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  • 80 People Charged In Federal Takedown Of Nigerian Romance Scams

    09/04/2020 4:48:18 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Oxygen ^ | 8-26-20 | JILL SEDERSTROM
    One of the scams highlighted by U.S. prosecutors detailed the story of a Japanese woman who believed she was corresponding with a U.S. army captain stationed in Syria. The two had been digital pen pals before the relationship turned romantic and the man claimed he had discovered a bag of diamonds in Syria. He wanted the woman’s help to smuggle the diamonds out and soon began requesting money to help with the effort in the elaborate ruse. The woman, known in documents as FK, also believed she was corresponding with an acquaintance of her online love who was a Red...

    01/27/2005 7:29:01 AM PST · by FreeMarket1 · 5 replies · 421+ views ^ | Jan 27, 2005 | by Chris Mack
    FTC WARNED INVESTORS OFF HUGE DOLLAR GAINS/TAKE 3Jan 27, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comby Chris MackWashington’s regulators are supposed to stand up for the little guy. Maybe they also help the little guy stay that way. In the last decade, under the pretense of protecting people from losing their shirts, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released warnings about indium and other strategic metal investing “scams.” Some of these warnings haven’t been updated since - and in any event they are all over the ‘Net. Anyone with a computer and Google can type in “fraud” and “indium” and come up with the following:...
  • Facebook Glitch Reveals Father, Activist Behind Greta Thunberg’s Facebook Page. Greta Responds.

    01/13/2020 12:47:32 PM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    Dialy Wire ^ | 01/13/2020 | By Amanda Prestigiacomo
    On Thursday, a Facebook glitch revealed who’s posting on climate change alarmist Greta Thunberg’s Facebook page: her father Svantes Thunberg and “Climate Crisis activist” Adarsh Prathap. “[A] bug that was live from Thursday evening until Friday morning allowed anyone to easily reveal the accounts running a Page, essentially doxing anyone who posted to one,” Wired reported Friday. “We quickly fixed an issue where someone could see who edited or published a post on behalf of a Page when looking at its edit history,” Facebook responded to the controversy in a statement. “We are grateful to the security researcher who alerted...
  • Why Robocallers and Scammers Love Gift Cards

    12/23/2019 9:28:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | December 22, 2019 | Sarah Krouse
    Holly Kay bought eight $1,000 Macy’s gift cards at a California mall because a scammer told her to on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Forty minutes later, she bought $13,000 more in gift cards at that store. The ease with which Ms. Kay was able to complete those purchases underscores the growing popularity of gift cards among scammers seeking quick, hard-to-trace ways to take money from their victims. Buying multiple gift cards is often easier than initiating a wire transfer, because the cards are easily purchased and the numbers can be sent instantly by phone or text message to a fraudster...
  • Man creates sign exposing panhandler who rejected job offer

    07/23/2019 6:55:56 AM PDT · by 4Liberty · 33 replies
    WSMV News4NBC ^ | July 18, 2019 | Ashleigh Jackson
    (Meredith) – A Florida man decided to stand near a busy intersection on Sunday to expose a panhandler who turned down a job offer. Ryan Bray said he saw a homeless man begging for money on the side of the road in Bradenton, about 46 miles south of Tampa. When the panhandler approached his car, Bray offered him $15 an hour to do yard work, the Bradenton Herald reported. “He said, ‘Absolutely not, I’m not doing that,’” Bray told the newspaper. “I didn’t give him any money and rolled up my window and he kicked my tire.”
  • Elderly robocall scam victim committed suicide after 'fraudsters' stole life savings

    07/17/2019 5:28:58 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2019 | Staff
    <p>The Senate Aging Committee Opens a New Window. heard testimony Wednesday from witnesses and government officials explaining the impact of criminals that are unseen – but heard – over phone lines.</p> <p>One of those people on the other line was Marjorie Jones, an 82-year-old woman who committed suicide after giving up her life's savings to phone scammers.</p>
  • Twitter Bans #Resistance-Famous Krassenstein Brothers for Allegedly Operating Fake Accounts

