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Social media giants face calls to refund public for online scams

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Rosepepper warns customers about suspected scam

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An East Nashville restaurant is warning people about a suspected text message scam.
Rosepepper Cantina says scammers recently sent a customer this message.

The text says Rosepepper is in need of workers and provided a link to earn up to $500 a day.

Andrea Chaires, the Vice President of Rosepepper Cantina said it’s fake, and the only message you should expect from Rosepepper is one that lets you know your table is ready, or your reservation is set.

“I just thought you know just in case just to make absolutely sure if anybody else got something like this I wanted to post it and make sure everybody knows it’s got nothing to do with us, don’t click on any links,” Chaires said.

Chaires said this is a reminder that online scams are everywhere these days, and recommends people stay vigilant when it comes to messages containing links.

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Online fraud ring busted in police operation

ALOR SETAR: Police have crippled an online fraud syndicate with the arrest of eight men and a woman in an operation in Kedah and Penang last Thursday.

Kedah police chief Comm Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad said the suspects, aged between 19 and 51, were apprehended by a team from the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) and state police.

“The suspects were arrested in four simultaneous raids at 1.15pm and the preliminary investigation found that they have been involved in these activities since last year by impersonating officials from government agencies, including the Inland Revenue Board,” he said.“Police confiscated several items such as laptops, mobile phones, three vehicles and cash amounting to RM14,000.

“All the suspects have been remanded until Tuesday for investigations under Section 420 of the Penal Code,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Police are looking for two more men, aged 38 and 41, believed to be involved in the case.

A total of 1,881 commercial crime cases were recorded in Kedah last year, an increase from 1,125 cases in 2020, of which 90% were related to online purchases, Macau scams, non-existent loans and investments as well as love scams.

Comm Wan Hassan, reported Bernama, said total losses from such cases in 2021 were over RM28mil compared with RM17mil in 2020.

He advised the public not to be deceived by phone calls from strangers…

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WhatsApp users warned over new scam amid ‘convincing’ texts that are targeting mums in Ireland

Whatsapp users are being warned of new scams that are eerily convincing as fraudsters look for new ways to extort money from innocent victims.

There has been a whole reel of scams reported throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and it seems scammers are becoming more and more cunning in their ways.

One Twitter user posted images from a Whatsapp conversation online between his mother and the criminals, who were pretending to be him.

He’s warning the public to inform their mums about the new convincing trick in case they’re targeted.

The first message read: “Mum, very stupid! I lost my phone and looked everywhere but can’t find it. Fortunately, I am insured against loss or theft, so I will probably get it reimbursed, just have to report the loss.

“So I can now temporarily only be reached on this number, can you save it right away?”

The scammers go on to ask how you are and if you have any pictures of the person they’re pretending to be – claiming not to have access to any images yet.

Once they’ve convinced their target that they are their son or daughter they write: “Are you busy? Because I have a bit of a problem, and I was wondering if you could help me!”

If they agree to help, the fraudsters explain: “I have 2 bills that I have to pay today.

“But my bank account is frozen for 48 hours because of the changing of my phone number for security purposes.

“Could you pay it till the day after tomorrow? I have the amount on my saving account so I could pay…

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2 Nigerian men sentenced to prison in ‘romance scam’ case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two Nigerian men living in New Jersey were sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to laundering money stolen in an online “romance scam” and other schemes through unwitting businesses, including one in Alabama, authorities said Friday.

Paulinus Ebhodaghe, 40, of Clementon, New Jersey, was sentenced to almost four years in prison and Ohimai Asikhia, 37, of Glassboro, New Jersey, was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison, prosecutors said in a news release. Both men, described as Nigerian nationals, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to launder money in 2018,

The men were accused of helping launder hundreds of thousands of dollars that were taken in online scams including a “romance” scheme where email, dating site or social media users assume an identity and feign interest in someone in hopes of getting them to send money, court documents show.

Members of the conspiracy created fake email accounts to impersonate legitimate companies and vendors and contact victim companies where individuals were instructed to receive and transfer money, an indictment said. One of the companies that were targeted was in north Alabama, prosecutors alleged, but the company was not identified in court papers.

The charges detailed a series of money transfers ranging in size from a few thousand dollars to nearly $115,000 over the course of months. Money was sent to bank accounts in Nigeria and used to purchase cars that were shipped overseas.

Ebhodaghe and…

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How to avoid online ticket scams

Better Business Bureau serving Canton Region and Greater West Virginia offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices.

Football fans are looking forward to the upcoming playoff games. This year, people holding tickets for admission to the venues must comply with COVID-19 protocols, but ticket sales are still brisk, and competition to secure a seat to the games can be tough. Many stadiums and venues have gone to only accepting digital tickets, making the possibilities for scams even more likely.

