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How the FBI conned Web con artist

Escrow scammer nabbed in Vegas sting

after businessmen tip agents. Brian Tinney apparently tried to pull an Internet scam on the wrong guys. Using the alias David Gilespe, Tinney allegedly contacted two small Massachusetts firms in January looking to buy half a million dollars worth of Cisco hardware. But there was a catch. The businesses’ owners, Mike Kozlowski and Dana Andrews, said that Gilespe insisted on using an Internet escrow company that neither had heard of. A few days later, after Kozlowski read an MSNBC.com story on fake escrow scams, he contacted the FBI and Tinney was arrested in a sting operation. Full Story

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