Man scams Google and Facebook for millions just by asking - Dexerto
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Man scams Google and Facebook for millions just by asking

Published: 26/Mar/2019 20:39 Updated: 26/Mar/2019 21:19

by Bill Cooney

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Last week, a Lithuanian man pled guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and three counts of money laundering charges after admitting he stole $99 million from Facebook and $23 million from Google between 2013 and 2015.

Evaldas Rimasauskas, the man who plead guilty to the charges, had an incredibly brazen plan to steal from the two corporations: just ask for it.

It wasn’t as simple as just calling the companies and asking for a cool multi-million dollars, but it was pretty close.

$23 million is a lot of Google Stadia subscriptions.

Rimasauskas sent Google and Facebook multiple invoices for items neither company had purchased in the first place.

The invoices were sent along with contracts and letters that Rimasauskas had forged to make it appear like they had been signed and ratified by agents from each company.

He even forged emails to make them appear like they had come from Facebook or Google executives.

Rimasauskas registered a company in Latvia with the same name as Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Quanta Computer to take the wire deposits from the companies banks.

It seems no one at either company checked to see if these invoices were real or not, which meant Rimasauskas managed to make roughly $122 million dollars in total.

Facebook lost $99 million in the scam.

The scammer will be sentenced later this Summer on July 29, and faces up to 30 years in prison, but the crazy part is he hasn’t even given all of the money back yet.

Rimasauskas agreed to fork over $50 million dollars of his haul, but the other $73 million is still unaccounted for, possibly in Cyprus, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Latvia, according to boingboing.

Google seems to have gotten their stolen $23 million back, but whether Facebook will ever see the rest of their $99 million, remains to be seen.

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TikTokers Josh Richards & Griffin Johnson become Royal Ravens co-owners

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:00

by Albert Petrosyan

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TikTok superstars and original members of the Sway House, Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson, have become investors in ReKTGlobal, the parent company of the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens franchise and Rogue.

The news was announced on December 1 as two of the biggest names on TikTok have officially become co-owners of the London Royal Ravens and Rogue of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

“Griffin and Josh have uniquely captured the attention of Generation Z and beyond, and their influence is undeniable. They are both incredible additions to the ReKTGlobal ownership team,” said Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal. “They have strong business instincts, a unique talent for developing viral content, and an understanding of how to connect with younger audiences and casual gamers.”

Combined, Richards (23.4M) and Johnson (9.8M) boast over 33 million followers on TikTok as well as similarly huge numbers on most main social media platforms. ReKTGlobal envisions their massive online presence will play a key role as the pair will develop new content, merchandise collaborations, and promotions with the Royal Ravens and Rogue.

Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson join ReKTGlobal
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Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson repping merch from the teams they now co-own.

“They are natural-born hustlers and have leveraged their TikTok fame to step into acting and music, becoming entrepreneurs and investors in the process,” Bialek added. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to the ReKTGlobal family as we continue to bridge the gap between the world of esports, entertainment and pop culture.”

Griffin Johnson shared similar sentiments as the news of their investment became public, having roots as an avid gamer and Call of Duty fan.

“The fact that I can now say I own a part of London Royal Ravens and Team Rogue is unbelievably surreal,” he said. “I am thankful to Dave and Amish for allowing me into the ReKTGlobal family with open arms. Can’t wait to get to work and help bridge the gap between traditional social media and esports.”

ReKTGlobal is a huge esports org
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ReKTGlobal’s reach and presence in esports is massive.

As for Josh Richards, this isn’t the first time he’s been involved with ReKTGlobal; in May 2020, his creator management company, TalentX Entertainment, embarked on a joint venture with ReKTGlobal called TalentX Gaming, a talent management company with a focus on gaming and esports athletes and content creators.

“Coming on as an investor to ReKTGlobal was genuinely a no-brainer,” he commented. “After a few meetings with the C-suite at ReKTGlobal, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.”

The TikTok megastars are the latest in a long list of celebrity figures who have joined ReKTGlobal as investors, including legendary DJ Steve Aoki, Grammy-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, international producer Nicky Romero, NBA defensive star Rudy Gobert, NFL player Landon Collins, and, most recently, star YouTuber Vikkstar.