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55,000 Brazilians scammed out of $200M+ worth of fake cryptocurrency

  • A Brazilian cryptocurrency crime cartel has been shut down after conning over 55,000 investors for over $200 million.
  • The Federal Revenue Service said the company had managed to raise around R$850 million ($210 million) by February 2019 from would-be investors.
  • The Federal Police’s Office of Corruption and Financial Crimes’ Eduardo Dalmolin Boliis highlighted that investing in cryptocurrencies isn’t actually illegal.
  • Following operation Egypto’s investigations, authorities found that the group was not investing in cryptocurrency at all.
  • Authorities have seized the firm’s financial assets, dozens of real estate, 36 luxury vehicles, and an undisclosed amount of money.
  • The group is also being investigated for fraudulent management, financial misappropriation, money laundering, and criminal organization.
  • This isn’t the first cryptocurrency related crime in Brazil, earlier this year Brazilian authorities arrested a man on suspicion of running a drug trafficking ring and laundering money with Bitcoin.

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A woman fled her vehicle after finding a spider in her lap, and the car ended up at the bottom of a river

  • On Sunday, a woman from Georgia was driving when a spider crawled on her lap.
  • And so, the woman, who has not been identified, stood and watched, as her car rolled away and ultimately plummeted into the nearby Etowah River.
  • By the time Georgia State Patrol officials had arrived to help the woman, her car was no longer visible, according to AJC.
  • The woman was backing her car down a ramp near the river at the time of the incident so that she could easily deploy a kayak into the water, according to NBC News.
  • Now, according to AJC, she will have to work with her car insurance provider to recover the vehicle.
  • At the time, authorities said that spiders are a "contributing factor that is not covered too often" when talking about motor vehicle accidents.

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Australia Found a Way to Save Water from Plastic Pollution

  • This past summer authorities from the Australian city of Kwinana installed a new filtration system in the Henley Reserve.
  • It consists of a net that is placed on the outlet of a drainage pipe which helps to catch large debris and protect the environment from contamination.
  • These pipes drain water from residential areas to natural areas and the trash and litter from these places can be overwhelming and be harmful to the environment.
  • The city authorities started by installing 2 nets and were amazed at the results — their new filtration system managed to catch more than 800 pounds of garbage within several weeks.
  • So, it has been decided to install these litter “traps” all over the city and minimize the pollution to the wildlife and surrounding environment.

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