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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Money discipline with baby exhaustion 2. Never enough 3. Piles of old paperbacks...
From: The Simple Dollar | By: Trent | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Airbnb is having some troubles in New York: While it’s technically illegal for New York City residents to rent their entire place for fewer than 30 days at a time — room-shares and extended sublets are allowed — the city and attorney general’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Filed under: Identity Theft, Credit, Retail, Ripoffs & Scams, Stores Lynne Sladky/AP By Jim Finkle and Supriya Kurane Staples (SPLS) is investigating a possible breach of payment card data and has contacted law enforcement about the matter, making...
From: Daily Finance | By: Reuters | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Supermodel and singer selling Hollywood home APChrissy Teigen and John Legend recently said their 'home feels a bit small' and have decided to put it on the market for nearly $2M. Is a baby on the way? More in Finance Ebola scams spreading wildly Why...
From: Good News Now | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Authorities in Michigan say that a manager of a nursing home spent several years siphoning off residents’ funds, making herself wealthier to the tune of nearly half a million dollars in the process — and she wasn’t caught until after she’d already...
From: Consumerist | By: Chris Morran | Monday, October 20, 2014
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It's not clear when or where the scams are occurring, but they're scams, each and every one.
From: Time | By: Matt Peckham | Monday, October 20, 2014
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See this story at BrooklynPaper.com.By Carmine Santa MariaThe Brooklyn PaperI’m madder than the lead singer of AC/DC when he was slipped a lozenge that ruined his patented voice over the fact I can’t buy box of Pine Bros. on my charge card at Targets...
From: The Brooklyn Paper | By: By Carmine Santa Maria | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Shady NZ shell company merchant GT Group's global footprint just keeps growing, as do its links to the dreamy nonsense that is the "Maharal Network".  In our latest global tour, let’s visit Romania and Moldova first, via Ukraine and New Zealand....
From: Naked Capitalism | By: Richard Smith | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Facebook Monday sued lawyers who represented a man claiming he was entitled to a stake in the huge social network, saying they should have known he was a scam artist.
From: Daily Nation Kenya | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Coal scam: CBI files revised final report in Birla caseDuring the hearing, the IO told the court that as directed earlier, they are filing all the documents related to the case before the court.
From: The Economic Times | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Last night, while wading through my mail (junk mail; junk mail; credit card offer for my four-year-old, so she can Uber instead of take the bus; junk mail), I noticed a letter saying I needed to pay about $1100 to renew my daily NY Times print subscription—and...
From: Gothamist | By: Jen Chung | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Donna Dzienisewski submitted more than 100 phony claims in two years
From: Newark Star-Ledger | By: Paul Milo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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I regularly get a taxi at Toronto Pearson Airport to my home in Toronto. There's a flat fare of $47, but if I just get into a cab, about one-third of the time the driver will try to charge me $55 (the rate for the center of downtown) or a meter fare...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: grouse | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Anonabox seemed like a perfect product: Anonymous browsing, low entry price, and most of all, easy to use. And with October being National Cybersecurity Awareness month, it seemed the timing was also perfect. Indeed, the project far exceeded its funding...
From: Media Bistro | By: Kimberlee Morrison | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Businessmancumlawyer Gautam Khaitan is likely to spend this Diwali in jail where hes been lodged since his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate ED 28 days ago in the Rs 3600 AgustaWestland scam as a Delhi court Monday denied his bail application...
From: Hindustan Times | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday recommended CBI inquiry against her predecessor Ashok Gehlot and other Congress leaders, including Sachin Pilot.
From: Times of India | Monday, October 20, 2014
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An Illinois attorney, apparently victimized by a fake client in an Internet scam involving purported settlement payments in a divorce case, has been sued over…...
From: ABA Journal | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Two popular Dogecoin and Bitcoin exchanges have allegedly been robbed by their CEO — a known con-artist — resulting in a MtGox’ian-collapse and customers being left empty-handed. The CEO of Moolah, Alex Green, who was declared responsible for “The...
