• iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You know those pesky pop-ups advertising tech support for your computer? Be careful. The FBI highlights tech-support fraud as a growing trend in the agency's latest report on cybercrime.The most common type of online crime stems from internet transactions -- the failure to either deliver goods or services ordered or to pay for them, according to the FBI's 2017 Internet Crime Report released this week.Another cybercrime that continues to be prevalent is what the FBI calls "confidence or romance fraud," when perpetrators build trust with victims, then persuade them to send money or personal and financial information.Tech-support fraud is a widespread scam, with criminals constantly changing their tactics to continue the fraud, the FBI report said. The perpetrators may use anything from pop-up ads, phone calls and search-engine advertising to lure victims, and may pose as security, customer service or technical support personnel offering help with issues ranging from software-license renewal to computer viruses."Some recent complaints involve criminals posing as technical support representatives for income tax assistance, GPS, printer, or cable companies, or support for virtual currency exchanges," the FBI report said.The FBI received nearly 11,000 complaints related to tech-support fraud in 2017 with claimed losses of nearly $15 million, a 90 percent increase in losses over 2016.The most common cybercrime is failure to either deliver or pay for goods or services purchased online. More than 84,000 such crimes were logged by the FBI in 2017.For cybercrime overall, the states of California, Florida and Texas had the highest number of victims and losses in 2017. Older Americans were the most common victims, with those over 60 losing $342 million to cybercrimes last year, the FBI report said.The United States is not alone with this problem. Canada, India and the United Kingdom also reported significant levels of cybercrime.Overall, internet crime in the U.S. alone caused losses of $1.4 billion dollars, but one security expert said such crimes are likely underreported."There's probably another percentage of people who've never reported the incident because they didn't know that there was an outlet that they could go to," Sam Kassoumeh, CEO and co-founder of security ratings firm SecurityScorecard, told ABC News.Confidence fraud and romance scams caused victims to lose about $211 million in 2017 alone, the FBI report said. One version of this is when a criminal romances someone online, asks for money and then never talks to that person again. Think the MTV reality show Catfish, but with a monetary loss.Kassoumeh told ABC News about an international scam like this in which a network of perpetrators would go online, befriend women and start online relationships with them. The scammers would tell the women they want to buy an item that can't be shipped to wherever they supposedly are, and then manipulate their victims into unwittingly serving as intermediaries for theft and fraud through the use of prepaid shipping labels and stolen credit cards.The FBI also highlights a practice called business email compromise, which led to the highest amount of losses -- over $600 million -- in 2017.In these cases, scammers target businesses, often through customer support.Kassoumeh said such fraud is up now because more businesses are working with outside vendors, creating greater opportunities for cybercriminals."That creates a larger surface area to manipulate the people inside of a company. There are more companies to take advantage of," he said. "Third-party providers store some of the most sensitive, critical information. Think about how many companies in the U.S. use Amazon -- or Microsoft or Google as hosting providers."The FBI reported that it receives more than 800 complaints a day for cyber-related incidents and more than 250,000 complaints each year -- a number that is growing every year.Copyright © 2018,
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- In her address to the graduating students of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Friday morning, Oprah Winfrey delivered a speech that rivaled the one she made at the Golden Globes back in January.Winfrey, whose "daughter-girl" Thando Dlomo was among the graduates, stressed the importance of being honest, especially in today's culture of "fake news," and implored the future journalists in the room to "challenge the left, to challenge the right, and the center."She also explained how enriching it is to tell the stories of others."If you could just capture the humanity of the people and the stories that you're telling, you can get that much closer to your own humanity and you can confront your bias and you can build your credibility and hone your instincts and compound your compassion," she said. "You can use your gifts -- that's what you're here to do -- to illuminate the darkness in our world."However, much of the advice she dispensed