April 17, 2022 In ​​, -anyos

Green eggs and scam: Cuckoo finch’s long con may be up

Spot the fake: The egg on the right belongs to the zitting cisticola bird, but the one of the left is a cuckoo finch forgery. For two million years African cuckoo finches have been tricking other birds into raising their young by mimicking the colour of their eggs, but new research suggests the tables may…

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April 17, 2022 In ​​,  HSE

Bogus Facebook scam costs woman $8k

Investing online can prove lucrative for some, but one Sydney woman was left seriously out of pocket after falling for a Facebook ad.When Anna Rogers first spotted an ad on her Facebook feed promising “access to Elon Musk’s investment platform” she thought it was too good to be true.But curiosity got the better of the…

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April 16, 2022 In ​​,  HSE

New scam warning as cold-callers pretend to offer £150 energy bill rebate

Scammers are cold-calling people and asking for bank details in order for them to receive the government’s £150 energy rebate, councils have warnedThe one-off rebate is available to most properties in bands A-D, around four-fifths of homes in England. Criminals are attempting to capitalise on the scheme by posing as government representatives over the phone,…

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April 16, 2022 In ​​,  HSE

Romance Scams and the Romanovs: What Online Deception Can Tell Us About Russia’s Last Imperial Family

This story is the second in a two-part series about the Romanovs. Read part 1 here.In the early 1920s, Russian exiles living in Germany were reeling from the loss of their monarchy. Just a few years earlier, their Tsar, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks, a revolutionary party that carried out the overthrow…

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April 16, 2022 In ​​,  HSE

Kraken’s Curtis Ting Believes There’s a ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Crypto Fraudsters

Curtis Ting – former FBI agent and current Senior Director at the crypto exchange Kraken – warned investors to be utterly cautious when trading digital assets because the space is full of scammers. In his view, “there’s a special place in hell reserved” for such criminals who try to steal from the vulnerable and the…

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