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Cleantech Con Artists: A True Vegas Caper - Interview with Author/Historian Jim Rossi

Cleantech Con Artists: A True Vegas Caper - Interview with Author/Historian Jim Rossi

September 3, 2019

Cleantech Con Artists: A True Vegas Caper - Interview with Author/Historian Jim Rossi

This week, Ruin a Bad Guy's Day Radio interviews Jim Rossi, Author and Historian of the new book: "Cleantech Con Artists: A True Vegas Caper." Jim is a nationally acclaimed author and a LinkedIn Top Voice with over 430,000 followers! Jim and Skip discuss this fantastic non-fiction story about crime and corruption set in Las Vegas. 

Jim Rossi: His first book is "Cleantech Con Artists: A True Vegas Caper," a nonfiction, first-person, man-bites-dog story of fraud and history. Set in Las Vegas, the story begins during his graduate study there. He's currently at work on his second book, "Reverse-Engineering the Echo Chamber," about how the history of communications technology has affected information, free speech, and politics - and what we can do to find and learn from different perspectives.

Fraud costs Americans over a trillion dollars per year. So in Sin City, we made fraud prevention into an extreme sport.

Las Vegas, founded on the idea of getting people to not think about the long-term consequences of their actions, seems like the last place anyone would go to study history and sustainability. But look closer. Las Vegas is also the City of Second Chances, the surrounding Mojave Desert a land of mirages. Here the line separating reality and fantasy gets blurred. So do the lines separating graduate school, entrepreneurship, journalism, and fraud.

When I first went local, enrolling at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I made new friends - and a few enemies. Among them: a young British tycoon who bought Mike Tyson’s mansion, poker players and golf hustlers, FBI agents and ex-cons, friendly neighborhood bounty hunters, and one charismatic frenemy: a young, clean energy technology entrepreneur named Xavier.

As The Strip seduces me, I uncover a complex maze of scams ranging from Photoshop forgeries, mortgage fraud, identity theft, and crowdfunding to hacking, hypnosis, and intellectual property theft. The schemes span from Sin City to the Rocky Mountains, China, and into the headquarters of Silicon Valley’s best-known clean energy nonprofit. As privacy disappears in the 21st century, turnabout is fair play. The hunter becomes the hunted. In Sin City, you can be whoever you want to be – but you have to pay the consequences. 

What is the ultimate Vegas rush: pulling off a multimillion-dollar con job – or blowing one up?

JIM ROSSI: Author/Historian

Cleantech Con Artists: A True Vegas Caper

Available on Amazon: 

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https://www.amazon.com/Cleantech-Artists-True-Vegas-Caper-ebook/dp/B07V6L5M8T/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Cleantech+Con+Artists&qid=1567207121&s=books&sr=1-2

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Website:

www.cleantechconartists.com

Email:

jim@cleantechconartists.com

LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cleantechconartist/

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Avoid Vacation Rental Scams: Interview with Fraud Expert Tammy Sorrento from Fireball Approves

Avoid Vacation Rental Scams: Interview with Fraud Expert Tammy Sorrento from Fireball Approves

April 2, 2019

Avoid Vacation Rental Scams: Interview with Fraud Expert Tammy Sorrento from Fireball Approves

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Tammy Sorrento founded Fireball Approves after she was NEARLY scammed by a Craigslist fraudster advertising a vacation home in Key West, FL. Tammy performed her due-diligence to safeguard her family from falling prey to a scam. Tammy researched the rental property and confirmed she had been in touch with a scammer who was impersonating the actual property owner!

Listen to the podcast to learn how to avoid being scammed by a Vacation Rental fraudster.

Tips to Protect Yourself from a Vacation Rental Scam

1. “I only deal in cash!” The property owner/imposter may ask you to pay in full with cash via a wire transfer like Western Union, MoneyGram, PayPal or mobile app. Do not wire money or send cash to the property owner/imposter. Tracing the wired transfer and/or sending cash is almost impossible.

2. “You better hurry, this property rents fast!” The property owner/imposter may create a sense of urgency pressuring you to make a decision before the “great deal” has expired. Be patient and do not rush into making a quick decision. There are plenty of other vacation rental properties.

3. It sounds too good to be true. The property owner/imposter is advertising a premium property at a ridiculously low rental price and/or is willing to reduce the price “just for you”.