was more general and could be applied to anybody, regardless of their chosen career path:1. Be the truth: Winfrey asked her audience to "make the choice every single day to exemplify honesty." "The truth exonerates and it convicts. It disinfects and it galvanizes. The truth has always been and will always be our shield against corruption, our shield against greed and despair. The truth is our saving grace," she said. "Be the truth. Be. The. Truth."2. Stay hopeful: The talk show host acknowledged that there are a litany of issues that need to be addressed today, and listed a few of the problems at the top of her list: "There's gun violence and climate change and systemic racism. Economic inequality, media bias. The homeless need opportunity, the addicted need treatment, the Dreamers need protection, the prison system needs reforming, the LGBTQ community needs acceptance, the social safety net needs saving and the misogyny needs to stop." Of course, she added, nobody can fix everything. However, "you have to declare war on one of our most dangerous enemies and that's cynicism," she said. "It'll lower your standards, it'll choke your empathy and sooner than later, cynicism shatters your faith. When you hear yourself saying, 'It doesn't matter what one person says, oh well. So what? It's not gonna make any difference what I do, who cares?' When you hear yourself saying that, know that you're on a collision course for our culture."These times are here to let us know that we need to take a stand for our right to have hope," she added. "The question is: What are you willing to stand for?"3. Be good to everyone: After Winfrey founded a school for girls in Africa, she told her mentor Maya Angelou that she was sure that that would be her legacy. Angelou wasn't so sure. "She said, 'You have no idea what your legacy will be because your legacy is every life you touch.' Every life you touch. That changed me," she said. "Pick a problem, any problem, and do something about it. Because to somebody who's hurting, something is everything."4. Vote: With a wink and a nod to the rumors that she might be considering a run for the presidency (she's not!), Winfrey encouraged her audience to always make it to the polls. "Pay attention to what the people who claim to represent you are doing and saying in your name and on your behalf," she said. "They represent you and if they've not done right by you, if their policies are at odds with your core beliefs, then you have a responsibility to send them packing."People died for that right," she continued. "I think about it every time I cast a vote, so don't let their sacrifice be in vain."5. Live responsibly: "Eat a good breakfast. It really pays off. Pay your bills on time. Recycle. Make your bed. Aim high. Say thank you to people and actually really mean it. Ask for help when you need it and put your phone away at the dinner table. Just sit on it!" she said. "Know what you tweet and post a
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Kingsport, Tennessee, is staking a claim on the Long Island iced tea.The city of Kingsport claims the popular cocktail was created in 1920s Prohibition-era Long Island, an island in the Holston River in Kingsport, by the likes of a man named Charlie “Old Man” Bishop, an illegal liquor distiller.In a video from Visit Kingsport, a man acting as Ransom Bishop, Charlie’s son, describes Charlie making one of his “special batches” with rum, vodka, tequila, whiskey, gin and a little bit of maple syrup.The video adds that Ransom tweaked the recipe in the 1940s, adding lemon, lime juice, and cola or soda water. It concludes with Ransom saying, “And remember, don’t mess with the original!”But New York isn't going down with a fight. Maggie Lacasse, director of communications at New York's Discover Long Island, told ABC News that Robert "Rosebud" Butt invented the Long Island iced tea on Long Island, New York in the '70s. Lacasse said he created the cocktail as part of a contest while working at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island.Lacasse didn't dispute the story of Charlie Bishop’s cocktail but insisted it's a different drink from New York's Long Island iced tea, which contains triple sec. Bishop’s concoction excludes this ingredient and adds whiskey and maple syrup.Visit Kingsport Marketing Manager Amy Margaret McColl disagrees.“Our claim is that Charlie Bishop developed the Long Island iced tea in 1920, nearly 50 years before Mr. Butt claimed that he was the inventor of the beverage,” McColl told ABC News.And while she isn’t sure if Bishop himself coined the name "Long Island iced tea," McColl added with a laugh, “We’ve been doing this for 50 years before you all even thought about it.”But, McColl said, Kingsport has a plan in place to respond to the New York Long Islanders. She said she's heard a that a bartender in Long Island, New York, will challenge bartenders from Kingsport in a competition for the best Long Island iced tea.“We plan on accepting the challenge,” she said.
