Britain’s Annual Swan Count on River Thames Squawks with Pageantry, Conservation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreClad in red-and-white outfits emblazoned with the royal livery, palace boatmen embarked on their annual five-day journey up the River Thames to count the population of the waterway’s swans, which have theoretically belonged to the monarch since the 12th century.“Swan Upping” — so called because the boatmen catch the swans by lifting them up from the river — dates from medieval times, when swans were served as delicacies at banquet tables.Today, the census is used to save the swans. The counting, measurement and documentation enables conservationists to tailor methods to protect the regal birds.(READ MORE of the AP story w/ photo at NorthJersey.com)The Swan Master, photo by Dave, Dalyndigitalphotography.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Lure of Guardiola and assurances from manager temp star to sign…

first_imgManchester City are once again one of the clubs linked with Isco by Marca. The Spanish newspaper have an article in their Thursday edition detailing the player’s situation and high chances of a move to the Premier League.For a long time Isco has been frustrated with his role at Real Madrid, feeling he’s not getting the prominence that his talents deserve. The player’s recent good form has only underlined that, and with a contract ending in June 2018, a decision needs to be made soon on the player’s future.Manchester City have been linked with Isco since Manuel Pellegrini moved to the club from Malaga. At one point it looked like isco was Manchester bound, but Real Madrid came in and it was too difficult for the Spaniard to say no.Marca believe the lure of working for Pep Guardiola puts Manchester City in pole position to sign the player, and they feel assurances from several Premier League bosses, including Guardiola, have made Isco believe he’d be a key man in English football.This one is going to continue weekly, and maybe daily, until the summer or until Isco signs a renewal at Real Madrid.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.comUndo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Need Those Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndolast_img read more

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The Catalonia squad list call up for the clash against Venezuela

first_img 19/03/2019 GK: Masip (Valladolid), Alberto García (Rayo) Catalonia have announced their squad to face Venezuela on Monday March 25 at Montilivi – and Gerard Pique is in it, following his retirement from Spanish international duty. Martí Pueyo FW: Sergio García (Espanyol), Bojan Krkic (Stoke City), Enric Gallego (Huesca), Gerard Deulofeu (Watford). Girona have the most players in the side. Gerard Lopez picked four from that squad. Meanwhile Xavi Hernandez returns to feature in it. La lista de convocados de Catalunya DF: Gerard Piqué (Barça), Marc Muniesa (Girona), Marc Bartra (Betis), Dídac Vilà (Espanyol), Martín Montoya (Brighton), Àlex Moreno (Rayo), Aleix Vidal (Sevilla). IN SPORT.ES MF: Óscar Melendo (Espanyol), Joan Jordán (Eibar), Oriol Romeu (Southampton), Xavi Hernández (Al-Sadd), Pere Pons (Girona), Aleix Garcia (Girona), Àlex Granell (Girona), Rubén Alcaraz (Valladolid). Upd. on 20/03/2019 at 09:37 CET On March 20 the list will be made official but RAC1 have advanced a list of 21 players. CATALONIA SQUADlast_img read more

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Ten shot lead puts Vikings in control

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBarring a complete collapse, the Portland State Vikings appear to be heading to the NCAA Regionals.The Vikings, led by sophomore Britney Yada, shot a combined two-round score of 590 to take a 10-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round of the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Portland State, finishing the day with a round of 287, have four of the five players on the team — Yada, Kalyn Dodge, Alexia Brown and L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Lauren Taylor — in the top ten.“They were a little calmer and felt more at ease on the course today (than yesterday),” said Viking Coach Kathleen Takaishi on the university website.“They had a bad day yesterday. That is their first bad day in five or six rounds, so it happens.”After ballooning to a 79 during round one, Taylor, heading out on the course first, set the tone for the rest of the team. The pride of Granite Pointe birdied four holes in a row from the third through the sixth. Taylor finished the front nine at two-under par and the day with a one-over-par 73 on the 6,162-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort course.Firing a 4-under-par 68, Yada tops the individual leader board with a four shot lead over Ashli Helstrom of Montana.“I told them we shot our average yesterday (303) and that isn’t a bad thing,” said Takaishi. “They just needed to learn from their mistakes, maybe play holes differently that they struggled on.”The Vikings can wrap up the Big Sky Championship Wednesday when the players take to the course for the final round of the 54-hole tournament.The NCAA West Regional is May [email protected]last_img read more

