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  • Are They About To Confiscate Money From Bank Accounts In Greece Just Like They Did In Cyprus?

    05/24/2015 3:53:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/24/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Do you remember what happened when Cyprus decided to defy the EU? In the end, the entire banking system of the nation collapsed and money was confiscated from private bank accounts. Well, the nation of Greece is now approaching a similar endgame. At this point, the Greek government has not received any money from the EU or the IMF since August 2014. As you can imagine, that means that Greek government accounts are just about bone dry. The new Greek government continues to insist that it will never “violate its anti-austerity mandate”, but the screws are tightening. Right now the...
  • Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app

    05/14/2015 7:10:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/14/15
    Thieves are stealing money from people's credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts -- by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app. Starbucks (SBUX) on Wednesday acknowledged that criminals have been breaking into individual customer rewards accounts. The Starbucks app lets you pay at checkout with your phone. It can also reload Starbucks gift cards by automatically drawing funds from your bank account, credit card or PayPal. That's how criminals are siphoning money away from victims. They break into a victim's Starbucks account online, add a new gift card, transfer funds over -- and repeat the process every time the original...
  • New Justice Dept. policy allows authorities to seize suspicious bank accounts

    03/31/2015 3:50:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | Maggie Ybarra
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has crafted a new policy that would allow government officials to seize bank accounts involved in financial structuring schemes prior to filing criminal charges against the individuals who own those accounts. The new policy stems from the Justice Department’s ongoing review of its asset forfeiture program. The policy is aimed at preventing criminals from making a series of currency transactions under a certain monetary threshold in order to evade reporting the transaction to the authorities, according to a department statement. Those types of transactions typically lead to “the most serious illegal banking transactions” and occur...
  • Budget 2015: Federal Government set to introduce tax on bank deposits (Australia)

    03/29/2015 5:32:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    http://www.abc.net.au/ ^ | 3-29-15 | ABC Australia
    The Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget. The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers. Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government's Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details.
  • MUST READ:Global Bail-In Plan Could Still Leave Taxpayers Holding the Bag

    03/10/2015 6:03:55 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    American Banker ^ | MAR 4, 2015 10:00am ET | CHRISTOPHER WHALEN
    BEWARE OF THE BAIL_IN The Government tells the banks to grab your assets to fill their coffers when they are insolvent, the way they took GREECE money The Banks are going to call YOUR money UNSECURED DEBT Now, Look at the first paragraph: http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/global-bail-in-plan-could-still-leave-taxpayers-holding-the-bag-1073068-1.html
  • Small business owners forced to battle IRS over seized bank accounts

    02/11/2015 6:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 11, 2015
    Andrew Clyde, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq, started his small firearms store in Athens, Ga., in the 1990s. Over the years, he watched his business grow. And then, on April 12, 2013, two IRS agents swooped in and seized nearly a million dollars from his company's bank account. Clyde was on the wrong end of a murky federal program that allows agencies to seize assets they suspect could be tied to criminal activity -- even without actual criminal activity.
  • IRS: We’re Sorry for Seizing Small Business Bank Accounts

    02/11/2015 5:20:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/11/15 | Liz Sheld
    The IRS has apologized for stealing, or rather seizing, the back accounts of small businesses that did nothing other than deposit an improper amount of cash into their accounts. Pressured by Congress, the IRS has apologized for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because those owners structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements. The Associated Press reports “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress Wednesday that the IRS is changing policies to prevent the seizures, as long as the money came from legal means.” Civil asset forfeiture is a government racket where “suspicious” deposits at one’s banking...
  • Report: IRS Seized Thousands of Bank Accounts Without Filing Criminal Charges

    02/05/2015 7:18:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 5, 2015 | C.J Ciaramella
    IRS practiced a ‘seize first, ask questions later’ strategyThe Internal Revenue Service seized hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of bank accounts over the past decade, often without proof of any criminal wrongdoing, according to a report released by the Institute for Justice this week.The Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm, said the IRS practiced a “seize first, ask questions later” strategy when it seized $242 million in more than 2,500 cases from 2005 to 2012.All of those seizures were for “structuring” violations, an obscure rule intended to keep money launderers, terrorists, and other criminals from making small...
  • Croatia just canceled the debts of its poorest citizens

