Trump Executive Could Face Charges as Soon as This Summer

An investigation into Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s finance chief, appears to be heading into its final stages as prosecutors increase pressure on him.

#frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #tax-evasion, #taxation, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #weisselberg-allen

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Nun Stole Over $800,000 to Support Gambling Habit, Prosecutors Say

Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper has agreed to plead guilty to charges that she embezzled the money while she was the principal at a Catholic school in Torrance, Calif., prosecutors said.

#embezzlement, #frauds-and-swindling, #kreuper-mary-margaret, #money-laundering, #nuns, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #roman-catholic-church, #st-james-catholic-school-torrance-calif, #torrance-calif

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MoviePass Deceived Users So They’d Use It Less, F.T.C. Says

Federal regulators detailed tactics the company, which settled accusations against it, used to try to make its most active users go to the movies less.

#advertising-and-marketing, #computer-security, #consumer-protection, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #helios-and-matheson-analytics-inc, #mobile-applications, #moviepass-inc, #movies, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

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ICE Meant to Capture Drug Lords. Did It Snare Duped Seniors?

Operation Cocoon aimed to disrupt international drug trafficking rings, but critics say it has left unwitting elderly “mules” in foreign prisons.

#americans-abroad, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #elder-abuse, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Raymond Donovan, 90, Dies; Labor Secretary Quit Under a Cloud

He faced fraud charges when he left the Reagan administration, but a jury acquitted him, leaving him to ask, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?”

#building-construction, #deaths-obituaries, #donovan-raymond-j, #frauds-and-swindling, #labor-department-us, #new-jersey, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #schiavone-construction-co, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Modern Love Podcast: Catfished and Trapped in a Romance Scam

They fell for his selfies, tattoos and fluffy dog. But it wasn’t really him on the other side.

#catfish, #computers-and-the-internet, #dating-and-relationships, #frauds-and-swindling, #impostors-criminal, #love-emotion, #online-dating, #podcasts

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Retired FBI Agent Is Accused of Swindling Woman Out of $800,000

The former agent told the woman she was on “secret probation” over drug crimes and at one point proposed marriage, federal prosecutors said.

#austin-tex, #dallas-tex, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #granbury-tex, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #texas, #united-states

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Mark Hauser Sentenced to Two Months in College Admissions Scandal

Lawyers for Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli said Mark Hauser, a private equity executive, recommended the services of a central figure in the admissions scandal.

#act-examination, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #edge-college-and-career-network, #frauds-and-swindling, #giannulli-mossimo, #loughlin-lori, #mark-hauser, #riddell-mark-1982, #sentences-criminal, #singer-william-1960

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Prosecutors Investigating Whether Ukrainians Meddled in 2020 Election

The Brooklyn federal inquiry has examined whether former and current Ukrainian officials tried to interfere in the election, including funneling misleading information through Rudolph W. Giuliani.

#artemenko-andrii-v, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brooklyn-nyc, #derkach-andriy, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #frauds-and-swindling, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #impeachment, #kyiv-ukraine, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #telizhenko-andrii, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #united-states-international-relations

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Odometer Rollbacks: A Hard-to-Spot Nuisance for Car Shoppers

Nearly half a million vehicles with illegally altered mileage are sold each year, according to federal estimates.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #frauds-and-swindling, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #used-cars

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Virginia Doctor Gets 59 Years for Unneeded Surgery and Improper Sterilizations

Dr. Javaid Perwaiz’s procedures over nearly a decade caused insurance programs to lose more than $20 million, federal prosecutors said.

#chesapeake-va, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #hospitals, #perwaiz-javaid, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #tax-evasion

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Spain Turns to Corruption Rehab for Officials Who Can’t Stop Stealing

Con artists and swindlers have long captured headlines in Spain. Now the country has a novel solution: A rehabilitation program aiming to “reinsert” corrupt officials back into society.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #frauds-and-swindling, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #spain

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India’s Black Market Preys on Desperate Covid-19 Victims

As the health care system fails, clandestine markets have emerged for drugs, oxygen, hospital beds and funeral services. Fake goods may be putting lives at risk.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #frauds-and-swindling, #funerals-and-memorials, #hospitals, #india, #new-delhi-india, #oxygen, #price-gouging, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #remdesivir-drug, #social-media, #stockpiling, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

