everything once successful the bad guys get into the game and scams begin and it all goes downhill from there.  Some sc...
Tags: Travel, Security, Business, Technology, News, Internet, Social Media, Sem, Scams, Cybercrime, Airbnb, Scam, Threats, Rentals, Hospitality, Vrbo


Twitter Ran Ads for Human Organs Because Money Is Money

Aside from pockets of overt racism, one of the more weirdly unpleasant corners of Twitter comes from its “promoted” content. What ostensibly started as a tool for big-name brands to drive the of whatever message they might be promoting, it’s since devolved into another kind of marketing tool…
Tags: Twitter, Science, Scams, Organs


Robo Revenge automates the process of suing telemarketers

Robo Revenge is the latest brainchild of Joshua Browder, creator of the robolawyer parking-ticket-fighting app called DoNotPay. Robo Revenge gives you a burner credit card, which provides its robolawyer with the contact info for the telemarketer, and then files a suit against them. Vice has more details: Robo Revenge combines both features to automatically add you to the Do Not Call Registry, generate a virtual DoNotPay burner credit card to provide scammers when they illegally call you anyways...
Tags: Post, News, Scams, Browder, Joshua Browder, Telemarketers


Please Do Not Drink Silver to Kill the Coronavirus

Wherever mass tragedy strikes, there will be vulturous hucksters looking to take advantage of people’s fears. The outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in China and other countries is no exception. Medical quacks are already trying to sell the very bad idea of swallowing silver to ward off the virus—something that’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Scams, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Elizabeth Holmes Gets Theranos Conspiracy Charges Thrown Out, Not Off the Hook Yet

A judge in the sprawling case against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and former company president Ramesh Sunny Balwani has thrown out some of the charges after her defense team argued prosecutors’ case was too broad and too vague, SFGate reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Startups, Science, Technology, Crime, Medicine, Fraud, Scams, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Blood Tests, Ramesh Sunny Balwani


Fake news network stole from legit sites, flooded Google News and Alerts. Report blames NASDAQ & Thomson Reuters ex-employees.

“A network of dozens of fake local news sites has been stealing content from major media organizations and flooding Google News and Alerts results for years,” says Craig Silverman. “I tracked the scheme back to a former NASDAQ and Thomson Reuters employee.” Source: MoniqueOMadan From the Buzzfeed News report: A BuzzFeed News investigation has identified a network of roughly 100 sites dating back to at least 2015 that have been plagiarizing stories from major news organizations, masqueradin...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Business, News, Media, Scams, North Carolina, Nasdaq, Google News, Thomson Reuters, Boston Globe, Tim, BuzzFeed News, Matt, Craig Silverman, Grifters


How the infamous India gem scam works

If you go to India, you might encounter a person there who quickly befriends you and tries to build up a relationship of trust over the next few days. It could be that they recognized you as a swell person deserving of their attention, or it could be they are setting you up for a long con involving fake gems, leaving you up to $60k poorer than before you got involved with them. This video has the details about this scam, which is reminiscent of an early Mamet movie. The takeaway: don't do bus...
Tags: Video, News, India, Scams, Travel Tips, Long Cons, Mamet


Shady home builder exposed

Detroit's Rob Wolchek (previously at Boing Boing) turns his ire on a local builder who has become notorious for shafting buyers of his superficially handsome disaster boxes. The scam works like this: the happy new home-owner takes out a construction loan but the builder gets the money. The builder never actually pays the suppliers and subcontractors, however, whose only remedy is to stop work when they realize and pursue the homeowner, who ends up with a half-built house and a mountain of li...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Scams, Detroit, Rob Wolchek


Popular internet scams to watch out for in 2020

The internet is filled with scammers looking to steal your private information.The Better Business Bureau has shared important information on the scams that are currently trending and ways that internet users can avoid them.Every internet user should also consider investing in a VPN like Private Internet Access for added safety and security. If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: the internet is not a safe place. As an educational tool and social connector it is amazing, but fo...
Tags: Privacy, Internet, California, Passwords, Scams, Data Breach, Hacking, Innovation, Nba, Vpn, Kobe Bryant, Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, BBB


6 fast ways to protect your computer from scammers, according to the FTC

In the first half of 2019, there were an estimated 3,800 data breaches that exposed over 4.1 billion financial, healthcare, and government records.According to cybersecurity experts, there is no such thing as a 100% safe internet. Fortunately, there are ways to make it harder for scammers and hackers to steal your information.VPNs, better password practices, and knowing how to spot a non-encrypted website are a few of the ways that internet users can protect themselves. If you're reading this...
Tags: Google, Privacy, Internet, Passwords, Germany, Scams, Data Breach, Hacking, Innovation, Romania, Vpn, Internet Safety, Symantec, Ftc, Norton


