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  • Bitcoin Could Bounce Back Big-Time in 2018: Analyst

    02/18/2018 9:58:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 17, 2018 | Ed Zwirn
    Despite its price plunge, some diehard bitcoin aficionados still say the beleaguered cryptocurrency could hit six figures by year’s end. Tone Vays, a New York-based cryptocurrency analyst and blockchain consultant, has been among those arguing that the wild swings in bitcoin value since its debut in 2009 at less than a penny could mean that an even greater upswing may be possible this year. “Right now I think that bitcoin should still go down in price, but it will recover,” says Vays. “$100K this year is possible, but that’s very high. I put the current fair value at $25,000.”
  • IRS warns that tax preparer and refund scam is getting worse

    02/14/2018 9:00:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | February 14, 2018 | By KATHY KRISTOF
    A tax scam aimed at stealing consumer refunds has ballooned, with the IRS reporting that the number of potential victims has soared from a few hundred to "several thousand in just days." Uncovered in the first week of filing season, the con appears to have started in tax preparers' offices, where infected computers provided access to complete return data on thousands of consumers. The crooks are using the purloined data - including Social Security numbers, dependents data and even bank account information - to file refund claims on behalf of the victimized taxpayers. The IRS does not know how many...
  • T-Mobile Port Out Scam Alert

    02/08/2018 12:05:59 PM PST · by vespa300 · 15 replies
    KIRO 7 News ^ | February 8, 2018 | Linzi Sheldon
    The Better Business Bureau has issued a nationwide alert as a scam stealing thousands of dollars from T-Mobile customers expands.
  • Vanity: Was it a scam?

    02/01/2018 11:06:05 AM PST · by Snowybear · 56 replies
    Self | 2/1/2018 | Snowybear
    Excuse the vanity but I'm banned from Farcebook for another 2 days and I have to get advice. I had an adjustable bed for sale on craigslist. I get contacted by someone, says he'll send a check and he will have movers come and get it once I cash the check. I get a check today for $2,000 more than I asked for. I contact him and he says the extra is for the movers who are coming to get the bed and that they had to be paid upon pick-up. He says he mentioned this, he never did or...
  • Treasury check scam happening now?

    01/24/2018 3:59:12 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 36 replies
    Mailed Treasury Check ^ | 24 January 2018 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Received a fake Treasury check in the mail today with no letter or anything to indicate as to why it was sent. Didn't put my name correctly per the government records (missed a little tidbit I won't mention here). When people cash these checks, the check is returned to whoever sent it per the routing info with your endorsement signature and your account number. Don't fall for it. Micro printing on the endorsement line, but not on the edge of Liberty's garment. Biggest warning sign of all is that I haven't filed my taxes yet and have no reason to...
  • Brooklyn pizzeria serves up ‘Tide Pod’ inspired pies as alternative to viral challenge

    01/23/2018 2:15:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    WGN ^ | JANUARY 21, 2018
    One New York pizzeria is serving up a safer alternative to the viral "Tide Pod challenge": slices topped with blue and orange swirls that look just like the laundry detergent pods, WPIX reports. Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn is poking fun at the latest absurd trend sweeping the nation, where young people eat the detergent pods on camera and then upload a video of the deed to social media. As the craze has caught on, the American Association of Poison Control Centers says it has seen a sharp increase in calls for intentional exposure to laundry packets. Vinnie's co-owner Sean Berthiaume...
  • How robo-call moguls outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list (truc)

    01/15/2018 10:22:52 AM PST · by shortstop · 63 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 01/15/18 | Simon van Zuylen-Wood
    On the morning of Oct. 1, 2015, a middle-aged telemarketer arrived at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission. His name was Aaron Michael Jones, or possibly Michael Aaron Jones, and in any case, he went by Mike. According to court documents, Mike was a father and widower. He lived well, paying $25,000 a month for a Spanish Colonial Revivalin a gated community near Laguna Beach, Calif. He also employed a personal chef, drove a couple of Mercedes, and maintained a gambling account at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Jones sustained his lifestyle by spamming people with robo-calls....
  • The Children's Climate Lawsuit Against The Children