    05/23/2019 5:57:45 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05/23/2019 | Will Sommer
    <p>Twitter has permanently banned prominent anti-Trump brothers Brian and Ed Krassenstein, alleging that two of the biggest stars of #Resistance Twitter had broken the site’s rules about operating fake accounts and purchasing fake interactions with their accounts.</p> <p>“The Twitter Rules apply to everyone,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions are strictly prohibited. Engaging in these behaviors will result in permanent suspension from the service.”</p>
  • Welcome to the world of Scambaiting! (vigilantism against scammers)

    03/02/2019 7:10:56 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 38 replies ^ | 2003-2009 | Michael Berry
    Does somebody want to transfer millions of dollars into your account? Does someone want to pay you to cash cheques and send them the money? Met a new friend/penpal on a friendship/dating site who's asking you for money? Has a dying person contacted you wanting your help to give his money to charity? Have you sold an item and are asked to accept a payment larger than the item amount? IT'S A SCAM! Don't fall for common scams like this - fight them! So what is scambaiting? Well, put simply, you enter into a dialogue with scammers, simply to waste...
  • Beware of Grandparent Scam

    12/30/2018 10:23:19 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 35 replies
    AARP ^ | April 18, 2018 | Stacey Colino
    This is how the grandparent scam typically plays out: You get a call from someone pretending to be your grandchild. The person explains that he is in trouble, with a story that goes something like this: “There’s been an accident and I’m______ (in jail, in the hospital, stuck in a foreign country), and I need your help.” The caller adds enough details about how, what or where the emergency happened to make the story seem plausible. And the distraught caller, you think to yourself, does sort of sound like your grandson or granddaughter. Often the caller tells you that a...
  • Bill Gates launches effort to help the world adapt to climate change

    10/16/2018 11:05:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 16, 2018 | BY LAURA PARKER
    ... Until recently, the consequences of climate change were thought to be so far into the future that many average people, including those who live in coastal zones, declared they needn’t bother; they’d be long dead by the time catastrophe struck. No more. Climate change is here, costing billions of dollars every year to recover from destructive events. Without adapting to that new reality, the world will confront rising costs of disasters that put economic growth, health, and in some places, even survival at risk. To spur action, a coalition led by billionaire Bill Gates, former United Nations Secretary General...
  • Gay couple bumped from airline seats to make room for straight couple

    07/30/2018 5:39:24 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/30/18 | Tim Fitzsimons
    When gay businessman David Cooley boarded Alaska Airlines flight 1407 from Los Angeles to New York this past weekend, he expected to enjoy the airline's top-rated service and the amenities that accompanied his Premium Class ticket. Instead, however, he said he and his travel companion were subjected to "humiliation" instead. "I have never been so discriminated against while traveling before," Cooley, owner of iconic Los Angeles gay bar The Abbey, wrote in a public Facebook post. He said he and his travel companion were "removed" from their flight "to give preferential treatment to a straight couple." "After my traveling companion...
  • The Sustainable Development Cabal of the United Nations is Meeting Again

    07/15/2018 12:55:06 PM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 7/12/2018 | Ileana Johnson
    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” – Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the U.N. Earth Summit, 1992. The U.N. Agenda 21 adopted in 1992 and signed by 178 countries has morphed into Agenda 2030 adopted in 2015 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 “specific targets.” As Alex Newman described it, it is a recipe for “global socialism and corporatism/fascism” foisted upon the world by the United Nations.
  • Conyers Will Leave Congress in Wake of Harassment Claims

    12/05/2017 7:49:24 AM PST · by NRx · 115 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12-05-2017 | YAMICHE ALCINDOR
    WASHINGTON — Representative John Conyers Jr., who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, announced Tuesday that he will leave Congress immediately, and he endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him. Mr. Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House and the longest-serving African-American in history, called into a local radio show on Tuesday to break the news. “I am retiring today,” Mr. Conyers said from a hospital in Michigan. “I am in the process of putting together my retirement plans. I will have more on that soon.” He continued to deny that he has harassed any...
  • Report: Most Signatories Are ‘Ignoring’ or ‘Abandoning’ Paris Climate Commitments

    10/22/2017 9:16:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies ^ | 10/22/2017 | Thomas D. Williams
    Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, a number of other nations have quietly begun ignoring the Paris energy goals, according to a new report out of Canada. According to Lawrence Solomon of Energy Probe, a Toronto-based environmental organization, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the only signers of the Paris agreement who is actually abiding by the exacting demands of the accord. Meanwhile, Solomon notes in an essay in Friday’s Financial Post, “most signatories are ignoring, if not altogether abandoning Paris commitments, undoubtedly because voters in large part put no stock in scary...
  • Are Climate Warriors Giving Up?