    02/02/2015 11:33:48 AM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 31 January 2015 | Rick Noack
    Starting Monday, thousands of Croatia's poorest citizens will benefit from an unusual gift: They will have their debts wiped out. Named "fresh start," the government scheme aims to help some of the 317,000 Croatians whose bank accounts have been blocked due to their debts. Given that Croatia is a relatively small Mediterranean country of only 4.4 million inhabitants, the number of indebted citizens is significant and has become a major economic burden for the country. After six years of recession, growth predictions for Croatia's economy remain low for this year. "We assess that this measure will be applicable to some...
  • Forget the bank: Why many Americans are hiding cash

    01/31/2015 6:24:47 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 42 replies
    CNBC Yahoo Finance ^ | January 29, 2015 11:15 AM
    Where to stash your cash? Some Americans are sleeping on it-literally. While banks are still the go-to solution for most consumers, 29 percent say they're keeping at least some savings in cash bills and coins, according to a new survey of 1,820 adults from American Express (AXP). Of those holding cash savings, 53 percent are hiding it in a secret location. Millennials are even more apt than other generations to go the mattress or freezer route, with 67 percent of those saving cash saying that they hide it outside a bank account. "We've long asked people about how they've planned...
  • IRS Has Been Seizing Bank Accounts of Law-Abiding Small Business Owners

    10/29/2014 9:01:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/29/2014 | Samuel Smith
    The Internal Revenue Service has seized the bank accounts of hundreds of innocent business owners. Using the powers granted under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, which was designed to help federal agencies catch drug dealers, terrorists and other criminals, the IRS has been legally seizing the bank accounts of law-abiding business owners who have consistently made cash bank deposits less than the federal bank reporting minimum of $10,000. The New York Times reported that hundreds of these cash-only business had their entire bank accounts seized by the IRS in the past few years because the agency is...
  • The IRS Crackdown on Offshore Tax Cheats Comes with a Price

    07/04/2014 5:44:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 07/04/2014 | John Grgurich
    <p>If you're an American, July 4 likely holds some significance for you, even if that's only getting the day off from work, having a beer, and watching some fireworks. But if you're an American living overseas, July 1 may come to hold an even greater significance — the day the Internal Revenue Service's new overseas tax-collection rules took effect.</p>
  • US Citizen? No Foreign Bank Account For You!

    03/29/2014 7:50:16 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 26 replies
    Activist Post ^ | March 26, 2014 | Jeff Berwick
    Many people laughingly remember the image of the Soup Nazi in Seinfeld. If you did anything out of order or that he didn’t like, “No soup for you!” Sadly, thanks to the upcoming Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in the US, banks around the world are turning away US passport holders, “No bank account for you!” But you don't even have to do anything wrong other than having been born a US citizen. Decades ago holding a US passport was a ticket to worldwide opportunity. Today it is nearly the opposite. First it started with the erosion of the...
  • Healthcare.gov Contractor (and Close Russian Ally) Belarus Built Malware RIGHT INTO Obamacare Code

    02/04/2014 3:28:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Remember when John McAfee warned us in November that anybody who signed up to the Obamacare site might have their bank account cleaned-out by hackers? The eccentric genius and former fugitive called the government website 'a hacker's wet dream', adding that there were 'NO safeguards' that would stop someone from starting a fake Obamacare website 'for a couple hundred dollars' that could 'empty your bank account' in hours.  McAfee added unambiguously that 'It's going to happen, and it's going to happen soon... nothing in the Obamacare system safeguards against this.'  And I thought he was just trying to sell...
  • Secret Swiss Bank Accounts Have Cover Blown

    09/05/2013 7:19:55 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 11 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 9-5-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced August 29 that it will "encourage" Swiss banks to cooperate with its tax evasion investigations. Part of the encouragement comes in the form of a joint statement with the Swiss Federal Department of Finance, stating the mountain nation - known for its clocks, neutrality and the tendency of its banks not to ask too many questions about depositor's money - will cooperate with DOJ. Banks that aided tax evaders - and are currently...
  • Bank account info belongs to CIA, says US government

