Friday, October 27, 2023

Man arrested with drugs in his pockets claims “these aren’t my shorts”

    How Not to Kill Yourself: A Portrait of the Suicidal Mind by Clancy Martin is reviewed by Robin Abcarian at The Los Angeles Times.

I’ve Been Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett is reviewed by Stuart Jeffries at The Guardian

Free and Equal by Daniel Chandler is reviewed by Glyn Davis at Australian Book Review.

Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality by Dave Edmonds is reviewed by Johnny Lyons at the Dublin Review of Books.

   Global scam study concludes 25% of people worldwide have been scam victims with losses of over $1 trillion

FTC issues new report to Congress on frauds against older victims
  • Investment frauds; tech support scams and business impersonation top the list
DOJ releases report on elder fraud to Congress
Tampa: Man extradited from Moldova and charged; sold computer passwords on the dark web; had at least 350,000
India undertakes national crackdown on tech support operations; raids 76 locations

India: Mumbai police raid call center defrauding Canadians by claiming they were law enforcement and need to keep victim money “safe;” five employees leap from top of one story building to escape and are injured; 17 arrested
FTC fraud studies.  Over a period of several years Keith Anderson of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics did four several extensive consumer surveys looking at the nature and extent of consumer fraud in the US.  They are really excellent, and though fraud has increased measurably since then – and some scams have increased while others have diminished --  these still hold important insights and relevant information.  Here are links to them: August 2004October 2007;  April 2013October 2019

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  Business Email compromise fraud RansomwareData Breaches Bitcoin and cryptocurrencyATM SkimmingRomance Fraud and Sextortion

 Armed Services Editions exhibit 

       At the Grolier Club in New York they have an exhibit, The Best-Read Army in the World, focusing on the remarkable Armed Services Editions -- "123 million pocket-sized paperbacks" ! -- that were distributed to American troops during World War II, running from 27 September to 30 December. 
       See also the report in Fine Books & CollectionsDid the US Have the Best-Read Army in World War II ? and Jennifer Schuessler's report in The New York TimesHow the Humble Paperback Helped Win World War II (presumably paywalled)
       And see the Armed Services Editions Collection at the Library of Congress