A new report has uncovered a massive advertising fraud scheme that made scammers serious cash, fooled marketing companies and killed users' smartphone batteries. The scheme operated via fake banner advertisements that were secretly hidden behind legitimate banner ads in Android apps, according to BuzzFeed News. This scam was previously spotted by at least two ad fraud detection firms, Protected Media and online media verification firm DoubleVerify's ad fraud lab. A new report has uncovered a massive advertising fraud scheme that let made scammers serious cash, fooled marketing companies and killed users' smartphone batteries Fraudsters were able to hijack in-app ads in apps using Twitter's MoPub ad platform. App developers say they've received complaints of their apps draining consumers' phone batteries, BuzzFeed said, but they often can't explain the source of the battery drain.
U.S. prosecutors have charged more than 400 people with taking part in healthcare fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced the charges Thursday. Officials say those charged include more than 120 people involved in prescribing and distributing narcotics. In prepared remarks, Sessions calls it the "largest healthcare fraud takedown operation in American history." Among those charged are six Michigan doctors accused of a scheme to prescribe unnecessary opioids.
They were accused of submitting false claims for reimbursement for dates and times they'd provided care for qualifying children. The children qualified for federal help under the Child Care and Development Fund Program. To quality they have to be under 13 or up to 19 if physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves, plus live with family members who qualify for the program financially and are working or attending job training or school.
Investigators say the operator of Rosewood Consulting LLC in Baltimore, Ohio, falsely told investors he was a former Navy Seal and international businessman. Authorities say he told at least 44 investors between July 2011 and June 2013, their money would go into historical bonds issued by China and the exchange of illegal currency from Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, into U.S. dollars.