Phishers send fake invoices.

We’ve recently heard that scammers are recycling an old phishing attempt. In this version, scammers, posing as a well-known tech company, email a phony invoice showing that you’ve recently bought music or apps from them. The email tells you to click on a link if you did not authorize the purchase. Stop – do not click on the link. That’s the new twist on an old scam.

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Local FBI Personnel Mentor Youth.

The FBI Pittsburgh Field Office is teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help mentor youth in the Pittsburgh area. It’s called the Bigs in Blue program. It allows FBI personnel from supervisors to agents to professional staff to mentor youth in our area. The goal of the nationwide program is to connect the kids with law enforcement serving their area and build strong, lasting relationships. Right now, there are 15 local Big and Little (fifth grade) pairs in the program that lasts from January to May. We plan…

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Shopping for a VPN app? Read this..

You probably know by now that using your mobile device on the public Wi-Fi network of your local coffee shop or airport poses some risk. Public networks are not very secure – or, well, private – which makes it easy for others to intercept your data. So, what can you do to keep your mobile data private and secure while out and about? Some consumers have started using Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps to shield the information on their mobile devices from prying eyes on public networks. Before you download a VPN app, you should know that there are benefits and risks.  

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Elder Fraud.

Fraud schemes against the elderly also include a variety of mass mailing and telemarketing frauds such as lottery phone scams, romance scams, grandparent scams, IRS imposter schemes, and others. Many of these schemes are perpetrated by criminals outside the United States. All of the schemes have one goal: to trick and deceive senior citizens into turning over their hard-earned savings. “These fraudsters view our seniors as prime targets,” Bowdich said. Many senior citizens have large nest eggs saved over decades. At the same time, they may not be technologically savvy.…

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BRIAN WILLIE NELSON.

Use/Carry of Firearm During Crime of Violence/Drug Trafficking Offense; Interference with Commerce by Threats or Violence Images Aliases: Brian Nelson, Bill Nelson, Brian W. Nelson, Brian W. Nelson, Jr., Brian William Nelson, Brian Willie Nelson, Jr., Bryan Nelson, Robert Nelson, William Nelson, William Eric Nelson, William R. Nelson, William Robert Nelson, William Ronald Nelson Description Date(s) of Birth Used August 31, 1953, June 21, 1950, August 21, 1950, August 31, 1950, August 21, 1952, August 21, 1960, October 9, 1950 Place of Birth Ohio, may also use Illinois Hair Black,…

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2018/02/22 DARPA Names Researchers Working to Halt Outbreaks in 60 Days or Less.

The increasing threat of infectious diseases is intensifying the need for breakthrough technologies and capabilities to protect first responders and equip them with therapeutics that can halt the impact of infectious agents. Current approaches for recent public health emergencies due to infectious diseases have not produced effective preventive or therapeutic solutions in a relevant timescale. Examples from recent outbreaks such as H3N2 (flu), Ebola, and Zika viruses highlight the significant lag in deployment and efficacy of life-saving solutions. To address the growing threat from infectious diseases as well as to…

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USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna on New Agency Mission Statement.

Release Date: Feb. 22, 2018 “In my short time as director of USCIS, I continue to be impressed by the commitment and dedication that employees throughout the agency have shown toward our common goals. USCIS employees are passionate about upholding the rule of law and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. I’ve always known this and have seen it confirmed again and again in my meetings with you during visits I have made to field offices and service centers. To reflect these principles, and to guide us in the…

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USCIS Strengthens Protections to Combat H-1B Abuses Clarifies Policy on Requirements for Third-Party Worksite H-1B Petitions.

Release Date: Feb. 22, 2018 WASHINGTON—The H-1B visa program generally allows a foreign employee to work for a specific sponsoring American employer. As is true in many employment situations, the location of work can change. USCIS has published a policy memorandum (PDF, 119 KB) making clear that USCIS may request detailed documentation to ensure a legitimate employer-employee relationship is maintained while an employee is working at a third-party worksite. In publishing this policy, USCIS clarifies existing regulatory requirements relating to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at…

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Western Union refund alert.

