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Five Years Ago This week in 2012, the public got a terrifying glimpse of the extent of the NSA's surveillance capabilities thanks to some excellent journalism, which put the agency on the defensive trying to downplay its powers. While this was going...
From: Techdirt | By: Leigh Beadon | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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There’s a guy in Miami who has been catfishing everyone into thinking he plays for the Miami Dolphins. He posted a message on social media about why black athletes run to white women instead of dating black women and now he’s being exposed. Read...
From: Young Black and Fabulous | By: _YBF | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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As hackers learn to imitate the body's unique features, scientists might turn to brainwaves and genomics to verify people's identities.
From: The Atlantic | By: Kaveh Waddell | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. Want to get TrumpBeat in your inbox each week? Sign up for our newsletter. Comments, criticism or suggestions for future...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Ben Casselman | Friday, March 24, 2017
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https://youtu.be/S2BB52xc_cc You are a king and have invited 1,000 guests to a party. Each guest has brought one bottle of wine. But before any of the wine has been opened, your chief spy takes you aside and tells you that he is certain that one, and...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Meet the new fundraising phenomenon.
From: Harvard Business School Publishing | By: Richard Kastelein | Friday, March 24, 2017
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This week, the FCC revealed its plan to battle robocalls. Part of that initiative includes allowing phone companies to target and block calls from fake or suspect phone numbers. Those rules are still being finalized, but T-Mobile isn't wasting any ti......
From: Engadget | By: Billy Steele | Friday, March 24, 2017
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A Huntington Beach man who was dubbed the “Assistant Coach Bandit” by the FBI for prior bank robberies has pleaded guilty to defrauding people in a loan modification scam, authorities said. In 2009, James Allen Ramsdell, 51, was sentenced to...
From: Orange County Register | By: BY KELLY PUENTE | Friday, March 24, 2017
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From the Comey testimony to Devin Nunes' weird tricks to the near-death of the ACHA, it's been a wild ride
From: Salon.com | By: Heather Digby Parton | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Danny Boyle's nostalgic sequel to his breakthrough film proves that you can go home again.
From: The Atlantic | By: Christopher Orr | Friday, March 24, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is yet to take disciplinary action against top customs officers involved in clearing more than 50 containers carrying high-duty goods on fake documents from the Model Customs Collectorate of Port Qasim between...
From: Dawn | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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How do I perform a reverse lookup from this information: craigslist has implemented 2-way email relay to help stop spam and scams. When replying to a post you'll see an address like: abcde-0123456789@sale.craigslist.org When answering an email you'll...
From: WebApps Stack Exchange | By: Thufir | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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So you may have noticed that Google has been caught up in a bit of a stink in the UK over the company's YouTube ads being presented near "extremist" content. The fracas began after a report by the Times pointed out that advertisements for a rotating...
From: Techdirt | By: Karl Bode | Friday, March 24, 2017
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There are some tax scams that target victims after they've filed their returns.
From: The Motley Fool | By: Matthew Frankel | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: A recent Islamabad High Court (IHC) judgement has raised questions about the reliability of Pakistan’s criminal justice system after three accused men - including a former federal minister – were acquitted of corruption charges following...
From: Dawn | Friday, March 24, 2017
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The Born A Crime author however took to Twitter rubbishing those rumours saying; “This is a scam; I’m not coming to Uganda.”
From: Daily Nation Kenya | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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“Let us consider the following trend very carefully: Shiite massacre-no arrest. Southern Kaduna killings-little or no arrest. Agatu genocide-little or no arrest. Pastor Eunice Elisha murdered in broad daylight in Kubwa-No arrest. Evangelist Bridget...
From: Vanguard News Nigeria | By: Tony | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Nearly 2,500 persons were facing investigation by various agencies including the CBI and after that now CAG has highlighted irregularities in it.
From: The Economic Times | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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A real-life femme fatale bilked a film producer out of more than $1 million in a lonely-hearts scam straight out of a B-movie noir....
From: New York Daily News | By: VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS | Friday, March 24, 2017
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The Nigeria Football Federation has dissociated itself from the failure of a plan to have Thursday’s international friendly between the Super Eagles and Teranga Lions of Senegal in London streamed live to interested Nigerians. The post Organisers to...
From: Vanguard News Nigeria | By: Okogba | Friday, March 24, 2017
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This is when a sharp-as-cheddar Wisconsin cop turns the tables on a con artist to catch him in his lies, a now-viral video shows. Officer Kyle Roder of the Eau Claire Police Department received a voicemail on Monday morning from someone claiming to...
From: New York Post | By: Amanda Woods | Friday, March 24, 2017
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You know what feels better than hanging up on a robocall? Never getting the call in the first place.  Starting April 5, T-Mobile ONE customers will have the opportunity to enable a new feature that the company claims can prevent spam calls before they...
From: Mashable | By: Jack Morse | Friday, March 24, 2017
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A video that shows a Wisconsin cop returning a call from a scammer impersonating an IRS agent has gone viral on Facebook.
From: Fox News | Friday, March 24, 2017
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A former New Jersey Labor Department clerk is going to prison for stealing approximately $56,000 in unemployment benefits.
