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QQQ   282.71 (-1.47%)
AAPL   144.22 (-2.63%)
MSFT   241.76 (-2.32%)
META   108.78 (-2.36%)
GOOGL   96.05 (-1.45%)
AMZN   93.95 (+0.58%)
TSLA   182.92 (+0.03%)
NVDA   158.27 (-2.72%)
NIO   10.12 (-0.49%)
BABA   75.88 (+0.50%)
AMD   73.19 (-2.60%)
T   18.82 (-1.57%)
MU   55.75 (-4.55%)
CGC   3.40 (-7.10%)
F   13.73 (-2.49%)
GE   85.47 (-3.03%)
DIS   95.69 (-3.22%)
AMC   7.33 (-2.40%)
PYPL   79.93 (-0.19%)
PFE   49.57 (+0.73%)
NFLX   281.17 (-1.53%)
QQQ   282.71 (-1.47%)
AAPL   144.22 (-2.63%)
MSFT   241.76 (-2.32%)
META   108.78 (-2.36%)
GOOGL   96.05 (-1.45%)
AMZN   93.95 (+0.58%)
TSLA   182.92 (+0.03%)
NVDA   158.27 (-2.72%)
NIO   10.12 (-0.49%)
BABA   75.88 (+0.50%)
AMD   73.19 (-2.60%)
T   18.82 (-1.57%)
MU   55.75 (-4.55%)
CGC   3.40 (-7.10%)
F   13.73 (-2.49%)
GE   85.47 (-3.03%)
DIS   95.69 (-3.22%)
AMC   7.33 (-2.40%)
PYPL   79.93 (-0.19%)
PFE   49.57 (+0.73%)
NFLX   281.17 (-1.53%)
QQQ   282.71 (-1.47%)
AAPL   144.22 (-2.63%)
MSFT   241.76 (-2.32%)
META   108.78 (-2.36%)
GOOGL   96.05 (-1.45%)
AMZN   93.95 (+0.58%)
TSLA   182.92 (+0.03%)
NVDA   158.27 (-2.72%)
NIO   10.12 (-0.49%)
BABA   75.88 (+0.50%)
AMD   73.19 (-2.60%)
T   18.82 (-1.57%)
MU   55.75 (-4.55%)
CGC   3.40 (-7.10%)
F   13.73 (-2.49%)
GE   85.47 (-3.03%)
DIS   95.69 (-3.22%)
AMC   7.33 (-2.40%)
PYPL   79.93 (-0.19%)
PFE   49.57 (+0.73%)
NFLX   281.17 (-1.53%)

UK police target spoofing site in massive fraud crackdown

LONDON (AP) — More than 70,000 potential victims of banking scams across the U.K. will receive text messages from police on Thursday asking for their help in what authorities are calling their biggest ever anti-fraud operation.

British authorities have already arrested more than 100 people after taking down a website they described as an “international one-stop spoofing shop,” London’s Metropolitan Police Service said. Spoofing refers to fraudsters who disguise their phone numbers to make potential victims believe a call is coming from a trusted source such as their own bank.

Police are now contacting fraud victims who lost “tens of millions of pounds” to encourage them to report the crimes and help authorities prosecute thousands of suspected scammers who used the iSpoof website. One victim alone was conned out of 3.2 million pounds ($3.9 million), police said.

The campaign comes as authorities change their approach to combatting widespread electronic fraud, going after the individual scammers instead of simply shutting down websites like iSpoof that enable them, said Commissioner Mark Rowley, who heads London’s police service. Police in Britain are working with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and authorities in Europe on the iSpoof investigation.

“The Met is targeting the criminals at the center of these illicit webs that cause misery for thousands,” Rowley said. “By taking away the tools and systems that have enabled fraudsters to cheat innocent people at scale, this operation shows how we are determined to target corrupt individuals intent on exploiting often vulnerable victims.”

Fraudsters used iSpoof to disguise their phone numbers then posed as representatives of legitimate British banks, including Barclays, Santander, HSBC, Lloyds, Halifax, First Direct, Nationwide and TSB, police said.

In their effort to identify and prosecute the fraudsters, police allowed iSpoof to continue operating so they could infiltrate the site and gather information on its users.


The website was created in December of 2020 and had 59,000 user accounts, police said. Of 10 million fraudulent calls made through iSpoof, 40% were to numbers in the United States and 35% were in the U.K.

Because of the large number of potential suspects, police are focusing first on U.K. users who paid at least 100 pounds in Bitcoin to use iSpoof.

The suspected organizer of the website was arrested earlier this month in East London. He has been charged with a number of offenses and remains in custody, police said.

British authorities have forwarded information about other suspects to law enforcement agencies in The Netherlands, Australia, France and Ireland.

7 Water Stocks to Buy as the World Dries Up

Many of us will read this and be oblivious to the worldwide crisis. But if the current trends continue, it will become real to all of us soon enough. Most of us learned in elementary school that 97% of the world's water is salt water. And only about 1% of the total water supply is drinkable.

That is becoming difficult math for several areas of the world. A severe, multi-year drought is causing water levels to sink to historically low levels. And the federal government is threatening to cut water use by 25% in the most-affected states of Arizona, California, and Nevada.

And even if we're not put under water restrictions, we are all likely to see higher costs for food. One reason for that is that about 25% of the nation's food supply comes from California. An American Farm Bureau Federation survey conducted in 2021 found that 40% of farmers sold off part of their cattle herds.

 But opportunities present themselves in the midst of crisis, and this is no difference. In this special presentation, we're looking at seven water stocks that look like smart buys as the world grapples for solutions.

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