Round-up of Internet Scams in the News

USA

Door-to-door scam in Watertown
News 10 Now – Syracuse,NY,USA
WATERTOWN, NY — Police in Watertown are warning homeowners of a possible scam involving a person claiming to be from the Toys for Tots program.
At about 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, police say a white male came to a door on Portage Street asking for a cash donation for Toys for Tots. His request was denied and he left.

GEORGETOWN: Man charged in package scam

Delmarva Daily Times – MD,USA
GEORGETOWN —
The Delaware State Police charged a 39-year-old Milford resident for theft by false pretense after he reportedly intentionally stole packages he was supposed to deliver for victims. The investigation began Nov. 16 after two victims came forward to police and reported Luis D. Bravo, 39 of Milford Harrington Hwy, Milford, had defrauded them.

Craigslist scam cheating Denver residents
United Press International – USA
3 (UPI) —
Some Denver homeowners say they and unsuspecting renters have been victimized by a Craigslist scam apparently based out of Nigeria.Homeowner John Kurowski said the Web site had featured an advertisement that placed a property he owned up for rent at a cheap price without his consent, KCNC-TV, Denver, reported Wednesday.

New Scam: Pay up, or Die!
Tampa Bay’s 10 – St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Brooksville, Florida —
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn people about a new email scam trying to scare people out of their money. You can read the entire email below.The subject line of the email reads: “I felt very sorry and bad for you” from “jackbrown1@centrum.cz.
Bogus IRS e-mail aims to steal identities

Rocky Mount Telegram – Rocky Mount,NC,USA
Local residents risk falling prey to identity theft if they respond to a recent e-mail in which someone bogusly claims to be the Internal Revenue Service in need of personal information. The IRS had nothing to do with the latest letters that were sent out via e-mail to Rocky Mount residents, a spokesman said. “It is a phishing scam. The IRS doesn’t send out unsolicited e-mails.” Hanson said people who respond to the e-mails risk identity theft or worse.

Salina Man Ripped-Off in Internet Scam
KSAL – Salina,KS,USA
A Salina man is bilked out of nearly $18500 in an internet scam. Police say that back in August a 39-year-old Salina man met a woman on the cupid.com.
AG: Lakewood charity a scam
Denver Post – Denver,CO,USA
Authorities said the scam has been going on since 2007. According to court documents, Smith and Stokes told donors that Family Relief Fund collects money.
Autocall Scam Rings local Phones Well Into The Night
Rome News Wire – rome,ga,USA
hang up and do not give you bank account number. It is not yet clear where the calls are originating from or if anyone local has fallen prey to the scam.
New Scam Out Of Africa Rents Homes On Craigslist
cbs4denver.com – Denver,CO,USA
One look at the price in the ad and it was clear this was a scam. The ad listed the price as $1300 a month for a five bedroom, incredibly charming home.
Alleged Fresno Scam Rents Out Foreclosed Homes
KMPH Fox 26 – Fresno,CA,USA
Kinard says she is just one of about 20 families in Fresno who were fooled by the scam. “One of the best pieces of advice is always do your homework,” said
Phone scam targeting North Iowa again
Mason City Globe Gazette – Mason City,IA,USA
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Consumer agency warns about holiday scam
WACH – Columbia,SC,USA
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs warns consumers about a class-action lawsuit scam. The scam involves an unknown person who calls consumers
Sheriff’s Department warns of bond scam
Grand Haven Tribune – Grand Haven,MI,USA
AP Breaking News Video The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a phone scam asking for bond money. According to Lt. Lee Hoeksema,
San Francisco Chronicle

A restaurant reservation scam
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA
Part of the answer came last week from an East Bay restaurateur who emailed me about a recent scam. During a two-month period the restaurant owner received

Ohioans are warned of insurance scam
Chillicothe Gazette – Chillicothe,OH,USA
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Insurance is warning people about a recent phone scam in which the caller claims to be from the person’s auto insurance
United Kingdom

Lapland ‘scam‘ costs woman £3000
BBC News – UK
A woman fears she has lost £3000 after buying more than 100 tickets to a Lapland-style theme park described as a “scam” by scores of angry visitors.

Updated 12/2: Phony grandson sets up ‘grandma’ in money scam
Pioneer Press Online – Glenview,IL,USA
By JENNIFER JOHNSON jjohnson@pioneerlocal.com A Park Ridge woman lost $3600 last week after she wired money to a person she believed was her grandson.
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Aimetis Symphony Thwarts Card Skimming Scam at One of the Nordic’s
MarketWatch – USA
that its surveillance platform, Aimetis Symphony(TM) played an instrumental role in thwarting a card skimming scam at ICA Maxi Superstores in Sweden.
Phillipines

LOCAL NEWS: House resumes hearing on fertilizer scam
Philippine Star – Manila,Philippines
By Alexa Villano Updated December 02, 2008 02:58 PM The House Committee on Agriculture resumed its hearing today on the controversial fertilizer scam with



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