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Mrich wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 7:35 pm I almost didn't watch this episode because I didn't want to watch them butchering actual pigs. I have never heard the term before.
It sounds a lot like a "catfishing" scheme except for the amount of money involved. I can't imagine investing that kind of money without going through my investment advisor.
Total ditto. The name totally threw us off and we nearly skipped. But we enjoy Oliver too much so we chanced it. Whew, were we relieved!

But that was crazy.
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Thanks, RTH! Hadn't seen his videos in a while. This one is hilarious, wait till you see him get these scammers to send photos of sucking their thumbs for "AI verification" :lol:

It's satisfactual.


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Hello folks!

Elon Musk himself just told me that I have won some kind of shares :o

I need to reply to his gmail address and register a complaint! :cantlook: :brickwallsmall:

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This email is from Elon Musk and Founder, CEO and Chief Engineer of the SpaceX team; early stage investor, CEO and product architect at Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. With an estimated net worth of around $245 billion. Your email address was randomly selected from a US, Canadian and European email database and you won 18,087.71 Tesla shares at $228.0 per share (TSLA) worth $ 4,124,270.00. Please take this email seriously and reply to this email or by contacting ( emteslastockllastockxxxxx) to request a complaint.
ps, his sender email is of course suzanademri373663@xxxxx :doh:

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How LUCKY can you be!!!??? Have you responded yet?
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You don't have to know their e-mail address. Just click HERE to reply.
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I like Boyles delivery. His jabs can be subtle. He does have a flair for language.

What I wasn't aware of was the practice of withholding bonuses. That's not a bonus if it's *not deposited* in your bank account. It's vapor. It's fiction. That would piss me off if I was given a big number, told it was mine, and then told in the next breath It's staying under glass so it can be clawed back in case I make a mistake. That's what insurance is for. How many bonuses do I need to bank before some of it becomes mine? Or are you saying with each bonus comes greater responsibility without commensurate compensation?
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Chinese network behind one of world’s ‘largest online scams’
Exclusive: Vast web of fake shops touting designer brands took money and personal details from 800,000 people in Europe and US, data suggests

Carmen Aguilar García, Sarah Marsh and Philip McMahon
Wed 8 May 2024 06.00 CEST

More than 800,000 people in Europe and the US appear to have been duped into sharing card details and other sensitive personal data with a vast network of fake online designer shops apparently operated from China.

An international investigation by the Guardian, Die Zeit and Le Monde gives a rare inside look at the mechanics of what the UK’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute has described as one of the largest scams of its kind, with 76,000 fake websites created.

A trove of data examined by reporters and IT experts indicates the operation is highly organised, technically savvy – and ongoing.

Operating on an industrial scale, programmers have created tens of thousands of fake web shops offering discounted goods from Dior, Nike, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Versace and Prada, as well as many other premium brands.

Published in multiple languages from English to German, French, Spanish, Swedish and Italian, the websites appear to have been set up to lure shoppers into parting with money and sensitive personal data.

However, the sites have no connection to the brands they claim to sell and in most cases consumers who spoke about their experience said they received no items.



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Scam gone wrong
Uber driver shot and killed by 81-year-old Ohio man after both received scam calls, police say

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Updated on: April 17, 2024 / 2:56 PM EDT / CBS News


An 81-year-old Ohio man has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting an Uber driver who thought she was picking up a package from the man's house. Both appeared to have been victims of scam phone calls, the Clark County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The Uber driver, Loletha Hall, was found shot multiple times near 81-year-old William Brock's South Charleston home on March 25. Brock, who had called 911, had an injury to his head and ear and was bleeding when police arrived, according to a police report.

Hall, a Black woman, was taken to a hospital in Dayton, where she died of her injuries.

Investigators discovered that Brock had earlier received a scam call about an incarcerated relative, which had involved threats and demands for money.

An unknown man told Brock over the phone he needed to pay $12,000 to get his nephew out of jail, according to a police report. Brock told police the caller threatened to kill him and his nephew if he didn't pay the ransom, the report said.

