True Crime Online Newsletter - November 4, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Chinese officials release badly faked photo
Officials in a Chinese province faced online ridicule for releasing a poorly doctored image of administrators meeting with a 103-year-old woman.

The photo, captioned "love and consideration for the elderly is a cherished Chinese tradition. They should feel the warmth of the party and the government," depicts four Chinese Communist Party officials in Anhui province and the 103-year-old woman, but one of the men is cut off in the middle and all three men are towering over the elderly woman, Cheng Yanchun, who was clearly edited in from a different photo, The Mirror, Britain, reported Thursday.

Officials said the employee responsible for the Photoshop disaster was ordered to write a "self-criticism report."

The government said the photo may have been faked, but the visit was real.

"Cheng was sitting on a chair on the balcony, under the sun. The balcony space was very small and the camera lens could not cover the whole scene," a government statement said. "When the employee of the municipal civil affairs department uploaded the photos, ... he simply merged two shots. We express deep regret to Internet users for its negative influence. We will learn from the experience, to improve civil affairs work."

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How 'high-level U.S. government agency' fell for fake femme fatale created by two hackers - 11/04/13
Two hackers staged a successful cyber-attack on an unidentified U.S. government agency simply by setting up fake LinkedIn and Facebook accounts posing as an attractive and smart young lady. Creating social media profiles for a pretty 28-year-old girl named Emily Williams, the two online security experts even managed to con government employees out of a laptop and their highly classified network credentials.

'I tricked my loved ones out of £30,000 after falling for a lonely hearts conman': Lonely divorcee fleeced by Ghanaian posing as U.S soldier - 11/04/13
Kathleen Fortun snapped shut her suitcase and headed for her front door. With passport in hand and butterflies in her stomach, she jumped into a taxi to begin a journey to Gatwick Airport that would end in Los Angeles - and the arms of her new love. Eagerly anticipating her arrival was Colonel Richard Allman, a 61-year-old military official in the U.S. Army.

The 'Roast Buster Facebook rape gang' who boasted online about vile actions (but who won't be charged because none of the girls will testify) - 11/04/13
Two teenage boys who called themselves 'The Roast Busters' as they embarked on a campaign of luring underage girls into drunken group sex before boasting about their 'exploits' on Facebook will not be charged. Auckland police revealed that the unidentified boys, aged 17 and 18, will not be prosecuted because no apparent victims - some as young as 13 - have yet been 'brave' enough to testify.

Dawson in hospital after cyber-bully attack - 11/04/13
Kiwi model Charlotte Dawson was rushed to hospital last night after suffering a panic attack…just hours after being attacked on Twitter. She posted a picture of herself in hospital, saying: “Panic attacks (nothing new)”. She also stated the attack was nothing to do with the online abuse but many cast doubt on her claims.

Archdale man charged with cyber crimes - 11/01/13
Archdale police on Friday announced the arrest of a man in connection with several alleged cyber offenses. Archdale police officers associated with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant Friday morning pursuant to an ongoing investigation involving Chance Christian Kennedy, 19, at 1002 Dogwood Lane, police said.

Cyberbullying gets 11 Md. high school students punished, report says - 11/01/13
Nearly a dozen high school students in Maryland were disciplined this week for alleged cyberbullying, reports CBS Baltimore. Officials say school administrators became aware of the cyberbullying allegations on Monday and by Tuesday, they had taken action.

Tarrytown Woman Loses Thousands in Internet Scam - 10/31/13
A resident told Tarrytown police that she had started working for what she believed was an Internet company in September but had since been the victim a costly scam.

Police ask for $26,000 to improve council chambers security - 10/31/13
Threats from an "irate citizen" have prompted the police department to recommend $26,000 worth of security updates for the city's council chambers, according to Assistant Police Chief Karl Jegeris. Jegeris requested those funds Wednesday during the Legal and Finance Committee meeting.

Venice girl, Josie Patry, cyberbullied for winning contest to meet Selena Gomez - 10/30/13
A Venice girl won the chance to see her idol pop-singer Selena Gomez, but she and her mother say the contest win was soured by some bullies. The 8th grader from Venice, and probably the Tampa Bay area's biggest Selena Gomez fan, learned on Tuesday she won a 93.3 FLZ contest to see the pop star in concert at the Forum along with the chance to meet her.

Female Fiji candidate subjected to online harassment over involvement in politics - 10/29/13
A female Fijian candidate has been receiving threats on social media for standing in next year's election. A young Fijian woman who intends to stand in the Fiji elections says she has received threats, including threats of rape, on social media. Roshika Deo is standing as an independent candidate in next year's promised elections.

Widespread Scam Targets CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass - 10/28/13
I just wanted to sell a couple of used kids bikes on Craigslist for $35 apiece. Little did I know the ad would lead to a 6-week online scam attempt, the type of hustle that has defrauded many Americans out of billions of dollars. “We want people to know, don’t fall victim to this sort of activity,” said Dave Joly, a spokesperson for the FBI office in Denver. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Woman claims harassment after sex act pics posted - 10/28/13
An Ohio college student who was mistakenly identified online as participating in a public sex act says she has been harassed. The Ohio University student has filed a complaint with Athens police claiming she has been targeted on social media after she was wrongly identified as the victim in an alleged sexual assault that took place Oct. 12 on a city street.


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