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Monday, November 25, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 25, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Dutch family gets vacation photos from lost camera 10 years later

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/11/24/Dutch-family-gets-vacation-photos-from-lost-camera-10-years-later/UPI-52041385310770/#ixzz2lflIqZAm

A Dutch family who lost their digital camera in a river while vacationing in Norway a decade ago just got the pictures from a German tourist.

The tourist found the camera at the bottom of the river last year, DutchNews.nl reported.

While the camera was broken, the memory card was still functioning and the German man was able to look at the photos.

In one pictures, the German noticed a car with a Dutch license plate. He then contacted police in Amsterdam who were able to trace the license plate to the camera's rightful owner.

Police told the Telegraaf that the Dutch family was happy and surprised to get the pictures back.

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N.Y. warns of elaborate telephone, email tax scams - 11/25/13
http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2013/11/25/NY-warns-of-elaborate-telephone-email-tax-scams/UPI-94541385356249/#ixzz2lfgktMV1
New York's governor is warning of elaborate telephone and email tax scams perpetrated by people claiming to be Internal Revenue Service or state tax officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said scammers posing as representatives of the IRS or New York Department of Taxation and Finance are threatening New Yorkers with fines, deportation, arrest and other penalties if they do not immediately pay a claim of owed taxes.

When the virtual world wakes up the real one - 11/24/13
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-11-24/deep-focus/44411700_1_social-web-sexual-harassment-editor-tarun-tejpal
The unprecedented wave of voices speaking up against sexual harassment in recent times has as much to do with technology as the determination to seek justice. From Twitter to Tumblr, and blogs to pastebin, the internet's anonymity, reach and speed allow small, personal stories of abuse to swell into big stories.

The Holiday Season Means Phishing Season for Hackers - 11/23/13
http://www.chron.com/business/press-releases/article/The-Holiday-Season-Means-Phishing-Season-for-5005481.php
Unbelievable deals, season’s greetings and all those extra holiday purchases make this one of the most effective times of the year for hackers to sneak phishing emails and other social engineering attempts under the radar amidst all the holiday bedlam. Global Digital Forensics will have emergency incident responders on call 24/7 throughout the holiday season to professionally assist organizations that find themselves the victim of data breaches, intrusions and malware infections, without any costly delays.

Model and mother suing Match.com for $1.5billion because hundreds of users have used her pictures in their fake profiles - 11/23/13
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2512577/Model-mother-suing-Match-com-1-5billion-hundreds-users-used-pictures-fake-profiles.html
If you're looking for your better half on Match.com, odds are you've seen Yuliana Avalos. The part-time model and mother has never joined the dating site, but says that her pictures have been used in hundreds of fake profiles without her consent. 'Not a day goes by when someone doesn't tell me that they saw my pictures posted on Match.com or another web site,' Ms Avalos said. Now she is suing the website for $1.5billion along with 'thousands' of others including famous actors, military personnel and Facebook users who say their pictures were used without their consent.

Sleazy online site swipes pretty students' Facebook pictures without their permission and posts them publicly for perverts to rate - 11/22/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511767/Sleazy-online-site-swipes-pretty-students-Facebook-pictures-permission-posts-publicly-perverts-rate.html#ixzz2lfXF75oM
A 'creepy' new website was condemned today after it secretly uploaded the Facebook profiles of 150,000 students for people to rate based on their looks. Ratemash.com has been quietly uploading social network pictures without the owner's consent. Site users are then encouraged to flick through the photos - which appear one after another in a huge gallery - branding each person either 'hot', or 'not'.

The cancer victim who never was and a girl desperate for attention: How a radio presenter was left heartbroken by a hoax so cruel it defies belief - 11/22/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2512056/How-radio-presenter-Charlie-OBrien-left-heartbroken-hoax-cruel-defies-belief.html#ixzz2lfYbZsqR
Of all the hundreds of emails breakfast radio presenter Charlie O’Brien had received that day, one poignant message stood out. It was from a young man called Marcus Cotts, who’d contacted her show requesting a song for his fiancee Lucy along with a message saying how much he loved her.