    08/04/2017 8:51:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 8/4/2017 | Brian C. Joondeph
    Climate change warriors have transitioned from being motivated and enthusiastic to despondent and fatalistic. A Washington Post article this week headlined, “We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming.” It looks to me like they have thrown in the towel. We are beyond the point of no return, whatever that means. The apocalypse is imminent. Does that mean we can stop with the climate change talk and get on to repealing Obamacare, building the wall and cutting taxes? Doubtful. Despite the climate movement’s new fatalism, don’t expect them to give up and move on. Being 3...
  • America on DEFCON-4: Obama cashes in

    07/15/2017 8:05:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 7/15/2017 | R. Stephen Bowden
    You may rightfully assume that Barack Obama is working behind the scenes to undermine Trump and replace him with a bought-and-paid-for surrogate. Why else do you think he receives – and accepts – such obscene speaking fees? Those who pay the fees are the ones who want Trump forced from office. They aren't paying just to be entertained. Obama, like the Clintons before him, is just the greedy and self-serving lackey du jour. Poor old Jimmy Carter. At least he had principles you could respect. The media hiked their hysteria up to DEFCON-4 this past week with "proof" that Donald...
  • Don't fall for this 'White House' phishing email

    07/02/2017 4:39:32 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies ^ | 7-2-17 | Mark Jones
    The latest phishing scam comes in the form of a fraudulent email, claiming to be from the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump. The message claims that the email's recipient is due a large sum of money that was recovered by the U.S. Embassy from the government of Benin Republic. A check in the amount of $50,000,000 is scheduled to be delivered to the recipient's address. To receive the check, you need reply to the email with personal details, including: Full name Residential address Mobile number Fax number Occupation Sex Age Nationality Country
  • ‘Climate Action Is Unstoppable’: UN Chief Warns Trump Against Withdrawing From The Paris Accord

    05/31/2017 5:33:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies ^ | 5/30/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    U.N. Secretary General António Guterres issued a veiled warning to President Donald Trump during his first major speech on global warming should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change. Guterres said countries can either “get on board or get left behind” when it comes to taking action on global warming because they will miss out on new economic opportunities from greener industries. “Climate change is undeniable,” Guterres said in his speech at New York University Tuesday. “Climate action is unstoppable. And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable.”
  • Country-rock superstar warns Schumer of Democrat scandals

    05/29/2017 6:17:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 5/28/2017 | Bob Unruh
    Country music superstar Charlie Daniels, whose criticism of politicians is legend – just last month he blasted them for being willing to “kiss a flatulent skunk’s posterior” before allowing the “other party” to look good – has issued a warning to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Those Democratic Party scandals still could make a few waves. Such as the the cash that flowed to the Clinton Foundation amid the State Department’s approval of a deal to give Russia control of 20 percent of America’s uranium reserves. Or the time four American citizens died in a planned terror attack in Benghazi,...
  • [Vanity]My US Bank account has been suspended!! LOL!

    04/28/2017 11:48:50 AM PDT · by StormPrepper · 32 replies
    4/28/2017 | Stormprepper
    I got this email today and I couldn't help but laugh... a lot. Their fake [Sing On] page is located at an URL in the UK. But it just reeks of a Chinese accent. My comments are in red. ============================================ Verify Your Account Information For Security Reason.[SP]Errrr...just one reason? Or is it for the reason of security?? Dear Client,[SP]Yea... my real name is "Client". How did they know? I've never told anyone... There is trying from suspicious devices to login your account.[SP]Dang it! Those suspicious devices are trying again...They're always so trying. The lack of articles in simulated sentence makes...