The deadline to ask for your money back from the FTC’s settlement with Western Union is now May 31, 2018. That’s the settlement refunding people the money that scammers had them pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. We have some tips on how to file your claim, answers to questions, and where to start filing your claim online. But, based on some recent questions – and because we’ve heard about some people making promises they can’t deliver – we wanted to give you some practical tips on how to get your claim in.

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Sober Home Fraud.

Chatman would not have been able to commit this fraud without doctors signing off that they had reviewed the samples. So he hired some—including Dr. Joaquin Mendez, who worked in skilled nursing and had no background in addiction treatment—to rubber stamp the results. “Through records, we were able to see that Dr. Mendez ‘reviewed’ 100 tests in a one-hour period. He clearly wasn’t looking at them. He was just going through and clicking to process these tests,” Gerrity said. Chatman and his associates defrauded insurance companies of an estimated $24…

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Looking for a web host for your small business?.

Running a small company or a home-based business requires laser-like focus. Of course, you want a web presence, but with everything else you have to do, you may decide to hire a web-hosting company to support your website. Web hosts offer an array of options – email, storage, integrated e-commerce, etc. But according to the FTC, there’s another feature you should factor in when comparison-shopping for web hosting services: security.

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John Brosnan Named Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division for the New York Field Office.

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the appointment of John Brosnan as the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division for the New York Field Office. Mr. Brosnan most recently served as the section chief of the Violent Crimes Against Children Section of the Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Brosnan entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the New York Field Office, where he worked white-collar crime matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Brosnan has held leadership positions in the Philadelphia Division…

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FBI Seeks Information on 2005 Disappearance of Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone, Jr..

The FBI, Burlington County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office, and Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Division are seeking the public’s assistance, as they continue to investigate the disappearance, 13 years ago today, of Danielle (Ottobre) Imbo and Richard Petrone, Jr. Imbo and Petrone were last seen in the late evening hours of Saturday, February 19, 2005, leaving a bar on Philadelphia’s South Street, headed for Petrone’s black 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. An extensive investigation to date has generated some promising leads, however, neither the couple nor Petrone’s vehicle have ever been…

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JANE DOE – YEMASSEE, SOUTH CAROLINA.

Yemasse, South CarolinaMay 24, 1995 Images Description Age 28 to 35 years old Hair Naturally dark brown, but dyed red Eyes Brown Height 5’3″ Weight 118 pounds Sex Female Scars and Marks Scar on neck from thyroid surgery; hysterectomy scar on abdomen; double-pierced ears. Details: On May 24, 1995, the body of a deceased female was recovered from a ditch along Cotton Hall Road in Yemassee, South Carolina. She was recovered wearing only a pair of white underwear. The victim had been murdered prior to being transported and dumped along…

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2018/02/20 DARPA Seeks to Expand Real-Time Radiological Threat Detection to Include Other Dangers.

Advanced commercially available technologies—such as additive manufacturing (3-D printing), small-scale chemical reactors for pharmaceuticals, and CRISPR gene-manipulation tools—have opened wide access to scientific exploration and discovery. In the hands of terrorists and rogue nation states, however, these capabilities could be misused to concoct chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in small quantities and in form factors that are hard to detect. To meet this challenge DARPA today announced its SIGMA+ program, an expansion of the existing SIGMA program, which detects radiological and nuclear…

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Update: Suspect Arrested; FBI and Curry County Sheriff’s Office Ask Public’s Help in Finding Attempted Aggravated Murder Fugitive.

On February 15, 2018 at about 9:38 p.m. Pacific Time, Lucas DeYoung was taken into custody by the Nevada State Highway Patrol on the Curry County and FBI warrants for his arrest. DeYoung was lodged in the Humboldt County Jail in Winnemucca, Nevada. On February 15, 2018 at about 12:15 p.m., the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received information from a concerned citizen that DeYoung was calling and harassing them, and, through some investigative leads, it was determined that DeYoung was either in Utah or Nevada. Dispatch started notifying all law enforcement agencies…

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