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Nelson’s Coleton Dawson California dreaming

first_img“He is the kind of player I like to work with and mold . . . can’t teach a kid the will to compete and toughness.”The 19-year-old Dawson, who played all his minor hockey in Nelson, got his start playing three games as an affiliate with Leafs.The next season started with Beaver Valley Nitehawks before finishing the season in Grand Forks.Last season with Grand Forks and Revelstoke Grizzlies Dawson played in 48 games, finishing with seven goals and 13 assists.Ontario currently sits fifth in the Western Division of the WSHL, 20 points behind division leading Fresno Monsters.Shaw said the Western States Hockey League is similar to the KIJHL as a young, developmental league.“Our goal is the same, having moved over 15 players to the USHL, NAHL and NCAA Div. 3 programs, as well as Tier 2 programs up North in the last three years,” he said.Shaw said the biggest difference between the WSHL and the KIJHL is the import rule, allowing up to 12 players from outside the USA.“A lot of European players that give the games and each team a diverse look,” he said. After spending three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, mostly with the Grand Forks Border Bruins, Nelson product Coleton Dawson has given up the cold winters of BC for warmer Californian climate after signing with the Ontario Avalanche of the Western States Hockey League. “I acquired Coleton about three weeks ago,” said Avs head coach Chris Shaw, who also held a similar position with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.“He was a player that I really like when he was 15 years old when he played for us in Nelson as an affiliate player.”The 6’2”, 200-pound Dawson has two assists in nine games for the fifth-place Ontario Avalanche Junior A hockey team.“Coleton has a very solid skill set which I feel gets over looked (as) everyone seems to look at his penalty minutes,” Shaw explained.last_img read more

