Jun 16, 2016

Holy guacamole! Avocado desperados hit New Zealand

New Zealand avocado growers have reported a spate of thefts after rising prices caused a seasonal shortage, leaving guacamole lovers choking on their dip. Avocado prices have doubled in recent months, reaching 6 New Zealand dollars ($4.20) each in some supermarkets, prompting a number ...

Jun 11, 2016

Rancher on horseback lassos bike thief in Oregon

A rancher jumped on his horse Friday morning and lassoed a man who was trying to steal a bicycle in the parking lot of an Oregon Wal-Mart, police said. Robert Borba was at the Eagle Point store loading dog food and a camping tent ...

Japanese banks raise guard after ¥1.8 billion taken from ATMs

Jun 8, 2016

Japanese banks raise guard after ¥1.8 billion taken from ATMs

Japanese banks that lost some ¥1.8 billion ($16.5 million) when fake overseas cards were used at convenience store ATMs are scrambling to combat such fraud. Seven Bank, which operates ATMs in the 7-Eleven convenience store chain, halved its withdrawal limit to ¥50,000 from ¥100,000 ...

Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

May 25, 2016

Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

Criminals who stole millions of dollars from automatic teller machines across Japan in a three-hour spree probably chose the country because banks consider it a low fraud risk, security experts say. The gang used counterfeit Standard Bank credit cards to withdraw ¥1.4 billion in ...

Cyberthieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network

May 22, 2016

Cyberthieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network

On Jan. 12, 2015, a message from a secure computer terminal at Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador instructed San Francisco-based Wells Fargo to transfer money to bank accounts in Hong Kong. Wells Fargo complied. Over 10 days, Wells approved at least 12 transfers ...

Masterpieces lost in Italian museum heist are recovered in Ukraine

May 12, 2016

Masterpieces lost in Italian museum heist are recovered in Ukraine

Paintings including masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto that were stolen from a Verona museum last year have been found in Ukraine, Italy’s culture minister said Wednesday. “It is a great day,” the minister, Dario Franceschini, said in a statement. “The artworks will soon be ...