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Duo Scams Over $30K From Saddle Rock Man: Police Duo Scams Over $30K From Saddle Rock Man: Police
Duo Scams Over $30K From Saddle Rock Man: Police Two men were arrested after they allegedly managed to pull off a scheme that cost a Long Island man tens of thousands of dollars. Rong Chen, age 47, and ZhenSheng Yu, age 46, were arrested on Monday, April 8 for the scheme that occurred months prior, Nassau County Police announced. On Thursday, January 18 at about 1 p.m., an 83-year-old Saddle Rock man received a notification that his computer had been compromised and to call the number on his screen for help. When he called, the alleged scammer claimed to be a Microsoft employee and told the victim that there was additional suspicious a…
$30K Gambling Scam: Man Nabbed For Scheme In Mineola $30K Gambling Scam: Man Nabbed For Scheme In Mineola
$30K Gambling Scam: Man Nabbed For Scheme In Mineola A Brooklyn man was caught and arrested for attempting to scam a Long Island woman out of tens of thousands of dollars, police said. It happened on Monday, April 1 in Mineola, according to Nassau County Police. On that day, a 57-year-old woman was contacted by the alleged scammer, who claimed to be a Microsoft employee. He told the victim that she had a $30,000 gambling charge on her account. Then, a short time later, another man called the victim, this time claiming to be from Chase Fraud Prevention. Police said that the second caller persuaded the woman to take out the $30,000 in cas…
Online Fraudster Who Scammed Elderly Nutley Woman Out Of $30K Busted By Police Online Fraudster Who Scammed Elderly Nutley Woman Out Of $30K Busted By Police
Online Fraudster Who Scammed Elderly Nutley Woman Out Of $30K Busted By Police A 49-year-old Queens, NY man was arrested and charged on Tuesday, Feb.  27 with scamming $30,000 from a 76-year-old Nutley woman through an email scam, authorities said. The woman said she responded to a Microsoft e-mail telling her to contact technical support, Nutley police said.  The scammer told her accounts had been jeopardized and walked her through a $30,000 withdrawal, police said. The woman visited several banks and handed the money to a person who came to her door on the evening of Monday, Feb. 26, police said. A caller attempted to obtain an additional $15,000 on Tuesd…
Man Nearly Scammed Out Of $45K: Blairstown PD Man Nearly Scammed Out Of $45K: Blairstown PD
Man Nearly Scammed Out Of $45K: Blairstown PD Quick-thinking police officers were able to prevent a man in Warren County from being scammed out of $45,000 earlier this month, authorities said. On Saturday, Feb. 3, a man came to Blairstown Police headquarters and said he had a pop-up virus on his computer with a phone number to contact Microsoft, police said on Facebook. When he called the number, the party advised him not to contact anyone or do anything with his computer and he was later told he had to withdraw $45,000 from his checking account, police said. The man obtained a cashier's check and sent it to an address in California v…
'Your Computer Has Been Hacked': Tech Support Scam Costs Bergen Man $150,000 'Your Computer Has Been Hacked': Tech Support Scam Costs Bergen Man $150,000
'Your Computer Has Been Hacked': Tech Support Scam Costs Bergen Man $150,000 It might be emotionally painful for some to learn that a Bergen County man lost nearly $150,000 to a “your computer has been hacked” scam. Sadly, it’s true. The victim got a computer popup message “alerting” him to the purported hack earlier this month, Glen Rock Police Lt. Frank Riggio said. “Over the following days, he was advised to secure a large sum of money from his bank accounts to avoid further hacking,” the lieutenant said. The victim gave the con artist nearly 150 large "under the false pretense that this party was helping protect the victim from further financial hacking," Rigg…
Darien Resident Victim Of Bank Scam Loses 'Large Amount Of Cash,' Police Say Darien Resident Victim Of Bank Scam Loses 'Large Amount Of Cash,' Police Say
Darien Resident Victim Of Bank Scam Loses 'Large Amount Of Cash,' Police Say A Fairfield County resident is out of a "large amount of money" after allegedly falling victim to a bank scam. The incident took place in Darien on Friday, Nov. 3. A Darien resident reported to police she was a victim of computer fraud. The victim told officers she received a Microsoft fraud alert message on her home computer the day before, said Sgt. Dan Skoumbros of the Darien Police. The victim said she called the phone number that was attached to the alert and spoke with someone claiming to work for Microsoft. The victim was told that her bank accounts were compromised a…
$460K Scam: Women From Huntington, Kings Park Fork Over Cash To Conman Posing As Tech Support $460K Scam: Women From Huntington, Kings Park Fork Over Cash To Conman Posing As Tech Support