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Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgFri 22 Jul Division 1 LeagueAt Westside, St Michael’s V Tuam Stars, 7.45pm, Ref: F Kinneen Division 6 (North) LeagueAt Williamstown, Williamstown V Cortoon Shamrocks, 8pm, Ref: S Lyons Sat 23 Jul Junior A Hurling Championship At Kenny Park, St Thomas V Mícheál Breathnach, 7.30pm, Ref: G O Connor Junior B Hurling Championship At Carnmore, Mountbellew/Moylough V Killimordaly 7pm, Ref: L FayAt Mountbellew, Ballinasloe V Abbeyknockmoy, 7pm, Ref: M DolanAt Killimor, Ahascragh/Fohenagh V Kinvara, 7pm, Ref: D CunninghamAt Clarinbridge, Oranmore-Maree V Ballinderreen, 7pm, Ref: J Mc Donagh Division 2 LeagueAt Clonberne, Kilkerrin-Clonberne V Kilconly, 7.45pm, Ref: M Flaherty Division 3 LeagueAt Leitir Móir, Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir V Oughterard, 7.45pm, Ref: B Kinneavy Division 4 LeagueAt Ballinasloe, Ballinasloe V Athenry, 6pm, Ref: G O Conamha Thu 21 Jul Junior C Hurling Championship At Tonabrucky, Rahoon-Newcastle V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, 7pm, Ref: C QuinlanAt Mullagh, Mullagh V Carnmore, 7pm, Ref: D KellyAt Ardrahan, Ardrahan V Annaghdown, 7pm, Ref: K EganAt Eyrecourt, Meelick-Eyrecourt V Beagh, 7pm, Ref: G Donoghue Division 7 (North) LeagueAt Monivea, Monivea-Abbey V Athenry, 8pm, Ref: M Collins Football Fixtures Sun 24 Jul Division 3 LeagueAt Inis Mór, Oileáin Árainn V Monivea-Abbey, 1pm, Ref: M Mac Gearailt Division 5 (North) LeagueAt Oranmore, Oranmore-Maree V Caherlistrane, 8pm, Ref: G Moore Minor B North Football Championship – NorthAt Dunmore, Dunmore MacHales V Headford, 8pm, Ref: T Keating Division 8B (North) LeagueAt Dunmore, Dunmore MacHales V Corofin, 8pm, Ref: C Ward Junior A Football Championship NorthAt Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin-Clonberne V Glinsk, 7pm, Ref: A O Connell Division 7 (North) LeagueAt Ballygar, St Brendan’s V Tuam Stars, 7pm, Ref: M Gavin Division 7 (West) LeagueAt Clifden, Clifden V An Cheathrú Rua, 7pm, Ref: N Gorham Junior C1 Hurling Championship At Ballinasloe, Ballinasloe V Clarinbridge, 7pm, Ref: Sms MoranAt Tuam, Tuam V Craughwell, 7pm, Ref: Eoin Shaughnessy Hurling FixturesThu 21 Jul Junior C Hurling Championship At Woodford, Tommy Larkins V Oranmore-Maree, 7.30pm, Ref: G DonoghueAt an Spideal, An Spidéal V Ballinderreen, 7.30pm, Ref: C QuinlanAt Maigh Cuilinn, Moycullen V Sylane, 7.30pm, Ref: D Earls Junior Football Championship NorthAt Tuam Stadium, Milltown V Claregalway, 5:15pm, Ref: G GuinanAt Tuam Stadium, Mountbellew/Moylough V Annaghdown, 7pm, Ref: G Daly Division 6 (North) LeagueAt Kilconly, Kilconly V Dunmore MacHales, 7pm, Ref: Pj. RabbitteAt Corofin, Corofin V Caltra 7pm, Ref: T Keating Sat 23 Jul Division 3 LeagueAt Corofin , Corofin V Williamstown, 6pm, Ref: R Mc Nicholas Division 8A (North) LeagueAt Kilconnell, St Gabriel’s V Claregalway, 8pm, Ref: L Kelly Sun 24 Jul Junior A Hurling Championship At Woodford, Ballygar V Tommy Larkins, 11am, Ref: D Kellyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Junior Football Championship WestAt Ros Muc, Renvyle V Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir, 7pm, Ref: B Kinneavy Fri 22 Jul Junior A Hurling Championship At Castlegar, Salthill-Knocknacarra V Ardrahan, 7.15pm, Ref: P FahyAt Craughwell, Turloughmore V Meelick-Eyrecourt, 7.15pm, Ref: M ConwayAt Ballinderreen, Carnmore V Gort 7.15pm, Ref: P SheehanAt Turloughmore, Castlegar V Skehana, 7.15pm, Ref: A MooneyAt Loughrea, Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry V Craughwell, 7.15pm, Ref: Dk KellyAt Carnmore, Kilnadeema-Leitrim V Bearna-Na Forbacha, 7.45pm, Ref: Sn Moran Junior A Football Championship WestAt Maigh Cuilinn, An Spidéal V St. James, 7pm, Ref: T Nally Junior Football Championship WestAt an Spideal, Moycullen V Mícheál Breathnach, 11:30am, Ref: F Kinneenlast_img read more

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Selkirk College Saints begin march back to top of BCIHL