    01/14/2018 11:45:49 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    investors' Business Daily ^ | January 14, 2018 | by BENJAMIN ZYCHER
    Litigation may be as American as apple pie, but some lawsuits are so destructive that they stand out even among the hugely expensive wreckage wrought by our legal system. The most prominent current example is the "children's" climate lawsuit (Juliana v U.S.): A group of kids, including "future generations, through their guardian Dr. James Hansen," claim that the government's actions and failures to act have caused climate change, thus violating the youngest generation's constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and have failed to protect essential public trust resources. I leave the numerous legal issues to the lawyers, although precisely...
  • Victim of Gift Card Scheme Says He Was Penalized for Trying to Get His Money Back

    01/12/2018 10:40:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 1/12 | Wayne Carter
    A North Texas man says he was a victim of a gift card scam and that he was penalized when he tried to get his money back. Tracey Sanders is a huge football fan. His love for the game is seen in the banners and jerseys all over his home. You can usually find him in front of the big screen, during football season, catching the game. "I stick with DirecTV because of the NFL package, the football game package," said Sanders. Just before the holidays he got a phone call and recognized the 877 number on the caller ID...
  • Pelosi: Dems Will Use MLK Day to Organize ‘Teach-Ins’ on GOP ‘Tax Scam’

    01/12/2018 7:17:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/11/17 | Paul Crookston
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Thursday that her party will be using the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to hold events criticizing Republicans' tax reform law. Speaking at a press conference, Pelosi said that, while a similar push against repealing Obamacare worked well last year, the tax reform bill has already become law. Still, she justified her push to discount the tax plan by noting that King supported equality and therefore would support Democrats' vision of "economic equality" through higher taxes on the wealthy. "This year on Martin Luther King weekend, we honor his commitment...
  • There Is Only One Business: SCAM

    01/11/2018 8:35:34 AM PST · by Wolfie · 28 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | O1/11/18 | Karl Denniger
    There Is Only One Business: SCAM You either steal, rob, lie, launder money and otherwise rip people off or you go out of business. The only exception? If you're small enough not to attract any of the so-called "great businesses" attention. You can run a bar. You can run a small restaurant (as long as it doesn't compete with any of those large firms.) You might be able to run a small consulting outfit. Otherwise, forget it. You can't emulate their game because you will get prosecuted. They will not. Investors will not care and thus the so-called "efficient market"...
  • NY taxpayers built $90M factory in DeWitt for firm that walked away, didn't create a job

    01/04/2018 9:06:56 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 77 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 01/04/18 | By Rick Moriarty,
    DeWitt, N.Y. -- In 2014, the development arm of SUNY Polytechnic Institute agreed to build, with $90 million in state money, a factory in DeWitt for an LED light bulb manufacturer. The company, California-based Soraa, agreed to create 250 full-time, high-tech jobs at Collamer Crossing Business Park and to encourage Soraa contractors and suppliers to create another 170 jobs in Central New York. In return, the company would be allowed to lease the factory for $1 a month for 10 years. But the deal with SUNY Poly's Fort Schuyler Management Corp. did not require Soraa to spend any of its...
  • ‘Nigerian prince’ email scammer arrested in Slidell [Louisiana!]

    12/29/2017 8:24:13 PM PST · by Enchante · 38 replies
    WGNO ^ | December 29, 2017 | WGNO Staff
    SLIDELL – A 67-year-old Slidell man who served as a go-between for an international team of scammers running a “Nigerian prince” email scheme has been arrested after an 18-month investigation. Michael Neu, who is neither Nigerian nor a prince, has been charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Neu helped shuttle fraudulently obtained money to his co-conspirators, some of whom actually do live in Nigeria, according to the Slidell Police Department. The ubiquitous scheme, which begins when an email is sent to an unsuspecting recipient the scammers claim has been named as the beneficiary in a will,...
  • 'It's a fraud!' Oprah warns against online scam using her name

