Tag Archives: Law/Crime

Paper Phishing?

By | November 7, 2005

Sometimes the old tricks are the best. AP reports of a man who allegedly claimed potion could turn paper into money: ANOKA, Minn. – A 22-year-old Savage man faces charges of theft by swindling after allegedly claiming he had a chemical potion that could transform plain white paper into U.S. currency. Franklin T. Forlemu was scheduled to appear… Read More »

BitTorrent’s First Victim

By | November 7, 2005

Hong Kong man jailed in landmark world web piracy case – INQ7.net: HONG KONG– (UPDATE) A Hong Kong man believed to be the first person to be prosecuted for sharing movie files over the popular online Bit Torrent network was jailed for three months in Hong Kong Monday. The jailing of 38-year-old Chan Nai-ming marks an international landmark… Read More »

Damn The Helicopters

By | August 10, 2005

From the BBC: France nabs gun-toting pensioner An 81-year-old Frenchman has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence for firing a hunting rifle at helicopters dropping water on a forest blaze. David Thiel opened fire on 21 July when the low-flying helicopters disturbed his afternoon nap near Grasse in the south of France, court sources said. During his… Read More »

Spanish Mules

By | July 14, 2005

Four Spanish ‘mules’ have apparently been arrested in Valladolid, according to an AFP report: Four face charges over phishing fraud : Four people face charges in Spain after police uncovered an internet banking fraud believed to be conducted by computer experts in Eastern Europe. However, the four who face charges in Valladolid, in northern Spain, were seen as… Read More »

The Big Ring

By | July 13, 2005

Good piece today by my WSJ colleague Cassell Bryan-Low on the Douglas Havard case which I mentioned a week or so back: As Identity Theft Moves Online, Crime Rings Mimic Big Business (subscription only, I suspect): Most identity theft still occurs offline, through stolen cards or rings of rogue waiters and shop clerks in cahoots with credit-card forgers. But… Read More »