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    Cut and paste snippets about scams.

    Had a few interesting articles/blogs about scammy stuff cross my news feed over on Facebook. Thought I would drop them here for fellow scambuster reading.

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    Fraudsters jailed for British Gas scam

    Two businessmen have been jailed after making thousands from selling fake British Gas insurance policies from their offices in South London [31 May 2013]

    Fraudsters jailed for British Gas scamThe pair scammed victims under the company name of Feature Me Ltd based in Purely, South London.

    The businessmen gave their telesales staff a list of British Gas customers to call, to try to sell to them British Gas Homecare insurance products. The innocent employees believed they were selling genuine insurance policies.

    Once a product was 'sold' to victims over the phone the operators would take their payment details, and file their contact details and product they had bought.

    Their offices were raided after British Gas investigated a number of complaints. The men were jailed for a total of 33 months and were ordered to pay victims back.

    For further information visit the Croydon Guardian website.

    Please note that Action Fraud is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

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    Alert – fraudster claiming to be from Action Fraud

    Our contact centre has received reports of a fraudster cold calling people claiming to be from Action Fraud [31 May 2013]

    Alert – fraudster claiming to be from Action FraudThe man called one potential victim claiming to be the “Birmingham office” of Action Fraud. He told her that she was in big trouble because £2,000 had been transferred from her bank to India and he thought it was money laundering.

    He then tried to give her a number to call back and verify his identify, but she refused to take it and called us directly. If you receive one of these phone calls, end the conversation immediately and report it to us.

    If you want to verify the identity of a caller claiming to be from Action Fraud you can call 0300 123 2040 or email action.fraud@nfa.gsi.gov.uk.

    When using a landline make sure there is a dialling tone before you call. Some fraudsters who call victims on landlines don’t hang up the phone - keeping the line open. So when you try to make another call you are connected straight back to the fraudster. This is a trick used in the courier scam.

    To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ribshaw View Post
    Fraudsters jailed for British Gas scam

    Two businessmen have been jailed after making thousands from selling fake British Gas insurance policies from their offices in South London [31 May 2013]

    Fraudsters jailed for British Gas scamThe pair scammed victims under the company name of Feature Me Ltd based in Purely, South London.

    The businessmen gave their telesales staff a list of British Gas customers to call, to try to sell to them British Gas Homecare insurance products. The innocent employees believed they were selling genuine insurance policies.

    Once a product was 'sold' to victims over the phone the operators would take their payment details, and file their contact details and product they had bought.

    Their offices were raided after British Gas investigated a number of complaints. The men were jailed for a total of 33 months and were ordered to pay victims back.

    For further information visit the Croydon Guardian website.

    Please note that Action Fraud is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

    Fraudsters jailed for British Gas scam | Action Fraud
    This is absolutely horrifying. I use British Gas Insurance for gas safety, plumbing and drains, electrical wiring and if one of their reps rings me up to suggest a new policy or amendment to my policy, I always listen and I sometimes buy what their reps recommend.

    How on earth did they get a list of British Gas customers? I won't buy from a phone call in future!

    British Gas customers should pass this news onto radio and TV stations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by path2prosperity View Post
    This is absolutely horrifying. I use British Gas Insurance for gas safety, plumbing and drains, electrical wiring and if one of their reps rings me up to suggest a new policy or amendment to my policy, I always listen and I sometimes buy what their reps recommend.

    How on earth did they get a list of British Gas customers? I won't buy from a phone call in future!

    British Gas customers should pass this news onto radio and TV stations.
    P2P, I got this off the Action Fraud feed on Facebook. I just liked them and it shows up on my page, which is kind of handy. Will keep an eye out for other tidbits, it is sort of like having my own blog without the hassle of writing or spell check.
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    Hit the feed from CID on military images and FAKE DOCUMENTS being used in scams. CID romance scam information

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    $100,000,000 estimated to be lost in Australia each year. This is a 60 minutes video about something called the Black Money Scam. Lucifer is the name of one of the scammers, touching I know. It is a bit like the scams the Alchemists used to push, in this case the "Money" is Colored black and you are charged for "Special Chemicals" that will remove the dye.

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    So this is a twist on a marriage scam, can't even fall in love on vacation safely these days. Tourists, beware of bezness | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

    "Warn Dutch tourists about bezness!" Radio Netherlands Worldwide received this heartfelt plea from Egypt. 'Love criminals' who prey on naïve Westerners are a flourishing phenomenon in Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia.

