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Fraudsters are like fishermen: they dangle a juicy titbit and expect you to snap it up and get hooked.

But often it's not actually a worm, it's fake meat, a plant-based concoction that has artificially induced flavours and aromas. It misrepresents itself by appearance.

That's what this scam is all about and only the names have been changed because J.K. Rowling is back in the news.

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So, your EncroChat phone is dead. It's the the end of the world, though. While the UK's National Crime Agency and other law enforcement bodies around the world were able to attack the EncroChat system, disable its web presence and take control of its servers, and to make an extraordinary number of arrests and spectacular seizures of portable assets, the tech that the criminals relied on wasn't particularly clever and while it may have been proprietary, it was not unique. In the UK, the same mobile phone number is used by some selling both EncroChat and a rival system. Private bankers, lawyers and others have a problem that has, so far, not been talked about in the excitement of the initial arrests.

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The conviction of a solicitor and his practice manager on fraud charges is bad enough.

But what's worse is that the practice manager seems to have been able to get into positions of trust despite a demonstrably untrustworthy history.

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As spam-filters become more alert to spam-scams, many criminals have moved on from selling overpriced, poor quality or non-existent facemasks and the like.

Following the trend set by UK TV advertising where on-line gambling has reached near-epidemic proportions, there is an increased rash of gambling spams. But the most significant trend is to focus on the lifestyle changes faced by millions as they sit at home wondering what to do next.

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As COVID-19 continues to impact heavily on social and business life across the region we have prepared this weekly summary of what the business situation is like across Asia generally. Our updates, provided by Peter Coleman of AEGIS INTERACTIF ASIA, will look at what business travel and activity is possible and what can be done on the ground in any countries that remain open for domestic business activity.

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One has to wonder just how stupid people must be to fall for the scams that some fraudster's perpetrate. Or to find themselves in a position where they suffer drive-by malware attacks. One of the interesting things that's happened since the CoVid-19 outbreak sent people scurrying home is just how many manual submissions we are receiving to enquiry forms. The vast majority are fraudulent or, at worst, using our platform for specifically prohibited purposes - which constitutes illegal access and it therefore a crime. So, what's going on?

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This spear-phishing spam-scam is so amateur that some people might actually think it's real. It isn't.

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As internet crime spikes with coronavirus related fraud, an oldie - the work for us and we'll pay you - fraud returns. The anatomy of this one is interesting.

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If one searches for Adrian Maxwell Ballintine, the first entry is from a source that the unaware would consider useful for Know Your Customer / CDD checking. It says "Founder of NewSat. Ltd, Adrian Maxwell Ballintine is currently Chief Executive Officer and Executive at this company."

There are records to set straight, not the least of which is the relevant criminal record.

In 1992, some "old masters" were stolen from Lincoln's Inn in London, one of the Inns of Court where barristers are made and Judges are born. It naturally aroused outrage in legal circles which, like Olympic rings, overlap with government.

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Read this from the investigative reporting team at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Don't skip. And think while you read (or listen to the podcast if you prefer)

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/inside-the-staggering-tax-scam-where-the-homeless-are-made-comp/11963044

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Greetings,

I hope my email will arrive to you at good time. My name is Sufian Allaw
from Damascus Syria. I was the former oil minister of Syria Republic.

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Oh, good grief. Surely God doesn't have much to do with this idiot.

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A deferred prosecution is a device used by prosecutors to allow suspected criminals to buy what amounts to a judicially approved arrangement to avoid prosecution so long as the accused meets certain conditions for a certain period of time. Critics (of which this newspaper is one) see it as a bribe; supporters see it as a way of compelling the accused to do whatever it is that the prosecuting authority wants. Developed in the USA, there is a global move towards adoption of this tactic. The former head of the UK's Serious Fraud Office was a fan; he's been replaced by an American who has been immersed in this system. How's it going?

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