How military members are being targeted for fraud 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.
Woman Who Texted Boyfriend to Kill Himself Found Guilty 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.
Nickelback Drummer Daniel Adair Victim of ID Theft 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.
$15,000 Worth of Girl Scout Cookies Stolen by Troop Leader 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).
Do You Know What People Can Find Out About You Online? 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.
Woman Taken Captive; Found in Neighbor’s Shed 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.
Shoplifter Loses Her Job…45 Years Later? 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.
Is Your Home Tech Spying on You? 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.
Should Violent Criminals Be Allowed to Adopt Pets? 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.
Have You Heard of the Serial Dine-and-Dasher? “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.
Modern Bank Robbers Don’t Wear Masks 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.
Watch Out This Tax Season 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.
Roommate Stories That Will Give You Chills 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.
Is your smart TV watching you? 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.
These Airbnb Users Got More Than They Bargained For 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.
How Well Do You Know Your Landlord? 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.
Hackers Prove Your Smartphone isn’t So Smart 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:
How to look Up Social Media Accounts 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.
Man Files for Expungement After he Notices Unusual Charges On His Record 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?
Former ‘Bridalplasty’ Star Murdered 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.
Medical Identity Theft on the Rise 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.
How Selfies Can Lead To Identity Theft 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.
Over A Dozen Women Accuse Man of Fraud and Identity Theft 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.
New Year, Same Old Scams 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).
The Pizzagate fake story enables armed man to self-investigate 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.
How Inaccurate Background Checks Are Costing People Jobs DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN SOMEONE ELSE’S MESS Someone else’s criminal conviction appearing under your name for simply sharing a first-name or a birthdate with that person can have dire consequences on you. It does happen, just ask Darlene. But don’t make the same mistake as Universal Background Screening and make sure you get the right Darlene. As it turns out, Darlene Martinez was confused with Darlene Ramirez– who had a criminal record including a drug possession charge –which ended up costing her a newly found job.
What Oversharing On Facebook Is Costing You WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES? We live in the era of social media. We use it virtually for everything like personal and professional networking and keeping up with what’s going on around us. Heck, even our dinner has a spotlight with apps like Snapchat and Instagram. We share and share and share some more. But is it possible we might be sharing a little too much?
This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful Your Identity Is Safe… or Is It? IDENTITY THEFT CAN HAPPEN IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS For most of us, Thanksgiving means turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Oh and don’t forget the pumpkin pie! But for Axton Betz-Hamilton, a professor at Eastern Illinois University, this holiday brings back dreary memories. What was once a time for family and of gratitude is now a time of mystery and a remembrance of how her identity was stolen.
Boyfriend, Giving or Taking From You? IDENTITY THEFT CAN HAPPEN IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS “It’s always the boyfriend,” Rachel recalls being told. And she would respond, “You don’t know my boyfriend.” Apparently, neither did she… Rachel Rosenthal is a comedian, improviser, improv teacher and a victim of identity theft. When her money began to disappear, the first thing she did was switch bank accounts. But this didn’t resolve her problem.