Monday, September 11, 2023

Europe: Reseachers find that AI can listen to you type and figure out your passwords

 The IRS plans to crack down on 1,600 millionaires to collect millions of dollars in back taxes Associated Press.: “But not billionaires. Never billionaires.”

CFPB settles with Lexington law firm; did business also as; get $2.7 Billion judgment; company now in bankruptcy

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reports sharp increase in scams offering jobs at home working on apps; claim to pay in crypto; set up online account for victims showing money increases, but can never withdraw it

FBI, working with seven European countries, takes down Qakbot botnet operation that sent spam with attachments containing malware that affected 700,000 worldwide To dismantle the botnet, the FBI gained lawful access to Qakbot’s infrastructure and redirected Qakbot traffic to FBI-controlled servers, which instructed infected computers to download an uninstaller file. This uninstaller was created by law enforcement to untether the victims’ computers from the Qakbot botnet, preventing further installation of malware through Qakbot.
United Nations report says at least 120,00 people in Myanmar and 100,000 in Cambodia are being forced to operate scams
  • Includes crypto romance scams and illegal gambling
Three Nigerian men extradited from the UK get prison for inheritance scams; 90 months, 87 months, and 82 months

India: Police bust room calling US citizens and pretending to be with the Social Security Administration; 84 arrested
Review and Recommendation: I really liked Truman, by David McCullough, a biography of Harry Truman that is both highly readable and shows the extraordinary issues this not so ordinary man successfully confronted in the pivotal periods just before and after World War II. All of McCullough's books are well worth it.

Fraud Studies: Here are links to the studies I’ve written for the Better Business Bureau: puppy fraudromance fraud; BEC fraudsweepstakes/lottery fraud,  tech support fraudromance fraud money mulescrooked movers, government impostersonline vehicle sale scamsrental fraud, gift cards,  free trial offer frauds,  job scams,  online shopping fraud,  fake check fraudand crypto scams
Fraud News Around the worldHumor FTC and CFPBVirus Benefit Theft Social mediaKidnapping and forced to scamBusiness Email compromise fraud RansomwareBitcoin and cryptocurrencyRomance Fraud and Sextortion