    'Bezness' is simply a corruption of the word 'business', but in fact it's an organised crime involving big money. Marjolein – not her real name, it's too risky to reveal it, she says – has been living in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for the past four years. She sees it happening time and again, she says.

    "Young men who pretend to be in love start up a romance with a tourist. For these people it's usually about four things: money, a visa for the West, sex, and the opportunity to avoid military service by marrying a foreign woman."

    "I see Dutch women who go home a wreck when their marriage or relationship finishes. They're intimidated or isolated, abused, threatened. Sometimes they lose contact with family and friends and all the money goes to their lover. It's real crime, with big returns."

    Young women
    Bezness is certainly nothing new, but the methods – and the victims – have changed in the past couple of decades. The targets are no longer older women on the lookout for a toy boy. Increasingly they're young women and men. The perpetrators are expert at working out who's ready for a flirt and who's got money. The requests for cash only come later, says Marjolein.

    Fantastic liars
    "It happens hundreds of times a year. Not just in Egypt, but also in Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey. They're fantastic liars and actors. I think many Western women aren't used to all that attention and romance. They get swept off their feet."

    "Just go to an internet café, you'll see all these guys sitting there. They're calling their sweetheart in the Netherlands. 'Hi love, how are you? My father's ill and we can't pay the doctor's bill.' Or he's going to build a house for their future together. 'Please transfer money quickly.'"

    Blind trust
    Marjolein's helped out destitute Dutch women in the past. The tourists who get swept away by romance are sometimes naïve, she says. She has little confidence at all in marriages between Dutch women and Egyptian men.

    "If five percent of them work out normally – in other words without deceit, exploitation, imprisonment or a second, Egyptian wife – I'd say it was a lot. These women are so naïve they take tens of thousands of euros out of their bank accounts to pay for all sorts of wonderful plans."
    "I sometimes ask them, would you do that in the Netherlands without a contract? Recently there was a woman who signed away nearly 30,000 euros. She didn't understand a word of the Arabic, but she trusted her lover blindly."

    Egyptian law
    Marjolein's advice: make sure you know your rights and take your own translator. But even then your position might not be strong enough. An Egyptian husband can forbid his wife from travelling. And after a divorce, in principle the children go to the man or his family.

    And another tip: many people involved in 'bezness' work in tourism themselves. If a man approaches you in the street and he drinks alcohol, watch out, people often say. But Marjolein says the most important thing for women is that they keep their feet on the ground. Don't stop thinking, no matter how much in love you are.
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    You have been a very busy person getting all this information together!! Plus all your 'dating'. Thanks for all the hard work and we can already see results from much of it.

    Don't get ripped off!! Stay informed!

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    Thanks Scratchy. While I have a little extra time, it is a great way to spend it.

    FBI — Preliminary 2012 Crime Statistics

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    Violent Crime Up, Property Crime Down

    06/03/13

    UCR 2012 graphicThe new preliminary Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for 2012 indicate that when compared to data for 2011, the number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement agencies around the country increased 1.2 percent during 2012, while the number of property crimes decreased 0.8 percent.

    The final UCR statistics—submitted by approximately 18,000 local, state, campus, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies from around the nation—will be released later this year in the Crime in the United States 2012 report.

    Among the highlights of the preliminary report:

    Overall, when compared to 2011 figures, the West experienced the largest increase in reported violent crime (up 3.3 percent), and the Northeast experienced the only decrease (down 0.6 percent).
    The Northeast was the only part of the country where the four violent crime categories saw decreases across the board—murder (down 4.4 percent), forcible rapes (down 0.2 percent), robberies (down 1.4 percent), and aggravated assaults (down 0.1 percent).
    The largest rise in reported violent crime (up 3.7 percent) was in cities with populations of 500,000-999,999.
    The West experienced the only increase in reported property crime (up 5.2 percent), while the number of property crimes dropped 1.6 percent in the Northeast, 2.1 percent in the Midwest, and 3.5 percent in the South.
    The number of reported motor vehicle thefts grew by 10.6 percent in the West while showing declines in the Northeast (down 7.9 percent), the Midwest (down 3.1 percent), and the South (down 2.9 percent).
    The number of arson incidents—tallied separately from other property crimes because of various levels of participation by reporting agencies—fell 1.2 percent.

    The UCR Program is a nationwide cooperative statistical effort of law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention.

