Sunday, January 13, 2013
Fear of gun control measures and safety concerns after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings have triggered gun sales.
As some people push for gun control, more stringent background checks on gun buyers or reinstituting the assault weapons ban, others are doing just the opposite—buying guns for the first time, adding more guns to their arsenals or at least stocking up on ammunition. Since 2008, when Barack Obama was first elected president, an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States, according to the Kansas City Star—more than were sold in almost seven years before his first election. Nationwide, more than 2.7 million of those checks were recorded for December 2012, according to statistics kept by the FBI. Since late 1998, when federal law began mandating checks for prospective gun buyers, the only other month that exceeded …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The FBI warns that internet fraud is especially prevalent during the holiday shopping season.
At this time of year, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reminds consumers to be wary of Internet fraud during the holiday shopping season. Here are a few of the scams to look out for: The FBI's #1 tip to avoid being a victim of cyber scams: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Click here to read more from the FBI about the newest E-Scams & warnings. Click here to see which retailers are offering Cyber Monday specials.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The FBI arrested a 24-year-old Wednesday who made anonymous Internet threats via YouTube against the University of Pittsburgh in April.
Alexander Waterland, 24, of Loveland, Ohio, has been charged with making Internet threats and violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for posting on YouTube a video and a comment which threatened the University of Pittsburgh, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Wednesday. According to the criminal complaint, the video was posted on YouTube on April 26, 2012 by User ID AnonOperative13. Titled “Anonymous Message to The University Of Pittsburgh,” the video claimed that the computer hacking group known as Anonymous had hacked into the University of Pittsburgh’s computer system and stolen records related to students, faculty and alumni. Part of the video contained a demand that the University chancellor issue a public …
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating more than 40 bomb threats made on Pitt's campus in the past month.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is asking for the public’s help as investigators try to find who is initiating the numerous bomb threats on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus over the past month. David Hickton, who is the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said the safety of students, staff and faculty at Pitt are “a top priority” and investigators are working aggressively to stop the multiple bomb threats that are becoming a daily occurrence. He said the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Pitt police are “actively pursuing the source or sources of (the) threats,” but he would not expand on any leads investigators might have. The campus in Oakland has received at least 40 bomb threats in multiple buildings on …
Monday, November 28, 2011
If it's too good to be true, it probably is, bureau says.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Today is Cyber Monday, the day that people who did not find all their holiday gifts over the Black Friday weekend turn to the Internet for other shopping deals. Scammers try to prey on Cyber Monday bargain hunters by advertising "one day only" promotions from recognized brands. Consumers should be on the watch for too good to be true emails from unrecognized websites. In advance of the holiday season, the FBI reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction …