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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.

French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel wins conditional release

Fleury-m - Jerome Kerviel, the French rogue trader who brought one of Europe's biggest banks to the verge of ruin with nearly five billion euros in losses, left prison Monday after winning conditional release."I am super happy to leave today ...

French 'rogue trader' Kerviel to be freed from prison

Paris - Jerome Kerviel, the rogue trader imprisoned after losing nearly five billion euros through risky bets at French bank Societe Generale, will be freed next week, his lawyer said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Red-handed — Why did Obama lie about Foley video authenticity?

Followers of the latest imbroglio over the video purporting to show the execution of American journalist James Foley have one question yet to be answered.

Experts hired by UK Times say Foley video staged

Forensics experts hired by the British newspaper the UK Times say that a video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley was staged to at least some degree.

The cost of scientific fraud revealed

According to a new study, each science paper exposed as incorrect and which is subsequently retracted because of research misconduct costs taxpayers roughly $400,000.

Putin foe Navalny pleads innocent in latest fraud trial

Moscow - One of the most popular critics of President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, pleaded innocent at the start Thursday of a trial for defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher out of more than half a million euros."I do not admit guilt.

Spanish tax office summons ex-Catalan leader

Madrid - Spain's tax office summoned a former president of the economically powerful and rebellious region of Catalonia for questioning on Friday after he admitted to concealing undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts.

Russian opposition leader kept under house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court rejected Friday a request by prosecutors to jail top opposition leader Alexei Navalny who will remain under house arrest during a high-profile trial seen as politically motivated by his supporters.

Op-Ed: Infamous Airbnb squatter shows risks of unregulated e-markets

The infamous Airbnb squatter, Maksym Pashanin, turns out to also be a Kickstarter fraudster. Is his inglorious rise a wake-up call to the relatively unregulated e-market industry, which ranges from Kickstarter and Indiegogo to couch-sharing startups?

Suspended Canadian Senator Mike Duffy faces 31 charges

Ottawa - The RCMP announced that former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, who was suspended from the Senate, has been charged with 31 fraud and corruption- related offences.

Afghan poll audit starts after Taliban raid airport

Kabul - Afghanistan on Thursday began a massive audit of 8.1 million ballots cast in the run-off round of its controversial presidential vote, hours after a brazen Taliban raid on Kabul's airport.

Fraud fears as Indonesia awaits end to presidential deadlock

Jakarta - With both presidential candidates declaring victory in Indonesia's knife-edge election this week, anxiety is growing that fraud and dirty tactics could twist official results due to be announced later this month.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - bottom part.
A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - bottom part.
A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - top part.
A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - top part.
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A YouTube screengrab
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Joann Elizabeth Wingate, 56
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A rather primitive looking phishing attempt. Do not respond, but move to spam folder.
Knight being attended by wife  Helen. She wrote a letter to the local paper in South Wales saying he...
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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A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - top part.
A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - top part.
A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - bottom part.
A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - bottom part.
Mayor of Montreal Michael Applebaum is under arrest.  Appelbaum is accused of corruption and fraud i...
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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File photo: Skating in Holland  Unknown author  Oil on canvas 31.8 x 46.4 cm. Sir Hugh Lane Bequest ...
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.
National Gallery, London
The sensational Carroll Foundation Maryland Trust billion dollars offshore tax evasion fraud scandal...
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.
The mugshot of Martha Nicholas.
The mugshot of Martha Nicholas.
Hanover County Sheriff's Office
Knight pretended to be a quadriplegic and subject to periods of being comatose for two years.
Knight pretended to be a quadriplegic and subject to periods of being comatose for two years.
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A new report shows yet more corruption and fraud in private contractor abuse with relation to the oc...
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.
Photo courtesy US Army
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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.
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Another shopping trip with the wife.
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Official looking though this e-mail may appear  it is NOT from British Telecom.
Official looking though this e-mail may appear, it is NOT from British Telecom.
Knight and wife coming out of court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of fraud  forger...
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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A screengrab from the website of Colin Fry. The dead can speak, but apparently they don't spell so good.