    The idea for the program began in the 1920s, when the International Association of Chiefs of Police—recognizing a need for national crime statistics—formed the Committee on Uniform Crime Records to develop a system. After studying state criminal codes and evaluating the recordkeeping practices in use, the committee completed a plan for crime reporting that became the foundation of the UCR Program in 1929. In January 1930, 400 cities in 43 states began participating in the program. That same year, Congress authorized the attorney general to gather crime data; the FBI was designated to serve as the national clearinghouse for the collected information.

    The UCR Program’s primary objective is to generate reliable statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. Over the years, however, these statistics have become one of the country’s leading social indicators and are used by criminologists, sociologists, legislators, municipal planners, the media, and other students of criminal justice for research and planning purposes.

    A word of warning, though—don’t draw conclusions from the data by making direct comparisons between cities or individual agencies. Valid assessments are only possible with careful study and analysis of the unique conditions that affect each law enforcement jurisdiction.

    Once again, the final Crime in the United States, 2012 report will be available later this year.
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    Scammers always think of new ways to part people from their money. URGENT: Romance Scammers Now Using Fake Webcam Footage to Deceive Victims - Online Dating Magazine

    URGENT: Romance Scammers Now Using Fake Webcam Footage to Deceive Victims
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    A new online romance scam uses fake Webcam footage to get new victims...(Press Release – February 23, 2012) A new evolution in romance scams is about to create tens of thousands of new victims. Online Dating Magazine reports that scammers are now using fake Webcam footage to deceive victims.

    Here’s how it works:

    First, the scammer spends weeks inside Webcam chat rooms recording footage of an unsuspecting person on different days. The person being recorded doesn’t know they are communicating with a scammer.

    The scammer then tries to deceptively obtain photos of the unsuspecting person by email. The scammer may also find photos on Facebook or via online searches.

    Finally, armed with photos and multiple days of Webcam footage of the unsuspecting person, the scammer creates a fake online dating profile to lure victims.

    “Up until now scams would consist of communication via an online dating service followed by emails and phone calls,” says Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating Magazine at Online Dating Magazine - Dating Service Reviews, News and Articles. “Now scammers can initiate fake Webcam chats with you to further make you believe the lie. They have full control over the footage. They can pause it, make it jump to a point where the person is laughing, type when the person is typing, etc. It comes off as very realistic and impressive.”

    Tracy says that this new scam is creating two types of victims: the person being scammed, and the person who was recorded by Webcam and doesn’t realize their footage is being used in scams.

    Imagine a guy named Andrew having a Webcam chat with someone he believes is a 28-year-old traveling businesswoman. The scammer memorizes the illicit video and bookmarks, in advance, certain parts of the video for quick access. So Andrew may see a woman in the Webcam typing while the scammer types, “Andrew, look at this new dress I got today.” The video of the woman in the Webcam then stands up to show off the dress. There’s now no doubt in Andrew’s mind that the person he is chatting with is real when in reality it is someone completely different. It’s possible to have a Webcam chat with the “person” on 18 different occasions and they are wearing 18 different outfits. That’s how elaborate this new scam has become.

    Tracy warns that the scam can be taken further, with scammers using recorded Webcam sessions of their victim to scam someone else after they’ve gotten the victim’s money.

    “This has taken the romance scam to an entirely new level,” says Tracy. “Word needs to get out quickly to warn people about this new development.”

    Tracy says that the best way to test whether you are Webcam chatting with a scammer is to innocently ask them to do something and see if they react. For example, type, “What’s that crawling on the wall behind you?” If the person “pauses” or doesn’t look, then that’s a major red flag. When asked to do something they don’t have footage recorded of, scammers will pause the Webcam video and attribute it to a communication problem while answering your question in the chat window.

    Online Dating Magazine is asking people to help spread the word about this new scam. Online romance scams are the most successful of all online scams, costing victims worldwide hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

    “Some of these scam organizations are making more money that the big online dating services,” says Tracy. “It’s important to warn people so that they don’t fall prey to these elaborate schemes.”

    About Online Dating Magazine
    Online Dating Magazine is a free online publication and watchdog group for online daters and singles. The publication was launched in 2003 and has served millions of online daters since then with tips, reviews, warnings, and experiences. You can visit Online Dating Magazine at Online Dating Magazine - Dating Service Reviews, News and Articles

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    About Online Dating Safety Awareness Month
    Online Dating Safety Awareness Month was first launched by Online Dating Magazine in 2011 and occurs every February. During this time, sites are encouraged to publish information that educates online daters and singles on how to have a safe and fun online dating experience.
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    "It's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time." Bernie Madoff
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    Always be careful with attachments that you get in your email. Fedex Email Scams

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    So I got this lovely email from a poor dying lady. Who actually looks like 3 different people??? On a dating site, what is she thinking, no time to date. Sheesh.

