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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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Got Chargebacks? Midigator’s Trent Spratling Explains Chargeback Truths, Consequences, and Misconceptions

Got Chargebacks? Midigator’s Trent Spratling Explains Chargeback Truths, Consequences, and Misconceptions

July 9, 2019

Got Chargebacks? Midigator's Trent Spratling Explains Chargeback Truths, Consequences, and Misconceptions

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This week, Ruin a Bad Guy's Day Radio Interviews Midigator's Trent Spratling about Chargeback Truths, Consequences, and Misconceptions.

Topics Include:

We'll discuss some of the biggest misconceptions about fighting chargebacks and disputes, dealing with banks and credit card issuers, and the potential ROI and increased revenue possibilities for fighting chargebacks.

Special Guest: Trent Spratling has a unique understanding of what merchants need to scale their business and increase profitability through Midigator's payment dispute management system that helps you prevent and respond to credit card disputes and chargebacks.

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Midigator: Midigator is a leader in payment dispute management services.

 

Are you tired of the same old daily grind with fighting chargebacks and credit card disputes? Are you drowning in a sea of endless data and spreadsheets?

 

Look no further – Midigator's payment dispute management system provides real time analytics and advanced artificial intelligence technology that helps you identify why disputes are occurring while reducing your chargebacks and enabling your business to better avoid them in the future.

Midigator's advanced prevention options include chargeback alerts and Visa's VMPI technology to help you recover lost revenue and improve your overall chargeback management strategy.

 

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How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

April 29, 2019

How Fraudsters Exploit Malware and Phishing for Financial Gain

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In this episode we discuss how fraudsters exploit malware and phishing for financial gain. A recent conviction of international cybercriminals in federal court reveals how these fraudsters operate and target their victims. Learn how protect yourself from malware and phishing schemes.

Source: Department of Justice
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-romanian-cybercriminals-convicted-all-21-counts-relating-infecting-over-400000-victim

Romanian Cybercriminals Convicted of All 21 Counts Relating to Infecting Over 400,000 Victim Computers with Malware and Stealing Millions of Dollars
A federal jury convicted two Bucharest, Romania residents of 21 counts related to their scheme to infect victim computers with malware in order to steal credit card and other information to sell on dark market websites, mine cryptocurrency and engage in online auction fraud, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio

Two Romanians were convicted after a 12-day trial of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit service marks, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit money laundering and 12 counts each of wire fraud. Sentencing has been set for Aug. 14, 2019 before Chief Judge Patricia A. Gaughan of the Northern District of Ohio.

According to testimony at trial and court documents, the defendants who pleaded guilty collectively operated a criminal conspiracy from Bucharest, Romania. It began in 2007 with the development of proprietary malware, which they disseminated through malicious emails purporting to be legitimate from such entities as Western Union, Norton AntiVirus and the IRS. When recipients clicked on an attached file, the malware was surreptitiously installed onto their computer.

This malware harvested email addresses from the infected computer, such as from contact lists or email accounts, and then sent malicious emails to these harvested email addresses. The defendants infected and controlled more than 400,000 individual computers, primarily in the United States.

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Malware:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware

Malware (malicious software) is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network. Malware does the damage after it is implanted or introduced in some way into a target's computer and can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. The code is described as computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, and scareware, among other terms. Malware has a malicious intent, acting against the interest of the computer user—and so does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency, which is typically described as a software bug.

Phishing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are identical to the legitimate site.

Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques being used to deceive users. Users are often lured by communications purporting to be from trusted parties such as social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators.

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How to Protect Your Identity During the Holidays

How to Protect Your Identity During the Holidays

November 23, 2018

How to Protect Your Identity During the Holidays

The holiday season brings all kinds of joy and potential stress. It is easy to become caught up with the holiday rush, shopping on-line, traveling to meet with friends and family, and forget to safeguard our identities from potential hackers and criminals.

Today we’ll discuss some simple steps to protect your identity while surfing the web, connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots, and protecting your Bluetooth devices. We’ll also explain the importance of using a VPN (virtual private network) when connecting to free Wi-Fi services at airports, hotels, and coffee shops.

Top VPN Services

  • Private Internet Access - PIA
  • PureVpn
  • IPVanish
  • NordVPN

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