From: U.S. News and World Report | Friday, March 24, 2017
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On Thursday I wrote a snarky lead for my story about the Devin Nunes mini-drama commenting on how “prescient” Donald Trump and his associates have been — implying that they are often scheming and just can’t...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Friday, March 24, 2017
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The apex court had on January 23 ordered constitution of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the allegations of "abuse of authority" prima facie committed by Sinha.
From: The Economic Times | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Extortion, blackmail, cash back scams and slavery are happening every day under our noses.
From: Sydney Morning Herald | By: Adele Ferguson | Friday, March 24, 2017
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A man who was involved in a scam that conned a “exceptionally vulnerable” woman out of her life savings has been jailed for three years.
From: Irish Independent | Friday, March 24, 2017
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, arraigned a businessman, Ibrahim Kamba, before Justice Y. Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Jabi on one-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence....
From: Vanguard News Nigeria | By: adekunle | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Trump Watch: Our conman in chief is in trouble, Thousands of Trump University students file to get their money back.  It’s almost like you shouldn’t be the president if your business is running scams on people. ————– Nunes gives away...
From: The Sietch Blog | By: The Naib | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Victims of this new scam are directed to a website which looks like the official Singapore Police Force website - and then asked to provide confidential information. In most reported cases, victims end up losing an "extensive" amount of money, police...
From: Channel News Asia | Friday, March 24, 2017
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It’s the most cunning robocall scam I’ve encountered — and the fact that I’ve fallen for it more than once tells you how successful it can be. The phone rings. You pick it up and say “hello.” There’s a brief silence and then a woman’s...
From: Los Angeles Times | By: David Lazarus | Friday, March 24, 2017
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When I wrote about The Golden Age of x86 Gaming, I implied that, in the future, it might be an interesting, albeit expensive, idea to upgrade your video card via an external Thunderbolt 3 enclosure. I'm here to report that the future is now. Yes, that's...
From: Coding Horror | By: Jeff Atwood | Friday, March 24, 2017
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC yesday secured the conviction of the dou of Innocent Uche Clinton and Emmanuel Okanni before Justice Sa'ad Muhammad of the Gombe State High Court on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and theft....
From: Vanguard News Nigeria | By: adekunle | Friday, March 24, 2017
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A prosecution witness, Nuhu Dalhatu, yesterday, told a Federal High Court, Abuja, that about N800 million used for the construction of a shopping mall linked to Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Air Staff, was traced to the Nigeria Air Force, NAF’s account....
From: Vanguard News Nigeria | By: adekunle | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Virgin Atlantic is emailing customers asking for money after they paid for seat reservations. The email and phone number make it look like a scam. Source:: Dailymail...
From: Palestine Telegraph | By: PT Editor | Friday, March 24, 2017
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"The destructive effects of false symmetry in reporting": The Scammers, the Scammed and America’s Fate, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: ...Mr. Ryan’s proposed Obamacare replacement ... is one of the worst bills ever presented to Congress. It would deprive...
From: Economist's View | By: Mark Thoma | Friday, March 24, 2017
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On politicians who aren’t real leaders, but play leaders on TV.
From: New York Times | By: PAUL KRUGMAN | Friday, March 24, 2017
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George Leef, ForbesIn a political scam, a union conspired with a governor they supported to facilitate unionization of thousands of home health care providers and thereby skim off a percentage of the money given to them through Medicaid. Some of those...
From: Real Clear Markets | By: George Leef, Forbes | Friday, March 24, 2017
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Malicious apps disguised as Minecraft mods bombard users with ads or direct them to scam sites.        ...
From: USA Today | By: USA TODAY | Friday, March 24, 2017
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New research published by security firm ZeroFOX Inc. has found that bitcoin scams have surged as the cryptocurrency has hit record highs. The research found that along with traditional scams such as phishing attempts and pyramid schemes, new types of...
From: Silicon Angle | By: Duncan Riley | Friday, March 24, 2017
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These cases bring to 86 the number of people the state Attorney General's Office has charged with defrauding the federal government out of Sandy aid
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The manager of a now-defunct used car dealership out of Bergen County was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for his role in a $1.4 million auto loan scam, authorities said.
From: Newark Star-Ledger | By: Sara Jerde | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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 It was a productive meeting at the FCC: Chairman Pai talked about putting pressure on phone scammers, preventing phone smuggling in prisons, and improving mobile service. But one thing he didn’t want to talk about was the vote taking place in the...
From: TechCrunch | By: Devin Coldewey | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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There is simply no place in the federal government for a scam that improperly funded Obamacare
From: The Daily Caller | By: Drew Johnson | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Neil Gorsuch's bland denials belong to a tradition of conservative dishonesty that reaches back many decades
From: Salon.com | By: Paul Rosenberg | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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An alternative path to Obamacare repeal is ready and waiting. The post Lo & Behold: A Replica of the Successful 2015 Obamacare Repeal Is Languishing in Committee appeared first on RedState....
From: Red State | By: Andrea Ruth | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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'The election was a wakeup call,' says Rep. Ro Khanna, who came to eastern Kentucky to see what the tech industry and Appalachia can offer each other.
From: Politico | By: Nancy Scola | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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