More Information:

Fireball Approves – “Don’t get burned by mis-leading rental ads!”
https://fireballapproves.com/

Fireball Approves Facebook - 

https://www.facebook.com/fireballapproves/

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Federal Trade Commission – Rental Scams
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams

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Catch of the Day: FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON FINANCIAL FRAUD AND ATM SKIMMING CONTINUES WITH GUILTY PLEAS

Catch of the Day: FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON FINANCIAL FRAUD AND ATM SKIMMING CONTINUES WITH GUILTY PLEAS

February 4, 2019

Catch of the Day: FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON FINANCIAL FRAUD AND ATM SKIMMING CONTINUES WITH GUILTY PLEAS 

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Source: Secretservice.gov

Summary: Two Brazilian nationals who used bank customers’ account information obtained by an ATM “skimming” device have pled guilty in federal court. Julio Lopez Da Silva, 38, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, while Anderson Santos, 41, pled guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft, in U.S. District Court in Brunswick, said United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine. Da Silva faces sentencing of up to 30 years in prison, while Santos faces a mandatory two-year sentence.

After the men were arrested Dec. 3, 2017 in Savannah, police searched a Port Wentworth hotel where the two were staying and discovered skimming equipment and nearly $20,000 in cash. Download the Podcast for more information!

Topics Discussed:
-ATM Skimming Devices
-How Skimming/Shimming Works
-What You Can Do?

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More Information:
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-IC3.gov
-Secret Service.gov

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Fraud Managers and Investigators, Fraud Analysts, Law Enforcement Professionals, Risk Managers, E-commerce Managers, M-commerce managers, Finance Professionals, Chargeback Specialists, Call Center Agents, IT/Operations.

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Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

December 31, 2018

Catch of the Day: Eleven Individuals from Lagos, Nigeria Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud

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Source: Justice.gov

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging numerous individuals from Lagos, Nigeria, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. 

According to the indictment, the defendants, all Nigerian citizens, targeted multiple U.S. corporations with “phishing” e-mails requesting that the companies’ payroll/human resources personnel send IRS Forms W-2, containing employee personal identifying information, for review. They used “spoofed” email addresses, which masked the actual email address, making it appear as if the message was sent from a high-level manager within the victim companies. Numerous companies around the United States were victimized by this sophisticated scheme, including a local Jacksonville-based business.

The defendants, once they obtained the tens of thousands of employee W-2 Forms, used the information to file false federal income tax returns with the IRS claiming millions of dollars in fraudulent refunds. To receive the fraudulent tax refunds generated from the scheme, the defendants used individuals in the United States to accept the proceeds and send the money to Lagos, Nigeria. In many instances, the individuals assisting in the United States were victims of a romance scheme, whereby the defendants developed online relationships using fake social media platforms.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Squad and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Taylor.

Topics Discussed:

  • Email Spoofing
  • CEO Fraud/Phishing
  • Whaling Attacks
  • Romance Fraud

More Information:

  • FBI.gov
  • Internet Crime Center - File a Complaint
  • IC3.gov

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HACKED! My Identity Has Been Stolen - Really!

HACKED! My Identity Has Been Stolen - Really!

December 27, 2018

HACKED! My Identity Has Been Stolen - Really!

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After the Equifax data breach in September 2017, I started a personal journey to protect my identity and take proactive measures to ruin a bad guy's day! I researched and reviewed several identity theft monitoring services, credit monitoring services, and how I could freeze my credit with all three credit bureaus. There are some very simple steps YOU can take right now to protect your identity and stop a bad guy from opening credit in your name and Ruining Your Day.

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Today, Skip discusses how his personal identity was compromised and recently used by criminals to open a line of credit with a large women's clothing retailer. However, through a proactive approach to protect his identity, Skip details the steps he took to stop the fraudsters in their tracks. Now, Skip is awaiting additional information from LifeLock and the retailer so that he can pursue the fraudsters with every means at his disposal. Check out Ruin a Bad Guy's Day: https://www.ruinabadguysday.com

It's time to play offense against the fraudsters and Ruin a Bad Guy's Day!

What can YOU do?

  • Open an Identity Theft Monitoring Account -  LifeLock or Experian
  • Open a Credit Monitoring Account - Credit Karma
  • Freeze Your Credit with All 3 Credit Bureaus

Who should YOU call?

