Debt-collection Scam by Text Messages Busted

‘The Federal Trade Commission this week said it levied a $1 million fine on California-based debt collector who used text messages to falsely collect debts.

‘The FTC said National Attorney Collection Services, Inc., and National Attorney Services LLC used English- and Spanish-language text messages and phone calls in which they unlawfully failed to disclose that they were debt collectors. The FTC charged the defendants with violating both the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the FTC Act…’

Webcam Hijacker Arrested
‘A college student was arrested Thursday for allegedly hijacking the webcams of young women — among them reigning Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf — taking nude images, then blackmailing his victims to send him more explicit material or else be exposed.

‘Jared James Abrahams, a 19-year-old computer science student from Temecula, California, surrendered on Thursday to the FBI on federal extortion charges, the agency announced. Authorities say he victimized young women surreptitiously, by taking control of their computers then photographing them as they changed out of their clothes…’

20% of Yelp reviews are fake
‘If you never know where to eat or shop, you likely have a Yelp account, or at least the app on your phone. The service is extremely useful, not only providing directions and hours of operations, but prices, and user ratings and reviews. Type “ramen” into the search field, and you instantly know where all the best ramen places are in your area – except it turns out about 20% of those ratings and reviews are totally fake, severely damaging the credibility of the service…’

FastMail goes independent again
Even though I’m using the free FastMail, I could guarantee that FM is the most reliable email. Been using it for more than 4 years

‘FastMail is returning to independence after its staff purchased the company back from Opera in an undisclosed deal announced today. Web-browser-maker Opera acquired the company back in 2010.

‘Times have changed since Australia-based FastMail gained popularity – with mobile now a key platform for email – but the team behind the service says it has “big plans” for the future. We can expect to see the first new features and enhancements launch “over the coming months.”…’


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