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George Schmidt

Australia

Member since August 07, 2013


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    Your computer is fraught with perils.

    Most of us depend on this piece of equipment for multiple tasks in our lives yet know little about how it works. That makes us vulnerable to those looking to take advantage of our lack of technological sophistication.

    Awareness is the best protection. So I'm passing on the experiences of readers who contacted The Pilot last month to alert us to two different computer scams that tried to make them victims.

    John C. Edwards got an unsolicited call last month from someone who identified himself as working for "Windows Technical Services." The company had a report, the caller said, that Edwards was having a problem with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

    "You do have a Windows machine?" the caller confirmed with Edwards.

    "I should have caught on right there," Edwards, 69, told me during an interview last week.

    The Virginia Beach resident had struggled with a few problems with his Microsoft security update, so he continued with the call. The supposed technician said he needed to connect remotely to Edwards' computer. Again, Edwards was skeptical but proceeded.

    The distant technician began to work on some programs behind other windows open on Edwards' computer screen. "I had a whole bunch of corrupted files on my computer, and they were going to help me get rid of them," Edwards said the caller told him.

    After a short time, Edwards grew wary and cut off the call. He never paid any mone...

  • Mest ønskede’ diffus bag £800k tax fidus

    Communication, Environmental Design

    Kilde

    En flygtning, der snydt skattevæsenet ud af £800.000 i en momssvig er blevet idømt tre et halvt år i fængsel-i hans fravær.

    Mohammad Tanwir Khan, 58, gik på at køre i maj efter han blev fundet skyldig i den fidus, som så ham indsende mere end 350 falske fakturaer til Hendes Majestæts indtægter og told (HMRC) for eksport til Pakistan, der var aldrig sket.

    Nu har Khan, Bluestones drive, Heaton Moor, været afleveret en dom på tre et halvt år af Manchester Crown Court trods myndigheder ikke at vide, hvor han er.

    Bedrageren – der udoeves fidus mellem 2006-11-blev navngivet blandt indtægter og told mest 'ønskede' mænd to uger siden som en del af en national kampagne.

    Kun én person er hidtil blevet fanget af de 20 øverste skat flygtende navngivet af HMRC sidste år – selv om bekæmpelse af svig embedsmænd sagde de havde høstet gode efterretninger om dem, der stadig mangler.

    Khan kom under mistanke i 2010 når en rutinemæssig inspektion af sin skattemæssige registre af HMRC fundet uoverensstemmelser i momsindtægter.

    Som den eneste direktør for Spearpoint Limited, blev han debiteret med momssvig i mere end £817,000 i maj 2011 efter en undersøgelse.

    Under retssagen, var retten vist hundredvis af fakturaer – undertiden groft ændret med rettelak – tilsyneladende for levering af mekaniske dele til klienter, herunder den pakistanske flåde.

    Sandra Smith, assisterende direktør for strafferetlig efterforskning på HMRC, sagde: "HMRC offi...