The Daily Populous

Monday December 26th, 2022 evening edition

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US citizens lost over $10 billion due to phishing calls by illegal Indian call centres in 2022, as per the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data.

Most of the victims of these fraud calls from Indian phishing gangs were elderly US citizens above the age of 60 years who lost over $3 billion, Times Of India reported citing FBI data.

After several incidents were reported in 2022, the FBI has now deputed a permanent representative at the US embassy in New Delhi.

The representative will work closely with the CBI, Interpol and the Delhi Police to bust these gangs that have put India under the threat to be termed as the hub of such illegal call centres.

Several Americans lost a total of $10.2 billion in 2022 so far, which is a 47 per cent increase from 2021’s $6.9 billion, to such fraud calls.

Losses due to "tech support" crimes were as much as $3 billion in the last two years – $347 million in 2021 and $781 million in 2022 so far.

Those complaints included cyber crime related to investment ($3 billion), business email compromise ($2.4 billion), personal data breach ($1.2 billion), romance ($1 billion) and tech support ($781 million). »

Avalanche in Austria: All 10 people feared missing found alive

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All of the people feared missing after an avalanche Sunday near the mountainous villages of Lech and Zurs in Austria have been found alive, according to the Austrian Press Agency (APA).

Rescue workers initially feared 10 people were missing in the avalanche, based on a video from a ski guest taken right before the avalanche occurred.

Rescue workers assumed all the skiers in the video, now all accounted for, were lost in the avalanche, according to APA. »

Movie fans can sue over misleading trailer, says US judge

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Movie fans disappointed that their favorite actor was cut from a film after appearing in the trailer can sue the studio for false advertising, a US judge has ruled.

A class action suit filed earlier this year alleges fans had been led to expect the Cuban "No Time To Die" star would feature prominently.

"At its core, a trailer is an advertisement designed to sell a movie by providing consumers with a preview of the movie," the judge wrote. »

Abbott Blasted for 'Cruel Stunt' as Migrants Bussed to Kamala Harris' Home on Christmas Eve

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For the second time since September, Central and South American migrants were bussed from Texas to the vice president's residence at the U.S.

According to reports, some of the asylum-seekers were wearing only t-shirts and shorts as the mercury dropped to 18°F (-8°C) on Saturday.

While it is not known who ordered the migrants bussed to the capital, advocates pointed fingers at Abbott. »

Battery swapping spurs Kenya's electric motorbike drive

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After the initial purchase, the electric motorcyle - designed to be sturdy enough to traverse rocky roads - is cheaper to run than petrol-guzzling ones.

[1/5] Workers at ARC Ride assemble an electric motorcycle at the company's warehouse in Industrial Area, Nairobi, Kenya November 2, 2022.

Ecobodaa is just one of several Nairobi-based electric motorcycle startups working to prove themselves in Kenya before eventually expanding in East Africa. »