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After Syriza's victory in Greece, investors are fretting that Spain's "We Can" party could derail reform plans and fiscal discipline. They needn't worry. The Podemos target is the demon of corruption. Even if the movement has already peaked, it has done...
From: Reuters | By: Rob Cox | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Jamaican authorities are preparing to extradite a fraud suspect to the U.S. to face charges of allegedly participating in a lottery scam that fleeced thousands of dollars from elderly Americans....
From: Fox News | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett both gave impassioned speeches Thursday about how student athletes are unfairly maligned and how universities don't do enough for them.
From: ESPN | By: Terry Blount | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Silver is hardly unique. Corrupt U.S. politicians invariably get caught - sometimes because they overreach, sometimes because an ambitious prosecutor or investigative reporter exposes the scam.
From: Reuters | By: Terry Golway | Friday, January 30, 2015
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I. My Pakistani passport is the most Pakistani thing about me. When I clutch it approaching the border agents, I carefully keep the seal facing downwards. No need to scare off the grandmother next to me. Yet the green does seep out of my palm. My expiring...
From: Chapati Mystery | By: sepoy | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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This week, our honeymoon expert Sara Margulis is taking us to Italy to share her latest  honeymoon deals and ideas! Sara is co-founder of Honeyfund, the world’s most popular honeymoon registry. Sara and her husband, Josh, also started Plumfund,...
From: Wedding Bee | By: Sara Margulis | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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With Andrew Sullivan announcing the end of his 15-year blogging career—and with it, his “bold experiment” in transforming journalism into crowd-funded blogging— I figure it’s a good time to take one last look at Sullivan’s long, poisonous...
From: Pando Daily | By: Mark Ames | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The Florida Office of Financial Regulation is warning residents today to be wary of real estate fraud scams that require consumers to spend large sums of money on investment properties. Look for the following red flags ......
From: Palm Beach Post | By: Kimberly Miller | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The IRS has been cracking down on tax cheats trying to hide money in offshore accounts. But it's still one of the top tax scams out there.
From: CNN | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Judge brands £1.1 million fraud a 'scandal' after it is revealed Michael Redhead sold 400,000 packs of a cheaper oriental perch to Iceland...
From: Telegraph | By: Agency | Friday, January 30, 2015
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The wealthy owner of a West Side for-profit hospital turned patients’ trusting relationships with their doctors “upside down” by paying cash kickbacks for patient referrals, federal prosecutors said Wednesday as the long-awaited trial of Sacred...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Kim Janssen | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Secrets tax preparers won't admit up frontGettyFrom fraud to ripoffs, the field of tax preparation is a magnet for some of the worst consumer abuses. Ways to protect yourself -- and your moneyMore on tax seasonWhich tax forms should you file?Overlooked...
From: Good News Now | Friday, January 30, 2015
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DRI has found that the companies involved are mostly 'fly-by-night' exporters raising suspicion that they are fronts for hawala transactions of influential people.
From: The Economic Times | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Saradha scam: Mukul Roy being questioned"I have been asked by the CBI to appear before it to face interrogation. Thus I came here to help in the process," the senior TMC leader said.
From: The Economic Times | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Warren Farrell Photograph by Winni Wintermeyer On a balmy afternoon last June, dozens of demonstrators carrying "Stop the Violence" and "Rape is Rape" placards descended on the Hilton DoubleTree in downtown Detroit. They had come to protest the first-ever...
From: Mother Jones | By: Mariah Blake | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Dave Johnson at the Campaign for America's Future writes Let’s Take Apart The Corporate Case For Fast Track Trade Authority. An excerpt: U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the corporate argument...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Citing coal scam, CVC now tightens grip over CBIThe CVC has also said that it plans to hold review meetings with CBI Director & officers at any interval rather than a monthly review which is done presently.
From: The Economic Times | Friday, January 30, 2015
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First published at Capital New York What might “60 Minutes” be like if it were launching in 2015? It might look—or really sound—a lot like “Reveal.” You may have bumped into “Reveal,” a first-of-its-kind regular radio investigative-journalism...
From: Newsonomics | By: Ken Doctor | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Jamaican authorities are preparing to extradite a fraud suspect to the U.S. to face charges of allegedly participating in a lottery scam that fleeced thousands of dollars from elderly Americans.Click to Continue »...
From: Charlotte Observer | By: The Associated Press () | Friday, January 30, 2015
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A Burr Oak Cemetery worker testified Thursday that the foreman on site used a sledgehammer to destroy a cement liner surrounding an old casket and once heard him use an expletive to describe the skeletal remains he wanted trashed to make room for a fresh...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Rummana Hussain | Friday, January 30, 2015
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“One of the biggest scams in America”
From: The Big Lead | By: Ty Duffy | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed what looks like a Rs 2,700 crore racket to turn black money parked abroad into white and bring it back through fraudulent exports.
From: Times of India | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Jamaican authorities are preparing to extradite a fraud suspect to the U.S. to face charges of allegedly participating in a lottery scam that fleeced thousands of dollars from elderly Americans.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Remember Craig Brittain? He was the guy who set up a revenge porn site called "Is Anybody Down?," and got a lot of attention for also having a separate site called "Takedown Lawyer" which claimed to be a lawyer named David Blade III, who would get naked...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A Northwest suburban Ponzi schemer who conned hundreds of retirees out of their life savings was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday by a federal judge who told him he’d done “real damage.” Daniel Spitzer, 55, of Barrington, cost 270 victims...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Kim Janssen | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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During the Arab Spring, a Canadian woman fell in love with a Syrian-American woman who later went missing, sparking a media frenzy. Their relationship, which had been documented on the "Gay Girl In Damascus" blog, captured the hearts and attention of...
