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US expats in Costa Rica masterminded massive call center fraud
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US expats in Costa Rica masterminded massive call center fraud

The Tico Times - June 1, 2015

What if I told you that you have won $450,000? The only thing you need to do to claim your prize is pay this insurance fee... Call…

Costa Rica’s banks boost security measures ahead of holiday frenzy
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Business
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Costa Rica’s banks boost security measures ahead of holiday frenzy

L. Arias - November 28, 2014

The Costa Rican Banking Association (ABC) this week launched a security operation coordinated with Judicial Investigation Police agents and National Police officers, with the goal of reducing theft…

US-Costa Rican man preyed on elderly in million-dollar sweepstakes fraud
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US-Costa Rican man preyed on elderly in million-dollar sweepstakes fraud

The Tico Times - September 16, 2014

A dual citizen of the United States and Costa Rica pleaded guilty Monday to a $1.88 million sweepstakes fraud scheme that targeted elderly U.S. residents, according a…

Controversial Italian entrepreneur Matteo Quintavalle dies of heart attack
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Crime
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Controversial Italian entrepreneur Matteo Quintavalle dies of heart attack

L. Arias - March 28, 2014

Italian entrepreneur Matteo Quintavalle, the subject of several police investigations for his controversial businesses in Costa Rica, died Friday morning of apparent cardiac arrest. Arnoldo Alpízar, communications…

Worried about getting ripped off by a Costa Rican cab? There’s an app for that
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Worried about getting ripped off by a Costa Rican cab? There’s an app for that

The Tico Times - March 3, 2014

It doesn't matter how many times you have been to Costa Rica, how long you have lived here or how good your Spanish is; chances are you've…

Police crack million-dollar scheme to defraud people in United States
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Crime
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Police crack million-dollar scheme to defraud people in United States

The Tico Times - February 12, 2014

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) raided three homes and an office in Escazú Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into a million-dollar fraud and money laundering scheme…

Scammers are offering Costa Ricans ‘cheap tours of Florida,’ Economy Ministry says
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Scammers are offering Costa Ricans ‘cheap tours of Florida,’ Economy Ministry says

L. Arias - February 7, 2014

The Economy Ministry (MEIC) warned Friday of a telephone scam where an allegedly fraudulent travel agency is offering Costa Ricans a discounted trip to Florida. A telemarketing…

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Scam Alert: Kolbi customers receiving fraudulent text messages

The Tico Times - January 24, 2014

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) alerted its customers this week about fraudulent text messages sent to Kolbi cellphones that automatically added charges to the accounts of…

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Don’t let thieves steal your Christmas bonus!

L. Arias - November 22, 2013

This year, almost 1.5 million Costa Rican workers will receive mandatory Christmas bonuses, known as aguinaldos, starting on Dec. 2. But they're not the only ones looking forward…