first_imgIf the Selkirk College Saints 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) home opener is any indication, it’s going to be a thrilling rollercoaster ride to finish.However, the Saints were able to regain their senses, scoring six consecutive goals en route to a 6-3 victory over the Simon Fraser University Clan.After the ceremonial season opening puck drop Friday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, the Saints spotted the visiting Simon Fraser University Clan a 3-0 first period lead that started just over a minute in when Daniell Lange scored top shelf on Selkirk College starter Brett Huber. Two more goals in 30 seconds late in a period that saw the shots skewed 15-5 in favour of the Clan, put the home side in a deep hole.“I think it was opening game jitters and I’m glad we got those out of the way after the first,” said Saints first-year forward Derek McPhail. “We got stuck playing their game in the first 20 minutes and in the dressing room we talked about working as a group from the d-zone forward. That’s what we did and it worked.”The trademark of Saints’ hockey is tenacious work ethic and two minutes into the middle frame, it paid off when Derek Georgopoulous stole the puck and got it to McPhail who scored his first BCIHL goal to get Selkirk College on the board. Midway through the period, second-year Saints defenceman Seth Schmidt converted on the powerplay to cut the SFU lead to 3-2. It was at that point that the home crowd became a factor. “It’s hard for the crowd to stay in it when you go down 3-0 that early, but the fans did a great job of helping us out and we brought them back into it through the way we came out in the second period,” said Saints’ captain Dallas Calvin.With just over four minutes left in the second period, hard work by Calvin in the SFU zone resulted in a turnover and a nice pass to McPhail who scored his second goal of the game to tie the score at threes. With time running out in the second period, Calvin again used his reach to poke a puck away from a Clan defenceman that went to Parker Sharp who beat SFU starter Lyndon Stanwood.The second period featured plenty of back-and-forth action, but Huber stood tall in a period that saw the Saints outshoot their visitors by the slim margin of 12-11.Second-year Saints defenceman Gordon Campbell added insurance seven minutes into the third period when his shot from the point beat Stanwood to make the score 5-3. With 41 seconds left in the game, Calvin scored into the empty SFU net to halt any hope for the Clan.The victory was a solid team effort, but the Saints’ top line of McPhail, Calvin and Georgopoulos showed chemistry that elevated the entertainment value for the substantial crowd that came to support the student athletes.“He’s a phenomenal player,” McPhail said of Calvin. “If you are open, he’s going to find you and if there is an open lane to the net for him then that’s usually a scoring chance for us.”Though still early in the season, Calvin is optimistic the team has made up for the loss of Ryan Edwards who was a major part of the team’s offence for three years before graduating last spring.“Derek is a super skilled guy and you just have to get him the puck,” said Calvin, a Trail native who is a student in the Business Administration Program. “When you work that hard and you are that talented… good things will come.”The Saints return to action this Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre when they host the Eastern Washington University Eagles starting at 7 p.m. in the first game of a weekend home-and-home.last_img read more

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BLUES CELEBRATE GRADS, BÉLANGER’S 40TH SEASON IN 2018-19 FINALE

first_imgCELEBRATING 40: The Blues celebrated head coach Michèle Bélanger’s 40th season in a special halftime presentation tonight. TORONTO STATS: Third-year forward Nada Radonjic notched 14 points and eight boards, while fourth-year guard Keyira Parkes tallied 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals on the night.Charlotte Collyer recorded 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist, while Ariana Sider had six points and four boards in the loss.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s basketball team fell 65-53 to the York Lions in their 2018-19 season finale.HONOURING OUR GRADS: U of T honoured graduating players Arian Sider, Mahal De La Durantaye, Charlotte Collyer and Keyira Parkes in a special post-game ceremony tonight.Basketball honoured six graduating players between games tonight!Women’s players Ariana Sider, Mahal De La Durantaye, Charlotte Collyer and Keyira Parkes, as well as men’s players Nicholas Morris and Nikola Paradina were all celebrated!WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/aHA9lwVbiw— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) February 17, 2019 WBB: AMAZING to have so many people here tonight to celebrate #UofT head coach Michèle Bélanger’s 40th season as Varsity Blues women’s basketball head coach! What a milestone!!!WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/4LSxGWYgBf— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) February 17, 2019  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Speedway marketing missing its F-o-n-t-a-n-a

