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Watch Out for Fraud Through Unauthorized Aggregation

This week, a New Jersey couple and a homeless veteran were arrested and charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for an alleged fraud scheme on the online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe. According to NPR, the three raised $400,000 from more than 14,000 donors based on an allegedly fabricated story of a Good Samaritan. It’s the latest high-profile scam to draw attention to online aggregators and the risks they pose for payment facilitators.

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Online pharmacy scams: An aging population may be more susceptible

New research suggests that after age 60, the part of our brain that allows us to detect fraud and deceptive advertising begins to deteriorate. Damage to the prefrontal cortex removes the second in a two-step process of “seeing and believing” and then letting doubt sink in. A study released this summer and reported by The Oregonian…

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