The cum-ex scam stole $60b from European tax authorities: it's monumentally boring, complicated, and very, very important

Cum-ex (previously) is a technical, boring financial engineering technique that lets fraudsters file multiple tax-refund claims for the same stock transactions (they called it "dividend arbitrage"); from 2006-2011, the EU's largest, most respectable banks, law firms, and investors used the scam to steal $60,000,000,000. Cum-ex is the kind of scam that the finance sector excels at: a socially useless financial engineering marvel that makes staggeringly rich people much richer, protected by a...
Tags: Post, New York, London, News, Finance, Senate, Eu, Scams, United States, New York Times, Dubai, Treasury, Banksters, Berger, Adam Smith, David Segal


Beware New Texting Scam That Looks Like FedEx Tracking Notifications

One of the few joys left in buying stuff online is getting a text alert that your package is on its way. But even that has become a cause for concern now thanks to a new scam that disguises scam texts as FedEx shipping notifications. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Scams, Psa, Texting, Phishing, Dont Get Scammed, Fedex Scam


New Text Message Scam Disguising Itself As FedEx Notification

(CNN) — It’s an exhilarating feeling we can all relate to — FedEx notifying you that your package has been delivered. But before you mindlessly click on that text message that looks like it’s from FedEx, take a second look because it could be a scam. Some people around the country are receiving text messages that show a supposed tracking code and link to “set delivery preferences.” The text is deceiving as it uses the recipient’s real name. The link directs people to a fake Amazon listing and th...
Tags: Amazon, News, Massachusetts, California News, Scams, Consumer News, Fedex, Don, Benitez, Bakersfield California, HowToGeek, Cable News Network Inc, WarnerMedia Company, Duxbury Police Department, Isabel Benitez


Illicit THC dealers are raking in the bucks on Instagram: Report

Not so dank, dudes. NBC News reports that “countless purveyors of illicit THC products” are selling illegal cannabis or fake cannabis products in plain sight on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms. “They are facilitating a public health crisis,” said Timothy Mackey, a professor at the University of California San Diego. His team has done extensive research on how social media platforms are used to sell various illicit products. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sa...
Tags: Health, Post, Crime, News, Instagram, Law, Weed, Cdc, Marijuana, New York City, Nbc News, Walmart, Scams, Cannabis, Pot, Vape


The Complete Guide to Avoiding Online Scams

We know—you’re too tech-savvy to be fooled by an online scam. But even the smartest among us can fall victim to internet trickery, and we’ve all got those friends and relatives who could use a little extra help with digital security.Read more...
Tags: Security, Scams, Lifehacks, Identity Theft, Online Banking


Be Careful What You Click: This Texas School District Lost $2.3 Million in a Phishing Scam

Given that it’s the beginning of a new year, it’s important to remember to be careful what you click on. A school district in Texas learned this the hard way when it lost approximately $2.3 million due to a phishing email scam. Read more...
Tags: Texas, Science, Cybersecurity, Scams, Phishing, Texas School District Lost


Be Careful What You Click On: This Texas School District Lost $2.3 Million in a Phishing Scam

Given that it’s the beginning of a new year, it’s important to remember to be careful what you click on. A school district in Texas learned this the hard way when it lost approximately $2.3 million due to a phishing email scam. Read more...
Tags: Texas, Science, Cybersecurity, Scams, Phishing, Texas School District Lost


That text informing you that you've been drafted into the US Army? It's fake. For now.

Apparently there's been a rash of fraudulent text messages informing recipients that they have been drafted in the United States Army and they should call the recruiting office immediately. I'd bet that the phone number is actually an international toll call and most of the fees go to the scammer, like the common "one-ring call" scams. From the US Army Recruiting Command: The decision to enact a draft is not made at or by U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The Selective Service System, a separate...
Tags: Post, News, Congress, Department Of Defense, Fraud, Scams, Military, Army, Drafts, US Army, Text Messages, United States Army, U S Army Recruiting Command, Wars, US Army Recruiting Command


Palm reader arrested for scamming $71,000 to banish demon from victim's daughter

Palm reader Tracey Milanovich, 37, of Somerset, Massachusetts, was arrested for conning $71,000 out of a client in cash and property. According to police, Milanovich "convinced the victim that her daughter was possessed by a demon, and that cash and household items were needed in order to banish the spirit from her daughter." From CNN: (Milanovich) is charged with six counts of obtaining property over $250 by trick, attempt to commit a crime, criminal harassment, larceny over $1,200 and int...
Tags: Post, News, Scams, Tracy, Cons, Criminals, Somerset Massachusetts, Frauds, Milanovich, Fall River District Court, Palm Reading, Tracey Milanovich


