Phishing scam targets Office 365 users

New York company by the name of Avanan discovered a phishing scam that targeted Office 365 users. The scam used the attack method known as Punnycode. Scammers behind Punnycode have been able to hack Office 365 users by sending them fraudulent emails. The emails they sent included a link to a fake Microsoft website. [...]

Robbery of medical marijuana facility accidentally uncovers cannabis fraud.

On July 12, 2018, 25-year-old Veneranda Kyere pleaded guilty for her part in a 2016 armed robbery. Kyere and four others, including one woman and three men, were charged on several counts. According to Niagara Regional Police, the charges include “robbery with a firearm, forcible confinement, pointing a firearm, disguise with intent and uttering [...]

Utah teen murdered after attempt to sell kitchen spices as cannabis.

The most common consequence of fraud to the victim is money loss. Consequences to the perpetraitor can be fines and jail/prison time, if any. For 19-year-old Hunter Woodson, the price he paid for fraud was with his life. On November 21, 2018, Hunter Woodson was murdered. His killer, 17-year-old Seth Carreras, was angered after [...]

Who are you calling a (price) gouger?

  In June 2008, Electronic Arts, Inc (EA) was the subject of a national class-action lawsuit. EA is the company behind popular sports games such as Madden NFL, NCAA Football, and Arena Football. The lawsuit claimed that EA violated antitrust laws. Antitrust laws protect customers from unfair competition tactics by businesses and corporations. In [...]

Fake news fraud.

How fake-news becomes a huge fraud. Can you believe this? Most websites rely on ads for income. This is how publishing is paid for on the Internet. It is the same with all media, generally speaking. So when a website generates a lot of traffic, clients want to market product through it. However, that is [...]

Bitcoin investment company owner jailed for $1.23 million mass fraud scheme.

Trendon Shavers operated Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BCS&T). Shavers operated his business from his home, offering bitcoin-related investments through the internet.  Using the alias “pirateat40”, Shavers raised over 764,000 bitcoins. At the time, these were worth more than $4.5 million for his company. Using the website Bitcoin Forum, Shavers solicited investment by promising investors [...]

‘Jimmy the Bull’ (James Deamicis) sentenced in Teamsters Union extortion case.

James Deamicis introduced himself to his victims as "Jimmy the Bull" or "the Bull." Deamicis was given the nickname "Jimmy the Bull" at school, in reference to his strength. Deamicis worked for Teamsters Local 82 and successfully organized three companies. He was sentenced in federal court after conviction on three counts of extortion. His [...]

Undercover DEA agent goes rogue in a fraud frenzy stealing over $700,000 in Bitcoin.

Carl Force (DEA)stealing money Carl Force was a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He was assigned to the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force between 2012 and 2014. This task force was a multi-agency group that investigated illegal activity on the Silk Road. Force was the lead undercover agent in communication with [...]

Former Oxfam “Head of Counter-fraud” guilty of £64,000 fraud.

Oxfam Fraud Edward McKenzie Edward McKenzie-Green is a former Head of Counter-fraud at Oxfam. McKenzie-Green defrauded the organization of thousands of pounds while investigating fellow charity workers in earthquake hit Haiti. Investigators found that McKenzie-Green had filed 17 fake invoices from bogus companies over nine months, amassing £64,612 before resigning amidst unrelated disciplinary proceedings. [...]

Guardian defrauded over $550,000 from her wards.

April Lynn Parks is a former court-appointed financial guardian in Las Vegas. Parks was charged with stealing over $550,000 from her elderly and disabled victims in Southern Nevada. As a guardian, Parks often acted as the surrogate decision maker for her 50 to 100 elderly and mentally incapacitated wards. As their guardian, Parks had [...]