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Analysis of the Supreme Court’ decision that autodialers used in robocalls may not be subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and thus limit private legal action  Note, though, that this decision does not affect the FTC’s National Do Not call enforcement authority

New York man pleads guilty over selling lists of older people that were used to send letters claiming recipient had won a lottery or for psychics

Online bitcoin scams in Australia claiming endorsements from Chris Hemsworth and Nicole Kidman

Italy arrests 30 Nigerian members of Black Axe gang for drug trafficking, prostitution, illegal immigration, internet fraud, ‘romantic fraud’, and money launderingBBC story on the arrests

Confession of a scammer who offered to “sell” timeshares in Mexico

New York Times on fake charity impersonating MacKenzie Scott, former wife of Amazon owner Jeff Bezos; follow up article in Nigeria

Pittsburgh: Criminal charges for puppy fraud against Cameroonian man extradited to the US from Germany

If your phone rings do you answer it?  My generation grew up before answering machines, and it was nearly unthinkable to not answer a ringing telephone.  This may explain why telemarking scammers have more luck reaching older victims.  But people are learning. And something is lost when we now have to email someone and arrange to talk by phone when we could once just pick up a phone and easily reach out.

Review and recommendation:  Oliver,  a musical based on Oliver Twist, which won best picture in 1968.  A great story, wonderful production and music.

Studies I’ve done for BBB can all be found here. Here are links to some of the study topics: puppy fraud, tech support fraud, romance fraud money mules, apartment rental, crooked movers, government imposters, online vehicle sale scams, rental fraud and gift cards.

Full Report here