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This spear-phishing spam-scam is so amateur that some people might actually think it's real. It isn't.

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A man who can be identified only as B4 left the UK to go to Syria to join al Qaeda, the UK government alleges. A citizen of Libya, he took UK citizenship in addition. The UK Home Department (part of the Home Office) decided to cancel his British citizenship and passport. He has appealed and, at the same time, applied for anonymity. His appeal is stayed pending a determination of his application for legal aid.

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Société Générale Securities Australia is subject to criminal charges brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

SocGenSecAus? If you think that's silly, the acronym used by ASIC is worse: "SGSAPL". We'll just stick wiith "SocGen Securities".

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It's incredible - a tiny bar that has no nameplate, that is hidden behind a door bearing the sign "no admittance" and holding only 25 people in an unfashionable district of Kuala Lumpur's city centre is famous. It's such a cool, almost magical, place that it's the kind of place you keep for special occasions. It's regularly featured in "Best Bars" in all kinds of magazines and, even, seat-back glossies in airlines.

And, sadly, in just a few days, it will be gone.

There's no point in discussing this at length. A spam arrived. It's spreading fear and it's a fraud.

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Education

London, UK. 14 March 2020.

County Lines, money mules, identity fraud, sextortion, revenge porn, coronavirus scams

These are just a handful of the subjects in this brand new, pocket money, online training course for those aged between 12 and 24, produced by the leading financial crime risk and compliance training company, Vortex Centrum Limited who have been delivering high quality information services training to financial institutions and government departments all over the world since 1999.

Hotels.Com already allows cancellation of bookings without penalty in many of the properties it advertises. But the unprecedented range of restrictions being placed on travellers, often at short notice, means that contracts are, to all intents and purposes, being frustrated by operation of law. It's not, in strict terms, force majeur although many are calling it that or, even, an Act of God. No, it's not that either.

Hotels.com has produced an excellent analysis of exactly what the US blockade of travellers from some parts of the EU means. The notice addresses many of the misconceptions and false arguments that are popular on much social media.

The British Medical Journal is the official publication - and mouthpiece - of the British Medical Association. As the CoVid-19 problem moves from epidemic to official pandemic according to the World Health Organisation, official advice is often drowned out by misinformation on social media. It's made worse by the fact that the problem has also become an opportunity for criminals - only this morning we received a spam claiming to advertise the only face-mask that offers protection against the virus. So, in this, the first of what will be a series of items on those parts of the authoritative news that doesn't reach the attention threshold of the superficial media, we look at what the BMA/BMJ says about beards in the healthcare sector.

If you are concerned about the amount of information about you and your company and its people that Facebook collects through its various methods, there are a number of methods to control e.g. trackers.

But now FireFox from the Mozilla Foundation has approved a method of ring-fencing not only Facebook itself but other services, such as Instagram, that it offers.

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As internet crime spikes with coronavirus related fraud, an oldie - the work for us and we'll pay you - fraud returns. The anatomy of this one is interesting.

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If one searches for Adrian Maxwell Ballintine, the first entry is from a source that the unaware would consider useful for Know Your Customer / CDD checking. It says "Founder of NewSat. Ltd, Adrian Maxwell Ballintine is currently Chief Executive Officer and Executive at this company."

There are records to set straight, not the least of which is the relevant criminal record.

The USA's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (is that horrible logo new? FinCEN used to be so elegant) has issued a civil money penalty notice against a former Chief Officer of U.S. Bancorp N.A. for "failure to prevent" breaches of the Bank Secrecy Act during his employment at the company. But, FinCEN's allegations go further than simply "failing to prevent."

As more and more photos emerge of near empty restaurants and entertainment outlets, it's clear that governments are going to have to do something to help, even if it causes some political, even religious, dissatisfaction.

Mark Damion Kawecki, of Frankston Victoria, Australia has appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty in the first case of its kind in Australia. He fiddled the figures to help a company get on the board.

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