$460K Scam: Women From Huntington, Kings Park Fork Over Cash To Conman Posing As Tech Support A 25-year-old man is accused of conning two Long Island women out of nearly half a million dollars through a phony tech support scam. Yash Shah, of Baldwin, was arrested on multiple counts of grand larceny on Wednesday, Aug. 23, according to Suffolk County Police. Detectives said a 72-year-old Huntington woman received a notice on her computer in June 2023 informing her that her computer was “compromised” and that she needed to contact Microsoft. The victim called who she thought was Microsoft but was actually a scammer, who told the woman that her computer had child pornography on it, po…
Morristown Man Who Scouted Landmarks As Hezbollah Terror Targets Gets 12 Years In Fed Pen Morristown Man Who Scouted Landmarks As Hezbollah Terror Targets Gets 12 Years In Fed Pen
Morristown Man Who Scouted Landmarks As Hezbollah Terror Targets Gets 12 Years In Fed Pen UPDATE: A convicted New Jersey “sleeper agent” for Hezbollah who scoped out potential terrorism targets in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. Alexei Saab, a 45-year-old software developer who lived in Morristown, must serve just about all of the sentence delivered in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, May 23, because there’s no parole in the federal prison system. Saab kept up appearances as an ordinary American citizen while working for Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO) from 2000 to 2005, federal prosecutors said. Dur…
Elderly Man Robbed Of $37K In 'Tech Support Scam' In South Jersey: Police Elderly Man Robbed Of $37K In 'Tech Support Scam' In South Jersey: Police
Elderly Man Robbed Of $37K In 'Tech Support Scam' In South Jersey: Police Police say an elderly man was robbed of $37,000 in a "tech support scam." The 31-year-old "technician" placed a virus on the elderly man's computer and posed as a Microsoft specialist for PNC Bank, the FBI and the Treasury Department, according to Gloucester Township Police. When the victim realized he had been scammed he contacted the Gloucester Township Police Department. The victim still had daily contact with the suspect.  The suspect was contacted by Gloucester police who were posing as the victim. Another cash delivery was coordinated for the suspect to pick up at the victim’s r…
North Hills Woman Wires $49K To Scammer Posing As Microsoft Employee North Hills Woman Wires $49K To Scammer Posing As Microsoft Employee
North Hills Woman Wires $49K To Scammer Posing As Microsoft Employee A New York woman was scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars over the phone. The 85-year-old Long Island resident, of North Hills, was using her computer when she received a prompt to call a phone number, according to Nassau County Police. A man on the other end claimed to be a Microsoft employee and instructed her to go to her bank and transfer $49,000 to another bank account, which she did.  Once the transfer was complete, the man then instructed the victim to send him a copy of her driver’s license and the bank receipt for the transfer, police said. Nassau County Police said …
Bergen Scam Victim Literally Gift-Wraps $25,000 In Cash Bergen Scam Victim Literally Gift-Wraps $25,000 In Cash
Bergen Scam Victim Literally Gift-Wraps $25,000 In Cash Yes, it’s difficult to believe, but an unwitting North Jersey victim literally gift-wrapped $25,000 in cash for a scammer to steal. It happened to a 75-year-old Glen Rock resident who got a pop-up home computer message directing her to contact Apple/Microsoft "due to an issue with their computer,” Police Chief Dean Ackermann said. The victim used the number provided by the scammer rather than do an independent search herself for whom to call, the chief said. A purported representative who answered told her that it would cost $25,000 to resolve the issue. So the victim withdrew the cash fr…
Great Job If You Can Get It: Mass University Tops List Of Best Places To Work Great Job If You Can Get It: Mass University Tops List Of Best Places To Work
Great Job If You Can Get It: Mass University Tops List Of Best Places To Work One of the country's best employers is a Massachusetts institution and one of the most prestigious universities in the world.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named "Best Large Employer" in a Forbes survey of more than 45,000 workers. The distinction is for companies with more than 5,000 workers. The Cambridge university employs 15,000 people.  MIT beat out Google, Microsoft, NASA, and Delta Airlines to claim the title. Fidelity Investments, a banking and investment firm with a Massachusetts headquarters, also made the top 10.   That list include…
'Cybercriminal, Cheat' Russian Hacker Guilty Of Boston Stock Conspiracy: Feds 'Cybercriminal, Cheat' Russian Hacker Guilty Of Boston Stock Conspiracy: Feds