4 Tips For Avoiding Import And Export Scams

International trade is a significant and increasingly important point of focus for companies today. There are plenty of opportunities to be seized by trading across national borders but also some… Read more » The post 4 Tips For Avoiding Import And Export Scams appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
Tags: Business, International Trade, Scams, Tips, Export-import


UC Davis Students Targeted In Costly Employment Scheme

DAVIS (CBS13) — Scammers are preying on UC Davis students, taking thousands of dollars in a job scheme. Students are sent emails telling them they’ve been selected to be new employees of a company, then the company sends them an advance check only to tell the student they were “double paid.” They’re then told to send them the over-payment amount but deposit the rest of the money. That’s when the company stops payment on the check. The university said so far, several students have fallen for this...
Tags: News, Local, Scams, UC Davis, Farrow


Warn Your Parents About Gold and Silver Coin Scams

Here’s one more tricky topic to navigate with your family this holiday season: gold and silver retirement scams. An investigation by Quartz detailed these scams , which con seniors into moving their retirement funds to volatile precious metals investments. Gold and silver investment scams aren’t new, but they’ve been…Read more...
Tags: Retirement, Gold, Investing, Scams, Lifehacks, Senior Citizens, Retirement Savings


Hiring and Issues with Scam Online Applications

Hiring and Issues with Scam Online Applications   With the economy buzzing along and employment at a full time high — finding workers for seasonal part time employment is getting harder and harder.  However, these employers are now having to compete with scam employment opportunities to boot. The...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, Business, Technology, Internet, Employment, Linkedin, Blogging, Sem, Scams, Hacking, Employees, Identity-Theft, Radio_Show, Consumer


How DoorDash's New Payment Scheme Is Really Playing Out

Would you run an errand for just two bucks? How about $3? Maybe $4? These are the questions many delivery workers for the courier service DoorDash say they now face after the company instituted a new pay model paying out as little as $2 per job—a system that was meant to replace its previous, predatory wage model. And…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Scams, Delivery, Gig Economy, Doordash


Airbnb's easily gamed reputation system and poor customer service allow scammers to thrive

Vice's Allie Conti got scammed by an Airbnb host who promised her a really nice place, then made up a story about its toilets being clogged and shifted her to a derelict, filthy wreck of a house. When she tried to get her money back, she discovered that Airbnb had no effective systems for following up on the kind of scam she'd encountered, so she began digging. She discovered that her scammer had multiple identities on the service (Airbnb has long struggled with scammers, including commerc...
Tags: Travel, Google, Post, Usa, News, Scams, Chicago, Airbnb, Alex, Brittany, Ripoffs, Andrew, Kelsey, Rachel, Pete, Kris


Terrorists Win

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive came out all the way back in 2012—though it still has a large player base and its tie-ins with the Steam Community marketplace have remained active long after developer Valve’s attention mostly went elsewhere. Patch notes from Monday flagged by Vice News indicate that may have become a…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Technology, Video Games, Fraud, Scams, Cybercrime, Steam, Valve, Patch, Counter Strike, Csgo, Counter Strike Global Offensive


How the Razzle-Dazzle Game Takes All Your Money

This game is illegal. Razzle, aka Razzle-Dazzle, is a scam posing as a carnival or street game, where you roll marbles in a box collecting points. Popping up in Havana, New York, New Orleans, and curbs and parking lots across the U.S., it’s like Three-Card Monte, but more complicated, and better disguised as a real…Read more...
Tags: Math, Crime, Gambling, Scams, Mafia, Lifehacks, Probability, Razzle aka Razzle Dazzle, Havana New York New Orleans, Three Card Monte


Here are five scams visitors to Prague should know about

Honest Guide is a YouTube channel for people interested in visiting Prague. It's got tips and cautions that are great to know about in advance of going there. I wish there were similar YouTube channels for other places. In its latest episode, Honest Guide describes five common scams that tourists should watch out for. The most interesting one is not so much a scam, but a sucker bet. Some guy has built a structure with a horizontal bar, sort of like a pull-up bar. He sets it up in the middle ...
Tags: Video, Japan, News, Scams, Prague, Wenceslas Square, Sociopathy


How con artists use the Ouija board effect for their scams

In 1851, Michael Faraday secretly measured the muscle movements of Ouija board users who believed that the planchette was under ghostly control. According to Faraday, the users were unconsciously moving their muscles and but truly thought a spirit was pushing the planchette. A few decades later, physiologist William Carpenter dubbed this the "ideomotor effect." To this day, the ideomotor effect is a powerful phenomena and one that scammers have used to sell bogus "scientific" instruments. From ...
Tags: Psychology, Post, News, Mexico, Scams, Cons, Ouija, Con Artists, McCormick, Michael Faraday, James McCormick, William Carpenter, Iraq Egypt Syria India Thailand, World Peace Foundation of Tufts University, Ouija Wellcome



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