Two more girls accuse teen who allegedly demanded cash and sex for return of sexted photos - 11/22/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/11/22/Two-more-girls-accuse-teen-who-allegedly-demanded-cash-and-sex-for-return-of-sexted-photos/8341385141184/#ixzz2lfk4LqcN
After being jailed last month on charges that he extorted a girl for cash after she sexted him a topless photo, Florida teen Ricardo Carrion is now facing allegations that he threatened two other girls with posting nude photos online unless they provided him with cash and sex.

It's not just child porn: Fake passports, guns, cocaine, even hitmen for hire are a few clicks away on the internet - 11/22/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2512136/Its-just-child-porn-Fake-passports-guns-cocaine-hitmen-hire-clicks-away-internet.html#ixzz2lfYiqVUT
The proud sales blurb on the website leaves no room for misinterpretation. ‘Your No 1 source of illicit substances on the Web,’ it reads. ‘Fast and stealthy shipping. A+++ quality and perfect customer service. This is what DrugMarket is famous for.’ Offering everything from LSD to cocaine, heroin and ecstasy on pages laid out like those on Amazon, DrugMarket’s top seller today is ‘100g High Quality Afghan Opium First Grade’ at $2,700 (£1,670).

Judge approves evidence for stalking case - 11/21/13
http://www.lenconnect.com/article/20131121/NEWS/131129856/-1/Opinion
Defense motions were denied Wednesday to dismiss charges or limit prosecution evidence against a Clinton man accused of stalking a neighbor’s 14-year-old girl over the past year. Hundreds of messages posted on YouTube and teddy bear displays at his home are evidence that 45-year-old Kent Ellsworth Losee was attempting to communicate with the girl despite a personal protection order, said Lenawee County Circuit Judge Margaret M.S. Noe.

Ferderer sentenced to 18 months in stalking case - 11/21/13
http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ferderer-sentenced-to-months-in-stalking-case/article_b66118fc-52eb-11e3-9348-0019bb2963f4.html
A Bismarck man accused of stalking a real estate agent has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Jeremy Ferderer, 33, pleaded guilty on Thursday to Class C felony stalking. South Central District Judge David Reich sentenced Ferderer to five years in prison with all but 18 months suspended and five years of supervised probation. A Bismarck real estate agent reported in March that she had received suspicious text messages from three cellphones. Police interviewed Ferderer, who has a history of harassing women he does not know and finds on the Internet, and he admitted to sending the text messages.

'My War on Internet Slime': Emma Thompson on 'hypersexual' Miley Cyrus, how web porn has poisoned a generation of boys - and why she's fighting to protect girls like her daughter - 11/21/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2511577/Emma-Thompson-My-War-Internet-Slime.html#ixzz2lfYsWuK8
There's a welcome home message pinned to Emma Thompson’s front door, from her daughter. It’s drawn like a split screen. On one half there’s a ‘glamourpuss’ Emma wearing a black suit and dark shades, surrounded by paparazzi. There are speech bubbles saying things like: ‘Emma, over here!’ and ‘Emma we love you!’, and one that reads: ‘Mum, put some pants on!’

Threats suspect to stand trial - 11/20/13
http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/576704/Threats-suspect-to-stand-trial.html?nav=742
A Claysburg man accused of sending email threats from the Blair County Prison will stand trial. Prosecutors called 10 witnesses Tuesday during a two-hour preliminary hearing for Adam C. Hardin, 23, a farmhand facing more than a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges after allegedly hacking a prison computer in late October to send bomb and water contamination threats to local news outlets.

Stone Mountain man charged with email threats against Hall Co. school board - 11/20/13
https://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=268075
A Stone Mountain man has been arrested for sending harassing and threatening emails to the Hall County School Board offices in Gainesville. Sgt. Mark Mitchell with the Hall County Sheriff's Office said investigators started working on the case November 6 when school officials contacted them about the emails.

Man bailed on harassment charge - 11/20/13
http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/crime/man-bailed-on-harassment-charge-1-6254921
A man mounted a campaign of harassment against his wife after they split up, a court was told. Simon Goodall, 56, met his ex-wife over the Internet and were married within a year. But after they parted Goodall believed she was having an adulterous relationship with their landlord and after that had found herself a new male friend, District Judge Rod Ross heard at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Great Neck Men Pleads Guilty in Cyberstalking Case - 11/20/13
http://greatneck.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/great-neck-men-pleads-guilty-in-cyberstalking-case
A Great Neck man who once worked for the Mitt Romney campaign has pled guilty to charges of cyberstalking women in an attempt to post naked photos of them on the Internet, according to an Associated Press report.