The same caller, or an accomplice, later hired Hall using the Uber app to pick up a package from Brock's residence, according to investigators. Hall was not aware that Brock had been threatened, the sheriff's office. said.

"Ms. Hall, suffering from medical conditions and unarmed, made no threats or assaults toward Mr. Brock, and made no demands, other than to ask about the package she was sent to retrieve," the sheriff's office said.

Brock allegedly held Hall at gunpoint and demanded to know the identities of the people who had called him. He also took Hall's phone and refused to allow her to leave, officials said, adding that Brock did not try to call police at this point.

When Hall tried to get back into her vehicle, Brock allegedly shot her, and there was a "subsequent scuffle at the door of Ms. Hall's vehicle," the sheriff's office said. Brock then allegedly shot her two more times, before calling 911.



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comment: according to current scammer procedures the paket would have been dropped off at an AirBandB by the Uber driver. The place was rented by an involved third party where they or yet another person would pick up the money package to mail to the scammer overseas.
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These dangerous scammers don’t even bother to hide their crimes
Cybercriminals openly run dozens of scams across social media and messaging apps.

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Most scammers and cybercriminals operate in the digital shadows and don’t want you to know how they make money. But that’s not the case for the Yahoo Boys, a loose collective of young men in West Africa who are some of the web’s most prolific—and increasingly dangerous—scammers.

Thousands of people are members of dozens of Yahoo Boy groups operating across Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram, a WIRED analysis has found. The scammers, who deal in types of fraud that total hundreds of millions of dollars each year, also have dozens of accounts on TikTok, YouTube, and the document-sharing service Scribd that are getting thousands of views.

Inside the groups, there’s a hive of fraudulent activity with the cybercriminals often showing their faces and sharing ways to scam people with other members. They openly distribute scripts detailing how to blackmail people and how to run sextortion scams—that have driven people to take their own lives—sell albums with hundreds of photographs, and advertise fake social media accounts. Among the scams, they’re also using AI to create fake “nude” images of people and real-time deepfake video calls.

The Yahoo Boys don’t disguise their activity. Many groups use “Yahoo Boys” in their name as well as other related terms. WIRED’s analysis found 16 Yahoo Boys Facebook groups with almost 200,000 total members, a dozen WhatsApp channels, around 10 Telegram channels, 20 TikTok accounts, a dozen YouTube accounts, and more than 80 scripts on Scribd. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Broadly, the companies do not allow content on their platforms that encourages or promotes criminal behavior. The majority of the Yahoo Boys accounts and groups WIRED identified were removed after we contacted the companies about the groups’ overt existence. Despite these removals, dozens more Yahoo Boys groups and accounts remain online.

“They’re not hiding under different names,” says Kathy Waters, the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Advocating Against Romance Scammers, which has tracked the Yahoo Boys for years. Waters says the social media companies are essentially providing the Yahoo Boys with “free office space” to organize and conduct their activities. “They’re selling scripts, selling photos, identifications of people, all online, all on the social media platforms,” she says. “Why these accounts still remain is beyond me.”



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Six Austrians Arrested in Multi-Million Euro Crypto Scheme

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Law enforcement agencies from Austria, Cyprus and Czechia have collaborated to dismantle an online cryptocurrency scam, resulting in the arrest of six Austrians allegedly behind the scheme.

The investigation, supported by Europol and Eurojust, targeted the orchestrators of a purportedly new cryptocurrency launched in December 2017.

Following six house searches, authorities seized over EUR 500,000 in cryptocurrencies and EUR 250,000 in fiat currency and froze numerous bank accounts. Additionally, assets, including two cars and a luxury property valued at EUR 1.4m, were confiscated.

According to a blog post published by Europol today, the scam unfolded between December 2017 and February 2018. During this time, the perpetrators masqueraded as a legitimate online trading company offering a new cryptocurrency through an initial coin offering (ICO).

Investors were enticed to purchase tokens with established cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum. To bolster credibility, the fraudsters claimed to have developed proprietary software and a unique algorithm for token sales.

