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Mark Twain has popular credit for coming up with“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes” but he didn't think it up: that was Virgil in The Ænid translated by H Rushton Fairclough, he wrote "Forthwith Rumour runs through Libya's great cities, rumour of all evils the most swift, Speed lends her strength and she wins vigour as she goes, small at first, soon she mounts up to heaven and walks the ground with head hidden in the clouds." That, research shows, is exactly what happens on Twitter...

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Wherever you are in the world, the so-called Nigerian Scam is alive and well and yesterday's notice from the USA's Internal Revenue Service is the release that will launch a thousand scams - and probably many, many more. It's so serious that the subject line in the e-mail from the IRS raised spam / scam alerts in the Vortex Centrum monitoring system, which can't be good.

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A woman from Florida, USA, who was convicted of fraudulently obtaining more than USD100,000 in benefits from her employer has been ordered to repay the amount but not sent to jail.

Benefits fraud
World Money Laundering Report
Sir Roger Bannister
was born on: 
23 March 1929
at: 
Harrow, London, England
and died on: 
3 March 2018
at: 
Oxford, England
Epitaph: 
A gentleman Olympian and a racing gentleman
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In the trials (there were two) of Peter Hall, et al, for fraud, a company, TAD Services Limited was named.

There's a interesting back-story - and Google makes a guest appearance as a company that was paid to participate in the scam.

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Six people were convicted and sentenced to jail terms following their convictions for fraud. They set up websites that were close copies of websites of various governments, promising to perform various services for which they had no legal authority or ability to perform.

Computer crime
World Money Laundering Report
Trevor Baylis
was born on: 
13 May 1937
at: 
Kilburn, London, England
and died on: 
5 March 2018
at: 
Eel Pie Island, Surrey,...
Epitaph: 
The song remains the same, even without batteries
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This is our personal story and we are mightily pissed off. Our long-time internet hosting company was recently acquired by UK hosting company NamesCo. We don't want to use them. The reasons are immaterial. We simply want to transfer all of our domain names to a host of our choice who trade on terms we like and deal with us in a way we want to be dealt with. NamesCo wants to obstruct that and demands what amounts, in our eyes, to a ransom payment to release the domain names which are, after all, our intellectual property because they are terms of art we created.

Nigel Morris-Co...
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Titled "PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DFSA’S ANTI MONEY LAUNDERING, COUNTER-TERRORIST FINANCING AND SANCTIONS REGIME," the consultation paper was issued on 18 February 2018 and the consultation period ends on 24th March 2018.

Notes by Nigel Morris-Cotterill, The Anti Money Laundering Network

Nigel Morris-Cotterill
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Don't say that: 

"the conference aims to produce novel insights into the linkages between.."

Do say this: 

"the conference aims to produce novel insights into the links between.."

It's easy to laugh at Americans: overseas they are often loud (in clothing and sound), they all think they are superheroes (why else would they wear their pants on the outside?) and they have only recently learned to build cars that go round corners properly. And their choice of presidents seems to be ever more ridiculous. However, what's happening now in relation to gunnism is, thankfully, no joke.

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There's a lot of dispute over exactly what constitutes "spam" with legislation influenced by the advertising and marketing industry often defining the term far more narrowly than the public at large. Whether it's legally spam or not, one thing happens far more than it should in unsolicited advertising. That thing is where the e-mail is dishonest in some respect ranging from fake senders through misleading content to out and out lies. The basic rule for recipients is simple: if a mail fails a simple test - "is it true?" - the only safe option is to bin it and block the sender.

Nigel Morris-Co...
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An Israeli software company, LawGeex, has released a report which it says establishes the principle that its software can analyse contracts faster and more accurately (and therefore much cheaper) than lawyers specialising in the specific field under review. Using the trendy tags "artificial intelligence" and "deep learning," the methodology of the test and its results show good reason for lawyers to think the future might be about to become ultra-tough. Or provide new opportunities to improve revenue per junior fee earner.

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Do the terms of access to your company's website contain provisions as to what may be accessed and for what purposes? Do you, for example, point out that domain names and e-mail addresses are terms of art and therefore protected under copyright legislation? Do you say that, as a result, harvesting that data, and other information that may be subject to data protection, is illegal? Do you say that anyone who accesses your website intending to breach the terms of access is unauthorised and that unauthorised access is a criminal offence?

Meet Raj Yadav. He wants you to pay him to do all of those things. If you use him, or his company...

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A case in California has raised some serious questions about record keeping and staff controls at a public utility company.

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