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FTC sues Walmart for scam artists’ use of money transfer services

The Federal Trade Commission alleges that the retailer allowed scam artists to access its money transfer services, costing consumers millions of dollars each year.

NEW YORK — The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that it has sued Walmart for allegedly allowing its money transfer services to be used by scam artists who stole “hundreds of millions of dollars” from customers.

In its lawsuit, the agency alleged that for years, Walmart failed to properly secure the money transfer services offered at its stores. The agency said Walmart didn’t properly train its employees, failed to alert customers, and used procedures that allowed fraudsters to cash out at its stores. The FTC is asking the court to order Walmart to return money to consumers and to impose civil penalties on the company.

“While scammers used its money transfer services to make off with cash, Walmart looked the other way and pocketed millions in fees,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement announcing the action.

Walmart called the lawsuit “factually flawed and legally baseless.” It said that the chair of the FTC refused Walmart the due process of hearing directly from the company, and said the Justice Department had refused to take the case to court.

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U.S. Attorney Dena J. King Urges Consumers To Beware Of Common Summer Scams | USAO-WDNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With summer upon us, U.S. Attorney Dena J. King urges consumers to be mindful of vacation, employment, and other summertime schemes, and take measures to avoid falling victims to common summer scams.

“Summer is the time of the year that many of us vacation, travel, and spend time with family and friends. But it’s also a popular time for scammers to maximize their profits by preying on consumers trying to save money on a good summer deal. Stay vigilant and beware of summer scams. Think before you buy and don’t let a scammer turn your summer into a nightmare,” said U.S. Attorney King.

The most common scams to look out for during the summer include:

Free or Discounted Vacation Packages – Whether it’s an email congratulating you for winning a free trip that requires you “only” to pay for fees and taxes, or a link to a website offering limited-time travel discounts, these types of summer scams are prominent. Common vacation scams include discounted deals on cruises, all-inclusive resorts, and flights, hotels and car rentals to popular destinations. Don’t be fooled by vacation scams and avoid the urge to take advantage of these too-good-to-be-true offers. Instead, book your travel through reputable, well-known travel engines or travel agencies. If you receive a special travel offer through email, do not make reservations using the provided link, even if it appears to be from a well-known travel booking website. Instead, go directly to…

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East region OPP warn of online sextortion scams

Scammers have been contacting victims online and threatening to share intimate photos with friends, family and contacts unless the victims pays up.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is issuing a waning to the public of sextortion scams that are circulating around the province, including eastern Ontario.

The OPP has received reports of scammers contacting victims through online avenues, including social media or online dating sites, and threatening to share intimate photos with their family, friends and contacts unless the victim pays them a sum of money.

Often times, the scammer then requests funds be sent via a money e-transfer, cryptocurrencies and/or gift cards. Police say victims often report feeling shame, fear and confusion, which prevents them from coming forward and asking for help.

The OPP has released a list of tips to help you learn how to protect yourself:

  • Beware of unknown persons who attempt to communicate with you over the Internet
  • Never send money to people you do not know
  • Never send compromising photos to anyone, regardless of who you may think the person is
  • Cover web cameras when not is use
  • Do not store sensitive/intimate images or information online or on your mobile device
  • Use strong passwords and do not use the same password for multiple social media accounts/websites
  • Ensure that security settings for social media accounts are activated and set at the highest level of privacy protection
  • Report abuse to the various social…

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is this message a scam?

People within the French health system report receiving an email indicating that their online health space is ready and have queried whether it is legitimate or part of a scam.

The email reads: “Votre service Mon espace santé a été créé” (Your Mon espace santé service has been created).

It does not come from a scammer and instead relates to an Assurance maladie operation inviting people to access their digital healthcare account, Mon espace santé, a new system which launched in February 2022.

Read more: New online health space: What it changes for residents in France

What is Mon espace santé?

Mon espace santé is an online space where people can access their medical history, including prescriptions, X-rays and other documents. 

You can also add and check on your known allergies, conditions or illnesses; any current treatment plans; any time spent in hospital; family history; and any ‘last wishes’ in the event of your death.

In this way, you can gather together all your information in one secure place,

These details can also be accessed by healthcare professionals but are not available to insurers or employers. Doctors and nurses must ask you before they view your account and you will receive a notification each time they log into it.

Mon espace santé replaces the previous Dossier médical partagé scheme. 

When Mon espace santé was launched, the authorities wrote to everyone registered in the healthcare system, asking them either to activate their account or opt…

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Phone shop employees part of €205,000 AIB online scam – Donegal Daily

A gang which included mobile phone shop employees were behind a major fraud which resulted in the theft more than €200,000 from dozens of AIB bank account holders, a Co Donegal court has heard.

The scam involved the accounts of people being ‘taken over’ using duplicate SIM cards to access money remotely before accounts were raided.

A 27-year-old father-of-three appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with 185 charges relating to the sophisticated online fraud.

Ami Enabulele, of Glendale Manor, Letterkenny pleaded guilty to the charges of money laundering, theft, attempted theft and unlawful use of a computer.

In all a total of €205,201.93 was taken from dozens of personal bank accounts ranging in sums from around €1,000 up to the largest of €50,000.

All the money has since been returned to the account holders but AIB, whose fraud team uncovered the scam, are still out of pocket.

Detective Garda Shane Fitzsimons of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) outlined the scam as Enabulele, appeared to be sentenced for his part in the fraud.

