Spanish residents and businesses lose €250 millon a year to internet fraud (article in Castilian) it was claimed yesterday, a reduction from last year when the figure stood at €259 millon. Falling behind the USA and the UK who lose €607 millon and €424 millon respectively, Spanish people are the third most likely to fall foul of internet scams, which are sometimes called carta nigeriana or fraude 419 here; the latter takes it title from the penal code given to the crime in Nigeria. According to Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations, an international company based in Holland that fights against this type of internet fraud, the main culprits of these crimes are members of the Nigerian mafia working from different countries, including 2000 of them who have been found to be living in Spain, mainly in Malaga and Madrid. The scam most often employed here is the lottery, with about 15,000 emails sent out claiming people have won a large prize. Frank Engelsman, who works for Ultrascan, advises that the profile of people who fall for these scams is diverse, but many aren't very knowledgable about the internet.
The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí hasn't authorised a controversial new film about the artist (article in Catalan), which stars Al Pacino in the main role, one of three new movies due to come about shortly about the Catalan artist. The film, based on a memoir published by a little-known Belgian art dealer and career criminal, claims that the majority of the late Dalí works after 1960 were faked and done so with the artist's approval, a suggestion that has sent shock waves through the artistic community. The Foundation admits that although it is not a censurous body it has found things in the film that it doesn't like and for that reason hasn't given its authorisation to the work.
The Mossos today claimed that the action taken against the student protesters last week was correct but not successful (article in Castilian). In a report to the Counseller de Interior de la Generalitat, Joan Saura, the Catalan police maintained that they never acted without provocation, didn't discriminate and argue that not all the injuries suffered were caused by the riots. They also stand by their decision to evacuate the University and state that some of the photographers taking pictures of the events were situated between the police and protesters. In the case of the minor that was injured, the report claimed that instead of being injured by the police, in actual fact he had fallen and and hit his head on a lamp post. However, the close-circuit cameras filming in the area don't have a clear image to clarify this.