youtube A technology company known as Three Square Market (32M) is offering Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) microchip technology to all employees. Some are referring to it as a bible prophecy known as “the mark of the beast” while others are calling it “the future”. 32M employees have the option to implant a microchip between the thumb and forefinger underneath the skin. The Purpose? “Convenience,” they say. “The RFID chip will allow employees to make purchases in the company’s break room market, open doors, login to computers, use copy machines, among other things.
In the video below, Actor Ashton Bingham gives a telephone scammer a taste of his own medicine. https://youtu.be/CuVFcizDwqw Bingham keeps this criminal on the phone for as long as possible as he trolls him for over half an hour. SEARCH PROTECTING YOUR INFO The man on the phone claims that there is a lawsuit filed against him by the IRS and that he needs to pay a whopping $3,445 of “unpaid tax”.
On July 12, Verizon confirmed that customer numbers, names, and some PINs were all made available to the public due to a “security lapse”. ZDNet was first to report that an Israeli-based company, NICE Systems, was the one responsible for the leak. Chris Vickery of UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm, brought the incident to light. SEARCH PROTECTING YOUR INFO The UpGuard Cyber Risk Team is a unit devoted to discovering data exposures where they exist, helping to secure them moreover raising awareness about the issues of cyber risk driving data insecurity across the digital landscape.
The U.S. Director of National Intelligence ranked cybercrime as the No. 1 national security threat. What is most shocking about this is that it ranks above terrorism. But with the online world as advanced and innovative as it is, this shouldn’t be surprising. There were criminals before the internet. And now they are using this revolutionary tool for all the wrong reasons! “Cybercrime attacks everybody”, says Theresa Payton, Former White House CIO.
While some of us may be thinking about fireworks, barbecues, and family gatherings in light of the 4th, others are thinking about taking your money. According to the Better Business Bureau, no one will try harder to steal your money than online scammers. In fact, 1 in 5 people will be a victim of a scam yearly and annual losses amount to about $50 billion. These frauds will target you disguised as IRS agents, realtors, debt collectors, employers, and online sellers.
Conrad Roy III then 18 and Michelle Carter 17 started dating in 2012 after they met in Florida while visiting respective relatives. According to NDT.TV, in 2014, Conrad became depressed and spoke suicidal thoughts to Carter. She wanted to get him help at first, but her stance soon took a drastic twist! Screenshot from Carter’s now deleted Twitter account By early July, Carter began to push the idea forward. “If this is the only way you think you’re gonna be happy, heaven will welcome you with open arms,” she wrote.
From 3 Doors Down to Nickelback to identity theft, Daniel Adair (current Nickelback drummer) was recently a victim of fraud. On February 28, Lee Howard Koenig was arrested and charged with two felonies for attempting to impersonate Adair by using his credit card to do a little online shopping. SEARCH PROTECTING YOUR INFO Adair decided to take matters into his own hands and expose this infamous fraudster after he was contacted by his band representative asking him to confirm the payment of tens of thousands of dollars.
A Kentucky Girl Scout troop leader is accused of picking up girl scout cookies to be sold but fled with the merch instead. Usually, the Troop Leaders pick up the batch for sale and return the profit to be distributed accordingly. Except, Troop Leader for the Wilderness Road Chapter, Leah Vick (26), never returned with the funds nor sold the cookies (at least not through her assigned chapter). So where did she go with all those delicious Thin Mints!
Social media is a huge part of our lives. We’ve become obsessed with letting everyone know what we are up to. Because of this, it’s getting a lot easier for people to steal your identity. Also, social media outlets increase the chances of fraud. The biggest factor that causes people to fall into these traps is oversharing. You can pull up any of your friends on Facebook right now and easily find a lot of personal details.
Living next door to someone can give you a front row seat to all of their weird stuff they do during their private time. As witnessed in Blanchester, Ohio in April, when a man by the name of Dennis Dunn with a criminal history kidnapped his neighbor for no apparent reason. Another neighbor heard cries coming from Dunn’s property and called the police. A responding officer arrived on the scene. He heard cries coming from the shed and opened the door to find a large slab of wood with heavy objects on top of it, keeping it from being lifted up.
Have you ever committed a crime? Maybe it was something foolish a few years ago, maybe you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe you had just made the transition into being an adult and did something that would never cross your mind at this stage in your life. Yolanda Quesada, a woman living in Milwaukee, is a person who this applies to but has come back to bite her 4 decades later.
Technology, is it a necessity or an accessory? We’ve come a long way since discovering fire in the Stone Age and it seems we have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Whether we’re at work, at home, or basically anywhere people socialize, we are surrounded and dictated by technology. We even have self-driving cars now! We are constantly plugged into the online world. Why wouldn’t we be? Technology not only makes our lives easier and more entertaining, it also pushes us to our limits.
In a world where dogs, AKA “man’s best friend”, are ruling the pet adoption industry and tearing at the hearts of almost every American citizen (about ¾ of American say they love dogs), they are becoming increasingly protected under law. This is especially true in Michigan, where a particularly passionate man got a bill to pass, preventing past abusers of animals from being able to adopt pets. Matt Falk, who was an owner of a husky named Logan, developed a passion for this subject when his beloved Logan got acid thrown on its face by an unidentified stranger in the middle of the night.
“Bumble’s found a way to weed out jerks online,” says Time. Uh… they must’ve missed this guy–Paul aka Dave Gonzalez. To be fair, many other sites don’t have a way to stop this infamous freeloader either, as he continuously strikes in the LA area. CBS Los Angeles reports that Gonzalez has a habit of chatting up his online matches and asking them out to dinner only to leave them stranded with the bill.