Detective Fitzsimons explained how the accounts were accessed when the gang accessed the accounts of people online and pretended they had lost their passwords.

In between the gang had liaised with some phone shop employees and bought SIM cards in the same telephone number as the bank account holder but using a different phone provider.

When the bank sent a text message with a new password to the account…

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UK victims lost £1.3bn in 2021 amid surge in online fraud, new data shows | Scams

More than £1.3bn was stolen by con artists last year, figures reveal, with authorised push payment fraud (APP), where victims are tricked into making a payment, rising sharply as pandemic restrictions eased.

The amount lost to APP fraud hit £583.2m in 2021, a 39% increase compared with 2020, according to the research from the banking industry organisation UK Finance.

It found there were 195,996 incidents of APP fraud in the UK last year, up 27% on the previous year, as people worked more from home, spent longer online and did more internet shopping which made victims more susceptible to such scams.

Nearly 40% of APP fraud losses were due to impersonation scams, where criminals pretend to be from a trusted contact to trick victims into moving their money, with an estimated £214.8m stolen using this method in total.

Criminals impersonated organisations such as the NHS, banks and government departments via phone calls, texts, emails, fake websites and social media posts to trick people into handing over their personal and financial information that was then used to convince account holders to make a payment.

Investment scams were the second largest category of APP fraud losses, with £171.7m stolen in total, a 57% jump.

Purchase scams – where someone is tricked into buying a product that doesn’t exist – were the most common type of fraud, with cases up 18% to 99,733, with total losses reaching £64.1m, an increase of 25%.

The amount lost to romance scams, which involves a…

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Stronger laws to combat online scams needed, says Selangor top cop

SHAH ALAM: Stronger laws are needed to combat online scams, says Selangor police.

State police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said that state police have already recorded RM59.6mil in losses from scams.

“This is from January to June this year. And this is just one contingent and based on our investigations a huge part of losses from scams are funnelled overseas.

“From the 1,354 cases in that time frame involving cheating, only 428 cases were not online related,” he said at the launch of the anti-scam campaign at the state-contingent level at Concorde Hotel here.

With most of the suspects arrested being mule account holders, Comm Arjunaidi said that proving cases in court was difficult.

“This is why I said before we need to make amendments or create new and more suitable laws to fit the time. We hope that this will happen in the near future.

“Our laws do not cover online banking transfers. Are there laws to regulate e-banking, e-commerce and the such?” he said.

He also urged all parties to play their part including the public and those involved such as banks.

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Zouk Singapore ticket scam caused victims to lose more than $2,300 since May

Scams involving the sale of Zouk tickets have caused victims more than $2,300 in losses. (PHOTO: Zouk Singapore)

SINGAPORE — A ticket scam involving local nightclub Zouk has caused victims to lose more than $2,300 since May.

The Singapore Police Force said that it has received at least 10 reports of the scam, where scammers would request for deposit or advanced payment from victims to secure entry tickets for Zouk, located in Clark Quay, over Telegram.

Scammers would post advertisements relating to the sale of Zouk tickets on Telegram chat groups such as ‘SG Clubbing’, the police said in a statement Tuesday (28 June). After being asked to make advanced payments, victims would only realised that they had fallen prey after scammers became uncontactable after payment.

The police advised the public to only buy tickets from authorised sellers and reputable sources.

“Buying cheap tickets from resellers is risky — If the price is too good to be true, it probably is,” the police said.

When purchasing tickets online, the public is advised to use escrow payment options that protect buyers by releasing payment to the seller only upon delivery. The police also reminded individuals to avoid making advanced payments and direct bank transfers to the seller.

The police cautioned that while arranging for a physical meet-up to verify the authenticity of the tickets before making payment is an alternative, buyers should be wary about meeting a stranger.

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Upper Bucks Man Loses $60,000 in Online Scam, Police Say

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A Bucks County man lost a substantial amount of money after allowing an unidentified individual to control his computer, Pennsylvania State Police at Dublin said Tuesday.

According to a news release, the 74-year-old Milford Township resident was “browsing through his Apple computer” Monday when he clicked on a pop-up ad on his screen.

“The victim was then advised to contact the number on his screen that was directing him to a supposed Apple help desk representative,” police said.

After that, they said the unidentified individual with whom he spoke “coached” the man to “download an app on the laptop” that allows a third party to have “full access” to it.

“The unidentified individual used the victim’s information to open an account, allowing him to take $60,000 from the victim,” the news release said.

Police said the money was transferred to a Bitcoin virtual wallet by the scammer.

The case is being investigated as an incident involving Theft by Computer Hacking.

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Latest Zillow scam lists multi-million dollar Jacksonville home for $21k

A Jacksonville home with an estimated value of $2.3 million was listed on Zillow for $21,000 less than a day ago, bringing the Northeast Florida housing market into this latest scam trend.

After the initial publication of this story, the listing was removed Tuesday afternoon. It had been up for almost 20 hours with over 1,000 views and about 100 saves.

The property on Pine Street in Avondale features a five-bedroom, five-bathroom home with more than 5,700 square feet for $21,000 — though the description notes “$21,000” is a typo and the “real” list price is “$22,000” for a cash-only, first-time homebuyer. The Zillow estimate for the home’s value is about $2.3 million, and it was last sold in October 2021 for about $1.9 million.

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