India scammers arrested over $93,000 sale of fake ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ to doctor
Two men were arrested in India on Thursday after scamming a doctor into buying a magical ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for $93,000, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.Doctor Laeek Khan reported the scam to police in Meerut, a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, last Sunday when he realised the lamp did not possess magical powers.He had been duped into believing the lamp could conjure a wish-granting genie when it was rubbed, as depicted in the well-known fantasy tale, Aladdin.Khan was conned when one of the scammers pretended to be an occultist and made a genie appear from the lamp.When the do...
The Middle East Monitor
Movie review: Surreal but earnest 'Kajillionaire' follows family of scammers' schemes. It's Miranda July's best feature yet
Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area.Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood), curtains of long blonde hair hiding her face, baggy clothes hanging off her frame, stands before a parenting class she’s crashed. And in her low, guttural voice, she describes a hypothetical young girl, named Old Dolio,...
Tribune News Service
LGUs warned: Watch out for scammers posing as DILG officials
LGUs warned: Watch out for scammers posing as DILG officials(Philstar.com) – September 20, 2020 – 4:47pmMANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government warned local government units Sunday that it had been receiving reports of con artists pretending to be affiliated with the DILG in order to scam employees.In a statement issued Sunday, interior spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the modus operandi consisted of impostors posturing as senior officials of the department and reaching out to LGU personnel via call or text and attempting to solicitor favors or extort mo...
2 Nigerians arrested over romance scam
PHUKET: Two Nigerian men have been arrested in this southern island province for suspected involvement in a so-called romance scam.Pol Col Akanit Danpitaksat, the Patong police chief, identified the two Nigerians as Nkemakolam Benson Ugonna, 21, and Osuchukwu Chukwuemeka Malachy, 19.The arrests came after Patong police were asked by the Songkhla immigration police to track down suspects in a romance scam who posted profiles of good-looking men on Facebook to strike up conversations with women in search of foreign partners, deceiving them into believing they really existed and winning their tru...
The Bangkok Post
I Won’t Apologise- Mahama Dares President Akufo-Addo
John MahamaFormer President John Mahama has called the bluff of President Akufo-Addo asking for an apology over the description of the Akyem ethnic group as sakawa people (scammers).Mr Mahama who is NDC flagbearer, was reported to have described Akyems as sakawa people over the Agyapa Royalties deal.However the call has not gone down well with President Akufo-Addo describing it as offensive.But the former President is unapologetic insisting the that President Akufo-Addo has lost the moral right to complain.“What I remember is that I shared the post of one of our finest and brilliant MPs from B...
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‘Shift to online banking also led to rise in scams’
Online scammers are taking advantage of the unprecedented shift to digital, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) said, noting that clients should take safety measures against cyberfraud.The Ayala-led bank said that digital platforms help in easing transactions, the public is also vulnerable to phishing scams.“The easy migration of everyday activities online, particularly purchases and other transactional tasks, has been a great help in improving the quality of life for society. Unfortunately, scammers also saw an opportunity to step up their cybercrime schemes,” said BPI Enterprise Information...
China tech giant Tencent duped by saucy scammers
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese tech giant Tencent has been fooled by impostors posing as representatives of the country's most famous chilli sauce brand, police said, in a saga that nearly pitched the two famous brands against each other in court.The dispute between Tencent -- owner of the WeChat app -- and legendary Chinese sauce Lao Gan Ma heated up this week when a court in the southern city of Shenzhen announced it would freeze assets of the chilli maker worth 16.24 million yuan ($2.3 million).The court said the request came from Tencent, which had sued the manufacturer for not paying advertising...
Coronavirus contact tracing scam may steal stimulus payment
With the rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the number of coronavirus-related scams is growing as well. We have already heard of many tricksthat scammers are using to dupe Americans. Now scammers are using a new trick, called contact tracing scams, to trick users out of their money, including their coronavirus stimulus payment.Q1 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreContact tracing scams: how do they work?The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning last week that fraudsters have developed a new scam involving the states’ contact-tracing initiatives. Lately, the government...
Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill To Crack Down On Pesky Robocalls With TRACED Act
In an effort to crack down on pesky robocalls, the Senate passed a bill on Thursday to grant the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and telecom companies more power to combat spam callers. The TRACED Act allows for scammers to be fined up to $10,000 per fake call that they make, as well as increases the statute of limitations for prosecuting robocallers from one year up to three.While scammers have always been a problem, the number of fake calls has increased dramatically in recent years, with around 48 billion spam calls being placed last year in the United States. The Chairman of the FC...
'Shameless' scammers seek to cash in on Christchurch massacre
Christchurch (New Zealand) (AFP) - Scammers are trying to cash in on the Christchurch mosque massacres, using phishing emails with links to fake bank accounts to ensnare people keen to donate, New Zealand's cyber security body said Monday.The attack on two mosques in which 50 worshippers were killed, allegedly by a white supremacist, has caused an outpouring of grief and prompted a flood of donations -- well over NZ$7 million (US$5 million) -- to those affected.But CERT NZ, a government agency that responds to cyber security incidents, said emails with links to fake banking logins or fraudulen...