Facebook stalking too easily accepted - 11/20/13
http://dailytrojan.com/2013/11/20/facebook-stalking-too-easily-accepted/
Stop Facebook stalking me, you big creep. That’s something I could imagine myself saying, or on a particularly caffeinated day, tweeting. But the truth is that I’d venture to say most Facebook stalking isn’t actually that creepy. After all, you’re presumably already “friends” with the person you’re stalking ­ but we all know how real those friendships are.

Monday, November 18, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 18, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Google files for patent on electronic throat tattoo
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/11/15/Google-files-for-patent-on-electronic-throat-tattoo/6141384531487/#ixzz2l0q4Nwp2
Google has filed to patent a system that “comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."

The tattoo, which could communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other tech gadgets via a Bluetooth-style connection, could also be used as a lie detector according to the patent documentation.

"Optionally, the electronic skin tattoo can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user," the document reads. "It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual."

The tattoo looks fairly small in images that were attached to the filing and it also is supposedly going to be designed to be able to attach to a collar or a band around the user's neck in addition to the skin.

Pets aren’t left out as "the electronic tattoo can also be applied to an animal as well."

Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google, technically filed the patent.

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For this generation, stalking isn't what it used to be - 11/18/13
http://www.gwhatchet.com/2013/11/18/chase-hardin-for-this-generation-stalking-isnt-what-it-used-to-be/
The term "Facebook stalking" is entrenched in our generation's vernacular – a playful way to say that we were checking out old photos of a friend or crush. But there's a much more sinister type of cyberstalking, and it's part of a growing trend around the country and at GW. Many of the harassment cases reported to the University Police Department this fall have involved texting or social media. Stalkers now follow victims' digital trail, not just their route home.

North Wales teenager told to 'hurry up and die' in horrendous cyber bullying - 11/18/13
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-teenager-told-hurry-6315800
School children are being driven to depression, self harm and even suicide after falling victim to nasty predators online. Today we reveal the true horror of cyber bullying and the life-changing effect it can have on teenagers. One brave mother spoke to the Daily Post to tell of her 13-year-old daughter’s hell at the hands of tormentors, who told her to “hurry up and die”.

Only one in ten parents think their child is safe online - 11/18/13
http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=15961
Most children’s internet use takes place away from the watchful eye of a parent and is still prone to cruel and abusive behaviors, according to McAfee and the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Worse still, research suggests that some parents may be unintentionally exposing their children to inappropriate behaviour and cyber-bullying through lack of controls and by setting up children’s access to social networks.

Man arrested, accused of cyberstalking - 11/17/13
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20131117/ARTICLES/131119661
A Gainesville man was arrested on a cyberstalking charge on allegations he sent his former girlfriend more than 200 messages through various means, according to an arrest report. Raymond Robert Fenn, 35, of 1226 NW 55th Terrace, and the woman dated from January to September, when she broke it off, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office report. She sent Fenn a text message indicating she was ending the relationship and did not want any further contact with him.

Watch Out for These 5 Black Friday Scams - 11/17/13
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/11/17/watch-out-for-these-5-black-friday-scams/
Americans spent more than $59 billion on Black Friday purchases in 2012. Included in that total was more than $1 billion in e-commerce expenditures, marking the first time in history that people have spent so much on the Web on this shopping holiday. Given the near ubiquity of Internet use and consumers' growing propensity for shopping online, that figure will only rise as time goes on.

'Bitcoin Ransom Scam' Warning For Email Users - 11/16/13
http://news.sky.com/story/1169286/bitcoin-ransom-scam-warning-for-email-users
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said small and medium businesses have been receiving the fraudulent messages, which appear to be legitimate communication from banks. Each email comes with attachments that look like files such as a voicemail, fax, an invoice or details of a suspicious transaction, but is in fact malicious software that encrypts the user's computer.

Online teen 'revenge porn' on rise, prosecutors tell Union County schools - 11/15/13
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20131114/NJNEWS/311140054/Online-teen-revenge-porn-rise-prosecutors-tell-Union-County-schools
Teen couples have been breaking up for generations. But social networking has warped the timeless high school heartbreak into a dangerous new X-rated form. It’s called “revenge porn,” where jilted lovers make public sexual images that were meant to be private ­ sort of like celebrity sex tapes, except these involve boys and girls as young as 12.

