Jalandhar: Couple buys jewellery worth Rs. 1.9lakh with fake notes

Jalandhar: Couple buys jewellery worth Rs. 1.9lakh with fake notes

In a tragicomic incident, a jeweller from Jalandhar was cheated of Rs. 1.90 lakh worth of jewellery by a couple using fake currency. On October 22, the couple went shopping at the jeweller’s shop, selected 56gm of gold jewellery worth Rs. 1.90 lakh, and paid the jeweller in fake currency before beating a hasty retreat. An FIR has been registered. The couple paid using ‘Entertainment Bank of India’ notes Speaking to press, the shop owner, Shyam Sundar Verma, said that he realized the fraud only after the couple left. Having…

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Crime Branch probe into ‘fake’ teacher recruitment

Crime Branch probe into ‘fake’ teacher recruitment

BHUBANESWAR: The state government recommended Crime Branch enquiry into the alleged recruitment of fake teachers under Ujjwal scheme on Thursday. The order came after a number of teachers have been recruited in different districts on the basis of a false letter issued by an organisation left the school and mass education department in tizzy. “We are really surprised that a false letter has been issued to give recruitment to teachers in different districts. We have already ordered a departmental enquiry into the matter and a crime branch probe has also been ordered,” said school…

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Cambridge scientists consider fake news ‘vaccine’

Cambridge scientists consider fake news ‘vaccine’

The appearance of fake news on websites and social media has inspired scientists to develop a “vaccine” to immunise people against the problem. A University of Cambridge study devised psychological tools to target fact distortion. Researchers suggest “pre-emptively exposing” readers to a small “dose” of the misinformation can help organisations cancel out bogus claims. Stories on the US election and Syria are among those to have caused concern. “Misinformation can be sticky, spreading and replicating like a virus,” said the University of Cambridge study’s lead author Dr Sander van der…

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Six held over fake education loans

Six held over fake education loans

As many as 700 people duped of over Rs. 2 crore; gang used names of established companies An inter-State gang that allegedly duped around 700 people of more than Rs. 2 crore by offering them fake education loans has been busted with the arrest of six persons, the police said on Wednesday. The suspects were nabbed on Tuesday following raids at their hideouts in Rohini, Nangloi and other parts of Delhi. The gang mainly lured unsuspecting people through newspaper advertisements and had even acquired toll-free numbers for contacting their victims….

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Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation. Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health…

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Russian Effort Helped Spread Fake Election News, Report Says

Russian Effort Helped Spread Fake Election News, Report Says

A concerted Russian propaganda campaign helped spread fake election news and undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, according to two research reports cited by the Washington Post. Russia’s campaign include technology like botnets as well paid human trolls to spread false news, particularly about Clinton’s health and supposedly nefarious connections. The reports—one from the national security magazine War on the Rocks and another from the group PropOrNot—suggest a significant coordinated effort to undermine U.S. democracy and weaken Clinton. Those allegations are part and parcel of broader allegations of Russian attempts…

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Fake stories outperformed real political news over the election’s final months

Fake stories outperformed real political news over the election’s final months

As the election season came to an end the fake news sources were just getting started. During the final three months of the US Presidential campaign, viral fake news sites crushed the real thing in terms of Facebook engagement. According to reporting from BuzzFeed News, the 20 top-performing fake election stories — those coming from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs — generated more than 8.7-million engagements. That’s shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook, for those keeping score at home. During the same period, the 20 best-performing election stories from legitimate media outlets…

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