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Daily Archives: March 11, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About Facebook Marketplace Scams

AARP: “…It’s difficult to gauge the extent of the risk. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, hasn’t disclosed how many complaints it’s received about scammers or how many it’s taken action against, though from July to September 2023 alone, the website removed 827 million fake Facebook accounts, according to a Meta spokesperson. However, the BBB’s Scam Tracker database contains a long list of reports from Facebook Marketplace shoppers who claim to have been victims of scams through the platform. They include a buyer who paid $270 for a camera that never arrived and another who paid $1,500 for a golf cart, only to have the seller ask for an additional $1,000.   Still another user reported purchasing a farm tractor from a scammer impersonating a legitimate dealer in Idaho, complete with a website and a Facebook page that turned out to be fakes. After the buyer wired $19,750, the tractor never arrived, and the fake dealer stopped responding to emails and calls. Others reported that they had lost money on undelivered items, including a washer and dryer, an upright piano, an iPhone, an Acura MDX sport utility vehicle and even a puppy. BBB spokesperson Josh Planos says that Facebook Marketplace scammers often take advantage of holiday demand for whatever new toys and electronics are hot. “They will indicate that they have it, and display a photo that’s been lifted from another online site,” he says. Scammers will also try to get buyers to use payment methods that make them difficult to trace. One caller to the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline, for example, found what she thought was a good deal for concert tickets. At the seller’s request, she sent the $125 payment through a peer-to-peer payment app. After the payment went though, the seller simply blocked her, and never sent the tickets. In other instances, consumers told the Helpline, scammers asked them to pay for vehicles with multiple eBay gift cards instead of a check or credit card…”

Automakers Are Sharing Consumers’ Driving Behavior With Insurance Companies

The New York Times – unpaywalled: “Kenn Dahl says he has always been a careful driver. The owner of a software company near Seattle, he drives a leased Chevrolet Bolt. He’s never been responsible for an accident. So Mr. Dahl, 65, was surprised in 2022 when the cost of his car insurance jumped by 21… Continue Reading

An Action Plan to increase the safety and security of advanced AI

“In October 2022, a month before ChatGPT was released, the U.S. State Department commissioned the first-ever assessment of proliferation and security risk from weaponized and misaligned AI. In February 2024, Gladstone completed that assessment. It includes an analysis of catastrophic AI risks, and a first-of-its-kind, government-wide Action Plan for what we can do about them…”… Continue Reading

New Study Unveils Strategies to Combat Disinformation Wars on Social Media

Brookings Center on Regulation and Markets working paper. (Dis)information wars. Adrian Casillas, Maryam Farboodi, Layla Hashemi, Maryam Saeedi, and Steven Wilson.February 29, 2024. “With the unprecedented rise of internet access across the globe, social media platforms have emerged as prominent vehicles for displaying dissent. In response, numerous entities engage in spreading fake news on these platforms.… Continue Reading

Understanding the Risks of Uploading Client Information to Generative AI Platforms

ABA: “Lawyers owe sacrosanct ethical and legal obligations to their clients. Among the most important of these include the duty to maintain client confidentiality, protect privileged client communications, and apprise the client of the risks and benefits of proposed legal strategies. A lawyer’s inadvertent breach of these duties may irreparably harm the client, stain the… Continue Reading

ABA Free Legal Answers

“The American Bar Association web program ABA Free Legal Answers, which gives income-eligible users the ability to pose civil legal questions to volunteer attorneys, has released a nationwide list of lawyers, law firms, corporate law departments, law schools and other legal organizations who in 2023 handled the most online questions. Launched in 2016, the program… Continue Reading

Video: 3D images of over 13,000 museum specimens now free to everyone

New Atlas: “The completion of the openVertebrate (oVert) project is a significant milestone for natural history museums, as well as researchers, educators, students, and the public. The digital library is the first to offer free access to incredibly detailed – and, frankly, beautiful – 3D images of over 13,000 vertebrates. More than a research project,… Continue Reading

Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

February 5, 2024 – Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI): “This annual report of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States responds to Section 617 of the FY21 Intelligence Authorization Act (Pub. L. No. 116-260). This report reflects the collective insights of the Intelligence Community (IC), which is committed every… Continue Reading