What to know about online buying

Thanks to the internet, there are countless ways for consumers to find tickets and connect with online marketplaces, ticket sellers, and resellers. Unfortunately, some of them are rip-offs, and it’s not always clear how to tell if a ticket is fake. Last year, the Better Business Bureau received over 140 reports on BBB Scam Tracker about ticket scams related to sporting events, concerts, theatre, and more. 

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Taipei man scammed out of big money by ‘female’ online ‘friend’ who turns out to be male | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taipei man has transferred nearly NT$3 million (US$108,000) to a purportedly female online friend who asked for his support using various excuses over more than one and a half years, but it turned out the one who had been flirting with the man was another man.

In a press release, the Taipei City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division said on Sunday (Jan. 23) that the division received a report from a man in September last year, alleging that a “female” netizen with a very nice looking Facebook cover photo befriended him in May 2020, CNA reported. Since then, they had often sent messages to each other via communication software or talked online.

The man said he fell in love with the online scammer without realizing he was actually falling into a trap.

After an initial investigation, police came to the decision that the scam could be the work of a fraud ring and referred the case to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. The prosecutors’ office then cooperated with Taichung police to form an ad hoc committee for investigation into the case.

After investigation, the committee found that the fraud ring had been stealing photos of beautiful women online and using them as Facebook…

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COVID booster scam? Here’s how to protect yourself | Technology News

New Delhi: Individual lives have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. While people struggle to recover from the unexpected disaster, fraudsters take full advantage of the situation.

With the rapid spread of the Omicron variation leading to an increase in COVID cases, the Indian government began distributing preventive doses to residents over the age of 60. While steps are being taken to reduce the number of incidents, fraudsters are coming up with new schemes. Fraudsters posing as health professionals are attempting to deceive consumers and steal their bank account information in the newest COVID booster shot scam. Here’s how the crooks are attempting to deceive the public:

As previously stated, criminals posing as health experts call people, primarily the elderly, claiming that the precautionary booster is only available to senior folks at this time. The fraudsters then ask if the person has taken the second dose, as well as their address, phone number, and other personal information. Surprisingly, in some circumstances, the caller already has all of the relevant information, including the vaccination date.

After gathering all of the information, the con artists contact back to see if anyone is interested in obtaining a booster shot and if they want a spot. They provided an OTP to the mobile number once the immunisation date and time were confirmed. Scammers may also request that you download a certain software, such as AnyDesk, to aid with the booking…

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Police warn north-east people to be vigilant over WhatsApp message scam

Police have issued a warning regarding a WhatsApp fake message scam following another incident in the north-east.

The scam usually involves a WhatsApp message, but can also be a call or text, from someone claiming to be a family member or friend.

Their main aim is to encourage recipients to transfer money.

Police have warned about a mobile phone messaging scam.

North East Division crime reduction officer PC Mark Irvine said: “In most cases, a person purporting to be a family member, often a daughter or son, asks for money.

“Typically, the reason given is they are short of money or late paying bills, so ask the recipient to transfer money into an account.

“This is backed by a story that he or she has recently changed their phone or phone number to explain the use of a different number being used. They may even claim their banking apps have been frozen.

“The scam is taking advantage of a person’s willingness to help. Just this week in Aberdeen, £2500 was lost by one victim alone.”

Police are asking people to alert family members to the scam, particularly those who are elderly.

Anyone who gets one of these scam messages are advised to contact family on their usual phone numbers to check.

People who receive a suspicious message via email, website or text message, can take the following actions:

  • Email: Anyone who feels unsure about an email they have received, can forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Services at
  • Text message: Suspicious text messages…

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CIB warns of increasing number of online shopping buyer scams

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Sunday issued a warning to the public after identifying an increasing number of online shopping scams involving buyers rather than sellers as had previously been the norm.

In a press release, the CIB said that in the past scammers have often use the anonymous nature of the internet to rip off unsuspecting shoppers.

In 2021, a total of 5,667 online shopping scams were reported to the police with victims scammed out of about NT$300 million (US$10.82 million).

In recent months, however, there has been a noticeable increase in online sellers being scammed by individuals who pretend to be buyers, according to CIB.

For instance, an online seller surnamed Wang (王) in New Taipei told the police that she was contacted online by a self-claimed “buyer” who wanted to buy the products she sold online but claimed to be unable to do so because of technical problems.

The scammer later asked Wu to scan a QR code to facilitate the payment in question. After Wang clicked on the QR code, she was asked to fill in personal information including her cellphone number and credit card number.

Instead of receiving the payment from the self-claimed buyer, Wang said she later found the scammer had withdrawn NT$23,000 from her bank account, according to the CIB.

Another man surnamed Hsiao (蕭) who lives in Taoyuan encountered a similar scam when he was defrauded out of NT$76,240 by a scammer who allegedly wanted to buy products he sold…

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