Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Martin Finucane Globe Staff March 13, 2019 The lengthy FBI affidavit that lays out the details of the massive college admissions cheating scam is peppered with excerpts from recordings of conversations between William “Rick” Singer, the alleged ringleader in the scheme, and wealthy parents seeking to get their children into selective colleges.The transcripts of the alleged conversations tell stories of concerned parents looking for an illegal “side door” into college, talking to Singer, a scammer who, unbeknownst to them, had become a cooperating witness for investigators — sharing everything with the FBI.Here are some highlights: Advertisement William E. McGlashan Jr. of Mill Valley, Calif., a senior executive at a global private equity firm, allegedly wanted to get his son into the University of Southern California. According to … [Read more...] about A 145-pound long snapper for USC? Transcripts open a window into audacious admissions scam
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We’ve all had it happen: You look at your phone and notice a missed call from a familiar-looking number that isn’t in your contacts. Your first instinct might be to call back and see who it was, but that’s the last thing you should do.You might assume calling back is safe because a number happens to be from your area code. Is it your doctor? Your kid’s principal? A neighbor? Unfortunately, the answer is probably none of those, says Adam Levin, founder of CyberScout and author of Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves. Scammers “are adept at spoofing phone numbers for caller ID purposes,” he says. So just because a number shares your area code doesn’t mean the caller is from your town. Crooks purposely use familiar area codes to gain your trust. Don’t miss these other sneaky ways con artists win your trust.You’d probably ignore an 800 number, but a number that comes from your hometown … [Read more...] about This is why you should never call back an unknown number
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 7, 2019 Maybe con artists are inspired by the movie "The Mule" where Clint Eastwood plays an octogenarian who hauls cocaine shipments in a Lincoln pickup for a Mexican cartel. Maybe it's all the political haggling over "The Wall" where President Donald Trump and his supporters want to beef up border security by creating a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border to combat drug traffickers. Maybe it's the El Chapo drug trial in New York. But here's a new scam alert: Consumers are getting alarming phone calls from someone who claims to be from law enforcement or Social Security and then scares you into thinking that your Social Security number has been connected to running drugs and money laundering across the border. The scam tries to convince you that your Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity or because it's connected to a serious crime. In some … [Read more...] about New Social Security phone scam makes you out to be a criminal
By Jack Nicas Published 5:51 pm PST, Friday, February 1, 2019 Does Facebook really know how many fake accounts it has? Does Facebook really know how many fake accounts it has? Photo: Wren McDonald / New York Times Photo: Wren McDonald / New York Times Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Does Facebook really know how many fake accounts it has? Does Facebook really know how many fake accounts it has? Photo: Wren McDonald / New York Times Does Facebook really know how many fake accounts it has? 1 / 3 Back to Gallery Facebook sells advertisers on its access to real people — 2.27 billion of them, a network that exceeds the populations of North America, South America and … [Read more...] about Does Facebook really know how many fake accounts it has?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Susan Moeller December 11, 2018 ON A WARM DAY last spring, I stop by my friend’s house to meet her for a walk. I knock on the door. A strange woman answers. My brain is momentarily stumped, but I soldier on.“Oh, I’m just here to meet Sara,” I say. “She doesn’t live here anymore,” the woman says, dryly. “I’m the new owner.” Advertisement Suddenly the proverbial light bulb clicks on and I remember my neighbor had, indeed, moved months earlier to a nearby condo that I had actually visited. I mumble an apology, back down the front stoop, and set off for her correct address. And, like everyone over 60 who has these senior moments, I feel a surge of momentary panic that this lapse isn’t just distraction or forgetfulness, but a sure sign of dementia. Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top … [Read more...] about Why you shouldn’t be afraid of your aging brain