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Twenty Percent of Seafood Is Mislabeled

Mother Jones

For more on how fishermen are using tech to fight back against fish fraud, read this piece and listen to our Bite episode "Fishy Business" here.

'Third of charity fraud involved volunteers or staff', report claims

BBC News

A third of charity fraud cases in England and Wales are suspected to involve staff, trustees or volunteers, the charity watchdog has claimed. The Charity Commission report said organisations should stay alert to "insider fraud", and make sure that "mutual trust" is not abused. The commission said crimes committed could be opportunistic or due to a lack of charity oversight. The organisation also issued an appeal on insider fraud incidents. The statistics relate to instances of fraud between April 2015 and March 2016.

UK's fraud hotspots revealed by Which

BBC News

Norfolk is a dating scams hotspot, Surrey succumbs to investment fraud and west and mid-Wales suffers cold calling computer cons, according to data from UK cyber-crime centre Action Fraud. And it wants the government to do more to tackle the problem. A recent Office of National Statistics survey suggested there are 5.4 million fraud and computer misuse cases a year. Which said that it could not explain why certain frauds occur more in some areas rather than others, partly because so many fraud cases go unreported so the data is incomplete. There were 264,204 frauds reported to Action Fraud in 2016 but this is likely to be a fraction of those that occur.

9 Facts That Blow Up the Voter-Fraud Myth

Mother Jones

Among the conservative talking points that refuse to die is the idea that there is widespread voter fraud in America. The most recent warning about the scourge of illegal voting came from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who recently claimed "The fact is voter fraud is rampant." That's simply not true, as many new outlets reported. According to Politifact, there were just 85 prosecutions for voter fraud in Texas from 2002 to 2015, and not all of them led to convictions. That's a paltry number considering that more than 42 million ballots were cast in the state's general elections from 2002 to 2014.

The seven types of e-commerce fraud explained


The Nilsen Report uses the example of card-based payments to illustrate the point: Internet payment fraud is constantly increasing, and is, apparently, unstoppable. While the increase itself is nothing new (there has been more e-commerce fraud every year since 1993), the rate is impressive. The number of fraud cases has increased by 19% compared to 2013, and this is the fourth successive time that fraud growth has exceeded e-commerce growth. Out of every $100 in turnover, fraudsters currently snatch 5.65 cents. Fraud is not exclusive to credit card payments, however.