first_imgCalifornia Speedway is located in Fontana. Not Los Angeles. It’s become apparent that word processors and/or computers at the speedway are unable to put the letters F-o-n-t-a-n-a together, regardless of sentence structure. Hollywood is quite a different manner. Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, spoiled by a week of Southern hospitality, wondering whatever happened to former Fontana High School basketball standout Travon Carmichael. O K, it’s near the end of the first month of a new year but an old gripe from the last year has bubbled to the top. In the words of the legendary Popeye, “Enough is enough and I can’t stands it no more.” According to the internal workings at the Fontana track, “The California Speedway is located in Southern California or the Los Angeles market. Any references to the track’s location should be L.A., Southern California, California Speedway. For a more specific reference, use San Bernardino County 35 miles east of downtown L.A. or near L.A.-Ontario airport.” That pretty well covers it. No Fontana. In fact, one of the latest press releases used a “San Bernardino County” dateline. We are assured the county Board of Supervisors were happy with that, even if one of the county cities got cut out. We understand the marketing of the speedway and the tie to Hollywood and Los Angeles. That’s all good for fans living on the other side of the Cumberland River. However, most fans around here who buy tickets know exactly where the track is, in Fontana. NASCAR drivers and crew members know where the track is. Television, although the opening shots are invariably the Hollywood sign or the San Monica pier, knows the track location. center_img Everyone, it seems, except the track. Here’s a way to remember: Fontana. … Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson, who played high school softball for Dick Bruich at Kaiser, has been included on the players to watch for the 2007 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award, handed out by the Amateur Softball Association. Wootson, a first-team All-American in 2006 for Florida State, is on the verge of breaking several school records. Last spring, the second baseman had her best collegiate season, hitting a career-best .360 while ranking second in the country with nine triples. She also had 49 RBI and 44 runs scored. … A pair of boxers from the Chino Boxing Club and a local contender will be on the card Thursday night at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino’s Fury in the Ring. The main event is a 10-round battle for the Global Boxing Union junior welterweight Inter-Continental championship between Colton’s Freddie Barerra (10-1-0, 1 KO) and Jesus `Chuy’ Rodriquez (12-2-0, 5 KOs). Barerra won his first 10 pro bouts before losing to big-puncher Victor Ortiz. Barerra was 42-9-0 as an amateur. Representing Chino Boxing Club will be junior middleweight Alex Bogarin (5-5-0, 3 KO) against Allen Medina (6-11-0, 2 KO) of Denver. In a middleweight bout, Sammy Gonzalez (3-0-0 2 KO) will face Enrigue Gallegos (3-0-0, 1 KO) of Medford, Ore. … Amy Vadnais taught in the Alta Loma School District for five years until late last year. At that point, she resigned as a sixth-grade teacher at Stark Elementary to follow her family to North Carolina. Within a week of her arrival, she landed a job in public relations for Michael Waltrip Racing and was on hand for the Toyota dinner as part of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Media Tour. Working for David Reutimann in both Cup and Busch is a dream come true. She’s no stranger to sports communication, having worked with the Cal State Fullerton baseball team, the Pond in Anaheim and NASCAR at California Speedway. “I think about my `kids’, sixth graders at Stork Elementary school every day,” Vadnais said. “I miss them and hope that they know how much I love all of them. They have touched my life and hope that they will keep in touch. Tell them Miss Vadnais hopes to visit them soon.” … The highlight of the annual Hot Stove Banquet was the release of the inaugural Quakes Hall of Fame class by team president Hank Stickney. The inductees are Gary Matthews Jr., Derrek Lee and Matt Clement, all of whom are in the big leagues. The trio certainly sets a high standard for future players. Quakes general manager Gerard McKearney indicated future classes will include not only players, but others associated with the team and the fans will participate in the selection process. … Cal State San Bernardino pitching coach Kurt Stangel informed colleague Michelle Gardner that former Coyote Brian Schweigert has made the big leagues. Kind of. The Fontana High School grad has signed to become the Mariners’ bullpen catcher. Thus Schweigert’s minor league career closes. … The recent passing of Dave Japs, the famed youth running coach, prompted many tributes from many from all walks of life. Among the best was one from Tim Streeter, an outstanding running back at both Eisenhower High School and the University of Redlands. Streeter, who graduated from Ike in 1970 and UR in 1974, is a banker in Riverside. “I was one of the original Rialto Roadrunners, participating before there were formal meets, when we would train by running through the open fields and hills in and around Rialto,” wrote Streeter. “I remember running in the foggy, early morning hours, eager to improve my stamina and best times. As a nine-year-old, it was my first real taste of competition and set a standard that I’m still trying to meet. “While I did not go on to become a distance runner, I believe that those early standards set by Coach Japs became the basis for my athletic career and for the rest of my life.” … California Speedway, part 2: In these times of hard budgets, one way to save money is to bring celebrities and their bands to Fontana. Last fall it was Jim Belushi, next month it will be Kevin Costner’s band. Plenty of tickets for the performance, and the Auto Club 500, are available by calling (800) 944-7223 or visiting the speedway’s Website. … Super Bowl crystal ball: Forget about the victory over New England as the “legacy” game Payton Manning needed for his resume. Only Super Bowl triumphs count as “must-win” games. The Colts quarterback will get the target off his back as he leads the Colts to a 34-24 win over the Bears. Louis Brewster is Sports Editor of the Daily Bulletin. His column appears on Tuesday. He can be reached at (909) 483-9363 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Facebook Users Being Lured into Internet Fraud Operations