    12/22/2017 8:30:06 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    WBALTV ^ | December 22, 2017
    No, you don't get $5,000, and you don't get $5,000, and you don't get $5,000. And you get the idea. Television mega-personality Oprah Winfrey was known for crowds giveaways during her former talk show, but recent social media accounts using her name and likeness offering $5,000 for social media follows are fake. Oprah came out with a special Christmas message to warn people against a scam using her name. "Somebody out there is trying to scam you using my name and my avatar on social media, asking for money if you sign up for an OWN account on Instagram. It's...
  • Al Gore to cap off disappointing year with 24-hour global warming broadcast

    12/01/2017 5:16:54 AM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies ^ | Nov. 28, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    His book and movie tankedFormer Vice President Al Gore is preparing to host another 24-hour-long broadcast to to sound the alarm on manmade global warming, capping off a disappointing year for the world’s most famous climate activist.Gore’s environmental group will put on “24 Hours of Reality” broadcast in early December, which will feature celebrity guest appearances, including actress Helen Hunt, musical performances and segments on what different parts of the world are doing about global warming. As in past years, the Climate Reality Project, Gore’s activist group, claims millions will tune in to the broadcast, which will be hosted...
  • Pathetic Scam Caller Audio

    11/22/2017 5:56:49 PM PST · by wally_bert · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/22/17 | Self
    Robocall on the answering machine.
  • The Consent Of The Conned: Every single item in our entire Bernie Madoff scam of a system is cooked.

    10/09/2017 8:52:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 10/09/2017 | CHARLES HUGH SMITH
    Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,Every single line item in our entire Bernie Madoff scam of a system is cooked.My theme this week is The Great Unraveling, by which I mean the unraveling of our social-political-economic system of hierarchical, centralized power. Let's start by looking at how the basis of governance has transmogrified from consent of the governed to consent of the conned.In effect, our leadership leads by lying. As we know, when it gets serious, you have to lie to preserve the perquisites and power of those atop the wealth-power pyramid, and well, it's serious all...
  • Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

    09/27/2017 9:29:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 27, 2017 | by Larry Elliott
    The International Monetary Fund has told rich countries they must do more to help poor nations cope with climate change or suffer from the weaker global growth and higher migration flows that will inevitably result. In a chapter released ahead of the publication of next month’s World Economic Outlook, the Washington-based IMF said low-income countries had contributed little to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and could not afford to tackle the problem from their own meagre resources. “Rising temperatures would have vastly unequal effects across the world, with the brunt of adverse consequences borne by those who can least...
  • Superintendent probed for 'scam' involving homeschoolers

    09/23/2017 5:54:16 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    WND ^ | 09/23/2017 | Bob Unruh
    Offered 'free' laptops in exchange for attending public district for 1 day! A public school superintendent in South Dakota was being investigated for an apparent “scam” involving local homeschoolers after he offered them a “free” laptop computer in exchange for their attendance in his district for a single day, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association. The Argus-Leader in Sioux Falls reported the “offer” from Tri-Valley School District Supt. Mike Lodmel was to homeschoolers, explaining he wanted the children to spend one day in public school “and go home with a new laptop.” The invitation was for Sept. 29,...
  • She told them she was Hugo Chavez’s ex-wife and worked in the White House. And she’d make them rich.

    09/20/2017 12:22:43 PM PDT · by Enchante · 9 replies
    WaPo via ^ | September 20, 2017 | Manuel Roig-Franzia
    On one level, the saga of Madame Giselle is a story about, in no particular order, allegations by two neighbors who say they were swindled in an elaborate scheme to sell T-shirts to the Venezuelan army, a cash-stuffed envelope slipped under a doorway, a legendary bygone scandal involving the Colombian military and a glamorous woman known as “The Blonde,” an ongoing multimillion-dollar Colombian fraud case, and a supposed helicopter ride into Syria. But on another level, as illustrated in interviews and in hundreds of text messages obtained by The Washington Post, it’s a story about friendship and trust, about what...