    03/15/2013 11:41:15 AM PDT · by alexmark · 30 replies
    In an attempt to pursue terrorists across the globe, the Obama administration has proposed legislation that will give spy agencies access to citizens’ finances. Currently, the FBI is the only agency that has access to these databases, but the plan will give the CIA and NSA the same access. So does this proposition take the war on terror too far? Private investigator Kenneth Cummins explains the legality of the legislation.
  • FDIC Notice of Coverage Expiration For Noninterest-Bearing Accounts

    12/03/2012 1:44:49 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    FDIC.gov ^ | Effective Jan 1
    Snip... For example, if after the expiration of the Dodd-Frank Deposit Insurance Provision a depositor under the single ownership category has $500,000 deposited in a noninterest-bearing transaction account and $250,000 deposited in a certificate of deposit, or total deposits of $750,000, the depositor would be insured for up to $250,000 and uninsured for the remaining balance of $500,000. ...Snip
  • Another Obama Executive Order Allows Seizure of Americans' Bank Accounts

    10/13/2012 9:09:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    The New America ^ | 10/12/12 | Bob Adelmann
    The latest executive order (EO) emanating from the White House October 9 now claims the power to freeze all bank accounts and stop any related financial transactions that a “sanctioned person” may own or try to perform — all in the name of “Iran Sanctions.” Titled an “Executive Order from the President regarding Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions…” the order says that if an individual is declared by the president, the secretary of state, or the secretary of the treasury to be a “sanctioned person,” he (or she) will be unable to obtain access to his accounts, will be...
  • Switzerland objects to Obama campaign film slur

    08/22/2012 2:22:06 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 21, 2012 | AFP
    Switzerland hit back Tuesday at a US presidential election campaign video that portrays the country as a tax haven. In the video, a character named Miss Swiss Bank Account describes the Republican candidate Mitt Romney as a "boss millionaire with accounts everywhere", the ATS news agency reported. The film gives "the impression that having a bank account in Switzerland is dubious in itself and its only aim is to hide money from the tax authorities," Switzerland's Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (DFAE) said. Switzerland's Washington embassy reportedly expressed its unhappiness at the clip to the Obama team, ATS said.
  • More details: Breaking down the IHOP indictment (money laundering, illegal immigrants and more)

    05/24/2012 2:19:32 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 8 replies
    Toledo News Now ^ | 5/23/12 | Nick Bade
    The 65 page indictment unsealed Wednesday outlines a massive conspiracy to defraud employees, IHOP corporate, investors, the Internal Revenue Service and federal, state and local law enforcement. Background Prior to 2003, Tarek Elkafrawi owned and operated two IHOP franchises; one in Decatur, Illinois and the other in Evansville, Indiana. During his time in Decatur, the indictment alleges, Elkafrowi began a social friendship with Autumn Lee Tangas, an employee of IHOP Corporate in Decatur. Between 2003 and 2006 Elkafrawi purchased, either entirely or in partnership with other investors, 6 other IHOP franchises. Those stores are located in Toledo (2), Holland, Findlay,...
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., myfoxphoenix.com reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
  • German banks abandon US customers

    12/15/2011 10:28:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Dec 11 08:06 CET
    German banks are closing US customers’ investment accounts because they say financial reporting requirements by American authorities are just too onerous. According to the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) newspaper, HypoVereinsbank is the latest financial institution to tell US citizens and all its clients residing in the United States that it is closing their brokerage accounts. Deutsche Bank already made the move earlier this year and Commerzbank has said it is studying whether to do the same, FTD reported. Elsewhere in Europe, both the British HSBC and Credit Suisse have said they won’t take Americans’ investment business anymore. …
  • European Banks Stop Serving American Customers

    12/15/2011 5:10:16 AM PST · by Cardhu · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | December 14th 2011
    European banks are dumping clients with US citizenship due to a new American law meant to curb tax evasion. The law would require financial institutions around the world to report on certain client activities. Compliance, say many banks, is way too expensive. The idea was to ensure that US citizens were paying their taxes on investments made through overseas banks. The result, however, has been that Americans in Europe may have difficulties finding banks who want their business. According to a report in the Wednesday edition of the Financial Times Deutschland, several European banks have elected to no longer serve...
  • Man Pleads Guilty to Filing 250 Tax Returns for Dead People