We picture bank robbers as shady guys with ski masks on, barging in and demanding the bank tellers to stuff cash into their bags. While this ancient portrayal might have been accurate years and years ago, today the real threat in thievery may lie somewhere else. It may lie where we least expect it: behind the counter of our banks. Bank tellers have emerged as a threat that depositors should keep a close eye out for.
You never think that those closest to you could betray and hurt you, but all too often people are taken advantage of because they are too trusting, or maybe just unaware. It is important to maintain healthy and trusting friendships with your friends, family, and even those who work with you in order to live a life safe from harm. But sometimes, even those who do all the right things still have disaster strikes on them, which is something these good people know too well.
It’s always frightening moving to a new place, to be forced to make new friends, and perhaps most of all, to live with new, unfamiliar people. Not everyone has a great roommate experience, and these folks may have topped the list of weird, freaky, and downright terrifying roommate experiences. One girl was shocked when she came back from Christmas break, and her roommate had taken literally every single possession and valuable that she owned, even the wireless router.
Vizio, Inc., got a whopping $2.2 million fine by the FTC after they collected data on millions of their consumers. Of course, not a single one of the smart TV owners knew their personal information was collected. Some of the stolen data included something as simple and as typical as channel history but that’s not the worse part. Vizio managed to collect demographic information such as age, sex, income, marital status, and more from their smart TV shoppers.
Airbnb is an emerging hospitality service that is a growing competitor against hotels, and is a source that more and more people turn to when looking for places to stay during travel. While visitors and hosts usually have good experiences with their stays, some bear gruesome tales of scares, endangerment, and theft. One unsuspecting man from California had traveled to Berlin and was comfortably staying in an Airbnb apartment, until a Russian man (claiming to be the real owner of the unit) came to the door and demanded what he was doing in his house, very angrily.
We’ve all heard of landlords making prospective tenants undergo a screening process. But should we be running a background check on them too? Think about it… A landlord may have lots of info on you like if you’ve faced eviction before… where you work, where you live, what school you go to, etc. They most likely also know your credit history and if you have a criminal record or not.
With technology steadily advancing before our eyes, so are security breaches, except these aren’t so easily spotted. Most of us stay up-to-date with today’s tech but we often forget to stay on top of hackers. The best way to protect and improve your security and reduce your vulnerability to these cyber criminals is to know how they work. Consider these ways you might be a target for hackers: mSpy with my little eye Mspy is a surveillance app that can track phone call logs, GPS location, internet use, and much more.
Have you ever gotten a friend request on Facebook(FB)… from yourself? When Bianca Bosker found out that someone had made a FB profile under her name using a picture retrieved from a google search, she reported it as fake. A few hours later, the fake Bianca was taken down. But only ten minutes after that, Bosker got another friend request, this time from a Bienca Bosker. Was this coincidence? She couldn’t help but look into it to make sure it wasn’t another imposter.
Have you ever wondered what happens when someone falsely presents themselves to police during an arrest? Well, the person lying to law enforcement, if caught, would get charged with a misdemeanor and would face several months in county jail on top of being fined thousands of dollars. But what if the fake name given to police belongs to someone real? It happens. A man gave law enforcement a wrong name on five different arrests but the charges went on the record of a real person.
ABC 7 reports that Lisa Marie Naegle once told her sister Danielle, that Jackie Rogers – a student in her West Los Angeles College nursing class, was gay. But in light of her disappearance, Rogers said otherwise. He told her sister that he and Naegle were having an affair. He later confessed to police that he killed Naegle after she told him she was going back to her husband, TMZ reports.
Wisconsin woman, Amira Avendano-Hernandez, sentenced to six months in prison for a liver transplant that saved her life but may have ruined someone else’s. She allegedly paid $1500 for a social security number in the black market belonging to a woman in Puerto Rico. Of course, the Puerto Rican woman had no clue she was a victim of medical identity theft until Avendano-Hernandez was caught. Now, Avendano-Hernandez is ordered to pay fines amassing $230,000 on top of prison time for a health care fraud charge.
Nowadays, we take selfies for every occasion. When we’re at concerts, selfie! At dinner with friends, selfie. Out jogging, selfie. We all do it. We even have selfie sticks now. I just might be taking a selfie as I write this! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. But even if you hardly ever take snaps of yourself, you might still be at risk of identity theft. All it takes is a picture of your hands with your fingertips exposed and a fingerprint identification software.
Would you believe me if I told you that the person you’re chatting with online isn’t real? I don’t mean that he or she is a robot or anything like that. I mean that you’re being lied to about who your online match really is. Okay, maybe you’re not and your match is legit, but there are many women who can’t say the same. About 15 women, who were looking for an ideal match on dating sites like Match.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) predicts top scams from past years to roll over into 2020 2019 is officially behind us. Most of us have probably already broken our New Year’s resolution by now, but my hat goes off to those of you who are still determined. Speaking of being determined, no one will try harder to steal your money than scammers. They will target you disguised as IRS agents, debt collectors, employers, and online sellers, ultimately asking you to send them your money (usually in ways not traceable).
Fake news with real consequences “If you don’t read the newspaper you’re uninformed, if you do read it you’re misinformed” -Denzel Washington On December 4, Edgar Maddison Welch, drove hours from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. heavily armed with 3 weapons to “self-investigate” an alleged sex ring supposedly operated by the Clinton campaign. He went as far as pointing a gun at an employee and then shooting the ground a couple times before police apprehended him.