'Cybercriminal, Cheat' Russian Hacker Guilty Of Boston Stock Conspiracy: Feds A Russian businessman was convicted this week of an elaborate conspiracy where he and several others hacked into a computer system located in Boston to steal yet-to-released earnings reports from hundreds of companies and used the information to buy stocks, authorities said. They made nearly $100 million in this scheme, officials added.  Vladislav Klyushin, age 42, of Moscow, was found guilty on Tuesday, Feb. 14, on all charges, including wire fraud and securities fraud, following a 10-day trial in Boston, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. He faces up to 30 years in federal prison.  …
'Human Piece Of Garbage' Scams Yorktown Woman Out Of $2K, Police Say 'Human Piece Of Garbage' Scams Yorktown Woman Out Of $2K, Police Say
'Human Piece Of Garbage' Scams Yorktown Woman Out Of $2K, Police Say Although a woman from Northern Westchester unfortunately lost $2,000 to a scammer, it could have been much worse, police said. It all started when a woman from Yorktown was contacted by a "human piece of garbage" who claimed to be tech support from Google or Microsoft, and told the victim that he needed to access her email and bank accounts to prevent a virus from compromising them, Yorktown Police said in a post on Wednesday, Dec. 14.  As part of the ruse, the victim purchased close to $2,000 in gift cards on three separate days and then sent scanned pictures of these cards to the sca…
Brand-New Forbes Rankings Reveal Richest NY Residents Brand-New Forbes Rankings Reveal Richest NY Residents
Brand-New Forbes Rankings Reveal Richest NY Residents The richest people in America are revealed in a new Forbes 400 ranking, which includes over a dozen New Yorkers. To come up with its 41st annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, the outlet consulted with a variety of sources, including financial advisors, Securities and Exchange Commission documents, court filings, attorneys, and news articles. Researchers looked at assets held, including public and private companies, as well as personal property like car collections, yachts, planes, and jewelry. Debts and charitable giving were also factored in, Forbes said. The top 20 people on th…
Worldwide Ransomware Rampage: Iranians Hack NJ Town, PA Domestic Violence Shelter, Feds Charge Worldwide Ransomware Rampage: Iranians Hack NJ Town, PA Domestic Violence Shelter, Feds Charge
Worldwide Ransomware Rampage: Iranians Hack NJ Town, PA Domestic Violence Shelter, Feds Charge Federal authorities are offering a $10 million reward to help locate a trio of Iranian nationals who held the computer systems of a New Jersey town, a domestic violence shelter in Pennsylvania and hundreds of other victims across the U.S. and abroad hostage in a series of hack attacks. Using Microsoft’s BitLocker security tool, the hackers locked up and then stole secure files before sending ransom notes – some of which were spit out on the victims’ printers, the FBI said on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The unidentified shelter ended up paying $13,000 in bitcoin to retrieve its files, according to …
Amazon Buys Land In Northern Virginia For $87.8 Million Amazon Buys Land In Northern Virginia For $87.8 Million
Amazon Buys Land In Northern Virginia For $87.8 Million Google and Microsoft have a new neighbor in Prince William County. Reports said Amazon recently purchased nearly 60 acres of land to in Gainesville for nearly $90 million.  BizJournal announced earlier this week that Amazon Web Services had purchased the land at 5845 Wellington Road for $87.8 million. The report said AWS purchased the same-sized lot next door for $52.4 million last year.  Amazon has not commented on its plans for that location, but it adds to the company's holdings in northern Virginia.  The land is in the county's Data Center Opportunity Overlay District. T…
McLean Man Sentenced To 3 Years In $1.6M In Fraud Scheme: Feds McLean Man Sentenced To 3 Years In $1.6M In Fraud Scheme: Feds
McLean Man Sentenced To 3 Years In $1.6M In Fraud Scheme: Feds A 33-year-old McLean man was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this month for his role in a five-year scam that bilked more than 1,300 people — mostly elderly — out of $1.6 million, the Department of Justice said.  A court ruled that Bruhaspaty Prasad, 33, worked with scam artists based at a call center in India to steal money from unsuspecting victims, a U.S. Attorney said in a news release.  Their alleged grift is one that anyone online has likely come across in recent years.  In the scam, victims would get an unsolicited phone call or a pop-up window on a website…
Alert Issued For Android Glitch That Could Block 9-1-1 Calls From Going Through Alert Issued For Android Glitch That Could Block 9-1-1 Calls From Going Through
Alert Issued For Android Glitch That Could Block 9-1-1 Calls From Going Through An urgent alert has been issued regarding Android phones that could cause devices to “freeze” when making an emergency call. The glitch apparently causes Android phones to lock up when attempting to make a 9-1-1 call as the device attempts to share location with emergency service officials, rather than connecting with police or other agency. According to officials,  “unintended interaction” between Microsoft Teams and the Android operating system renders cell phones unable to place outgoing calls to 911. Any Android user who has Microsoft Teams installed on their …
