Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 8:18 AM EDT Jun 20, 2019 We've had the "one ring" phone scam, the fake IRS phone calls, the scam that tricks you into thinking that your Social Security number has been connected to some car in Texas that was involved with running drugs across the border. And now we have the "Can you do me a favor?" scam. Sure, you're thinking "Hey, I know quite a few folks who ask for favors and run that scam everyday." But trust us, this one has a new twist. "Usually, it starts with an email," said Amy Nofziger, AARP fraud expert. The email could look like it's from your boss, maybe your minister or pastor, maybe the principal of your school. A 31-year-old woman who had just started a job in April didn't think twice when she got an email from her boss asking for help in early May. "My boss was on vacation but he said he was going to be working remote," said the Florida woman, who asked that her name not be … [Read more...] about ‘Can you do me a favor?’ scam asks for gift cards
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Craig Unger, The Washington Post Published 10:34 am PDT, Friday, March 29, 2019 Collusion or not, President Donald Trump and the Russians are thick as thieves. What I mean is that for more than three decades, at least 13 people with known or alleged links to the Russian Mafia held the deeds to, lived in or ran criminal operations out of Trump Tower in New York or other Trump properties. I mean that many of them used Trump-branded real estate to launder vast amounts of money by buying multimillion-dollar condos through anonymous shell companies. I mean that the Bayrock Group, a real estate development company that was based in Trump Tower and had ties to the Kremlin, came up with a new business model to franchise Trump condos after he lost billions of dollars in his Atlantic City casino developments, and helped make him rich again. Yet Trump's relationship with the Russian underworld, a de facto state actor, has barely surfaced in the uproar surrounding Russia's … [Read more...] about Trump rose on Russian money. It was all legal.
More than 50 properties in Chesterfield are owned by companies registered in offshore tax havens – which campaigners warn could be being exploited by criminals. Analysis of the Land Registry for England and Wales has revealed more than 87,000 properties worth an estimated £100bn are owned by anonymous overseas companies.Campaign group Global Witness, which carried out the research, says the figures demonstrate the “alarming scale of the UK’s secret property scandal”, which criminals could be using to launder money.In Chesterfield, there are 72 properties owned by companies registered outside of the UK.Of these, 54 are owned by companies based in so-called secrecy jurisdictions, or tax havens – countries whose laws allow them to keep their financial activities private or to pay a low amount of tax.Companies registered in Jersey own the largest share in Chesterfield, with 24 properties.This is followed by Guernsey, on 21 properties, and Germany, with … [Read more...] about How 72 Chesterfield properties are owned by companies registered in offshore tax havens
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 7, 2019 Maybe con artists are inspired by the movie "The Mule" where Clint Eastwood plays an octogenarian who hauls cocaine shipments in a Lincoln pickup for a Mexican cartel. Maybe it's all the political haggling over "The Wall" where President Donald Trump and his supporters want to beef up border security by creating a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border to combat drug traffickers. Maybe it's the El Chapo drug trial in New York. But here's a new scam alert: Consumers are getting alarming phone calls from someone who claims to be from law enforcement or Social Security and then scares you into thinking that your Social Security number has been connected to running drugs and money laundering across the border. The scam tries to convince you that your Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity or because it's connected to a serious crime. In some … [Read more...] about New Social Security phone scam makes you out to be a criminal