‘Hi Mom’: Scammers target parents pretending to be kids in need of help

Scammers are posing as children in need of financial assistance in a new messaging scam targeting parents, authorities have warned. Key points: Scammers invent urgencies to encourage payment, such as needing a new phone or paying an urgent bill Detectives have identified at least 25 victims of the scam this year Police say these types … Read more

Dominique Grubisa is so vain that she probably thinks this award is about her

Self-proclaimed property and legal specialist Dominique Grubisa has boasted of a prestigious industry award, but closer examination reveals the award is as hollow as her career. Reporting by Dave Donovan. SEVERAL WEEKS after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) issued a strongly worded press release announcing that it had banned real estate maven Dominique … Read more

Family loses thousands in rental property scam they found on AHRN.com

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (KDVR) – A family new to the Denver metro area has been scammed out of thousands of dollars of what they believe is a down payment on a new house for rent. Antion Gray is the man who planned to move his family to this Commerce City house on 104th Place. He … Read more

Four men charged over roofing scam that raised more than $640,000 from Melbourne residents

Victoria Police have arrested and charged four people accused of defrauding Melbourne residents after they allegedly tried to flee the country undetected after the fact. Key points: Four men have been arrested and charged over a roofing scam Police allege the scam netted over $640,000 Police believe more than 20 Melbourne residents were affected by … Read more

With fake photographs of fully furnished homes, scammers target tenants desperate for housing

As demand in the rental market continues to soar, Ashmitha De Silva and Amarani Silva were delighted to be offered what appeared to be a perfect family home in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. Key points: A family moving to Adelaide recently lost $3,200 to a scam Advertised “fully furnished house” was actually a construction … Read more

Woman involved in $400,000 GoFundMe scam gets one year in jail

CAMDEN, NJ (AP) — A woman who admitted her role in a scam that raised $400,000 using a false story about a homeless man was sentenced to one year in prison in federal court Thursday. Katelyn McClure was also ordered to make restitution and serve three years on probation. The 32-year-old Bordentown, New Jersey resident … Read more

Driver beaten by man accusing him of car accident in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) — A driver was beaten by a man who accused him of hitting his car in Brooklyn on Wednesday. Surveillance video showed four men surrounding a 31-year-old man outside 920 Montgomery Street in Crown Heights around 4:45 p.m. The victim told police the group approached him and demanded money for the … Read more

Strict new rules for cellphone providers after $10m lost to SMS scams in 2021

The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) has introduced new rules to protect Australians from SMS scams. Key points: Australians lost over $2 billion to scams in 2021 Telecom providers could face fines of up to $250,000 if they fail to comply The frequency of fraudulent text messages has risen sharply following a crackdown on … Read more

Long Island Bodybuilder Raising Disability Funds Busted – NBC New York

A Long Island man’s plan to collect disability benefits while training for bodybuilding competitions and owning and operating a limo business has been foiled by a series of social media posts, state officials said. Instagram posts chronicling Anthony Ragusa’s physical transformation as a bodybuilder helped the state attorney general’s office nab the fraudster for illegally … Read more

Super PAC sued after website calls Elijah Norton a ‘scammer’

Before the candidates fight for the Republican nomination in Arizona’s new first congressional district, they will battle it out in court. Political newcomer and entrepreneur Elijah Norton is in the running to unseat longtime Congressman David Schweikert in this year’s Republican primary. Schweikert leads in the polls while Norton leads in spending, and he’s not … Read more