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A 23-year-old Manhattan Beach resident was ordered to pay Facebook up to $1.4 million for allegedly scamming the social media giant and thumbing his nose at the court proceedings. A San Francisco federal court slapped Martin Grunan with the default judgement after he failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by Facebook, claiming that Grunan tricked…

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The FBI and NYPD are alerting the public to a frightening new phone scam targeting New York City residents. Con artists dial seemingly random phone numbers, claim to have kidnapped a family member, and demand money be wired immediately in exchange for the relative’s safety. The scams often involve car accidents, drug debts, gang assaults, or people being smuggled…

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The City Council passed a bill cracking down on illegal clothing donation bins Thursday. The law – introduced by Councilman Vincent Gentile – penalizes organizations that put drop-off bins on the street with no intention of giving the collected garments to the needy. The bill allows the city to remove the bins immediately, fining first-time…

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Clothing donation bins are nothing new to the area, although the handful of organizations behind them place them with varying degrees of legality. One company in particular appears to have thrown caution to the wind, with several placements around Southern Brooklyn that are blatantly illegal. These bins may not be placed on public property, as it is in the…

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The MTA is warning E-ZPass users of a new e-mail phishing scam that has surfaced, in which digital con artists attempt to get at your private data by warning of phony unpaid tolls. Phishing scams attempt to dupe users to send the scammer sensitive information, including usernames, passwords or banking information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.…

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Police say they’ve caught the man responsible for a pair of burglaries in Brighton Beach that targeted the elderly. We first told you about the hunt for the perp on January 24, writing that cops were seeking a suspect in two burglaries in which the perpetrator gained the confidence of his victims before stealing their…

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Area resident Petr Murmylyuk was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiring to hack into retail brokerage accounts and execute sham trades, the U.S. Attorney announced on Friday. Murmylyuk, who also went by the name Dmitry Tokar, pleaded guilty in July 2013 to charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. He had previously pleaded guilty…

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