However, suspicions arose due to a lack of transparency regarding the team members and the cryptocurrency’s algorithm.

“Traditionally, an ICO will build upon transparency and communicate clearly about each team member responsible for it,” the blog explains. “In this instance, there was a lack of transparency regarding both the team members involved and the algorithm underpinning the cryptocurrency.”

In February 2018, the scammers abruptly shuttered the project’s social media accounts and website, executing what is known as an exit scam. This sudden closure exposed investors to the realization they had been deceived, though not all victims have been identified.



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YouTube Becomes Latest Battlefront for Phishing, Deepfakes
Personalized phishing emails with fake collaboration opportunities and compromised video descriptions linking to malware are just some of the new tricks.

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May 21, 2024

YouTube has turned into a new front for malicious actors to deploy phishing, other malware, and bogus investment schemes, according to a report from researchers at security vendor Avast.

The researchers specifically homed in on Lumma and RedLine — especially regarding phishing, scam landing pages, and malicious software. YouTube acts as a traffic distribution system, directing users to these malicious sites and pages, supporting scams of varying severity.

In addition, deepfake videos are on the rise on the video platform, misleading viewers with realistic but fake people or events and spreading disinformation. Avast found multiple accounts with more than 50 million subscribers each that were compromised and hijacked to spread cryptocurrency scams reliant on deepfake videos. These videos include fake comments to deceive other viewers and contain malicious links.

Researchers observed five different ways YouTube can be exploited by threat actors. Personalized phishing emails to YouTube creators propose fake collaboration opportunities intended to gain the creator's trust before sending malicious links. Bad actors also use compromised video descriptions containing malicious links to trick users into downloading malware. They further resort to hijacking YouTube channels and repurpose them to spread other threats, such as cryptocurrency scams.

Researchers also observed exploitation of software brands and legitimate-looking domains with fraudulent websites loaded with malware. The attackers created videos using social engineering techniques that guide users to allegedly helpful tools that are actually malware disguised.


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Texas police officer confronts scammer during scheme | FOX 13 Seattle

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A Texas police officer saved an elderly woman from sending over $30,000 to a scammer posing as a Chase bank employee
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I was startled to see "White Settlement Police" on the door of a police cruiser. My first thought was that it was a cosplaying white supremacist sovsit, but no, "White Settlement" is a small (18k) city in Texas.

IMO, it's a good candidate for a name change, but the prospects are dim:
The city got its name as it was a lone settlement of white colonists amid several Native American villages in the Fort Worth area in the Texas Republic territory in the 1840s.

On October 14, 2005, city leaders, citing hurdles in attracting businesses, announced a plan to have local voters decide on a possible name change for the town from White Settlement to West Settlement. In the November 8 election, the name change was overwhelmingly rejected by a vote of 2,388 to 219.

Wikipedia, footnote calls omitted.
Whites are just a bare majority (52%), but I wonder what percentage of non-whites have become voters since the nominal demise of jim crow voting laws.

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]Indian Scammers thought they were picking up $50k in cash, Got ARRESTED instead.

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This is going on all over the country, these sick scammers are preying on older folks.

These guys scammed this 70 year old lady out of $30k. The very next day they scammed her out of another $50k. The 3rd day in a row they tried to scam her, the police setup a sting operation to arrest them when they arrived to her home.

In the video you will hear the audio of the lady explaining how they scammed her, you will see video of them arresting them at her house..and then you will see an interrogation video of the main suspect at the Police HQ. This is in Ocala, Florida.

They got charged with:
817.034.4A1 ORGANIZED FRAUD $50,000 OR MORE
934.215 UNLAWFUL USE OF TWO WAY COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE TO FACILITATE
812.0145.2A GRAND THEFT 50K OR MORE FROM A PERSON OVER 65 YOA

Unfortunately, the lady lost $80k. Then the same guys went to Georgia and stole $150k in gold from an 80 year old woman. They are NOT US citizens, no idea why they haven't been thrown out of this country. They have run this same scam in several states.

