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If you get an email with subject “factura electrónica”, careful, it could be a scam

With the age of the “factura electrónica” - electronic invoicing or digital invoice -  in Costa Rica, it has giving rise to a niche in electronic fraud. "Hola. Este pago fue aprobado y enviado esta mañana, por favor confirme los detalles del beneficiario y firme....

Tico Sentenced To 4 Years in U.S. Prison In Sweepstakes Scam

The Costa Rican, Rodolfo Orozco Aguilar, 44, was sentenced to four years in a U.S. federal prison in a sweepstakes scam netting more than US$3.5 million, according to court documents and officials. Orozco Aguilar and co-defendant Daniel Sibaja, 28, of Buford, Georgia pleaded guilty to...

Destinso TV Will Spend An Additional US$500K To Get Its Customers To Russia

The travel agency Destinos TV has so far spent more than US$500,000 to enable to get 270 people to Russia through regular flights. The agency had sold some 300 all-inclusive travel packages that included a direct (charter) flight from Costa Rica to Russia and...

McDonald’s Costa Rica is not giving away combos on WhatsApp

If you got a message on WhatsApp telling you that McDonald's is giving away combos, the info is false. The fake news was revealed on McDonad Costa Rica's official Facebook page. The post told clients that it is best not to open the WhatsApp link,...

Don’t Be Scammed! The ICT Does Not Have A “Tourist Ombudsman”

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - the Costa Rican tourist board - is warning of the improper use of the institution's in the social media, on fan page of Facebook, including that of a self-described "Tourist Advocacy Group". The ICT assures there is no...

Impunity Harbors Case of Millionaire Scam From 16 Years Ago

  A French investor based in Costa Rica handed over, in 2001, one million dollars (US$1,048,000) to the high interest paying investment firm Savings Unlimited. However, the company closed in 2002. Sixteen years later and after many legal struggles, this woman managed to recover a...

Bulgarian Came To Costa Rica To Clone Debit Cards In ATM Scam

Using 'modern devices' to clone debit cards with which he stole at least ¢34 million colones (US$59,000 dollars), Boyco Kirilov Tsvetanov, 39, a Bulgarian national, was arrested by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) in an apartment in Trejos Montealegre, Escazu. Karla Chinchilla, head of...

Costa Rica Examples Of Money Laundering Highlighted In IRS Reports

QCOSTARICA - The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) highlights Costa Rica cases in its annual examples of Money Laundering Investigation reports. "The following examples of Money Laundering Investigations are written from public record documents on file in the courts within the judicial district where...

Don’t Fall Victim To The Flat Tire Scam, OIJ Says

QCOSTARICA - The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) is warning of the latest scam on our roads, targeting mainly men over 55 and driving older cars. According to the OIJ warning, 3-5 antisocials operate between 10:00am and 3:00pm in the areas of San Jose and...

French Couple Living in Costa Rica Swindled Out of US$275,000 By Their Laywer

(QCOSTARICA) The dream of a French couple living in Costa Rica to own a hotel was cut short by an unscrupulous lawyer, who allegedly made off with the money earmarked for their purchase of a hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos. Fabianne Fernande and...

Careful For “Deals” On Garden Plants

QCOSTARICA - Through the social networks, a group of residents in Tibas and Moravia, on the north side of San José are a warning of a scam that cost lots of money. It is not unusual in Costa Rica to see a small truck or...

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