    02/05/2010 12:59:00 PM PST · by Beloved Levinite · 21 replies · 865+ views
    WebCPA ^ | January 27, 2010 | WebCPA Staff
    Man Pleads Guilty to Filing 250 Tax Returns for Dead People Riverside, Calif. (January 27, 2010) By WebCPA Staff A California man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. after he was accused of filing at least 250 tax returns of deceased individuals. Haroon Amin of Upland, Calif., pleaded guilty Monday to the charges. He was indicted, along with Ather Ali of Diamond Bar, Calif., in December 2008. The two were accused of filing the returns in 2002 and 2003 falsely stating that the deceased individuals earned wages from which income tax was withheld. The false returns claimed...
  • TRAITORS and MULLAS of IRAN Bank Account Info in foreign countries

    01/08/2010 4:58:01 PM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 986+ views
    A brief report on Bank accounts of the heads of the Islamic republic of Iran in foreign countries: (With special thanks to one of the Green supporters who is working in on of Malaysia's Banks) 1- Gholam Hossein Elham: 25 M USD at Dubai, 13 M USD at Turkey, 17 M USD at Swiss, 0.7 M USD at Beirut 2- S.H. Panahian: 11 M USD at Islamic Bank of Sharjeh, 4 M EU at Malaysia, 3- Masoud Kazemi: 45 M EU Germany, 4.2 M USD at Dubai 4- Ali Hashemi Bahramani: 5.2 M USD at Kuwait, 11 M EU at...
  • Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda

    04/30/2009 5:10:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,627+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | April 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 43, a dual national of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda. Al-Marri entered his guilty plea at a hearing this afternoon before Judge Michael M. Mihm in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In so doing, al-Marri admitted that he agreed with others to provide material support or resources to al-Qaeda in the form of personnel, including himself, to work under al-Qaeda’s...
  • Swiss party wants to punish U.S. for UBS probe

    02/21/2009 7:38:15 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies · 975+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Feb 21, 2009 | Reuters
    ZURICH, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) called on Saturday for retaliation against the United States over a U.S. tax probe into the country's biggest bank UBS that threatens prized banking secrecy. The populist SVP, the country's biggest party, said Switzerland should not take in any detainees from the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, which the Swiss government said last month it could consider to help shut the camp down.
  • Bank details sold

    08/15/2006 12:12:16 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 11 replies · 420+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | August 16, 2006 | News IN Brief Staff
    Bank details sold Bank account details of thousands of computer users in Britain are being sold in Nigeria for less than Ł20 each. The BBC One programme Real Story discovered that fraudsters in Lagos are using personal information on the hard drives of second-hand PCs that have been exported for recycling.
  • New Trojans plunder bank accounts

    02/18/2006 1:02:40 AM PST · by Panerai · 19 replies · 1,494+ views
    Cnet ^ | 02/17/2006 | Joris Evers
    Cybercriminals are surfing into online banks with you to steal your money. Password-stealing Trojan horses used to be all the rage. The software would nestle itself on a PC after opening a bad e-mail attachment or visiting a malicious Web site. But in response to the increased adoption of stronger authentication, cybercriminals are changing their tactics, according to Alex Shipp, a senior antivirus technologist at MessageLabs. "We have recently seen a move away from stealing user name and passwords," Shipp said during a panel discussion at the RSA Conference 2006 here on Thursday. The new "bank-stealing Trojans" wait until the...
  • Arafat's Last Will and Testament

    12/04/2004 4:19:21 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 546+ views
    I, Yassir Arafat, leader of the Palestinian people, being of corrupted mind and runty filthy little body do bequeath the following: To my wife Suha I leave all the jewelry, purchased with United Nations relief funds, stashed in safe deposit boxes throughout The Grand Caymans, The Channel Islands and the First Syrian Bank of Damascus. To the Mullahs' in Iran I leave the anthrax, nail-filled vests and detonators stashed away in the basement of my estate on the West Bank. I want the $880 million in cash hidden away is Swiss bank accounts to be divided equally between Suha and...