Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart Urges Public to be Vigilant of Internet Crimes, After South Carolinians Lost More Than $30 Million in 2020 to Cybercriminals

Charleston, South Carolina — Acting United States Attorney M. Rhett DeHart announced today that, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2020 Internet Crime Report, South Carolinians lost more than $30 million to cyber criminals in the past year.  Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart urges the public to remain vigilant of cybercrimes, so they do not fall victim. “Cybercrimes …

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Santa Monica Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Conning Four Women He Dated into Investing in His Sham Companies

LOS ANGELES – A Santa Monica man was sentenced today to 96 months in federal prison for deceiving women he met online and elsewhere into investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into his sham companies, and then spending their money on himself. Antonio Mariot Wilson, a.k.a. “Brice Carrington” and “Dr. Tony Mariot,” 58, was sentenced by …

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Albany Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Conspiracy in Connection with Romance Scams

It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track to the growing body of cases involving Internet-based “romance fraud.” Sadly, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports that “romance fraud is the seventh-most reported scam” (IC3 Public Service Announcement, 8/15/2019). While your chances of being targeted are statistically remote, it is clear that  scammers are …

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Department of Justice Charges Unprecedented Number of Elder Fraud Defendants Nationwide and Launches Hotline

PORTLAND—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams joined Attorney General William P. Barr, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, and Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale today in announcing the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history. This year, prosecutors charged more than 400 defendants, far surpassing the 260 defendants charged in cases as part of …

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Avoid Becoming A Victim To Romance Scams

This recent FBI Valentine’s Day Bulletin about Romance Fraud is yet another reminder of the perils of online dating. It provides useful guidelines and common sense precautions to help avoid an increasingly sophisticated criminal element that grows in complexity and resourcefulness. Clearly, most of the online opportunities for social interaction are legitimate, and will therefore withstand scrutiny by their users. …

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Reading, Pennsylvania Police Set Up Safe Meet-Up Point For Online Sales

This notice by the Reading, PA, Police Department identifies a smart option for people selling items to unknown individuals as a result of online transactions. In the Beaufort, Hilton Head, and Bluffton, South Carolina areas, Private Investigation Services Group recommends similar police or sheriff stations or sub-stations, fire houses, or other public safety locations as …

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Sexual Predators Utilizing Video Games, Chat Apps To Connect With Victims

This article by By NELLIE BOWLES and MICHAEL H. KELLER appeared at the New York Times in December 2019. Sexual predators and other bad actors have found an easy access point into the lives of young people: They are meeting them online through multiplayer video games and chat apps, making virtual connections right in their victims’ homes.” According …

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What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation

This excellent article about “Active Shooter” situations emphasizes a number of commonly recognized critical recommendations by experts in this field: in summary, 1) have a plan, 2) practice the plan, 3) practice self-awareness, and 4) accepting personal responsibility for your own safety.  Have a plan. It doesn’t have to be perfect, nor possess SWAT level …

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