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  • Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET(NEW YORK) -- Thanks to a new "public hate content and hateful conduct policy," Spotify has decided to remove all traces of R. Kelly's music from its playlist offerings, reported Billboard.Fans won't hear the R&B singer's tracks on any Spotify flagship playlist, such as New Music Friday and RapCaviar.In a statement, Spotify explained to Billboard, "We are removing R. Kelly's music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations," adding, "His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it."The statement continued: "We don't censor content because of an artist's or creator's behavior, but we want our editorial decisions -- what we choose to program -- to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."Over the years, R. Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct many times, including 21 counts of child pornography. R. Kelly, whose birth name is Robert Kelly, was acquitted on those pornography charges back in 2008, ending a six-year investigation.Still, an online campaign titled #MuteRKelly, which began last month, continues to gain momentum. The campaign was created by a subgroup of the Time's Up movement called Women of Color and lists a number of allegations made against the singer, including a 2017 Buzzfeed report that he held several young women in a "cult," and asks companies to stop doing business with him."R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement. We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals -- and in this case, it is unjust and off-target," his representative told ABC News at the time. "We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices. Time’s Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly’s support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts. Soon it will become clear Mr. Kelly is the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time."Lifetime is also developing an investigative documentary series and movie about the artist. As of now, there are few details about the untitled movie, but the yet-to-be-titled doc series will feature survivors and people from Kelly's "inner circle" to share their personal stories about Kelly.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate a deadly Tesla crash and fire that killed two Florida high school students, the agency said.Barrett Riley and Edgar Monserratt, both seniors, were traveling near an area known as “dead man's curve” in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday night when their all-electric Tesla Model S hit a wall and burst into flames, authorities said.The boys, 18, died while trapped inside the burning vehicle, according to witnesses. One onlooker said he saw the victims moving, struggling to escape from the flames, but no one could help them break free.A backseat passenger, identified as 18-year-old Alexander Berry of Fort Lauderdale, was thrown from the car and taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries, according to ABC Miami affiliate WPLG-TV.Speed may have been a factor in the crash, the NTSB said Wednesday. Its investigation will primarily focus on the emergency response in relation to the electric vehicle battery fire, the agency said, adding that it had plans to have a team of four investigators in South Florida by Wednesday night.“The goal of these investigations is to understand the impact of these emerging transportation technologies when they are part of a transportation accident,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in a statement Wednesday.Tesla released a statement Wednesday, saying it was “working to establish the facts of the incident” and offered its “full cooperation” to local authorities. The car’s autopilot feature was not engaged at the time, Tesla said.The teens, both students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, were a few weeks away from graduation. Riley, the driver, was set to attend Indiana’s Purdue University in the fall, while Monserratt was headed to Boston College in Massachusetts."These two members of our senior class should be finishing their [advanced placement] exams, celebrating things like prom and their upcoming graduation," Pine Crest President Dana Markham said in a statement Wednesday. "Instead, we are mourning their passing. There really are no words to express how deeply this has affected our entire community."Larry Groshart, who said he witnessed the crash, told WPLG-TV the car appeared to traveling between 50 mph and 60 mph."I saw the car coming too fast quietly, but I could hear the tire roar,” Groshart said, adding that it "bounced off the first wall, sideswiped it, then hit that corner and immediately burst into flames and moved that way, burning all the way, and it never stopped burning until it was burned up."
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  • Disney(ORLANDO) -- This Toy Story plane is #familytravelgoals.As we hold our collective breath waiting for Toy Story Land to open at Walt Disney World Resort -- which opens June 30 -- fans of the movie can imagine themselves soaring to infinity and beyond on this Toy Story plane, a partnership between Disney and China Eastern Airlines.You could also take the kids to China to fly on the plane, topped off by a visit to Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land at Shanghai Disney Resort.  Larger-than-life images of Buzz and Woody grace the plane's exterior, while inside passengers will find many more of their favorite characters on seat backs, overheads and the ceiling.Reach for the sky!Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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