$2 Million Wedding Set For Bill Gates' Daughter In Northern Westchester $2 Million Wedding Set For Bill Gates' Daughter In Northern Westchester
$2 Million Wedding Set For Bill Gates' Daughter In Northern Westchester The red carpet is being rolled out in Northern Westchester as billionaire Bill Gates has arrived in the region for a star-studded event as his daughter gets married as part of a multi-million dollar affair. The 65-year-old Microsoft founder and his entourage made their way to New York City on Thursday, Oct. 14 in advance of a planned $2 million wedding for Jennifer Gates at the family’s 124-acre $16 million horse farm in North Salem Gates bought his daughter following her graduation from Stanford University. Jennifer Gates, age 25, is set to marry professional equestrian Nayel Nassar during…
Tech Industry Eyes Next Big Thing Amid Drop In Smartphone Sales Tech Industry Eyes Next Big Thing Amid Drop In Smartphone Sales
Tech Industry Eyes Next Big Thing Amid Drop In Smartphone Sales Now that more than 80 percent of American adults own smartphones, tech industries are developing the next big thing. Prompted by a drop in smartphone sales over the past two years, many technology companies - including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon - to get back to research and development, CNBC reported. So what will the next big thing be, according to tech companies? Augmented reality or AR is otherwise known as mixed reality. Here is a still from a video by Apple showing how its new AR (augmented reality) platform will display on a smartphone.Apple This isn’t the…
Police Issue Warning For 'Virus Alert' Scam For Those Online Police Issue Warning For 'Virus Alert' Scam For Those Online
Police Issue Warning For 'Virus Alert' Scam For Those Online While all eyes are on COVID-19, a different type of “virus scam” has been making the rounds. Law enforcement officials issued a warning of a new scam involving hackers who attempt to dupe people on the Internet who are browsing the web. According to police, those who have been victimized unexpectedly got a “virus alert” on their desktop designed to look as if it came from Microsoft that took over the entire browser page. The victim then called “Microsoft” at the 800-641-7676 number provided on the browser window, at which point the scammer said that the user probably had a virus and would …
Tech Entrepreneur Tony Hsieh, 46, Dies From Injuries In CT House Fire Tech Entrepreneur Tony Hsieh, 46, Dies From Injuries In CT House Fire
Tech Entrepreneur Tony Hsieh, 46, Dies From Injuries In CT House Fire Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos, died at age 46 from injuries sustained in a fire at a Connecticut home. The blaze broke out on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in New London,  and Hsieh died from his injuries on Friday, Nov. 27 at Bridgeport Hospital with his family by his side, according to KLAS 8 News Now in Las Vegas, where Zappos' headquarters is located. Hsieh retired as Zappos CEO in August 2020 after 21 years. Before joining Zappos, he sold LinkExchange, an Internet advertising network, to Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million. Hsieh, a Harvard graduate …
COVID Mask Clash: Tech Darling Charged With Bashing Englewood Officer In Face With Radio COVID Mask Clash: Tech Darling Charged With Bashing Englewood Officer In Face With Radio
COVID Mask Clash: Tech Darling Charged With Bashing Englewood Officer In Face With Radio A celebrated startup business advisor with an escalating history of violence smashed an Englewood police officer in the face with his own radio after causing a commotion at a local Starbucks when he refused to wear a COVID mask, authorities said. Frank Denbow, 35, eventually was subdued with help from a good Samaritan, police said. The attack, captured on video, came just weeks after authorities said Denbow kicked a police officer in Wyoming in the chest and sprayed him with a carbonated energy drink. An Englewood native, Denbow has been featured on various online business shows and tech …
Feds: NJ Firm Pays $345G For Short-Changing Foreign Nationals In Trump-Opposed Visa Program Feds: NJ Firm Pays $345G For Short-Changing Foreign Nationals In Trump-Opposed Visa Program
Feds: NJ Firm Pays $345G For Short-Changing Foreign Nationals In Trump-Opposed Visa Program A Middlesex County staffing firm has agreed to pony up $345,000 to settle federal allegations that it underpaid highly-skilled foreign nationals who were brought to the U.S. to work under a special visa program currently under fire from the Trump Administration. Edison-based Savantis Solutions didn’t admit or deny the Justice Department’s allegations, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Craig Carpenito said. Instead, it agreed to pay back wages and interest to current and former company employees who entered the United States on H-1B visas. Although federal authorities didn’t specify their nation…
