Romance fraud: Cybercrime’s multimillion dollar scam

Rico’s TICO BULL – The second-costliest category of crime, behind only compromised business email, was confidence and romance fraud, according to the latest FBI’s cybercrime report. What does romance fraud look like? In the most unromantic...

Marijuana filled corn flakes

Breakfast of champions almost took a new meaning in La Reforma prison, authorities finding marijuana hidden in flakes of corn cereal. The illegal drug was being introduced Thursday morning into the prison by a 46-year-old...

Migración arrested 15 undocumented immigrants in Fraijanes and will deport them

The immigration police (Migración) swept the area of Laguna de Friajanes, in Alajuela, and arrested 15 foreigners who were in the country illegally, who will be deported to the country of origin, Nicaragua. Immigration officials...

¢42 million seized in raid Otto Guevara law office will be for the State

The State will receive with the open hands the ¢42 million colones (US$70,000 dollars) seized in a raid on the law office linked to the former legislator and perennial presidential candidate, Otto Guevara, since...

Nicaraguan judge sentences murderer of Tico hotelier and his two sons in jail for...

On February 9, 2013, Geovanny Soto Ruiz, 52, and his two sons, Mauricio (29) and Enmanuel (20) were murdered in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela. Moisés Francisco Sándigo Fernández was sentenced to 129 years...

“He swore to me that the day he found me alone he would kill...

Each year the Inamu, the National Institute for Woman of Costa Rica, advises 13,500 women in search of help, tired of being victims of domestic violence. The institution gives them legal advice, talks and...

Heavy Downpours Forecast For Today Saturday

A low pressure system and the rainy season are the cause of climatic conditions that may see downpours, mainly in the Central Valley, Caribbean, Guanacaste and Northern Zone today, Saturday. The national weather service, the...

Migrants through remittances prevent further collapse of the Nicaraguan economy

Remittances (remesas in Spanish) are the only source of support for the Nicaraguan economy, hit by rising unemployment, the decline in foreign and domestic investment, the reduction of exports, the credit drought and the...

Tarcoles Ferry, Before The Famous “Crocodile Bridge”

Historical photos of Rio Tarcoles….today, its known as the famous “crocodile bridge”. But here are photos of crossing the Tarcoles, before there was a bridge, just a basic wooden ferry and a lot of...

The change in WhatsApp that nobody wanted, is coming

We’ve known for quite some time now that Facebook was planning to add ads to WhatsApp’s Status page, but we didn’t know when this would happen. At a conference in the Netherlands, the company revealed...

High Consumers Of Electricity and Water Would Pay The VAT

On July 1, the current sales tax (impuesto de ventas in Spanish) will be transformed into the new Value Added Tax – VAT (impuesto al valor agregado – IVA, in Spanish) that will begin...

Costa Rica Consumers Will Have To Pay The VAT On Cross-border Services

Sounds like something very technological. The words ‘cross-border services’ (servicios transfronterizos in Spanish) in the coming weeks will begin to impact the pockets of consumers in Costa Rica. ‘Servicios transfronterizos’ is the category by tax...

Amway will closes service center in Costa Rica, lays off 200

Amway announced Thursday, May 23, the closing of operations of its shared services center in Costa Rica in effect next year, a decision that will leave 200 people without jobs. The company says the closure...

Costa Rica Reports Drop in Homicides, Increase in Gun Seizures, New Gun Law Signed

On Thursday, Presiden Carlos Alvarado and the Minister of Public Security, Michael Soto signed the Reform to the Law on Weapons and Explosives (Reforma a la Ley de Armas y Explosivo), a law that...

Costa Rica among the stops of the U.S. Navy hospital ship

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort will return for another deployment to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean mid-June to begin a five-month medical assistance mission as a result of the humanitarian...

Caesar salad: one of the US’s most famous dishes was invented in Mexico

It was early Friday afternoon at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busiest land border crossing in the world, which connects Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego in the US. Some Mexicans were returning...

Criminals who fool doctors

They called him “The Oddfather”. He was boss of New York’s Genovese crime family and one of the most influential Mafia figures of his time. But for more than three decades, Vincent Gigante feigned...

Correos de Costa Rica Unveils X-ray technology to check parcels

On Wednesday, the Correos de Costa Rica (Post Office) unveiled the new X-ray equipment for scanning parcels. The equipment, donated by the Embassy of the United States, has the capacity to store up to 150,000...

The “Pinchonazo” May Be Back

Fulvio Fernández, the national coordinator of Tourist Police (Policía Turística), warn drivers (and the population in general) that we could be on the verge of the return of the “pinchonazo” scam. Image from Travelscamming.com/ According to...

Luis Guillermo Insists On His “Innocence”

Former president Luis Guillermo Solis (2014-2018), accused of having created a “hueco fisal’, the crater of 900 billion colones in public finances, has turned to social networks to insist of his “innocence”. Last week, by...

Automercado Continues With Expansion

The high end supermarket chain Automercado is expanding, as it plans to launch during the second half of the year a new sales point in Guayabos, Curridabat, on the east side of San Jose. The...

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