Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Illegal alien from Venezuela tries to rob Ohio bank using translator app

 Ohio: 81 year old man who was a grandparent scam victim shoots and kills Uber driver who came to pick up the money; driver apparently not involved with the scam


Comment about revenge taken by scammers by victims by Professor Anthony Pratkanis:  Historically, these sorts of revenge attacks on con grifters are not uncommon.  That is why con criminals have developed extensive methods for "cooling out the mark" and "the blow-off."  And they seemed to do that in cases like this as well, either by hiring a legit Uber driver or by placing another (lower level) person who is in on the scam between them and the victim.  I think people are becoming increasingly upset and angry at the level of fraud and scams we are all experiencing.  A recent study found record levels of people reporting that they had been the target of a fraud attempt and a desire for action to be taken to stop these scams.
US cyber agency issues emergency alert to federal email systems using Microsoft over threats by Russian hackers; must take immediate steps
Brooklyn: Canadian/French citizen gets ten years prison for mass mailing fraud claiming to be a psychic and telling people they would win large sums in a lottery; victims had to send back $20 or more; took in $175 million; used names Maria DuVal and Patrick Guerin
BBB updates my 2020 study on nonexistent vehicles sold online
  • Complaints to the BBB jumped sharply in 2023
  • Scammers also advertise campers, motorcyles, farm equipment
  • New wrinkle is scammers sending people to a fake VIN search site, claiming to be like Carfax; victims enter credit card numbers, get charged
  • Three quarters of victims over 45
  • Original study here
 Oxford and New South Wales Canberra release study on top countries responsible for cybercrime
  • In order, Russia, Ukraine, China, US, Nigeria, Romania, and North Korea

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 fraud and crypto scams
Fraud News Around the world  Humor FTC and CFPBArtificial Intelligence and deep fake fraudVirus Benefit Theft Kidnapping and forced to scamBusiness Email compromise fraud Ransomware and data breachesBitcoin and cryptocurrency  Jamaica and Lottery FraudRomance Fraud and Sextortion