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    Mrs.Rose Micheal James

    2:12 PM (6 hours ago)


    Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ......... MY FAKE NAME WAS HERE.

    Your mail have been received with lots thanks. I am glad hearing that you have the good heart for the less privilege one. Forwarded your contact information to my lawyer, who will be assisting you to receive the fund through the bank where the fund is lodged in. The lawyer will commence on getting all the relevant documents at the judiciary Department to show as a prove that I have willingly transfer right of Inheritance to you as the Beneficiary/ Next of Kin to receive my fund.

    Barrister Dauda Issah
    Equity Law Firm & Associates.
    Jerron Quarshie Building, Castle Road,
    P. O. Box AD23, Adabraka, Accra, Ghana
    Phone No:00233 267069161
    EMail : equitylawfirm@hotmail.com,info_equit...m@lawye r.com

    This lawyer will be working with you. Please try to follow up with him so that the fund will be rightfully transferred immediately. The doctor has warned that I should not answer or dial calls. They further advised that I should avoid any kind of work. It was in their absence that I am passing on the information to you as I may not understand my condition of living tomorrow. I believe that you will do my entire wish as I have previously stated in my first mail. May God reward all your effort in this transaction .You can as well as to call the Lawyer or write mail to the lawyer?

    The lawyer will sent a letter of recognition/Authorization to the bank on your behalf for you to receive the fund under my instruction.

    Send the following Information Immediately to my lawyer to enable him prepared / processed the entire vital document for claiming of the fund in your favour as the beneficiary as he need speaking with you as a matter of fact.

    Your Phone Number/ Mobile Number ( International passport )
    Your Legal Occupation if Any....
    Your Age.....
    Your Full Name....
    Home Address.....

    Waiting to hearing from you asap. Do contact the lawyer and send the requested information required to him.

    Also find my picture attached while on the hospital Bed.

    Remain blessed.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Mrs.Rose Micheal James

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    Unfortunately I will not be about to help poor Mrs. James, but I did let her know with a brief email and some nice attachments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ribshaw View Post
    So I got this lovely email from a poor dying lady. Who actually looks like 3 different people??? On a dating site, what is she thinking, no time to date. Sheesh.

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    Mrs.Rose Micheal James

    2:12 PM (6 hours ago)


    Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ......... MY FAKE NAME WAS HERE.

    Your mail have been received with lots thanks. I am glad hearing that you have the good heart for the less privilege one. Forwarded your contact information to my lawyer, who will be assisting you to receive the fund through the bank where the fund is lodged in. The lawyer will commence on getting all the relevant documents at the judiciary Department to show as a prove that I have willingly transfer right of Inheritance to you as the Beneficiary/ Next of Kin to receive my fund.

    Barrister Dauda Issah
    Equity Law Firm & Associates.
    Jerron Quarshie Building, Castle Road,
    P. O. Box AD23, Adabraka, Accra, Ghana
    Phone No:00233 267069161
    EMail : equitylawfirm@hotmail.com,info_equit...m@lawye r.com

    This lawyer will be working with you. Please try to follow up with him so that the fund will be rightfully transferred immediately. The doctor has warned that I should not answer or dial calls. They further advised that I should avoid any kind of work. It was in their absence that I am passing on the information to you as I may not understand my condition of living tomorrow. I believe that you will do my entire wish as I have previously stated in my first mail. May God reward all your effort in this transaction .You can as well as to call the Lawyer or write mail to the lawyer?

    The lawyer will sent a letter of recognition/Authorization to the bank on your behalf for you to receive the fund under my instruction.

    Send the following Information Immediately to my lawyer to enable him prepared / processed the entire vital document for claiming of the fund in your favour as the beneficiary as he need speaking with you as a matter of fact.

    Your Phone Number/ Mobile Number ( International passport )
    Your Legal Occupation if Any....
    Your Age.....
    Your Full Name....
    Home Address.....

    Waiting to hearing from you asap. Do contact the lawyer and send the requested information required to him.

    Also find my picture attached while on the hospital Bed.

