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TerryAmbrose
December 19 2014

Number 1 of the Scams of Christmas: Santa Letter Scams

The Santa Letter scam takes the No. 1 spot on this list for several reasons. First, it victimizes parents just trying to do something special for their kids for Christmas, as well as the kids, who'll...
TerryAmbrose
December 18 2014

Number 2 of the Scams of Christmas: Holiday Heartbreakers

As the holidays roll in, some people get lonely. With our emotions out of control, online dating scams are one of the easiest cons to fall for. Just last month, and not that long after having attended...
JakeHinkson
December 17 2014

Dark Christmas: 7 Noir Holidays Films

I’m not sure why there are so many noirs set around the holidays, but maybe it has something to do with seasonal depression. We all know that this time of year can be especially hard on people,...
TerryAmbrose
December 17 2014

Number 3 of the Scams of Christmas: Season’s Breachings

Nobody's merry about this year's data breaches... nobody. If you have a credit card—and who doesn’t?—you’ve probably been affected by at least one of the infamous...
TerryAmbrose
December 16 2014

Number 4 of the Scams of Christmas: Sly Shipping

Dear Customer, Your parcel arrived on December 17. Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you. To receive your parcel, print this label and go to the nearest office. During...
TerryAmbrose
December 15 2014

Number 5 of the Scams of Christmas: Grumpy Greeting Cards

Remember the good old days when the holidays were approaching, we went to our mailboxes everyday, checked for greeting cards, then rushed inside to see what our friends had written to us in the card?...
TerryAmbrose
December 14 2014

Number 6 of the Scams of Christmas: Coal-Deserving Charities

The holidays are the season of giving. Unfortunately, there are those who think charity begins at their homes and goes no further. On a large scale, online scammers set up fake charitable websites...
TerryAmbrose
December 13 2014

Number 7 of the Scams of Christmas: Santa’s Spyware

A few years ago, online security firm McAfee began compiling their 12 holiday cyberscams, including “not-so-merry-mobile apps.” Call these little collections of computer code apps and...
TerryAmbrose
December 12 2014

Number 8 of the Scams of Christmas: Counterfeit Cheer

The unbeatable bargain has been a lure used by con artists since even before 19th-century Europeans recognized the commercial value of a topical preparation used by foreign laborers, an oily substance...
TerryAmbrose
December 11 2014

Number 9 of the Scams of Christmas: Bogus Coupons

’Tis the season for saving money. That’s what coupons are for—assuming those coupons are legitimate. But, alas, “phishing” scammers are also using this tried-and-true consumer...
TerryAmbrose
December 10 2014

Number 10 of the Scams of Christmas: Scrooge Wants More Money

Ever since the days of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, we’ve associated Scrooge with money-grubbers. But alas, in this case, Scrooge is being unfairly maligned, because we have...
TerryAmbrose
December 9 2014

Number 11 of the Scams of Christmas: Mystery Shopping

Who wouldn’t like to have a little extra cash for the holidays? If you happen to be one of those people who doesn’t mind the crowds, a part-time job doing what the industry calls “mystery...
TerryAmbrose
December 8 2014

Number 12 of the Scams of Christmas: Soggy Security

Criminal Element's counting down 12 scams of Christmas, beginning with an issue that can open every electronic device to hackers: soggy security. 'Tis the season for good little hackers...
Crime HQ
November 24 2014

Headlining This Year’s Frozen Turkey Drop

It's widely known that newsmen love loathe holidays, and this year, vehicular mayhem set up a Thanksgiving report most foul for one reporter at the L.A. Times: A big rig packed with...
Crime HQ
November 10 2014

Coast Guard Responds As Lake Michigan Zombies Surface

Winds above 70 mph ripped through the city [Chicago] on Halloween, causing 21-foot waves in some parts of the lakeshore. The Zombie Containment, a floating haunted house docked outside Navy Pier,...
Crime HQ
October 31 2014

Pumpkin Facts: Cinderella, Beer, and Ostriches

Be illuminated (and possibly de-wormed and de-freckled) with these odd pumpkin facts! Previously, we've shared incredibly carved squash, discussed the truth and myths behind Halloween candy poisoning...
Crime HQ
October 30 2014

Inspirational Halloween Costumes!

If you're like many people and you're scrounging around for a last minute Halloween costume, perhaps take a tip (or 31) from Amanda Chapman. In 2012, Chapman's husband was diagnosed with...
Crime HQ
October 27 2014

Bollywood Heist Film is Many More Movies in One

At almost three hours, Happy New Year is a film with the run time to contain its comedic diamond heist, Bollywood dance competition spectacular, high-budget action flick, and then revenge film...
Crime HQ
October 24 2014

(Brain) Food for Worms: Halloween at Criminal Element

Don’t look now, but Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes the one time each year where our morbid obsession with all things scary is celebrated! If you’re looking to...
nikkib
October 21 2014

Fresh Meat: The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews

The Nightingale Before Christmas is the 18th book in the Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews (available October 21, 2014). Meg Langslow immediately stands out as a unique character because she...
Crime HQ
October 9 2014

Which Fictional Place Would Make the Best Haunted House?

Halloween is just a few short weeks away and with all the horror movies, candy, and costumes, there also comes one of our favorite fall traditions—the haunted house. Recently, a list of the ten...
Crime HQ
June 30 2014

30 Nefarious Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Among other invaluable services, the inimitable Janet Rudolph curates mysteries themed by holiday, and during vacation is when many of us have more time for crime! Here are a few Independence Day treats:   The...
Crime HQ
February 14 2014

Stole My Heart: Valentine’s Day is Illegal?

Could you be in a country that has banned, outlawed, or strongly urged against the celebration of this holiday? Well, if you're at the Olympics this year, then your answer is YES. Russia, among...
WallaceStroby
January 14 2014

The Five Best Heist Films You’ve Never Seen

You may know the classics of the heist genre—John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing, Jules Dassin’s Rififi, etc.(for an overview of the essentials, check...
Crime HQ
December 31 2013

Selfie Incrimination for Dummies

When “selfie” was named the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013, did the committee consider the selfie’s ramifications for the world’s dumbest criminals? ’Cause...
Crime HQ
December 25 2013

May All Your Discord Stay On the Page (or Screen)

Wherever you find yourself and with whom, may the only violence, conflict, or dastardly deeds you confront be in stories... where they belong.
Crime HQ
December 24 2013

Even Santa Needs Rehearsal... and Direction

Hmm, no, still not feeling it. But keep working at it, Nick, you've got a few hours until go-time. Via Dailey & Associates' Santa Sessions
Crime HQ
December 19 2013

Blood-Curdling Bookmark

Do you have a book lover on your shopping list this holiday season? Looking to add another item to your own wish list? Try this bloody bookmark on for size! Looking for other gifts for the bibliophile...
Crime HQ
December 17 2013

Christmas Cheer at the Office: Santa Hates You

We were down with justice until the call for the excreta of Rangifer tarandus. That's just nasty. h/t: passive-aggressive notes.
DaveRichards
December 17 2013

Holiday Havoc: 5 Warped, Weird, & Wonderful Christmas Graphic Novels

Christmas is a time where an overweight immortal man pilots a sleigh of flying reindeer across the globe, an angel shows a suicidal man the impact he’s had on the world, and spectral entities...