From: Indiewire | By: Elizabeth Logan | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Chagrin Falls: A patriotic debate: Initial unemployment compensation claims fall to 265,000: After several weeks of 300,000+ initial applications for unemployment compensation, those claims for the week ending Jan. 24...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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by Monica Heisey I was very sure it was not bed bugs. I was so, so sure. In fact, I knew it was not bed bugs because I had done some extensive googling and cream buying and had gone to the doctor and decided what it really was was an obscure skin condition...
From: The Billfold | By: Monica Heisey | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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It just kind of happened. At least, that's how Bill Swank remembers it. He had gotten a call from Dion Rich the night before, to meet him along the San Diego piers. Swank figured they were getting lunch. But Rich shows up and they start walking and talking...
From: Rolling Stone | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Did you know that certain scams are more likely to occur during certain times of the year? Here’s a year-long look at cons to beware of.
From: AARP | By: Managing Editor | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Hours before Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy was expected to walk into the CBI building in Kolkata on Friday to face questions over the multicrore Saradha scam the ruling party in West Bengal seemed caught between a rock and a hard place...
From: Hindustan Times | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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J. Hoberman at Artforum: IT IS OBVIOUS BY NOW that Paul Thomas Anderson isn’t making individual movies so much as building an oeuvre block by block—the sturdiest, most resilient body of work by a big-time American director since Stanley Kubrick......
From: Three Quarks Daily | By: Morgan Meis | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Filed under: Investing Basics, Alternative Investment, Biotechnology, Investment Fraud, Investing Shutterstock Thanks to Hollywood, most Americans imagine that the castles and keeps of medieval Europe were romantic places where princesses found their...
From: Daily Finance | By: Brian Lund | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Most, not all. In the last thirty years, most Americans have gotten poorer. US net worth rose considerably over that period, which is what you would expect to see. Technology has improved and productivity increased, so society has a greater capacity...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A LaPlace man was sentenced to a year and one day in jail after pleading guilty in federal court to conspiracy to pass fake checks, according to the U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. also sentenced......
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Let's leap back to 1994. Grunge and gangsta rap dominated MTV—music that claimed to be gritty and honest. Yet that year in Orlando, as far away from Seattle as it gets, a Ponzi-scheme scam artist named Lou Pearlman selected five lads aged 14 to 21...
From: OC Weekly | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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It’s a drama that plays out all the time in today’s New York City: landlord and tenant in a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled building locked in a vicious legal tussle over...
From: New York Post | By: Post Editorial Board | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Trinamool Congress functionary Mukul Roy, who has been asked to appear before the CBI in connection with the Saradha scam, on Wednesday said he would be available to the agency on January 30 and cooperate in the probe.
From: Times of India | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Scammers target companies that regularly use wire transfers.Here's a nightmare scenario: You're working in the accounts department, when you receive an email from your boss, asking that you urgently wire one of the company's foreign suppliers a five-figure...
From: Fast Company | By: Luke Dormehl | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Today's comic by Matt Bors is The future of climate debate: NYTimes executive editor says paper wasn't aggressive enough after 9/11: Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, believes his newspaper – in company with the US mainstream...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The trials of two brothers accused of partaking in a grisly scheme of digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery began at the Bridgeview criminal courthouse Wednesday. Keith Nicks, 51, and Terrence...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Rummana Hussain | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Running a consumer complaint site has its problems. For one, unhappy companies and individuals will use a variety of methods to get negative reviews taken down, including bogus defamation and copyright claims. So, you safeguard against that by refusing...
From: Techdirt | By: Tim Cushing | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Duke Energy issued a general warning this week of "recent scams" on customers within its service area....
From: Orlando Sentinel | By: Marco Santana | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Online peer-to-peer platforms draw from murky world of less-regulated lending
From: Financial Times | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Last week, Mother Jones reported that Mike Huckabee used his PAC to funnel more than $400,000 to his family. This week, Politico’s Ken Vogel gives us a story about scammy conservative PACs that make thousands of dollars from home with just one...
From: Wonkette | By: Dan Weber | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cyber security research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
From: PhysOrg | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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This kind of scam seems to be a growing trend, police said.
From: Newark Star-Ledger | By: Kathryn Brenzel | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Erick Erickson's email list subscribers have received a bizarre array of pitches from conspiracy theorists and dubious practitioners warning of the impending death of millions of Americans and promising "cures" to cancer, Alzheimer's, and aging. Politico's...
From: Media Matters | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Filed under: Consumer Ally, Consumer Protection, Ripoffs & Scams, Mobile Technology Image Source/Getty Images The largest prepaid mobile phone service company in the country will pay $40 million to settle charges that it duped consumers with the...
From: Daily Finance | By: Mitch Lipka | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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PHOENIX — 1. Don't be that guy What a player doesn't want to be is this guy.  The night before Super Bowl XXIII, Stanley Wilson would make history. And not the good kind. He went on a cocaine binge and missed the game. It would go down as one of...
From: Bleacher Report | By: Mike Freeman | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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