Commission members probe weapons on ship

The CID is investigating the weapons on the ship at the Galle harbor after the navy had filed a police complaint.Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd recently slammed what it termed as a “downright betrayal” following allegations raised over its ship which docked at the Galle harbor recently. Approval was granted to the Commission by the police and accordingly officers of the Commission boarded the ship today. Officials of the Presidential Commission investigating large scale fraud today boarded the Avant Garde ship at the Galle harbor to conduct investigations.The Commission had sought approval to board the ship to investigate the weapons found on the ship said to belong to Rakna Lanka. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had recently sealed containers with weapons on the Avant Garde ship. The company said that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) had given the approval for the ship to dock in Galle but the Sri Lanka Navy boarded the ship and assumed command.It also said that there is no discrepancy whatsoever in the consignment of weapons, ammunition and associated equipment maintained by Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd (RALL) representatives on board. (Colombo Gazette) read more

BBB College students beware of scammers

Scam Alert LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As students across the state return to college campuses, the Better Business Bureau of Central & Eastern Kentucky is warning students to be aware of scammers.The BBB says students out on their own for the first time are prime targets for scammers.- Advertisement – According to 2018’s BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, 41.6% of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3% of non-students. Students who are now exposed to managing their own finances are online looking for ways to save. Some of the more common scams targeting college students:• Safe Credit Reports – After the age of 18, it’s a good idea to start becoming more aware of your credit score and start adapting some healthy money habits. It’s also a helpful signifier of any unusual activity and possible ID fraud. While there are multiple traps online trying to snag your Social Security number with a fake credit score scam, safely check your credit score at www.annualcreditreport.comRelated Article: Better Business Bureau• Scholarship and Grant Scams – Beware of phone calls or emails from companies that guarantee they can help reduce or “forgive” student loan payments or set you up with a large “grant.” Search the company making the offer at bbb.org. Don’t deal with anyone who tells you to send a “fee” to get a grant or scholarship. Contact the school’s financial aid office for advice on any available scholarships/grants. • Employment Scams – In 2018, employment scams were the #1 culprit for scams attacking 18-25 year olds. Job offerings can be sent directly to a student’s school email address, promising flexible hours and high pay. Be wary if you are offered jobs such as “reshipping packages,” “processing paychecks,” “mystery shopping,” or anything that involves a cashier’s check being sent to you. Some scammers will “interview” you in non-traditional settings, like Google Hangouts. Other red flags include being asked to pay a fee up front for a job or send a Social Security number via email or a website.• Too-Good-to-Be-True Apartments – It’s hard to not jump on a convenient apartment or house close to campus, especially if it advertises affordable rent. It’s tempting to hand over credit card information online to lock in a great spot, but it’s always worth seeing the apartment in person prior to any transaction. If the property owner says he/she is out of the country and needs you to wire a deposit via money transfer, LOOK OUT. This also applies to Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace listings of other students looking for roommates. • Protect Your Identity – Lock up important papers, credit cards or other documents containing personal information, especially if you share living quarters with others. Be mindful of public Wi-Fi when making any sensitive transactions online where scammers could gain access to your information. Make certain that smart phones, laptops and tablets are all secured with codes to unlock them, as well as have updated virus protection installed. More information on different types of scams can be found at www.bbb.org/scamtips. Students are urged report any scams to www.bbb.org/scamtracker. Speak to BBB representatives to check out scams, businesses or for other assistance at (859) 259-1008. read more