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Former Mayor of Fall River, Mass. Is Convicted of Corruption

Jasiel F. Correia II, who at 24 was the Massachusetts city’s youngest mayor, was convicted of charges related to extorting marijuana vendors and defrauding investors.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #correia-jasiel-f-ii, #elections-mayors, #extortion-and-blackmail, #fall-river-mass, #frauds-and-swindling, #marijuana

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British Fraud Unit Is Investigating Gupta and Greensill

The inquiry will focus a spotlight on a steel magnate and a financier whose business collapse has provoked a scandal in Britain.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #cameron-david, #frauds-and-swindling, #gfg-alliance-ltd, #great-britain, #greensill-capital, #gupta-sanjeev-1971, #money-laundering, #serious-fraud-office-united-kingdom

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As Trillions Flow Out the Door, Stimulus Oversight Faces Challenges

A sprawling system meant to police trillions of dollars is showing signs of strain as watchdogs warn of waste, fraud and abuse.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #federal-aid-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-accountability-office, #inspectors-general, #miller-brian-d, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #small-business, #sperling-gene, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Man Bought Lamborghini With PPP Loan, Prosecutors Say

A California man was indicted on charges that he used money from the Payment Protection Program to buy a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a Bentley, federal authorities said.

#automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #hines-david-t, #identity-theft, #irvine-calif, #money-laundering, #price-lee-iii

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California Man Accused of Selling Fake Covid-19 Vaccination Cards

Undercover agents were able to buy the fraudulent cards for $20 each at a bar in Clements, Calif., according to the authorities. Federal officials say the problem has grown during the pandemic.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #counterfeit-merchandise, #frauds-and-swindling, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

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Court Overturns Fraud Conviction of Corrine Brown, Ex-U.S. Representative

Corrine Brown, a Florida Democrat who served more than two years in prison after being found guilty of running a sham charity, was granted a new trial by a federal appeals court.

#appeals-courts-us, #brown-corrine, #democratic-party, #florida, #frauds-and-swindling, #house-of-representatives, #jacksonville-fla, #jury-system, #philanthropy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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F.E.C. Asks Congress to Ban Prechecked Recurring Donation Boxes

The recommendation by the election commission came a month after a Times investigation showed that Donald J. Trump’s political operation had steered many unwitting supporters into repeated donations through the tactic.

#campaign-finance, #federal-election-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas Lawyer Known as D.W.I. Dude Gets 15 Years in Fraud Scheme

A lawyer known as the D.W.I. Dude pocketed money that he told drug dealers would be used to bribe officials, prosecutors said.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #colombia, #dallas-morning-news, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #extradition, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #money-laundering, #texas, #united-states

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Has Vitaly Borker, Online’s Biggest Bully, Returned?

Outraged customers of Eyeglassesdepot.com sound like the victims of a man who’s already spent years in prison for terrorizing consumers.

#borker-vitaly, #consumer-reviews, #counterfeit-merchandise, #decormyeyes-com, #e-commerce, #eyeglassesdepot-com, #frauds-and-swindling, #opticsfast-inc, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #trustpilot-inc

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Has Online Retail’s Biggest Bully Returned?

Outraged customers of Eyeglassesdepot.com sound like the victims of a man who’s already spent years in prison for terrorizing consumers.

#borker-vitaly, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-reviews, #counterfeit-merchandise, #decormyeyes-com, #e-commerce, #eyeglassesdepot-com, #frauds-and-swindling, #opticsfast-inc, #sheepshead-bay-brooklyn-ny, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #trustpilot

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Ole Anthony, Scourge of Televangelists, Dies at 82

After working as a well-paid Republican operative, he gave up a lavish lifestyle to live in poverty as a self-proclaimed Jeremiah, calling out fraud in the name of God.

#anthony-ole-1938-2021, #bible, #briggs-joe-bob, #dallas-tex, #deaths-obituaries, #frauds-and-swindling, #religion-and-belief, #trinity-foundation

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Former White House Adviser Is Charged With Stealing From Charter School Network

Seth Andrew, who served in the Obama administration, stole more than $200,000 to help him buy a $2 million Manhattan apartment, prosecutors said.

