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Hackers could go on a easy spending spree with contactless cards

The UK's Which? consumer research group has found that contactless payment cards can be easily hacked using homemade technology. The card details can be stolen and then used to pay for goods online without further verification.

U.S. Government fines BoA for its abuse of military families

Charlotte - The United States government has fined lending giant Bank of America $30 million for its abuses of military members and their families in violation of federal law.

Nigeria anti-graft agency arrests over 20 bankers for fraud

Lagos - Nigeria's anti-corruption agency has arrested six senior officials from the country's central bank and 16 from commercial banks over alleged currency fraud, a spokesman told AFP on Monday.

Irish burglars find corpses in home they're robbing, call police

A traveling gang of burglars found themselves in a tough spot. The group broke into a home in Limerick, Ireland, with hopes of finding some valuable stuff to look. Instead, they found a pair of dead bodies.

EU parliament lifts immunity for Sarkozy aide

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of a French lawmaker wanted for questioning by judges over a scandal relating to the funding of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign.

Prosecutors probe claims France's Le Pen had secret Swiss account

Nterre - French prosecutors said Tuesday they would examine allegations that far-right patriarch Jean-Marie Le Pen hid money in a secret account in Switzerland.

'Flash Crash' trader to appear in London court

London - A British trader accused of contributing to a US stock market crash and fraudulently making $40 million in high-frequency trading from his modest London home was due to appear in court on Wednesday.

Nina Ricci heiress gets prison term for tax fraud

Paris - A Paris court on Monday sentenced Nina Ricci's heiress to a year in prison and handed her a million-euro fine for tax fraud, in the first ruling against a famous figure in the SwissLeaks scandal.The court said Arlette Ricci, 73, had hidden some 18.

Court convicts ex-Satyam chief of fraud in 'India's Enron' case

Hyderabad - An Indian court on Thursday convicted the former chief of outsourcing giant Satyam and his aides over a $2.25 billion accounting fraud scandal dubbed "India's Enron", the prosecutor said.

Scientific fraud as articles pulled from leading journal

Leading British science journal BioMed Central has retracted 43 papers it had been investigating for evidence of faked peer review. Each of the papers was written by scientists and medics based in China.

German art dealer gets six years in jail for cheating Aldi heir

Berlin - A German court on Monday sentenced Helge Achenbach, one of the country's best-known art dealers, to six years in prison for defrauding the heir of the Aldi supermarket chain.

Norway's Catholic Church denies fraud

Oslo - Norway's Catholic Church, accused of exaggerating its membership numbers to obtain more state aid, denied Monday it had engaged in fraud but admitted its past methods were "unsatisfactory.

Sweden eyes fingerprint scans to stop passport fraud

Stockholm - Sweden needs to beef up its border security to stop passport fraud, a government inquiry argued Monday as the country grapples with unprecedented levels of immigration.

Businessman charged with defrauding billionaire AS Monaco owner

Monaco - A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

A waitress accused of adjusting customers' tips

A restaurant server has been accused of editing the tips that customers gave her with extra numbers, adjusting a $5 tip to $15 or even $25, affecting at least 20 of the restaurant users.

$386m missing as Hong Kong Bitcoin exchange closes

Over $386 million has allegedly been stolen by Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange MyCoin as it closed down this week, leading to claims that the company is withdrawing funds owed to over 3,000 investors.

Op-Ed: 6 top small business fraud risks

Small businesses are at a greater risk of financial fraud for one reason: they aren't aware of the most common scams and therefore aren't investing enough towards adequate protection.

Report: More Indian women becoming trapped in bogus marriages

Arranged marriages made for Indians to brides and grooms living abroad can sometimes turn out to be fraudulent, with 188 such cases raised with the Indian government since 2011-2012.

Prosecutors call for 19-year sentence for Spanish king's brother-in-law

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors called Tuesday for the acquittal of the king's sister Cristina in a corruption case but demanded a jail sentence of 19 and a half years for her husband in a scandal which has tainted the monarchy.

Ex-Portuguese PM remanded in custody in fraud case

Lisbon - The detention of Portugal's former prime minister Jose Socrates on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering has set off a new political earthquake in a country already rocked by high-level scandal.

Judge remands Portuguese ex-PM in custody in fraud case

Lisbon - A Portuguese judge on Monday ordered former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates to be remanded in custody on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering.

Portugal's ex-PM returns Monday before judge in tax fraud case

Lisbon - Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates will return before a magistrate on Monday, and will spend a third night in custody following his shock arrest as part of an inquiry into tax fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Portuguese ex-PM Socrates held in fraud inquiry

Lisbon - Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates was arrested as part of an inquiry into tax fraud, corruption and money laundering, the public prosecutor's office announced.

Canadian authorities investigating man who posed as a soldier

Ottawa - A man who took to Canadian television this week purporting to be a decorated war hero is rather a fraud and impostor, the Department of National Defence has confirmed.

Facebook users often unable to tell real from fraudulent links

An exhaustive, multi-year study of malware and phishing scams present on Facebook reveals that users often have a hard time distinguishing between real Facebook links and harmful viruses.

Key charge dropped but Spain princess still risks trial

Madrid - Spanish judges on Friday dropped a money-laundering case against the king's sister Cristina but upheld tax fraud charges, leaving her still at risk of standing trial in a scandal unprecedented for Spain's royals.

Columbia University pays out in fraud claim

Columbia University university is to pay out over $9 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. government over the submission of false claims regarding federal research funds.

Tax summit in Berlin aims to say goodbye to banking secrecy

Berlin - The finance ministers of around 50 countries meet in Berlin on Wednesday to sign a deal they hope will put an end to banking secrecy and aid the worldwide fight against tax fraud and evasion.

The money no one wants to talk about

Madrid - Sources say RNE, Bankia and the Caja Madrid Foundation feel competent enough to discover the location of certain funds, and find who is responsible.

French campaign funding scandal snares Sarkozy ally

Paris - A judicial enquiry into Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign on Thursday snared a close ally of the former French president, who announced a triumphant return to front-line politics only last month.
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A new report shows yet more corruption and fraud in private contractor abuse with relation to the occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, costing US taxpayers "tens of billions" of dollars.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - top part.
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Official looking though this e-mail may appear, it is NOT from British Telecom.
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The sensational Carroll Foundation Maryland Trust billion dollars offshore tax evasion fraud scandal encircling 10 Downing Street and the Conservative Party.
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Don't be fooled. There is NO such compulsory update from Yahoo! or anyone else. Give InboxAce a miss.
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Another shopping trip with the wife.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - bottom part.
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Knight and wife coming out of court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of fraud, forgery and theft. Knight will be sentenced on November 7, 2014.
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Mayor of Montreal Michael Applebaum is under arrest. Appelbaum is accused of corruption and fraud in municipal affairs, amounting to 14 charges in all
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Knight being attended by wife, Helen. She wrote a letter to the local paper in South Wales saying her husband had a doctor's certificate attesting to his illness.
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Knight was caught on CCTV shopping at various Tesco stores across the country.
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A rather primitive looking phishing attempt. Do not respond, but move to spam folder.
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File photo: Skating in Holland, Unknown author, Oil on canvas 31.8 x 46.4 cm. Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917; on loan to the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, since 1979. Signed: Jongkind, but likely to be a forgery.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - top part.
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A screengrab from the website of Colin Fry. The dead can speak, but apparently they don't spell so good.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - bottom part.
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Knight pretended to be a quadriplegic and subject to periods of being comatose for two years.
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Babylon is another scam search engine. Don't click the link, don't click anything, close the page and get rid of it.