JP Morgan Joins, Flees Twitter After Cyberbullying - 11/15/13
http://socialnewsdaily.com/19524/jp-morgan-joins-flees-twitter-after-cyberbullying/
JP Morgan learned the hard way this week to stay off social media if you don’t want to engage with the community on their terms ­ and a hashtag, #AskJPM, remains in play following the epic social media firestorm. While JP Morgan’s Twitter experiment didn’t last long or end well for the company, the lingering evidence speaks strongly to the dangers of entering the social fray unable to address customers on the level on which they wish to engage.

Woman football fan trades rings for Chiefs-Broncos tickets - 11/15/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/11/15/Woman-football-fan-trades-rings-for-Chiefs-Broncos-tickets/UPI-41981384554185/#ixzz2l0pmFyHc
A Kansas woman who put up a Craigslist ad offering an engagement ring and a wedding band in exchange for Chiefs-Broncos tickets announced she has found a buyer.

New Selfies App Attempts to Protect Users from Cyber-Bullying - 11/14/13
http://www.thedishdaily.com/news/2013/11/14/new-selfies-app-attempts-protect-users-cyber-bullying
Justin Bieber is dipping his toes into the world of tech investing. Bieber invested $1.1 million in RockLive’s new self-portrait photo-sharing app, Shots of Me, which launched yesterday. Anyone using social media knows that selfie use has skyrocketed. So, the arrival of a selfie-dedicated app is not surprising.

Florida teen charged with using topless photo to extort girl for cash - 11/14/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/11/14/Florida-teen-charged-with-using-topless-photo-to-extort-girl-for-cash/6321384449675/#ixzz2l0qUXjyr
A teenager in Coral Springs, Fl., is being charged with extortion for threatening to post a topless photo of a teenage girl on a pornographic website unless she paid him $200. Coral Springs Police said Ricardo Carrion obtained the topless photo two years ago when a 16-year-old girl who had a crush on him sexted him in order to get his attention. Carrion then attempted to turn the picture into cash.

How to check out a potential partner online – without being creepy - 11/14/13
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/14/check-potential-partners-online-creepy-cyberstalking-facebook-google
Researching potential love interests online is par for the course these days – but admitting to it is another matter. In the first throes of romance there are three little words it's probably best to avoid. No matter how googly-eyed you may be about someone, admitting "I Googled you" too soon is a sure-fire way to nip a relationship in the bud. So, by the way, is admitting: "I have herpes" or "I like Nickleback". However, while honesty may be the best policy when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases or very bad bands, the same isn't true when it comes to online stalking. I mean, um, online "research".

Brazilian 'parent' sells baby for £260 on website because 'it won't let me sleep and I have to work to survive' - 11/14/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2507287/Brazilian-parent-sells-baby-260-OLX-website-sleep.html#ixzz2l0hjPhxd
A baby in Brazil has been offered for sale for £267 (R$1000) on a website because the parent claims it will not them sleep. Brazilian police have launched an investigation into the advert, which was posted on Tuesday on the OLX classified website. The advert features a baby of only a few months old dressed in a blue outfit, alongside the caption: 'Cries a lot and did not let me sleep and I have to work to survive.'

Long-Haul Trucker Accused Of Stalking Teenage Girl Online - 11/14/13
http://5newsonline.com/2013/11/14/long-haul-trucker-accused-of-stalking-teenage-girl-online/
A long-haul trucker was booked into the Johnson County Detention Center on Wednesday (Nov. 13) on suspicion of stalking a teenage girl on the Internet. Lisa M. Swinson, 41, of Rockford, Ill., faces a charge of internet stalking of a child, a class B felony punishable by 5 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, according to a news release on Thursday (Nov. 14) from the Coal Hill Police Department.

Ex-New Berlin West student charged with making email threats to school staff - 11/13/13
http://www.mymuskegonow.com/news/231780241.html
Dilvinder Singh, 17, a former student of New Berlin West High School, has been charged with issuing a bomb threat and emailing threats to the associate principal and two teachers.All the threats were emailed Nov. 8. The one sent to Associate Principal Laura Jennaro contained a bomb threat. Each of the anonymous emails to the Jennaro and the two teachers contained threats to kill them.