first_imgGullible teenagers from across the United Kingdom are being lured through Facebook to assist criminal operations involved in identity theft, hacking scams and other Internet fraud incidents, according to an investigation conducted by the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail.According to reports, individuals are being recruited under the promise to make up to £4000 – £12,000 ($5880 – $17,640 US dollars) in just half an hour through the social networking site if they agree to offer their bank accounts to fraudsters as a place to deposit funds stolen from innocent Internet fraud victims. “Card mules” then withdraw the cash and split the proceeds with the criminals, helping them to avoid detection by police.What many that get caught up in the scams fail to realize however, is that this opens them to potential prosecution for money laundering – and the risk of a maximum 14-year jail sentence.- Sponsor – Money laundering is the process of creating the appearance that large amounts of money obtained from serious crimes, such as Internet fraud, organized retail crime, drug trafficking, or terrorist activity, originated from a legitimate source. Currently a worldwide problem, Internet fraud operations want their illegal funds laundered so that they can then use their money without fear that the funds will be traced back to their criminal deeds. Laundering also helps avoid the funds being confiscated by law enforcement. By transferring and then withdrawing the funds from numerous legitimate bank accounts across a wide area, this serves to “launder” the money and reduce risks with the help of countless naïve and susceptible cohorts.Hundreds of Facebook pages were found where advertisements were requesting accomplices to help them turn the proceeds of identity theft, and other Internet fraud activities into cash. The ads tempt potential recruits with photographs of teenagers in nightclubs and shopping malls posing with large amounts of cash, Apple computers and shopping bags from designer retailers to help lure them into the scam. Here’s how it works:The investigation revealed how a reporter posed as a youngster willing to help the criminal gangs and was contacted by a fraudster who offered the reporter the chance to make between £4,000 and £12,000 in just 30 minutes and promised to split any proceeds “50/50” if he could deposit cash in the reporter’s account and then meet up to withdraw it from a bank.The investigator was told to bring his bank card to a busy underground train station, where it would be picked up by the fraudster’s associate, known as a ”runner.” Upon meeting with the “runner” the undercover investigator was told, “To avoid being caught by the police after you cash out, you should ring up your bank and say your card has been stolen.” He also advised the reporter to empty his account before laundering the money.Police recently launched an investigation based on the reports, and Facebook took urgent action to close the pages after being alerted. However, within 24 hours new pages had appeared on Facebook.While this particular incident took place in the United Kingdom, there are millions of victims of all different types of Internet fraud in the United States and around the world to include credit card fraud, identity theft, and other serious crimes. Internet sites such as Facebook and other forms of social media should be monitored on a regular basis as part of investigative efforts to deter this type of criminal activity. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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