Men write many fine and plausible arguments in support of monarchy, but the fact remains that where every man has a voice, brutal laws are impossible
- Mark Twain
Banks Around World Are Suffering Big Outages, Leaving Millions of Customers in Lurch At Worst Possible Time
Twenty banks (some suffering repeated outages), six countries (one in lockdown), five continents, tens of millions of unhappy customers.
This video highlights one of the ways in which the Netherlands makes their streets safer for pedestrians: continuous sidewalks. Instead of sidewalks ending at the curb and picking up on the other side of the street, many sidewalks in Dutch cities continue across roadways, at the same height and using different surface materials, forcing cars to slow and signaling to drivers to be alert for pedestrians.
It’s hard to describe how much nicer it is to walk in an environment like this. It feels like the people walking are in control and that drivers are a guest in their environment, not the other way around.
Ed Yong: We’re Already Barreling Toward the Next Pandemic. The US is throwing too little money at high-tech, ultimately private sector solutions but much of the problem comes down to our underfunded public health system and “profoundly unequal society”.
“To be ready for the next pandemic, we need to make sure that there’s an even footing in our societal structures,” Seema Mohapatra, a health-law expert at Indiana University, told me. That vision of preparedness is closer to what 19th-century thinkers lobbied for, and what the 20th century swept aside. It means shifting the spotlight away from pathogens themselves and onto the living and working conditions that allow pathogens to flourish. It means measuring preparedness not just in terms of syringes, sequencers, and supply chains but also in terms of paid sick leave, safe public housing, eviction moratoriums, decarceration, food assistance, and universal health care. It means accompanying mandates for social distancing and the like with financial assistance for those who might lose work, or free accommodation where exposed people can quarantine from their family. It means rebuilding the health policies that Reagan began shredding in the 1980s and that later administrations further frayed. It means restoring trust in government and community through public services. “It’s very hard to achieve effective containment when the people you’re working with don’t think you care about them,” Arrianna Marie Planey, a medical geographer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told me.
For most people, the ping of an incoming SMS will induce some level of excitement — or mild intrigue at least. But with SMS scams on the rise, many may now be meeting this same sound with trepidation.
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) ScamWatch website, scams delivered via “phone” or “text” this year far outnumber those sent through any other delivery method, including social media or email.
Delivery and postal scams are particularly common in SMS scam campaigns, with Australia Post even hosting a dedicated scam alerts page on its website. Other forms of fraud encountered via SMS include premium-rate text fraud, tax demands, fake contact-tracing messages and smishing (SMS phishing).
While eliminating the threat might be difficult, there are some simple ways you can avoid becoming the next victim.
ACCC reports Australia has seen an 89% increase in fraud this so far this year
- Most of it phone related
- Fake invoices for antivirus and other goods supposedly ordered a huge part of this
- Fake parcel delivery emails a special problem
People make good decisions. What we found doing advertising at the FTC is that given good information people make really good decisions. Thus when we made people end deceptive claims for products the products generally vanished from the shelves, even despite efforts to continue advertising them. In fact, the concept of trusting the people is central to the American experiment. There were those who thought that ordinary people could never be trusted to make decisions and those should be left to experts or aristocracy. So the American public is pretty bright, and I’d urge all my media friends to focus on facts and not put their thumb on the scale for any political point of view.
BBB Studies. Here are links to some of the study topics: puppy fraud, tech support fraud, romance fraud money mules, apartment rental, crooked movers, government imposters, online vehicle sale scams, rental fraud, gift cards and job scams.
Coronavirus Fraud News Around the world
- Australia ACCC issues report on Google dominance in market to advertising technology
- Scammers stealing billions by using info of people posting jobs online to do identify theft and steal benefits
- California man arrested for home rental scam
- Fraud in the UK up 30% this year
- 25 years after the FTC sued New Balance over deceptive Made in the USA claims; group reports new violations
- EFCC in Australia arrests 26 for internet fraud
- California AG’s office arrests head of student loan debt relief fraud; took at least 19,000 people
- 60% of California investment advisors say they don’t have policies to deal with financial fraud against seniors
- UK man pleads guilty in pet fraud
- Cyber attack, Denial of Service, hit major US VOiP phone systems
- FTC names four signs that you’re dealing with a scam
- Customer finds naked woman in jeep for sale
- Man arrested who was found asleep in a pile of chicken fingers and meth
- Seattle driving school instructor sold at least 2000 passing grades to students
- Crypto trading hamster outperforms Warren Buffett and bitcoin
- Chicago: In case that decided FTC didn’t have authority to get restitution under 13b; trial court orders refimds under different authority of Restore Online Shopper Confidence act
- FTC makes Sam Levine from BCP and Holly Vedova of BC permanent instead of "acting"
- FTC settles with company that ripped off inmates and their families in magazine scam where they were often never delivered
- FTC sending $2 million in refunds to fraud victims
- FTC bans bogus debt collectors that threatened arrests from doing business; took in $3 million in scam
- FTC testimony at the Senate Aging Committee
- Senate advances nomination of FTC Commissioner Chopra to head CFPB
- Michigan: Four indicted for PPP/EIDL fraud; took in $4.1 million
- Florida: Man convicted by jury of PPP fraud; identity theft
- Maryland: Man indicted for PPP fraud; got $3.5 million
- San Francisco: Three, including prison inmate, charged with ID theft to steal unemployment benefits
- Nevada man pleads guilty to $1.9 million PPP fraud
- Australia: Man charged with BEC fraud
- Ireland: 19 year old arrested for laundering funds from BEC fraud; believed to be a “mule herder”
- Hits Hawaii payment processing firm
- Attack on Connecticut school system
- Hits Minnesota farm Co-op
- Attack on Connecticut medical center
- Ukraine police take out six call centers selling crypto investments
- FTC sees 800% increase in losses to crypto scams