    Remain blessed.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Mrs.Rose Micheal James

    ================================================== ================================================== ====================================

    Unfortunately I will not be about to help poor Mrs. James, but I did let her know with a brief email and some nice attachments.

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    If it was still airing, maybe she could get a guest star shot on "Six Feet Under"...!
    It seems like in this "industry" common sense is not all that common!

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    Botnets 101 FBI — Botnets 101: What They Are and How to Avoid Them
    What They Are and How to Avoid Them

    06/05/13

    Last month, the head of an international securities fraud ring was sentenced to federal prison for manipulating stock prices by using botnets to distribute spam promoting those stocks. And several months ago, 10 members of an international cyber crime ring were arrested for using botnets to steal more than $850 million after obtaining personal financial information from compromised computers.




    Protecting Your Computer

    - Make sure you have updated antivirus software on your computer.

    - Enable automated patches for your operating system.

    - Have strong passwords, and don’t use the same one or two passwords for everything.

    - Download free software only from sites you know and trust (malware can also come in downloadable games, file-sharing programs, and customized toolbars).

    - Don’t open e-mail attachments in unsolicited e-mails, even if it comes from people in your contact list, and never click on a URL contained in an e-mail, even if you think it looks safe. Instead, close out the e-mail and go to the organization’s website directly.

    - Use antivirus software on your smartphone. Criminals are already stealing personally identifiable information from smartphones after owners unknowingly download malware, and it won’t be long before we see the emergence of mobile botnets undertaking DDoS attacks and other criminal activities (unless users protect their smartphones now).

    For more cyber security information, go to our Cyber Crimes webpage or to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team’s website.


    The use of botnets is on the rise. And industry experts estimate that botnet attacks have resulted in the overall loss of millions of dollars from financial institutions and other major U.S. businesses. They’ve also affected universities, hospitals, defense contractors, law enforcement, and all levels of government.

    What exactly is a botnet? A bot, or web robot, is an automated malware program that scans blocks of network addresses and infects vulnerable computers. A network of these infected computers—numbering in the hundreds of thousands or even millions—is called a botnet (robot network), and each computer becomes connected to a command-and-control server operated by the criminal.

    Once the botnet is in place, it can be used in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, proxy and spam services, malware distribution, and other organized criminal activity. Botnets can also be used for covert intelligence collection, and terrorists or state-sponsored actors could use a botnet to attack Internet-based critical infrastructure. And, they can be used as weapons in ideology campaigns against their target to instigate fear, intimidation, or public embarrassment.

    Your personal computer could become part of a botnet—it only takes one wrong click for you to download malicious code. For example, you might get an unsolicited e-mail promoting a dating website or a work-at-home arrangement or an e-mail that appears to come from your bank containing a seemingly harmless link. You could be sent a link by a friend asking you to view a great video (which was actually sent because the friend’s computer is already infected). You could see a link on a webpage that seems to be soliciting donations for a recent tragedy. And you might even visit a fraudulent website—or a legitimate one that’s been compromised—and download video, pictures, or a document containing malicious code.




    Multiple Botnets Targeting
    Financial Information Disrupted

    On June 5, 2013, Microsoft—along with financial services leaders, other industry partners, and law enforcement—announced actions taken to disrupt a global cyber crime operation involving more than 1,000 botnets. Microsoft Press Release | FBI Statement on Botnet Operation


    Once the malware is on your computer, it’s hard to detect. And in addition to your computer being commanded to link up with other compromised computers to facilitate criminal activity, the bot can also collect and send out your personal identifiable information—like credit card numbers, banking information, and passwords—to the criminals running it. Those criminals will take advantage of the information themselves or offer it for sale on cyber criminal forums, and you could find yourself being victimized…again.

    The FBI—with its law enforcement and private sector partners—has had success in taking down a number of large botnets, most notably Coreflood. But our work is never done, and by combining the resources of government and the private sector—and with the support of the public (see sidebar on protecting your own computer)—we will continue to improve cyber security by identifying and catching those who threaten it.

    If you think your computer may be part of a botnet, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and/or contact the cyber task force at your local FBI office.
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    2 Nigerians arrested with US $100M, someone posted this today, but I just realized it was from 2012. Interesting though they said the fake gold nuggets made with spray were hard to test even with a gold testing machine.