From: Animal New York | By: Peter Yeh | Monday, October 20, 2014
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As Pando has covered, Toronto-based TellSpec panhandled on Indiegogo to the tune of almost $400,000 last October, pretending that its small handheld food scanner, that could tell you the nutritional values of your food, was production-ready. The ‘real...
From: Pando Daily | By: James Robinson | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Fans of GTA V (Grand Theft Auto 5) were so eager to download the new PC version of the game that they accidentally installed a massive file loaded with viruses. According to Christian Today, a free PC Beta download for GTA V was being offered online,...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Benjamin Simon | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Now that the first group of people to be exposed to Thomas Eric Duncan — including his fiancée and other members of his family in Dallas — have made it through their 21-day quarantine period without developing the disease themselves, you might think...
From: Wonkette | By: Doktor Zoom | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Federal Trade Commission warns that scammers are ready and waiting to take advantage of…
From: Black Enterprise | By: Sheiresa Ngo | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The cops are always warning us about ballsy scammers who are looking to pay rent by ripping you off. However, this week, it's not just one weird scam you have to worry about — it's five.  San Francisco police published a brief report titled “Don’t...
From: SF Weekly | By: Michael Barba | Monday, October 20, 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Credit card fraud amounted to RM29.4mil last year, with unauthorised Internet transactions being the most prevalent type of scam, according to Bank Negara.
From: The Star Malaysia | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Rockstar thinks that maybe you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet. In fact, it's so steadfast in that mindset that it added a page to its site disclosing that those GTA V betas that people are signing up for are all probably phishing...
From: Destructoid | By: Brett Makedonski | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The following is an article fromUncle John's Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader.  (Image credit:  Flickr user kawaiikiri) Most stories have the moral at the end. But we’ll put it right up front: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.NIGHT...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Earlier this month, we wrote about the DEA's decision to set up a fake profile of a woman who was charged in a case related to drug dealing. The DEA argued that the woman's "consent" to using evidence from her seized cell phone in their investigation...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Dropbox’s file storage service was used for a tricky phishing attack, although the service was quick to shut down it down, according to Symantec.The security vendor said it detected a batch of phishing emails advising recipients that they’ve been...
From: PC World | By: Jeremy Kirk | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Police have arrested a 34-year-old Tustin man for posting an ad on Craigslist in which he allegedly posed as a woman to lure teenage boys into sexual encounters.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Ebola is making headlines around the world, and as usual with any type of crisis, unscrupulous crooks are jumping on the chance to make a profit with scams. They aren’t just after your money either – some scammers are stealing your personal information....
From: The Inquisitr | By: Karlene Trudell | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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The Central Bureau of Investigation CBI has lodged a fresh case as part of its coalblockallocation scam against a firm of former Congress Lok Sabha member and businessman Naveen Jindal for alleged irregularities related to the allocation of a Chattishgarh...
From: Hindustan Times | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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If you’ve recently received a “renewal notice” from The New York Times, ignore it. It’s a scam. The Times sent out a notice that a variety of “independent solicitation companies” are targeting subscribers to the Times and other publications. The Times stated...
From: Media Bistro | By: Chris O'Shea | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Sigh....I wrote the other day on a bestselling author who had written an op-ed on a person who sideswiped his parked car.  He was lamenting that the police observed that "People just aren't honest anymore."His challenge was to ask the person who hit...
From: The Market Ticker | By: genesis | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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State officials are warning people to beware of scam phone calls claiming back taxes are owed.
From: New York Daily News | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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I have a question about using past and conditional tenses in a context that refers to something told in the past. I think I’ve seen both forms used in films/books, etc., but I'm not sure about it since it's really the only rule. For example: A.1. "You...
From: English Stack Exchange | By: Daryl | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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From: USA Today | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Earnest Gibson III, Riverside's General Hospital's CEO of more than 30 years, was convicted Monday of conspiring to buy and sell patients in a Medicare and Medicaid scam that siphoned $158 mill...
From: Houston Press | By: Susan Du | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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