True Crime Online Newsletter - October 28, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tweeting Bra: Sends Tweets Every Time It's Unclasped
A Greek marketing group has created the first "Tweeting Bra" as part of a campaign from Nestle Fitness for October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The social networking bra utilizes a special mechanism hidden under the hook of the bra. When it is unhooked, a signal is sent to a cell phone which in turn notifies a server that generates a tweet.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Indian girl hanged herself after parents banned her from Facebook, police say - 10/28/13
A 17-year-old Indian girl has hanged herself after her parents banned her from Facebook to make her spend more time concentrating on school. Aishwarya S. Dahiwal, a college student from Parbhani in western India, asked her parents for permission to log onto Facebook on Wednesday, but was denied, police told India Real Time.

Gambling love rat convinced women he met on dating site Plenty Of Fish that he was the 'perfect man' before taking out payday loans in their names leaving one bankrupt - 10/28/13
A conman who romanced women he met online then took out payday loans in their names has been jailed. Gambling addict James Whitehouse, 30, drove one of his victims to bankruptcy after making off with hundreds of pounds and leaving her to deal with high-interest repayments.

Salina woman accused in online scam is formally charged - S10/26/13
A Salina woman police say was part of an online scam perpetrated on at least six out-of-state victims made a first appearance in Saline County District Court Thursday and is scheduled for another court hearing Monday. Samone A. Wortham, 51, was formally charged Thursday with six misdemeanor counts of theft by deception and two felony counts of forgery, according to court documents.

Parents: Know how to keep your kids safe online - 10/26/13
As National Cyber Security Awareness Month draws to a close, your children need protection from a threat more dangerous than mere Halloween goblins. There are digital dangers all over the Internet that responsible parents should take proactive measures against to keep from haunting their houses. Children of all ages are texting, posting video, building online profiles, sending photos and broadcasting their day-to-day activities to friends online whom they may not regularly see in person (or at all, in some cases).

Postal Inspectors: Be Careful When Buying Online - 10/25/13
It was an inside job. A group of scam artists stole hundreds of high-end apparel bags. The scam continued on Ebay and that move was the beginning of the end. Melissa Maxwell, is a customer service representative for LeSportsac. They distribute the fashionable brand of high end purses and travel accessories.

New Orleans woman charged with cyber stalking and online impersonation - 10/25/13
A New Olreans woman was arrested by St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on Friday for allegedly stalking a juvenile online. Tashia Bienvenu Seeba was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on two counts of cyber stalking and two counts on online impersonation.

Vigilante paedophile hunters ruining lives with internet stings - 10/25/13
In a motel room 100 miles from home, a middle-aged man using the name Peter counts the cost of one of the internet's latest trends: paedophile hunting. "I have lost everything apart from my life. I have lost my job, I've lost my home, I've lost family, friends. I am a shell of a man. I am completely broken," he told the Guardian.

Pair carried out web scam over festival tickets - 10/24/13
TWO women carried out an internet scam in which people were conned out of money for festival tickets which they never received. A court heard Sonia Arif and Kay Balster, both aged 23, ripped off six victims and made £1,675 before they were caught. Leeds Crown Court heard the pair posted on the Gumtree classified advertisements site purporting to be selling tickets for the Secret Garden Party Music Festival.

Latest US based Scam Targeting Canadian Car Buyers - 10/24/13
OMVIC, the regulator of motor vehicle sales in Ontario, is warning car buyers of yet another online scam targeting Canadians. According to Carey Smith, OMVIC Director of Investigations, Double Eagle Motors advertises on online vehicle marketplaces such as, offering high-end and exotic vehicles at prices that are often ‘too good to be true’. “When the potential buyer calls the number in the ad, and the number will appear to be a Canadian phone number, they are told the car is now in the US and are directed to the ‘dealer’s’ website”, explains Smith.

Furby scammer sentenced, fined - 10/24/13
The Criminal Court on Thursday initially sentenced a woman who ran an online scam selling Furby dolls to 75 years in prison and a fine of 125,000 baht, reports said. Chonnikan Taichilasasoontorn, 27, committed 25 offences. Each offence carries a maximum of three of years in prison and a fine of 5,000 baht.

Kansas Woman tied to Nigeria internet scam arrested - 10/23/13
A tip from a confidential source has helped police arrest a woman involved with internet scams tied to Nigeria. Lt. Jim Norton with the Salina Police Special Enforcement Bureau said Wednesday, that police received a tip October 17th about someone in Salina involved in internet scams involving the purchase of items off of Craigslist.

Bakery loses £20k to online criminals - 10/22/13
A SMALL-business owner who lost almost £20,000 to an online scam has slammed his bank for its lack of support. Small Dole firm Truffles bakery, which has branches in Shoreham and Steyning, lost £19,600 when its NatWest account was raided in a phishing scam. The bank has refused to accept responsibilty for the heist, claiming the firm was at fault.


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