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    SCAMMER officefile47@cantv.net

    Of course this email is a scam, money doesn't just "show up' in your email any more than a nice wooden horse will be built outside your castle walls.

    this was received out of the blue trying to get details to use to scam no doubt: -----Original Message-----
    From: Mrs.Helena James, <officefile47@cantv.net>
    To: LUCKIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD IF THIS WAS NOT A LOAD OF CRAP @BS_SCAMMER.COM
    Sent: Fri, May 31, 2013 7:42 am
    Subject: YOUR ATM CARD?


    Attention please!!!

    We have registered Your ATM CARD of (US $3.7) with Dhl Express Courier
    Company with registration code of ( 9665776).please Contact with your
    delivery information

    Dhl office
    Name :Dr.Douglas water

    Tel:00229,990.150.82

    E-mail: ( dhl_service01dhl@ws-loei.ac.th )

    We have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to
    pay is their Security fee only.Please indicate the registration Number
    of ( 9665776 )and ask Him how much is their Security fee so that you
    can pay it and have your ATM Card.get back to me as soon as you receive
    it,

    Best Regards.
    Mrs.Helena James,

    And as a quick tip, you can always put an email in google and see what comes up. It does not always work, but sometimes:

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    Timeshares, watch out for scams. This was a good article in that it was informative and I did not have to write it. Certainly go to Ebay before you even consider buying, and it may be one of the few legitimate places to sell. Timeshare Temptation Can Lead To Trouble : CONSUMERMOJO.COM

    by Barbara Nevins Taylor

    Vacation temptation time is here. You take a trip to Florida, Mexico, California, Arizona. Wherever. You love the sun, the beach, the sea, the golf course and start to dream about what it would be like to visit often. If you’re in a place with a lot of tourists, you’re likely to run into a timeshare sales person. We suggest you take a very deep breath before you do anything. 0

    Timeshares may be a good idea for you, and they may not. The reality is that timeshares are often very difficult to resell and there’s an industry of shady characters charging hefty fees to help timeshare owners unload their investments.

    First come the high pressure sales tactics to buy.

    In Cancun, not long ago, we met a woman at the car rental office who didn’t seem like a sales person. She stepped out from behind a counter that made it seems as though she worked at the office. She came to chat me up on the sidewalk while I was waiting for my husband to get the car. She was charming and gave great directions to Playa del Carmen. But she also suggested we stop at a timeshare resort and have lunch for free. I said, “We’re not interested. But thanks for all of your help.” She persisted. “Why not? What do you have to lose? It’s a free lunch,” she said. 0

    There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    The time share might have been okay, but my husband and I really weren’t interested and I’d heard enough horror stories to keep me driving right past the resort.

    Federal crackdown.

    The Federal Trade Commission and Florida consumer protection agencies are cracking down on companies that take advantage of timeshare owners who are desperate to sell.

    The FTC says Resolution Trust, Resort Property, and Vacation Communication took more than $18 million from consumers throughout the country who tried to sell their timeshares. The FTC and Florida officials went to federal court to stop the companies’ alleged illegal practices.

    Charles A. Harwood, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said, “Con artists take advantage of timeshare owners who have been in tough financial straits and are desperate to sell their timeshares. They persuade owners to pay fat up-front fees by saying they have someone ready to buy the property, but that’s a lie”

    Beware of these sales tactics.

    Scammers say they have interested buyers.

    They ask for upfront fees-$300-$3,000.

    They offer deceptive travel prizes that don’t exist.

    They advertise via email, telemarketing, radio, TV and online.

    The FTC has more information at: ftc.gov/travel including a travel fraud game.

    Popped over to Ebay, this auction just ended. As they say a picture is worth a 1000 words.

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    From FBI:

    Civil Rights in the ‘60s FBI &mdash; Civil Rights in the
    Part 1: Justice for Medgar Evers

    06/11/13

    The tumultuous 1960s were a pivotal time in our nation’s march toward equal rights for all Americans. The following is the first in a series of stories over the next few years about landmark civil rights investigations five decades ago.

    About half past midnight, a shot rang out.

    It was June 12, 1963—50 years ago tomorrow—in a suburban neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi. A 37-year-old civil rights activist named Medgar Evers had just come home after a meeting of the NAACP.

    As he began the short walk up to his single-story rambler, the bullet struck Evers in the back. He staggered up to the steps of the house, then collapsed.


    Byron de la Beckwith

    Byron De La Beckwith (left) is escorted into the Jackson Police station by FBI agents on June 23, 1963. (AP)

    Across the street on a lightly wooded hill, another man jumped up in pain. The recoil from the Enfield rifle he had just fired drove the scope into his eye, badly bruising him. He dropped the weapon and fled.