Monday, November 11, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 11, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Under Armour can't protect against prank 911 call
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/11/11/Under-Armour-cant-protect-against-prank-911-call/2191384179832/#ixzz2kMXytzBZ
Baltimore City Police responded to a 911 call threatening employees at Under Armour’s headquarters on Sunday afternoon, shutting down the building for hours and leaving workers unable to go home.

The 911 call came in around 2 p.m. prompting a SWAT team to search the building. After the search was completed, officials ruled that the 911 call was a very unfunny prank.

“We took that threat seriously, we came out. Our SWAT teams cleared the facility, we cleared the employees inside,” said Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk of the BPD. “False calls put a lot of people in danger and take resources from the city.”

Kowalczyk said the prankster will face justice.

“I think it’s great, you know. If a threat is called upon, they know what they’re supposed to do,” said an unidentified Under Armour employee.

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Growing number of cyberstalking cases catches UPD's attention - 11/11/13
http://www.gwhatchet.com/2013/11/11/growing-number-of-cyberstalking-cases-catches-upds-attention/
A growing number of students at GW and across the nation have become the targets of cyberstalking, and University police say many are unaware of the resources law enforcement can offer victims. Eight of the 15 harassment cases reported to the University Police Department this fall have involved electronic devices, which includes texts, emails, messages from social media sites and phone calls. Suzanne Combs, UPD’s coordinator of victims’ services, said because sending texts or online messages feels more anonymous than following someone in person, the problem can become more extreme.

Katy Burns: Cyber bullies - 11/10/13
http://www.concordmonitor.com/opinion/9220584-95/katy-burns-cyber-bullies
Deborah Lielasus is a 54-year-old freelance grant writer from Portsmouth who has spent much of her adult life working in the nonprofit sector, particularly the arts. She is also – take your pick – a “parasite,” a “useful idiot,” a “professional beggar,” a “scammer,” a “phony,” a “leech,” a “government hack,” a “panhandler,” a “big scab on society” and – bizarrely – “a crack whore from Toledo.” She’s an “Obama minion” and “a dupe.” She has had “a long and pathetic career in bilking others out of their hard-earned money.”

Man charged with threatening, stalking Cook County Sheriff - 11/09/13
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-09/news/chi-man-charged-with-threatening-stalking-sheriff-tom-dart-20131109_1_dart-death-threats-emails
A 49-year-old west suburban man was arrested Friday and accused of cyber-stalking Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart after sending him threatening emails for six months. Steven Cleary, of the 10100 block of West Chestnut in Franklin Park, was charged with threatening a public official and cyber-stalking, according to a press release from Dart's office.

The Craigslist killers: the full story - 11/09/13
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/10/craigslist-killers-murder-story-family-breakdown
More than 100 men replied to an advert on Craigslist offering work on a farm. Some of them were shot dead. The killers thought no one would miss their victims but, as Hanna Rosin reports, their story reveals a surprising truth about the emotional lives of men in a time of recession and family breakdown.

Nazi memorabilia dealer apologises for trying to sell 'fake' death camp uniform on eBay for £11,000 as victim's family call for police probe - 11/09/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2495858/Nazi-memorabilia-dealer-apologises-trying-sell-fake-death-camp-uniform-eBay-11-000-victims-family-police-probe.html#ixzz2kMM8iU2R
A Nazi memorabilia dealer who tried to sell a concentration camp victim’s clothes on eBay for more than £11,000 has apologised – and pledged to return the garment to the man’s family. Dealer Viktor Kempf, 62, claimed the striped uniform belonged to Wolf-Gierszon Grundmann, who died in Auschwitz in 1941. Last night Kempf said: ‘I am ready to present the uniform to the family as a donation. And I would like to apologise to them for awaking sad feelings and bad memories.’

Scam artists targeting online dating sites - 11/08/13
http://www.actionnewsjax.com/content/topstories/story/Scam-artists-targeting-online-dating-sites/zd0MMsMMDE2Xc8JTu8D14w.cspx
Dorothy McDuffie didn’t want to tell anyone. “My family knew something was wrong with me because I was acting so different. I wouldn't let them in to help me. I thought I could take care of myself,” she said.

