Some criminals will say almost anything to try to scam people—including threatening arrest, lawsuits, imprisonment, or even physical harm. While the scams take several different forms, the goal is the same—to pressure people to pay money or reveal personal or financial information. Below are a few examples:
Frequently during the movie Forrest Gump the namesake says, “Stupid is as stupid does.” When it comes to criminal activity, there is no shortage of proof on You Tube and on cable TV shows that this phrase is true. For example, we see burglars stuck in an airshaft or chimney. We may find such antics funny and almost beyond belief, but such antics can lead to tragedy for others and imprisonment for the perpetrator. Here are just a few cases, but the names have been left out to protect the innocent (and not so innocent) as they used to say on the 1960’s TV show “Dragnet.”
You have probably heard news stories about people who won’t face trial because they are not competent to proceed through the legal process. This is a different legal issue than when a jury finds someone not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect.
When the City of Carthage fell at the end of the Third Punic War, 146 BC, victorious Romans pulled Phoenecian ships out of the harbor and set them on fire before moving through the city, house to house, rounding up and selling 50,000 people into slavery. Then they set the city on fire. As a final insult before they left, it is said that the Roman soldiers sprinkled salt upon the ground to ensure that nothing could ever grow there again.
The recent Ashley Madison hack may have revealed some interesting things about extramarital affairs. However, there are far less obvious forms of infidelity that can be equally damaging to a relationship, one of which is financial infidelity. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) advises you how to identify the causes of and prevent financial infidelity in your relationship.
The issue of too much student testing has recently come under a spotlight, both in Minnesota and across the country. We know that testing is important, but there are several issues under fire in the current discussion. First, how much time should be dedicated to preparing for and taking tests. Secondly, what kind of learning is being assessed. This column lays out the issues under consideration in Minnesota, and how decisions being made on the federal level have a direct impact on our students here at home.
More and more people are quickly becoming comfortable completing purchases on their smartphones. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), one in five consumers who own smartphones will use them to make an online purchase this holiday season. Though it might be convenient, there are risks with sharing financial information in this manner. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers tips for those who use or are considering using their smartphones to shop online.
On a gray, drizzly Saturday afternoon one December long ago, I was cramming for college finals when a jangling phone interrupted the quiet of my dorm room.
The caller, my 10-year-old brother, Jim, breathlessly said he had just finished the difficult task of going door-to-door collecting money from the subscribers on his newspaper route.
After setting aside the amount he owed our hometown paper, he announced with pride that his earnings were just over a dollar in coins. He intended to spend "the whole wad" on a surprise Christmas gift for Mom.