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CEO of Russian cybersecurity company arrested and charged with treason; may have shared information with foreign intelligence services

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UK says fraud up 30%; £753 million lost in last six months; increasing problem with money mules; becoming national security issue

ScamAdviser releases worldwide survey on scams

  • 82% said they were exposed to a scam last year
  • 71% said they could recognize a scam, but 67% fell for one last year
  • Only 12% thought law enforcement is doing enough

Head of the US National Security Agency says ransomware if a national security threat; discusses plans for fighting it

Reviews and recommendations:   One of our stops on vacation was Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  This is the end of a pilgrimage trail on which people hike long distances.  We saw hundreds of people cheerful arrive there every day.  This trip is also the subject of an excellent 2010 movie starring Martin Sheen, and directed by his son Emilio Estevez.

Shipping container fraud:  Believe it or not, crooks are now advertising shipping containers for sale. You know, the big metal boxes that carry goods on cargo ships.  Some people use them as storage sheds.  So Derek Smythe in South Africa, at AA419, tells the Fraud Report that the same scammers who engage in pet fraud (Cameroonians) have been increasingly “selling” and collecting money for containers that never arrive.   This has been reported around the world, most recently in Canada.  So far as I know this has not yet been on the radar in the U.S., but we need to be aware of it.

Full report here

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