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Former deputy killed mother, sister, third victim inside home in Southern California gated community, authorities say

December 30, 2018 |

A former custody deputy with a history of domestic violence was identified Saturday as the suspect killed by sheriff’s deputies Friday night at a home in a gated community in an unincorporated town in Santa Barbara County, Calif., authorities said Saturday.
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Burglar Gets Car Ride From Unsuspecting Victim

December 27, 2018 |

Authorities in Maine say a burglar had a bite to eat, watched TV, and even got a car ride from his unsuspecting victim, the AP reports. The York County sheriff’s office said 35-year-old Derek Tarbox broke into a Waterboro home Sunday afternoon, took a shower, got dressed in the homeowner’s…


Rape victim accused of attempting to murder baby has been freed from jail

December 18, 2018 |

Imelda Cortez had been in prison since April 2017 after she gave birth to her stepfather’s baby in a latrine. – RSS Channel – Regions – Americas


Fourth victim dies in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting

December 15, 2018 |

A fourth person has died as a result of a shooting attack this week at the famed Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, French authorities told CNN on Friday. – RSS Channel – World


Kareem Hunt Victim Begged Cops to Watch Attack Video, Wanted to Press Charges

December 1, 2018 |

The woman who was attacked by Kareem Hunt repeatedly begged cops at the scene to view the hotel surveillance footage of the incident because she wanted to press charges … but the officers told her it wasn’t that simple.  You can…


Rape victim accused of trying to murder baby could face 20 years in prison

November 12, 2018 |

A young woman who became pregnant after being raped by her stepfather is to go on trial in El Salvador accused of attempting to murder her baby, under the country’s tough abortion laws. – RSS Channel – Regions – Americas

Murder Suspect: Victim Asked Me to Clean Crime Scene

November 8, 2018 |

Screams for help weren’t Martha Mendiola’s last words, per the California man accused of trying to kill her. Her estranged husband David Pena instead says she said to him: “I love you. Please don’t let [my son] see me like this.” That’s the story Pena’s defense attorney, David Mugridge, told…


Harvey Weinstein Lead Detective Told Victim to Delete Info from Phone

October 18, 2018 |

The case against Harvey Weinstein suffered a massive blow when prosecutors had to admit the lead detective on the case advised one of the alleged victims to delete information from her phone. Prosecutors sent a letter Wednesday to Weinstein’s…


Dana Stubblefield Fears He’ll Be Victim of Brock Turner Rape Case Fallout

October 15, 2018 |

Ex-49ers star Dana Stubblefield believes Santa Clara prosecutors are so afraid of looking soft on sexual assault cases in the wake of the Brock Turner debacle, they’re gonna go extra hard on him instead.  Stubblefield is accused of…

Scam Victim Loses $48,000 Claim Against Canadian Bitcoin ATM Firm

October 13, 2018 |

Scam Victim Loses $  48,000 Claim Against Canadian Bitcoin ATM Firm

A woman suing for 62,500 Canadian dollars ($ 48,125) sent to a phone scammer over a bitcoin ATM has lost her court case, local media reported. On Friday, Charlottetown Provincial Court chief judge Nancy Orr ruled that the fiat money deposited by the woman into the teller machine belonged to Instacoin ATM Canada Inc., owners of the digital cash dispensing unit.

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‘Unfortunate Victim of Sophisticated Fraud’

“It’s most unfortunate that she was victim of such a sophisticated fraud,” judge Orr is quoted as saying, when she handed down her decision. However, she added that “It’s up to the bitcoin purchaser to know what they’re doing.”

Scam Victim Loses $  48,000 Claim Against Canadian Bitcoin ATM Firm

The woman, unnamed for security reasons, deposited 62,500 Canadian dollars into a bitcoin automated teller machine believing she owed taxes. It was a fraud. A man claiming to represent the Canada Revenue Agency called her, threatening the new immigrant with arrest and deportation for tax default.

According to a report by CBC News, the case centered on who legally owned the money she deposited into the ATM, later seized by police in cash. In court, the woman spoke of how the scammer had her on speed dial, and of the intimate detail he held about her family. She testified that as a new immigrant, she believed the threats of arrest and deportation and that this could be avoided by sending the large sum of money demanded.

Over two days in February, the woman made a series of withdrawals from her bank, which she deposited into a bitcoin machine at a restaurant in Charlottetown, said the article. She transferred the money to a bitcoin address supplied to her by the unknown man on the phone.

“It’s really hard. I need that money back,” the woman told local media, tearfully. “I want other people to know what happened to me, so it doesn’t happen to them,” she sobbed.

Bitcoin ATM Fraud Rising in Canada

Incidences of bitcoin scams are on the rise in Canada. In November last year, police said more than 40 people had lost 300,000 Canadian dollars to phone scammers, who compel victims to make bitcoin ATM deposits on the threat of arrest for tax default.

Scam Victim Loses $  48,000 Claim Against Canadian Bitcoin ATM Firm

In Charlottetown, lawyer Michael Drake, representing Instacoin ATM Canada Inc., “argued that the company merely provided a financial service to the woman, by converting cash to bitcoin currency, and sending it to the computer address she provided,” the report said. The woman supplied the bitcoin address of an unknown telephone fraudster, in this case, it detailed.

Jonathan Coady, the woman’s legal counsel, argued that at the time of the ATM deposit, the woman acted “under duress.” The judge wouldn’t have it. “Both sides involved in this case are completely sympathetic to the woman…but Instacoin did not put her under duress,” said judge Orr, adding that while anonymity was a key feature of cryptocurrency, it was also its weakness where cases of fraud are concerned.

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