#andrew-seth, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #charter-schools, #crime-and-criminals, #democracy-prep-public-schools, #education-k-12, #frauds-and-swindling, #interest-rates, #money-laundering, #mortgages

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Biden’s Climate Plan Won’t Outlaw Meat

Republican pundits and politicians are manufacturing red meat for their followers, regardless of truth.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #frauds-and-swindling, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kudlow-lawrence-a, #meat, #republican-party

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Florida Family Indicted for Selling Toxic Bleach as ‘Miracle’ Coronavirus Cure

A Florida grand jury indicted a man and his three sons, accusing them of marketing an “unproven and potentially harmful” solution as a remedy for Covid-19, cancer, autism and more.

#advertising-and-marketing, #bradenton-fla, #food-and-drug-administration, #frauds-and-swindling, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #genesis-ii-church-of-healing, #jonathan-grenon, #jordan-grenon, #joseph-grenon, #mark-grenon, #miracle-mineral-solution, #poisoning-and-poisons, #rumors-and-misinformation

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MacKenzie Scott Gave Away Billions. The Scam Artists Followed.

She has no large foundation, headquarters or public website. That makes it easier to dispense money on her own terms — and for others to prey on the vulnerable in her name.

#frauds-and-swindling, #impostors-criminal, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #social-media

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Councilman Pleads Guilty to $82,000 Tax Fraud. He Has No Plans to Quit.

Chaim Deutsch, a city councilman from Brooklyn, falsely deducted business expenses, according to federal prosecutors.

#city-council-nyc, #deutsch-chaim-1969, #federal-taxes-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #tax-evasion

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90-Year-Old Hong Kong Woman Robbed of $33 Million in Phone Scam

In one of the most staggering Hong Kong phone cons in recent memory, a 90-year-old woman was swindled over five months.

#china, #frauds-and-swindling, #hong-kong, #impostors-criminal

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$40,000 Swindle Puts Spotlight on Literary Prize Scams

The organizers of at least five British awards received emails asking them to transfer prize money to a PayPal account. One of them paid out.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #brown-craig-1957, #frauds-and-swindling, #great-britain, #luiselli-valeria-1983, #mcguinness-patrick, #paypal, #phishing-computer-fraud, #writing-and-writers

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Fyre Festival Ticket Holders Win $7,220 Each in Class-Action Settlement

Nearly four years after the infamous festival stranded thousands of attendees in the Bahamas, 277 ticket holders learned they will receive payouts, pending approval.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #festivals, #frauds-and-swindling, #fyre-media-inc, #ja-rule, #mcfarland-billy-1991, #music, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Florida Man Who Posed as Immigration Lawyer Gets 20-Year Sentence

Elvis Harold Reyes filed hundreds of fraudulent applications, collecting $411,000 that he spent on himself and his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

#asylum-right-of, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #elvis-harold-reyes, #frauds-and-swindling, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #impostors-criminal, #tampa-fla

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Tracii Hutsona: ‘Serial Con Artist’

Meet Tracii Hutsona. “She can talk anybody into anything,” said her sister. Over decades, authorities say, she did.

#calabasas-calif, #california, #embezzlement, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #kidd-jason

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Madoff Nearly Ruined the Mets. The Team Has Moved On.

The death of the infamous investment banker who was serving a 150-year prison sentence recalls a chapter where a major-market team was forced to scramble to survive.

#baseball, #frauds-and-swindling, #katz-saul-b, #madoff-bernard-l, #ponzi-and-pyramid-schemes, #wilpon-fred, #wilpon-jeff

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A $1.2 Million Charles Schwab Bank Deposit Error Buys a House, and an Arrest, Officials Say

Kelyn Spadoni tried to keep a deposit that was off by five decimal places, according to the authorities, who said she was charged with fraud and fired from her job on the same day.

#arbitration-conciliation-and-mediation, #bank-robberies, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #charles-schwab-corporation, #financial-brokers, #financial-industry-regulatory-authority, #frauds-and-swindling, #jefferson-parish-la, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Online Scammers Have a New Offer For You: Vaccine Cards

Hundreds of sellers are offering false and stolen vaccine cards, as businesses and states weigh proof of vaccinations for getting people back to work and play.