00:01 Victim describes the Scam/Bodycam of the arrest
05:00 Scammer Interrogated at Police Station

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The video pointed an arrow at the guy in the red shirt and labeled him the "Main Scammer".

That's BS. The main scammer is in Thailand or India or China.

These guys are just the local patsy's
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I a somewhat astonished that people can retieve $10K+ in $100 and then feed them into bitcoin machines. One would think that the owners of these machines ought to report same as banks when large amounts are deposited and transferred. Including the case of "structuring" where multiple transactions would be going to the same bitcoin wallet, or transfers within a short period of time.
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The open and dirty secret of Bitcoin is that it can take weeks for the transactions to show up on the blockchain Ledger. So there has developed a whole web of ledgers around Bitcoin of transactions that are pending but not actually recorded on the Ledger yet. These ledgers don't give a fuck about people depositing lots of money into Bitcoin, they are just thanking God that they got their money out by someone paying for their token so they can run like hell.

It's a big dirty mess of a database at this point, that only exists for people to suck money out of fools.
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My remark was not about the Bitcoin Leger itself, but the companiess running those Bitcoin kiosk machines. They ouht to behave like regulated banks when accepting $$$ in US jurisdiction, especially. I have not checked, but I guess European operators will have to have the government licensing. The bitcoin kiosk machine does have the possibility to log the payment details. Forensics on blockchains are now getting to a point where wallets can be tracked in crime cases. Does not necessarily mean that stolen amounts can be returned.
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Here's a 2022 Policico article talking about BTMs and licencing and so on. I cant really identify one particular part to post and its a little long, but I'll post one part and you can read the rest.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/ ... s-00035083
As the ATMs have spread, much of the oversight landscape has followed predictable lines. New York, capital of traditional finance and financial regulation, unveiled its super-strict “BitLicense” for all virtual currency businesses in 2015. The first such license granted to a BTM went to Coinsource in 2018.

Wyoming and Florida, by contrast, are among the laxest, hoping to attract the industry to their states — with Miami molding itself as a kind of crypto Wall Street.

There are plenty of others in the middle, like California. To date, the state has offered one of the easier regulatory environments, despite its reputation as a consumer-protection hub. In the late spring, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a crypto-friendly executive order aimed at bringing in more business. Last month, however, the state legislature proposed a massive ramp-up of oversight over the cryptocurrency markets overall, a measure that will be up for a final vote in August.

One business-friendly red state taking a tough line is Alabama, whose securities commissioner, Joseph Borg, has emerged as a crypto hawk — especially when it comes to tracking down and prosecuting digital money frauds.
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Hearing these evil scammers get what they deserve is satisfying. They should be thrown to lions, though.
My Best Revenge Scam Call Ever - Extreme Scammer Rage
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I got revenge on an evil extortion scammer.
Thanks to Kraken for the assist! https://kraken.com/kitboga

0:00 The Plan
03:55 Bitcoin ATM
10:30 Wrong Wallet
19:36 Scammer Screams & Begs

This scammer targets grandparents extorting them for their life savings.
We were able to disrupt them for a few days and investigate some of their important bitcoin wallets leading to an exchange.

In the end, the main scammer is extremely angry, and I'm extremely satisfied.

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:rotflmao: He uses AI to trap 200 scammers in an impossible maze. They scream and cry. After abusing them for hours, the last recorded voice asks them to rate the customer experience. Classic.






But then... an honest older lady who had been scammed for 6 YEARS called in and they helped her. It was really great to see her get help.



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I love Kitboga!

Lots of hate for crypto, but we've had a great experience. We have Bitcoin and Ethereum and a couple of others. We got into bitcoin years and years ago and maybe that's the difference. ROI has been amazing, and have no trouble converting to fiat dollars, although we do it rarely (last time was to buy a car a few years ago). We're go-slow steady eddies, no fast and rapid transactions.Our tax accountant had to get caught up on the rules back a few years ago; I don't think any of his other clients were doing anything in crypto.
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