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Caller urges you to pay power bill in an hour? It’s a scam!

Jay MacDonald

Recent news from Southeastern utility giant Duke Energy regarding some kinky new twists on the overdue-bill phone scam has me thinking low-tech may be the new high-tech when it comes to card fraud. The scam itself is a classic: You…
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Luxury vacation offer may be a scam

Susan Ladika

If you’re hoping for a hot time vacationing at a luxurious tropical resort this summer, you could wind up cooling your heels if you fall for a new travel scam. Fraudsters have been busily calling, faxing and emailing individuals and businesses…
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Miami students flunk conmanship

Jay MacDonald

An enterprising group of 18 current and former Miami Dade College students have been indicted for laundering $500,000 in other people’s stolen income tax refunds through their Higher One student financial aid accounts, in exchange for a cut of the action.
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‘Can you break a $500 million note’ scam costs a man from (of course) Florida

Jay MacDonald

This one raises the bar on ridiculousness, even by Florida’s notoriously high standards of silliness.

On Dec. 6, justice finally caught up with one Cleland Ayison, a 32-year-old Tampa man who was charged with trying to pass a bogus $500 million Federal Reserve note to an FBI undercover agent.

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Criminal Charges, Volume XXXI: Odd items put on stolen plastic

Jeremy Simon

It seems there isn’t much nowadays that can’t be charged to your credit card. While the ability to put nearly everything on plastic and (potentially) pay for it tomorrow might be decried by consumer advocates, it makes for an edition of Criminal Charges that includes crooks who put purchases from tattoos to Gulfstream jets on stolen plastic.
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