    Meanwhile, Evers’ wife and three children—still awake after watching an important civil rights speech by President John F. Kennedy—heard the shot and quickly came outside. They were soon joined by neighbors and police. His wounds severe, Evers died within the hour.

    Leading the investigation, the local police immediately found the rifle and determined that it had been recently fired. Back at the station, a fingerprint was recovered from the scope and submitted to the FBI. We connected it to a man named Byron De La Beckwith based on its similarity to his military service prints. He was arrested several days later. Beckwith, a known white supremacist and segregationist, had been asking around to find out the location of Evers’ home for some time prior to the shooting.

    With the obvious motive, his fingerprint on the weapon, the injury around his eye, his planning, and other factors, Beckwith clearly appeared to be the killer. In two separate trials, local prosecutors presented a strong case. A number of police, FBI experts, and others testified on different parts of the evidence against Beckwith.

    But this was the 1960s, and in both trials, all-white juries did not reach a verdict. Beckwith went free.

    By the early 1990s, however, the time was ripe to revisit the case. Evers’ widow Myrlie—a formidable civil rights organizer in her own right—asked local prosecutors to reopen the investigation and see if other evidence could be found. The FBI again provided its assistance. In December 1990, a new grand jury returned an indictment against Beckwith based on witnesses finally willing to tell their stories, including hearing the white supremacist brag how he had killed Medgar Evers.

    This time, justice was done. Beckwith was convicted in 1994 and sentenced to life in prison.

    The murder of Medgar Ever was a loss to his family, the community, and the nation. Evers was a devoted husband and father, a distinguished World War II veteran, and a pioneering civil rights leader. He served as the NAACP’s first field secretary in Mississippi—organizing protests and voter registration drives, recruiting new workers into the civil rights movement, and pushing for school integration.

    But his death in 1963 was not in vain. The brutal, senseless murder helped galvanize the nation in its steady march towards equality and justice. More on that later…

    Resources:
    - FBI files on the Medgar Evers investigation
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    As if there is not enough crime on line. Facebook friends are just that unless you really know them don't send money or personal information.

    Facebook cloning scam escalating | eNCA

    Johannesburg - Reports that South African Facebook users' accounts have been cloned have flooded in over the past five days.

    According to the reports, the perpetrators create fake accounts using the same photo and name as the victim. The victim's Facebook account is also mimicked.

    Then, using the victim's details, a friendship request is sent to friends.

    Once those requests are accepted, the fake user asks for money or private information.

    A Facebook user who spoke to eNCA.com said he received a friendship request from his sister while she was sitting next to him.

    Another Facebook user said that it even spread across two platforms from Facebook to Myspace.

    "I had someone create a Myspace account very similar to my Facebook account, but with a few very strange changes that embarrassed me. It's still up. I emailed, but they won't get rid of it," the user said.

    "I have no idea who the [cloner] is, or why they did it. There are bits taken from my biography, but then the movies and music and a bunch of other stuff is way off...

    "Not sure what they are trying to promote, and apparently I only have one friend. I hate that it's there, but I can't seem to get it taken down [and there's] no response from Myspace," he added.

    This exemplifies the fact that it is not just a person's finances at risk, but also their reputation.

    Meanwhile Dominic White, an internet security expert at SensePost, told eNCA.com that "it is wrong to think that Facebook cannot be hacked".

    "The fault often lies with users who have poor privacy settings on their profiles which would make it easier for outsiders to access one's account," he said.

    "Cloning Facebook pages can be automated, and these hackers rely on mass scale of access," White said.

    Steven Ambrose, managing Director at Stratey Worx – a business technology consultancy – said that the only thing one could do to protect oneself against cloning, was to be aware and vigilant.

    According to Ambrose cloning accounts on Facebook is known as "social engineering".

    He said it was impossible to report the crime to local police as the act is based on an international platform in the US.

    “Allowing apps to have access to your information without understanding what the app is, is another issue that users should be cautious of.

    "Individuals wanting to clone your account might use apps and games to get to you.

    “People shouldn’t be scared of social media, they should simply be aware,” said Ambrose.

    White's advice is to look at the combination of information one puts onto the web as a whole.