  • Social Security Administrations Fraud Alert Line - 800-269-0271
  • Federal Trade Commission - Report Identity Theft - 877-FTC-HELP

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Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

December 17, 2018

Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

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Thank you for all of your emails and questions about Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing. This week we'll discuss the bombardment of social engineering techniques fraudsters use to lure us into giving away our personal information. We'll also go into greater detail on each of the primary methods currently being used to steal your identity.

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising itself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to click a link, download an attachment and enter personal information at a fake website. From Wikipedia.org

Vishing or Voice phishing is a form of criminal phone fraud, using social engineering over the telephone system to gain access to private personal and financial information for the purpose of financial reward. From Wikipedia.org

Smishing or SMS phishing is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques. Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire personal information such as passwords and details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. SMS phishing uses cell phone text messages to deliver the bait to induce people to divulge their personal information. From Wikipedia.org

 

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Catch of the Day: Credit Card Cloners Stole Thousands - Fraudsters Used Overseas Hackers to Get Card Numbers

Catch of the Day: Credit Card Cloners Stole Thousands - Fraudsters Used Overseas Hackers to Get Card Numbers

December 12, 2018

Catch of the Day: Credit Card Cloners Stole Thousands - Fraudsters Used Overseas Hackers to Get Card Numbers

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Source: FBI.gov

A prolific credit card scammer—who continued his crimes from behind bars—is now serving a lengthy sentence thanks to a multi-agency investigation into his card-cloning operation.

From 2014 to 2016, Syracuse, New York, resident Daquan Rice, 23, and several associates purchased credit card numbers online from hackers in Russia, Pakistan, and Ukraine, who sell the information they steal. Rice also bought credit card numbers from a friend who worked at a Syracuse restaurant who had skimmed numbers from customer credit cards on Rice’s behalf.

Rice had an associate in New York City with a credit card cloning machine, and he would provide the numbers to the person to make new cards for him. Rice and his accomplices then used these cards to buy gift cards, which they would convert into cash or money orders.

How does this happen? Today we discuss how carder networks operate and how carders steal personal information, use credit card cloning devices, and manufacture counterfeit credit cards.

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How to Present a Fraud Case to Law Enforcement: Episode 3

How to Present a Fraud Case to Law Enforcement: Episode 3

October 29, 2018

How to Present a Fraud Case to Law Enforcement: Episode 3

Skip Myers and Chad Evans discuss how a well-written fraud report that details the virtual evidence and answers the who, what, where, when, why, and how questions relating to your case will leave very little room for questioning by the defense. A thorough investigation and detailed report could assist you with avoiding and/or having to attend court and derail the defense attorney's attempt to question the validity of your case. This process means quicker turnaround with case resolution, potential plea deals, restitution, and the return of stolen property.

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How to Deter Fraudsters and Shoplifters: Keep Their Foot on the Brake Pedal - Episode 2

How to Deter Fraudsters and Shoplifters: Keep Their Foot on the Brake Pedal - Episode 2

October 21, 2018

How to Deter Fraudsters and Shoplifters: Keep Their Foot on the Brake Pedal - Episode 2

There has been considerable debate in the loss prevention and fraud prevention communities lately regarding what is the best method for reducing fraud and shrink. The debate argues two very valid points. Should loss prevention and fraud prevention programs focus on a “prevention” or a “deterrence” strategy?

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Join the Movement - Ruin a Bad Guy’s Day: Using Data to Prosecute On-Line Fraudsters: Episode 1

Join the Movement - Ruin a Bad Guy’s Day: Using Data to Prosecute On-Line Fraudsters: Episode 1

October 19, 2018

Join the Movement - Ruin a Bad Guy's Day: How to Use Data to Prosecute On-Line Fraudsters

Fraud Prevention Experts Skip Myers and Chad Evans give you practical advice to help you investigate and prosecute on-line fraudsters targeting your on-line business. Skip and Chad will guide you through the steps of collecting virtual evidence in a card-not-present environment and assist you with documenting important information for criminal prosecution. 

It's time to fight back! The answer to fighting fraud and turning the tables on the fraudsters is within reach. You have already done the work and have the skills to begin the process for prosecuting fraudsters. 

Stop speculating that you do not have enough time or resources to prosecute fraudsters and begin believing that law enforcement may be very interested in your fraud case. Your one case could be the turning point in a more extensive criminal investigation!

Remember, your fraud data tells a story...a digital crime story filled with virtual evidence that can be used to investigate and prosecute the fraudster. It's time we take the fraud data left behind by the fraudster and use it against them!

Together, We can make a difference in the fight against fraud!

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