Internet calls for improvement after Home Depot tweets racist photo - 11/08/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/11/08/Internet-calls-for-improvement-after-Home-Depot-tweets-racist-photo/9961383920958/#ixzz2kMX1DH3j
Home improvement mega-chain Home Depot needs to work on its social media skills after it tweeted out a photo Thursday which many people understood to be racist. As part of its sponsorship of ESPN’s College Game Day, Home Depot tweeted a photo of two African-American bucket drummers and a person dressed as a monkey with the caption, “Which drummer is not like the others?”

The mean moms of Facebook: Mothers create group dedicated to sharing photos of other people's DISABLED and 'ugly' children - 11/08/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2491992/Mean-girls-mothers-create-Facebook-group-criticizing-ugly-children.html#ixzz2kMLnmpip
A facebook group dedicated to criticizing 'ugly' babies proves that bullying is not just an act of teenagers. The private facebook group, which has since been removed, is composed of grown women around the country who grab photos of toddlers from other mothers' facebook pages without approval and post them online for criticizing. The group was originally designed to trade and sell children's clothing but took a nasty turn.

NPD detective honored for solving cyberstalking case - 11/07/13
http://www.newarkpostonline.com/news/article_dfb48000-90d4-5215-8216-bb5919aa1fb5.html
A Newark Police detective was honored Oct. 28 for his role in catching a man who was allegedly cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend. Det. Michael Watson received the Officer of the Quarter award from the Knights of Columbus St. Michael Council #4548, which has given the award four times a year since 1991.

Upstate woman fights back against cyber bully - 11/07/13
http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/23900649/upstate-woman-fights-back-against-cyber-bully
We use social media to post comments, tag pictures and to find old friends, but for one Upstate woman social media turned into a case of cyber bullying. Hope Marthers said a woman took a photo of her holding her 7-week-old son at a Spartanburg County Walmart, then posted it on a website shaming her for it.

Tanning salon offers 'sexy color' of American Indians - 11/07/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/11/07/Tanning-salon-offers-sexy-color-of-American-Indians/UPI-93161383870191/#ixzz2kMXUYgWk
A tanning salon chain based in Alabama apologized for any offense caused by an ad promising customers the "sexy 'color'" of American Indians. The Club Sun Color Studios advertisement, which has since been removed from the company's website and Facebook page, depicted a woman in an American Indian costume and a fair-skinned female pilgrim, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported Thursday.

Bar apologizes for 'ladies night' Facebook post - 11/07/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/11/07/Bar-apologizes-for-ladies-night-Facebook-post/UPI-27111383864014/
A Florida bar manager apologized for the business' Facebook post that some interpreted as promoting taking advantage of intoxicated women.Marina Decennia, manager of Fire Bar and Grill in Tampa, said the Facebook post was made without her knowledge, WFTS-TV, Tampa, reported Thursday. "Ladies night at Fire tonight. Ladies get $2 martinis and $3 wines. Guys get drunk ladies," the Tuesday post read.

Man Faces Cyber-Bullying Charge In Ex-Girlfriend’s Fake Adult-Date Profile - 11/07/13
http://5newsonline.com/2013/11/07/man-faces-cyber-bullying-charge-in-ex-girlfriends-fake-adult-date-profile/
River Valley businessman William Gregory was arrested this week on suspicion of cyber bullying in using his ex-girlfriend’s identify to set up a fake Adult Friend Finder account, according to a news release Thursday (Nov. 7) from the Van Buren Police Department.

Think before hitting send - 11/06/13
http://www.quchronicle.com/2013/11/think-before-hitting-send/
The university has dealt with four cases of cyber bullying this year alone, according to Chief of Public Safety David Barger. In Connecticut, cyber bullying amounts to harassment which can lead to serious consequences with the law such as fines, restraining orders and/or additions to one’s permanent record. “Bullying is up close and personal,” Barger said. “The thing about cyber bullying, although it is still personal, it’s not up close. That is the greater danger.”

Cyberbullies and Internet trolls: What are they thinking? - 11/06/13
http://www.examiner.com/article/cyberbullies-and-internet-trolls-what-are-they-thinking
Cyberbullying has increasingly been in the news lately with the recent suicide of a young girl who was being harassed by her peers. According to a Nov. 6 article on USNEWS, Facebook has established an Online Bullying Prevention Hub to help teens deal with incidences of online bullying. USNews quotes: "Today on Facebook, we encourage anyone who sees harassment or bullying to report it, and we even offer teens the ability to connect with a trusted adult to get help as part of our social reporting tool," according an advance copy of the new safety page, which goes live on Wednesday afternoon.

