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Catfished volleyball player spends £590,000 on a gorgeous Brazilian model he thinks he’s dating. A catfished volleyball player spends £590,000 on a lovely Brazilian beauty he claims to be dating. Roberto Cazzaniga spent years wiring money to a woman he mistook for Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio. He was talking to a 50-year-old woman on the phone. A professional volleyball player was duped into believing he was dating a well-known Brazilian model, resulting in a financial loss of (dollar)700,000 (£590,000). Roberto Cazzaniga, 42, is an Italian volleyball player in the second division who, until recently, thought he was dating model Alessandra…

Modern-day criminals’ new go-to is holiday scams. With the holiday season in full swing, scammers are targeting an increasing number of prospective victims by using COVID-19 to carry out some of their most well-known schemes. Because internet shopping has become the primary source of purchasing for people looking for holiday specials, snacks, and gifts, fraudsters have altered their tactics to especially target these people. The FBI Issues a Public Alert Regarding Holiday Scams In a news release, the FBI Minneapolis warns of the dangers of scammers while also offering tips on how to avoid them. Scammers are looking forward to…

After a courier failed to deliver a £5k campervan, a couple warns others about a “nightmare” scam. Alastair and June Rafique paid £5,000 in a private sale for a vehicle to be transported from Crewe to Fort William, but the vehicle was never delivered despite being picked up on time. After their campervan was never delivered, a couple who paid £5,000 for it is warning others to be wary of scams. Last month, June and Alastair Rafique of Fort William, Scotland, paid a private seller for a Volkswagen T4. But, despite the fact that it was collected from the seller…

A 17-year-old from the United Kingdom creates a fake website and purchases cryptocurrency using stolen funds. A 17-year-old teenager from Lincolnshire, England, created a fictitious digital gift certificate website and used the money to buy Bitcoin. He bought his Bitcoin with £6,500 of the proceeds. More than £2 million in cryptocurrency has been confiscated by the police. On his computer, 12,000 credit card information and nearly 200 PayPal accounts were located. The adolescent has pleaded to money laundering and fraud charges and has been sentenced to a 12-month rehabilitation program. The judge in charge of the case has ordered that…

EXCLUSIVE: Lesley Poole thought her life was about to change after agreeing to marry a Paul Hollywood lookalike – but she ended up sending him £160,000 before realising he was never real A British woman was conned out of £160,000 after falling in love with a man she thought was a “better looking” version of Paul Hollywood. Lesley Poole spoke to the catfish for three years and even bought a purple diamanté gown after he proposed and sent a ring in the post. But the romance scammer broke her heart and her purse strings after she gave up ownership of…

Adults are so worried about being scammed online that they check every email carefully – and more than one in ten even avoid online shopping for fear of data thieves Nearly half of adults have become so suspicious of scams they now ignore genuine emails, according to research. The study of 2,000 adults found one in three are so worried about clicking on potentially dangerous links in emails that they make a point of checking them first. The fear of being scammed ranked as the highest reason for this cautious approach, while identity theft and wanting to avoid computer viruses…