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Archives for November 2017

How Blockstack Counterattacked a Phishing Attempt on Its ICO

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When criminals tried to con investors during its recent initial coin offering (ICO), Blockstack, a startup building a decentralized internet, used its tech expertise to turn the tables on the tricksters. Scammers hoping to lure investors feeling left out because the firm limited its token sale to accredited investors only set up phishing sites by copying […]




Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2016 to 2017 estimates

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2016 to 2017 estimates: Final estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2016 to 2017.: Google Alert – Fraud Bluff police issue ATM fraud alert ahead of festive season: […]




A Look at Some Widely-Spread Falsehoods About Muslims

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Anti-Muslim fervor has been bubbling for years in the United States and Europe, periodically stoked by elected officials and media outlets. Most of these tropes — usually involving the “outraged Muslims demand special treatment” trope — are either partially or wholly false, but are repeated ad infinitum anyway.  Here are some of our top stories: […]




GE INVESTOR ALERT: The Law Offices of Vincent Wong Reminds Investors of a Class Action Involving General …

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Law Offices of Vincent Wong announce that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of investors who purchased General Electric Company (“GE”) (NYSE:GE) securities between July 21, 2017 and October 20, 2017. Click here to learn about […]




Phishing thieves target Anne Arundel school paychecks, steal $57000

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Thieves used a phishing attack to redirect the paychecks of 36 Anne Arundel County school employees, getting away with roughly $57,000, school officials said Tuesday. An unidentified individual or individuals used stolen passwords or other credentials to move the Nov. 22 direct deposit paychecks for the employees to another account. “I don’t want to go […]




Reducing the Risk of Fraud in Financial Systems

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Reducing the Risk of Fraud in Financial Systems: The risk of fraud should be considered when designing controls throughout financial and business processes – however, there are several reasons to …: Google Alert – Fraud How Britvic is cracking down on ad fraud: Ad fraud has emerged as the […]




Does the Amish Community Own 20 Percent of American Puppy Mills?

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CLAIM The Amish own 20 percent of the nation’s “puppy mills.” UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN In late November 2017, a meme circulated on Facebook with the claim that the Amish community, a relatively small and isolated group of Christians who live throughout the American Northeast and Midwest and abide by the lifestyle and technology of […]




Does the Amish Community Own 20 Percent of American Puppy Mills?

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CLAIM The Amish own 20 percent of the nation’s “puppy mills.” UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN In late November 2017, a meme circulated on Facebook with the claim that the Amish community, a relatively small and isolated group of Christians who live throughout the American Northeast and Midwest and abide by the lifestyle and technology of […]




Details of Kremlin’s phishing expedition – Axios

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Yes, but securing their votes still doesn’t guarantee that the bill would pass. John McCain, Susan Collins, Ron Johnson and Steve Daines are also skeptical about the bill — and it only takes three no votes to fail. Key quote: “We are all making our best educated guess of exactly what the rates should be. […]




San Gabriel attorney admits to multimillion-dollar immigration fraud scheme

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: San Gabriel attorney admits to multimillion-dollar immigration fraud scheme: A San Gabriel-based attorney pleaded guilty Monday to an immigration fraud scheme that generated more than $ 50 million in profits by selling …: Google Alert – Fraud Metrobank to allot P4.45B capital buffer amid internal fraud: Members of National […]




Did President Donald Trump Reverse an Insecticide Ban After Receiving $1 Million from Dow Chemicals?

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CLAIM Chlorpyrifos, an insecticide with alleged origins in Nazi Germany, was set to be banned by the EPA over health and environmental safety concerns, but President Trump reversed this decision after Dow Chemicals, a manufacturer of the chemical, donated one million dollars to his inauguration fund. MOSTLY TRUE RATING MOSTLY TRUE ORIGIN The insecticide chlorpyrifos, […]




This Cyber Monday, watch out for phishing attacks

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Cyber Monday is upon us—a marketing campaign that caps off the post-Thanksgiving shopping surge that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. But with recent, large-scale hacks to companies like Equifax and Yahoo, can shoppers buy online safely? We asked professor Engin Kirda, who holds joint appointments in the College of Computer and Information […]




Man Who Survived Las Vegas Shooting Dies in Hit-and-Run Crash

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Roy McClellan, a 52-year-old Las Vegas man who survived the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in that city on 1 October 2017 has been killed by a hit-and-run driver in an accident that reportedly took place on 17 November at Homestead and Highway 160 in Pahrump, Nevada. According to McClellan’s wife […]




Businessman Alleges Flipkart Founders And Employees Of $1.5 Mn Fraud, Files FIR

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Today’s Fraud News from around the world: Businessman Alleges Flipkart Founders And Employees Of .5 Mn Fraud, Files FIR: While the year 2017 is about to close its curtains, Flipkart has gotten itself into another legal battle. Reportedly, a Bengaluru-based businessman …: Google Alert – Fraud Record increase in 'money mule' cases among UK young people: […]