#attorneys-general, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #ebay-inc, #etsy-inc, #facebook-inc, #frauds-and-swindling, #robberies-and-thefts, #shapiro-josh-1973, #shopify-inc, #social-media, #twitter, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Ex-Northeastern Coach Solicited Nude Photos From Students, U.S. Says

Steve Waithe, 28, was charged with cyberstalking and fraud in a scheme to get female track-and-field athletes at Northeastern University to send him nude or seminude photos, federal prosecutors said.

#college-athletics, #cyberharassment, #frauds-and-swindling, #northeastern-university, #waithe-steve

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How Trump Steered Supporters Into Unwitting Donations

Online donors were guided into weekly recurring contributions. Demands for refunds spiked. Complaints to banks and credit card companies soared. But the money helped keep Donald Trump’s struggling campaign afloat.

#actblue, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #campaign-finance, #frauds-and-swindling, #lansing-gerrit, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rebates-and-refunds, #republican-national-committee, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #winred

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N.Y. Seeks Trump Insider’s Records, in Apparent Bid to Gain Cooperation

State prosecutors in Manhattan subpoenaed the personal bank records of the Trump Organization’s longtime C.F.O. and are scrutinizing gifts he received from the former president.

#frauds-and-swindling, #subpoenas, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #weisselberg-allen

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Lending Apps in India Shame Borrowers Who Can’t Pay Money Back

With techniques honed in China, a new breed of company offers expensive loans to people devastated by the pandemic. If they can’t repay, family and friends hear all about it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #frauds-and-swindling, #hyderabad-india, #india, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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Student Loan Forgiveness Program Made Decisions in 12 Minutes, Documents Say

Education Dept. documents filed in federal court describe a process that denied 130,000 claims from borrowers who say schools misled them.

#alsup-william-haskell, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #colleges-and-universities, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #education-department-us, #for-profit-schools, #frauds-and-swindling, #student-loans, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sweet-theresa, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vocational-training

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How a Sham Candidate Helped Flip a Florida Election

The candidate and the man who prosecutors say recruited him to play spoiler in a Florida Senate race last year were both arrested this week.

#artiles-frank-1973, #campaign-finance, #elections-state-legislature, #federal-election-commission, #florida, #frauds-and-swindling, #garcia-joe-1963, #republican-party

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California Sues Nursing Home Chain, Saying It Manipulated Ratings System

The lawsuit, filed by the state attorney general and other prosecutors, accuses Brookdale Senior Living of gaming Medicare’s ubiquitous star-rating system.

#becerra-xavier, #brookdale-senior-living-inc, #california, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #elder-care, #frauds-and-swindling, #medicare, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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California Sues Brookdale Senior Living, the Nursing Home Operator

The lawsuit, filed by the state attorney general and other prosecutors, accuses Brookdale Senior Living of gaming Medicare’s ubiquitous star-rating system.

#becerra-xavier, #brookdale-senior-living-inc, #california, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #elder-care, #frauds-and-swindling, #medicare, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Prosecutors Investigating Trump Focus on His Finance Chief

Manhattan district attorney investigators who are examining possible financial fraud have asked witnesses about Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer at the Trump Organization.

#frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #weisselberg-allen

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Amid Slow Vaccine Deliveries, Desperate E.U. Nations Hunt for More

Countries eager to augment the troubled E.U. buying program are eyeing offers from each other, from Russia and China, and from private brokers, some of whom are fraudsters.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-union, #frauds-and-swindling, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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China’s Retirement Home Industry is Plagued by Ponzi Schemes

Rooms and beds for retirees are in short supply as the population ages, leaving many vulnerable to companies pitching risky investments.

#china, #elder-care, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #finances, #frauds-and-swindling, #nursing-homes, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living

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Rental Scams and How to Avoid Them

New York’s rental market has been turned upside down by the pandemic, making it hard to tell a good deal from one that’s too good to be true.

#frauds-and-swindling, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Glitzy, Tragic and Selfish: Female Con Artists Waltz by Society’s Rules

From fake millionaires to the faux descendants of Nicholas II, the author of “Confident Women” explores the cunning of con women through the ages.

#books-and-literature, #confident-women-swindlers-grifters-and-shapeshifters-of-the-female-persuasion-book, #frauds-and-swindling, #telfer-tori, #women-and-girls

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