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As Wells Fargo Pays Up, Exec Exits With $125M

CEO says Carrie Tolstedt is 'a champion for customers'

(Newser) - Wells Fargo has been fined $185 million over a scam that involved employees opening phony accounts for customers who were forced to pay fees, but the executive in charge of those employees will take home almost as much. Carrie Tolstedt, former head of community banking, will receive $124.6 million... More »

Elderly Couple Says Grandson Scammed Them Out of Their Home

Hank and Helen Kawecki had lived in the home for 56 years

(Newser) - An elderly California couple is being kicked out of their home of 56 years after they say they were scammed by their grandson, Fox 11 reports. Hank and Helen Kawecki say they agreed to give the deed to their Thousand Oaks home to their grandson, Chad Moore, on the condition... More »

$65K Raised for Pearl Harbor Vet Scammed Out of Life Savings

Jack Holder says he has 1,000 thank you notes to write

(Newser) - Publishers Clearing House couldn't help Jack Holder. Bank of America said it couldn't help him, either. But nearly 1,000 regular people could, and did, donating more than $65,000 to a GoFundMe account after the 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor was scammed out of nearly all of his... More »

They Were Told It Was a Porn Audition. It Wasn't

Women say man created fake profile and tricked them into sex

(Newser) - The Stranger has a cautionary tale about an alleged scam to dupe young women into having sex. The newspaper reports that at least six women tell a similar story: They were solicited on Facebook by a person who called herself Deja Stwalley. She told them she was a recruiter for... More »

NBA Team Releases Players' Tax Info to Email Scammer

The scammer 'spoofed' the email address the Milwaukee Bucks' president

(Newser) - The Milwaukee Bucks say their organization inadvertently provided tax information of employees, including players, to someone who was impersonating the team's president over email, the AP reports. The NBA team said Thursday that the "security incident" involving the W-2 forms of all 2015 employees was reported to the... More »

'CEO Email Scam' Is Surprisingly Successful

FBI has reports from every state

(Newser) - A relatively new email scam is raking in millions of dollars, and it's got nothing to do with long-lost relatives in Nigeria. Instead, as Quartz explains, the "CEO Email Scam" dupes employees into wiring money by using bogus messages from the boss. The scammers do their homework: They... More »

Beware the Uber Vomit Scam

Passengers allege drivers are tacking on fraudulent cleaning charges

(Newser) - Meredith Mandel paid $19 for an early morning Uber ride in Brooklyn. Later, Mandel, who had shared the ride with her boyfriend and friend, discovered that an additional $200 fee had been tacked onto the fare, recounts Gothamist . The extra money was given directly to the driver to pay to... More »

Is That Mystery Number a Scammer? Galaxy S7 Knows

Thanks to partnership with Whitepages

(Newser) - About to buy the new Galaxy S7? Your contact list just got a whole lot bigger. Samsung and Whitepages are announcing a partnership that packs caller ID, spam and scam detection, and even a nearby business search directly into the native dialer, reports Engadget . This means that an incoming call... More »

Charges: Tinder User Scams Thousands From Women

He allegedly told them his mom and sister had cancer

(Newser) - The "classic dating scams of yesteryear" are alive and well online, according to a New York City DA. The New York Times reports a 35-year-old man named Brandon Kiehm was charged Tuesday with using Tinder to defraud two kind-hearted women out of $26,000. Kiehm—using a fake name—... More »

IRS Scam Gets Scary When Scammers Call the Cops

'I was scared for my family's life'

(Newser) - Scammers took the common IRS ruse to dangerous new heights this week in Colorado Springs, calling in multiple fake emergencies to 911 and causing armed police to surround their victim's daughter, Consumerist reports. Jim Davis received a phone call Monday morning from a man claiming to be an IRS... More »

How a Gang of Strippers Robbed From the Rich

By drugging them, says suspect Rosie Keo

(Newser) - Rosie Keo is due in court next month for her alleged involvement in a scam involving strippers who robbed male clients of at least $200,000. But in her telling, Keo alone made much more. Makes sense, if her story is true about strippers drugging doctors and Wall Street executives... More »

Cops: Craigslist Mover Swipes Couple's Stuff

He allegedly made off with more than $30K of their belongings

(Newser) - Craigslist can be a great place to rent an apartment, buy a used microwave, and hire some movers—provided you don't mind if those things are roach-infested, busted, and wildly untrustworthy, in that order. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a Missouri man has been charged with felony theft after... More »

Massive IRS Scam Nearly Claims Ivy League Reporter

Lisa Bennett has written about scams before, but almost fell for this one

(Newser) - When Ivy League-educated journalist Lisa Bennett, who has covered scams among other money-related topics, got a call from the IRS earlier this year, she was told she owed $5,347 in back taxes and that the police were coming to get her. Her first reaction was relatively logical—"That’... More »

Man Allegedly Treated Scores of Patients as Fake Doctor

Suspicions grew when he kept bumming rides

(Newser) - A New York man charged with treating up to 100 patients while pretending to be a clinical psychologist and physician over the past three years was done in by his penchant for bumming rides from patients and cooking them meals, CBS New York reports. Donald Lee-Edwards, 43, was charged this... More »

Man Loses $714K to Fortune Teller

Over a broken heart

(Newser) - Last year, cops in Manhattan say a fortune teller scammed a woman out of $217,000 on the pretext of getting a curse removed. Seemed like a lot of money, until this guy: Over the course of 20 months, the broken-hearted 32-year-old shelled out a total of $713,975 to... More »

Elaborate Insurance Scam Ends in Housekeeper's Death

Cops: Dad, son planned murder of Anita Fox, 72

(Newser) - A father and son in Texas committed the ultimate crime of "greed," police tell NBC DFW . Cops say Gerard Gorman, 48, and his son Bernard Gorman, 27, allegedly followed 72-year-old housekeeper Anita Fox on her rounds for a few days last September, then murdered her in her employer'... More »

Behind Health Exec's Luxe Life: Fake Spinal Screws?

Despite whistleblower, FDA never shut company down

(Newser) - Medical firm founder Roger Williams owned private planes, flashy cars, and a yacht dubbed "Spare Change"; he had courtside seats to see the Lakers and enjoyed spending thousands at strip clubs. But an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests his $18-million-a-year California company, Spinal Solutions, made its... More »

Elderly LA Woman Vanishes, Found Years Later in Maine

Sarah Cheiker apparently gave her money to 3 companions

(Newser) - An elderly woman is still fuming after three people allegedly took her money and left her to live in squalor in rural Maine, a source tells the LA Times . The paper today revisits a story that has its start around 2008, when three people randomly knocked on the Los Angeles... More »

Woman Who Thought She Was Dying Stole $644K

Cancer patient Shirley Player ended up bouncing back—but not from her crime

(Newser) - A British woman who was quite sure her cancer would kill her sooner rather than later decided to steal nearly $644,000 from her employer—but she ended up beating the disease and is now going to prison to serve a four-year sentence. Shirley Player, 61, stole about $92,000... More »

Feds: Stripper Crew Drugged Rich Men

...then ran up massive charges on their credit cards

(Newser) - A crew of New York City strippers scammed wealthy men by spiking their drinks with "molly" or other drugs, then driving them to strip clubs that ran up tens of thousands of dollars on their credit cards while they were too wasted to stop it, authorities said today. A... More »

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