    "When you put something up online, be it Facebook, Twitter or blogs, look at how it is adding to the total pool of information that is online about you," he said.
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    Scam installation letter Scam installation letter | Action Fraud

    Derbyshire County Council has warned residents of a scam letter circulating using their name and demanding payment for an internet installation line [12 June 2013]

    Scam installation letterA convincing letter has been posted by fraudsters into residents’ houses using the council’s official logo and crest. It demands part payment for a fibre optic line allegedly needed by a neighbour to enable home working from a computer.

    The fake letter claims that the addressee is liable for part of the bill with the rest to be paid by the council and the employer of the unnamed neighbour. The scam letter says that the work will take place in November and will involve digging at the front of the addressee's property.

    The recipient is told to pay a specific sum to Derbyshire County Council by bank transfer, credit card or cheque by October 2013. An option to pay in four instalments is also provided.

    Councillor Dave Allen, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: This letter isn't from us and we're not in the business of commissioning telecommunications work for private companies and their employees.

    "There's no way we'd ask a householder to pay for something that inconvenienced them, disrupted their property and was of no benefit to them.

    For further information visit the Derbyshire County Council website.

    Please note that Action Fraud is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.
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    This is weird, but what in scam world isn't. https://www.facebook.com/actionfraud

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    This crossed the feed today, a few months old apparently but trick none the less.

    Police scareware scam continues to target Australians Police scareware scam continues to target Australians

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    March 2013: SCAMwatch is urging people to continue to be alert to a scareware scam where scammers posing as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) try to scare you into handing over money to regain control of your computer.

    A SCAMwatch alert on this scam was previously issued in October 2012, yet contacts to the ACCC have continued to increase since the beginning of the year.

    This scam involves internet users finding that their computer has been frozen, with a pop-up alert appearing on their screen. The alert claims to be from the AFP and states that the user’s computer has been locked because they have visited an illegal website or breached various laws. The scammer claims that they will unlock the computer if a fee is paid.

    The AFP does not solicit funds and this message is not associated with the AFP in any way.

    Don’t let a scammer ransom you – if you pay, you are not guaranteed that you will regain control of your computer and there will likely be significant data losses once the virus is removed or computer unlocked.
    How these scams work

    You visit a website or receive an email that scammers have infected with scareware.
    Out of the blue, your computer freezes and you receive a pop-up alert from what appears to be a reputable authority such as the Australian Federal Police. The alert may include a police logo to make it appear legitimate.
    The alert states that your computer has been frozen because you have violated a law or visited an illegal website. Common claims made by the scammers are that you have violated laws around privacy, copyright or child pornography.
    In order to unlock the computer, you are instructed to pay a ’fine’ – usually $100 or $199 – using a prepaid money service. These services involve you purchasing a money voucher from a store, which can then be used to make online payments.
    If you pay, the scammers may or may not unlock your computer. Even if you do regain access to your computer, malware may continue to operate so that the scammers can use your personal and financial details to commit fraud.

    Protect yourself

    Be wary about which websites you visit and do not open emails from unknown senders – emails may contain malware and some sites may automatically download malicious software on your computer.
    Before you download a file, make sure it is from a reputable source. If the file, is a program (for example, the file name ends with .exe) make sure you know exactly what it will do.
    Always keep your computer security up to date with anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a good firewall. Only buy computer and anti-virus software from a reputable source.
    Be careful what you store on your computer – if a scammer gains access to your personal data, they can use it to steal your identity and your money. If you think your computer has been infected, contact your bank or financial institution immediately and change your passwords.
    If you receive a pop up alert and are unable to perform any functions on your computer, it may have been infected and you might need a computer specialist to remove the malware. If you are able to perform some security functions on your computer, use your security software to run a virus check.
    If you have received this scam, unfortunately your computer’s security has been compromised. Even if you have managed to regain control of your computer – whether by your own means or by paying the scammer – it could still be infected with malware. Use your security software to run a virus check but if you have any doubts, contact your anti-virus software provider or a computer specialist.

    Report

    You can report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page on SCAMwatch or by calling 1300 795 995.
    More information

    In October 2012, the AFP and the ACCC issued a media release and SCAMwatch radar respectively about this scam.

    For more information on malware, spyware and key-logging scams, check out SCAMwatch’s online scams section.

    Stay one step ahead of scammers, follow @SCAMwatch_gov on Twitter or visit http://twitter.com/SCAMwatch_gov.
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    Prize alerts hitting New Zealand cell phones. No you did not win, but will likely get a virus or be asked to spend money to activate your prize.

    Scam Alert

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