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In addition to major scams covered in our Scams & Cons News podcast episodes, there are lots of other crimes that happen every day, but are not fodder for the News episode. This blog allows me to tell those stories and offer some commentary along the way.

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March 29, 2024

Man sentenced in romance scam

A Coon Rapids man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his involvement in a heartless romance scam that exploited vulnerable older individuals, resulting in losses exceeding a million dollars. U.S. Di...

March 22, 2024

Doctor's photo stolen and used to push false claims

Discovering that her image was being exploited on Telegram came as a shock to Kristina Collins, a Texas-based doctor and dermatologist. Unbeknownst to her, scammers had been utilizing her Instagram photo for months on t...

March 18, 2024

An oldie but a goodie -- the pigeon drop

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, authorities are cracking down on a notorious "pigeon drop" scam with the arrest of William Coleman, 51, from Orange Park. Coleman stands accused of defrauding victims by solici...

March 11, 2024

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy

A former employee of Steak 'n Shake in Missouri carried out an armed robbery at the restaurant's back office approximately two months after his employment ended, as reported by authorities. Following the robbery, the in...

March 08, 2024

How nice it was for someone to buy you lunch

Wasn’t it nice to have someone in front of you pay for lunch. You feel good about it and decide to pay it forward and pay for the person behind you. You may be a good-hearted person, but may have also been set up ...

March 04, 2024

Grandmother nearly faked out of thousands by granddaughter’s fake voice

Scammers nearly duped a local grandmother into parting with thousands of dollars through a deceptive scheme involving a fabricated story about her granddaughter's arrest and a gag order, as revealed by the Sedgwick Coun...

March 01, 2024

Alleged scammer pretending to be internet provider

Attorney General Michelle Henry announced a lawsuit against Davis Communications Internet, Inc., and its proprietor, David Davis. The lawsuit alleges that the company falsely portrayed itself as an internet provider, wh...

February 27, 2024

Scammer impersonates military officer

In a recent incident, a man from Redding, CA., was apprehended for running a scam across the state, as reported by the Redding Police Department. A man was found to be exploiting a fabricated military persona to decei...

February 21, 2024

Woman casts a Singapore sling

An ambitious woman in Singapore scammed 10 people, including her husband, his business partner and others she drew into romance scams out of a total of $800,000. Love may be blind, but it ain’t cheap. Th...

February 20, 2024

Stranger offers to mow lawn, but it was the owner who got clipped

Don’t you just love it when a kind stranger tends your garden and mows your lawn for you? Don’t you just hate it when, after doing so, he demands $150? Dexerto reports that “I want my money $...