crime
Couple Who Scammed Amazon Out of More Than £895,000 in Electronics Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison

Back in October, Gizmodo reported that a couple in the US state of Indiana had been charged for relieving $1.2 million (£895,400) worth of merchandise from Amazon. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana yesterday sentenced husband and wife Erin and Leah Finan to nearly six years in prison each. Read More >>

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Suspected Crypto Ponzi Scheme Bitconnect Hit With Yet Another Lawsuit

Bitconnect is being sued yet again, according to a document filed today with the US District Court of Northern California. This lawsuit, to the best of our knowledge, is the sixth brought against the company since its abrupt closure in mid-January. Read More >>

security
Hackers Steal Millions by Ditching Malware to Sidestep Security

Employing sophisticated scams involving social engineering, email phishing, and the harvesting of employee passwords, attackers have pilfered millions from some of the world's largest corporations—all while bypassing traditional hacking safeguards by simply avoiding the use of malware. Read More >>

crime
Bookkeeper Caught Embezzling £535,000 After Bonehead Kid Downloads Computer Virus

A woman in the US state of Alaska was pulling off an embezzlement scheme so sly that even an IRS audit didn’t uncover the theft. But then her boss’s grandson infected granddaddy’s computer with a virus, ultimately leading to the discovery of false cheques. Read More >>

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Apple Criticised for Not Investigating App Developer Who Faked Her Cancer

When the Apple Watch launched in 2015, Belle Gibson was touted by Apple as a star. Not only had Gibson supposedly cured her own cancer through healthy eating, she now had an app for both the iPhone and Apple Watch that could help others do the same. But now that her own cancer and “cure” have been exposed as fake, people are asking what responsibility Apple had to the public. Read More >>

crime
Computer Parts Site Newegg Is Being Sued for Allegedly Engaging in Massive Fraud

A suit filed Friday in the US District Court in Los Angeles by four South Korean banks alleges “massive fraud” with an outstanding debt of at least $230 million (£174 million), and California-based electronic parts seller Newegg has been named as a defendant, along with wholesaler ASI Corporation and its officers. Read More >>

money
It’s Safer to Keep the Contactless Limit at £30, says London Police Chief

It's been two years since the contactless payment limit rose from £20 to £30, but Commissioner Ian Dyson, the current head of London's police, doesn't think it should go any higher; citing concerns over a potential rise in card fraud if it did. Read More >>

crime
The Latest Scam Doing the Rounds is the Fake ‘Missed Delivery’ Card

We all know those pesky red missed delivery cards used by Royal Mail. Whether you were home or not during the attempted delivery, those things will turn up sooner or later - forcing you to ask for another attempt, trek to a delivery office that's open for five minutes a week, or pay to have your parcel shipped off to a nearby post office. Read More >>

crime
‘The Biggest Marketplace on the Dark Web’ Gets Busted by Authorities

On July 4th, AlphaBay Market went down and scared the hell out of users. One of, if not the most popular destination for illicit goods on the dark net, the site took over Silk Road’s throne after its founder was arrested. According to a new report, AlphaBay has suffered the same fate and international authorities have shut it down. Read More >>

crime
Bank Cards With a Screen Could Come to Foil Fraudsters

Your bank card might soon be really interesting to look at, as it's possible that a small screen may be embedded into future models in order to better combat the use of stolen card details. Read More >>

crime
If You Ordered a Rare Indian Root Online, It’s Probably Just a Dried Lizard Penis

The Hatha Jodi root is believed to bring good luck, allegedly because it looks like two praying hands. You know what also looks like two praying hands? Dried lizard penis. And poachers have noticed. Read More >>

crime
Thai Click-Fraud Farm Busted Using Wall of iPhones

Three Chinese citizens were arrested in Thailand on Sunday after a police raid uncovered a massive click-fraud operation of roughly 500 smartphones, mostly iPhones, and an estimated 350,000 SIM cards. The men reportedly admitted to using the phones to inflate the number of clicks on ads in WeChat, China’s largest messaging app. Read More >>

dating
Have You Fallen in Love With a Template Letter?

A new campaign is warning people who cruise dating sites to be on the lookout for scams, as the loneliest of heart are apparently being attacked and made to fall in love with criminals via the means of a stock series of romantic messages. Read More >>

history
The Untold Story of Napoleon Hill, the Greatest Self-help Scammer of All Time

Napoleon Hill is the most famous conman you’ve probably never heard of. Born into poverty in rural Virginia at the end of the 19th century, Hill went on to write one of the most successful self-help books of the 20th century: Think and Grow Rich. In fact, he helped invent the genre. But it’s the untold story of Hill’s fraudulent business practices, tawdry sex life, and membership in a New York cult that makes him so fascinating. Read More >>

security
You Don’t Need Anti-Virus Software for Your Life

Yesterday security company Symantec, best known for its consumer anti-virus programs, spent $2.3 billion on a company called LifeLock. LifeLock is a so-called “identity protection” provider that is supposed to help alert its subscribers to odd activity on their accounts. Read More >>