TLC Singer Denounces Claims Her Son is Gay as CyberBullying - 11/06/13
http://blogs.christianpost.com/hollywood-lights/tlc-singer-denounces-claims-her-son-is-gay-as-cyberbullying-18685/
TLC Singer Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas launched an online cyberbullying petition after the gossip site MediaTakeOut.com published a number of stories suggesting her 16-year-old son Tron Austin is gay. Thomas wrote "Recently my son was targeted negatively by popular gossip site MediaTakeOut.com. I can’t describe the anger I felt at my son being ridiculed continuously by MediaTakeOut.com for no other reason than the fact that he’s my son."

New cyber bullying tool: 'text bombing' - 11/06/13
http://www.krem.com/news/230814141.html
A new form of cyber bullying, called text bombing, allows kids to torment one another by sending hundreds, or even thousands, of text messages simultaneously. Text bombing is often used after break-ups. A jilted teen will use social media to spread someone’s phone number, and then encourage friends to bomb that person with thousands of mean texts.

Utah man pleads guilty to email threat over Lance Armstrong ban - 11/05/13
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57087626-78/email-hutchins-tygart-threat.html.csp
A Sandy resident pleaded guilty Monday to sending a threatening email to the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency as it investigated cyclist Lance Armstrong. Robert Hutchins, 60, will be sentenced on Feb. 10, 2014, in U.S. District Court of Colorado. He faces a potential penalty of up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Ottawa to fund projects aimed at preventing sexual violence, online harassment - 11/05/13
http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1165264-ottawa-to-fund-projects-aimed-at-preventing-sexual-violence-online-harassment
The federal government is inviting proposals from community organizations to prevent online harassment and other sexual violence against girls and women. One category of eligible projects involves preventing and eliminating cyberviolence, such as Internet bullying, luring and cyberstalking of young women and girls.

Virtual Child “Sweetie” Used To Catch Pedophiles Around The World Stalking Pre-Teen Children - 11/04/13
http://americanlivewire.com/virtual-child-used-catch-pedophiles-around-world-stalking-pre-teen-children/
A virtual child named “Sweetie” is being used to trap online pedophiles from all over the world. Sweetie is a 10-year-old virtual girl from the Philippines who talks and looks just like a young child who has been forced to work in the world of cyber sex and exploitation. With in just two months of existence Sweetie and the team of men behind her have caught over 1,000 sexual predators.

Monday, November 04, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 4, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Chinese officials release badly faked photo
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/10/31/Chinese-officials-release-badly-faked-photo/UPI-38141383252910/
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
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2486975/How-fake-Femme-fatale-created-hackers-carried-cyber-attack-high-level-U-S-government-agency.html#ixzz2jglOX9cJ
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
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2486664/Lonely-divorcee-tricked-loved-ones-30k-falling-conman.html#ixzz2jglpzd95
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
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487054/Roast-Buster-Facebook-rape-gang-NOT-charged-girls-wont-testify.html#ixzz2jgmkPJ57
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
http://entertainment.msn.co.nz/article.aspx?id=8749827
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
http://www.hpe.com/news/x559277227/Archdale-man-charged-with-cyber-crimes
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
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57610295-504083/cyberbullying-gets-11-md-high-school-students-punished-report-says/
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
http://tarrytown.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/tarrytown-woman-loses-thousands-in-internet-scam
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
http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/police-ask-for-to-improve-council-chambers-security/article_9de7229d-398f-5af1-a3fd-9ac5399072f6.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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
http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/342744/8/Girl-cyberbullied-for-wining-contest-to-meet-Selena-Gomez
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
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-10-29/female-fiji-candidate-subjected-to-online-harassment-over-involvement-in-politics/1211356
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
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/10/28/widespread-scam-targets-cbs4-investigator-brian-maass/
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
http://www.athensohiotoday.com/news/ou-student-misidentified-as-alleged-rape-victim-files-harassment-complaint/article_2c5d41e7-f7b0-5cc2-8448-d1517c2d4950.html
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.