Microsoft Closing Nearly All Remaining Stores In 'New Approach To Retail' Microsoft Closing Nearly All Remaining Stores In 'New Approach To Retail'
Microsoft Closing Nearly All Remaining Stores In 'New Approach To Retail' Nearly all of Microsoft’s remaining 82 retail stores will permanently close in what the company is calling a "strategic change in retail operations." The tech chain’s three remaining New Jersey stores in Bridgewater, Paramus and Freehold are still closed following COVID-19 shutdowns. Final decisions have not been made regarding whether or not these locations will ever reopen before their permanent closure, officials said. “Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any phys…
#PJPants4Ever: Twitter Says Employees Can Work From Home Permanently #PJPants4Ever: Twitter Says Employees Can Work From Home Permanently
#PJPants4Ever: Twitter Says Employees Can Work From Home Permanently Some Twitter employees won’t ever have to return to their offices, even after the coronavirus lockdown ends. Twitter employees who maintain servers or handle other jobs involving physical labor still must come in, CEO Jack Dorsey wrote in an email to his staff on Tuesday. Many others can simply continue to work remotely, Dorsey told them. Twitter is even boosting its employees’ allowance for work-from-home supplies to $1,000. “If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen,” Twitter’s Je…
COVID-19: YouTube Limits Video Quality To Ease Internet Traffic COVID-19: YouTube Limits Video Quality To Ease Internet Traffic
Covid-19: YouTube Limits Video Quality To Ease Internet Traffic With millions of people around the world confined to their homes due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, YouTube announced it will be adjusting its default video quality to ensure that there is sufficient bandwidth for all users. YouTube videos will automatically stream in standard definition for at least a month, as health officials work to curtail the spread of COVID-19, which has infected nearly 60,000 people in America alone. Other streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+ have taken similar steps overseas, though it is unclear if they will take effect stateside. “We continue to w…
North Bellmore Woman Scammed Out Of $11K, Police Say North Bellmore Woman Scammed Out Of $11K, Police Say
North Bellmore Woman Scammed Out Of $11K, Police Say An elderly woman was scammed out of more than $10,000 after a scammer posing as a Microsoft employee convinced her to purchase multiple gift cards, Nassau County police investigators said. Detectives said that an 83-year-old woman received a phone call at her North Bellmore home late in the afternoon on Friday, Aug. 2, from a man stating that her computer had technical issues and needed immediate attention. Police said that the fraudster was able to convince his victim to purchase multiple gift cards over several days that amounted to more than $11,000. According to investigators, the vic…
Former Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Captain Accused Of Stealing Thousands From Department Former Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Captain Accused Of Stealing Thousands From Department
Former Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Captain Accused Of Stealing Thousands From Department A former Manhasset-Lakeville fire captain has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from a bank account used by the department. Alex November, 30, of Glen Cove, was arrested on Thursday, June 20 and charged with grand larceny, 12 counts of falsifying business records, and official misconduct, said the Nassau County District Attorney's Office. “This defendant allegedly stole more than $10,000 from a Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department bank account and used that money for personal expenses,” District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Volunteer fire departments provide lifesavin…
American Dream: Confirmed Stores For Bergen County's Newest Mega Mall American Dream: Confirmed Stores For Bergen County's Newest Mega Mall
American Dream: Confirmed Stores For Bergen County's Newest Mega Mall Several stores have been confirmed for Bergen County's newest mega mall "American Dream." Currently under construction in East Rutherford, the mall is expected to open in Spring 2019. North America's first indoor ski and snowboard park with real snow has also been confirmed at the mega mall -- get ready for BIG SNOW America. Nearly 75 percent of the mall has been leased, according to a new report by NJ.com. The following stores will be moving in: Aritzia Banana Republic Century 21 Gap Hermes Lord & Tailor Lululemon MAC Cosmetics Microsoft OFF 5th Primark Saks Fifth Avenue UNIQLO Vict…