Posts tagged as fake

Latvian Border Guard catch travelers with fake Covid-19 test results

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Latvian border guards have identified fake Covid-19 test results for the first time since the introduction of the state of emergency, Latvian Border Guard press representative Kristīne Pētersone told LETA April 6. On April 2, border guards in Valka stopped a van and identified eight Ukrainian citizens with fake Covid-19 tests. A €650 penalty was imposed on each person. On April 5, in Valka, border guards stopped another van, with…

Opinion: Fake news or hidden truth in Lithuania

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Lithuanian Ministry of Defence reports about consistent attempts to spread disinformation, taking advantage of the pandemic crisis. According to the analysis of the Strategic Communication Department of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, coherent efforts to spread disinformation building on the pandemic, such as the news about a U.S. soldier in Lithuania infected with the coronavirus, or the intent of the Ministry of National Defence to continue conducting international military exercises, have…

Money, valuables taken in alleged fake gas check scam

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

According to the charges the crimes were committed from summer 2018 to summer 2019 when she was finally caught. She would apparently show up at apartments in Rīga alone, or together with another currently unknown associate, pretending to be an LG employee and asking to read the meter. While distracting the inhabitants she would steal anywhere from a few euros to 11,000 euros, as well as valuables such as jewellry.…

University lecturers protest education underfunding by handing out fake diplomas

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Academic workers staged an action outside the government building in Vilnius, distributing free diplomas in protest of underfunding for higher education and science in Lithuania. The action on Wednesday was entitled ‘Diplomas už ačių’, or ‘Diploma for free’, with a misspelling that referred to an error made by the former minister of education. Several hundred passersby joined the protest by Vilnius University workers and were given fake diplomas. The action…

Film actors, director fined for handing out fake roll-ups and disturbing church service in Lithuania

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Three actors and a director have been fined in Lithuania for disturbing a religious service at a church in the southeastern district of Šalčininkai last year to promote their show. The court, however, absolved them from criminal liability. The criminal investigation was opened after three actors dressed in religious clothing – Vitalijus Cololo, Mindaugas Papinigis and Ainis Storpirštis – walked into the church in Turgeliai, a small town in the…

Play a fake news game from NATO’s strategic communications experts!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre (sic) of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE or sometimes StratCom COE) has a new offering: a Facebook game that invites you to enter the wild, wacky and worrying world of fake news. It is called “The News Hero”. “NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence introduces its new indie game designed to train readers to identify misinformation published online,” says information strategically released July 24. The game is hosted on Facebook…

Arkady Babchenko reveals he faked his death to thwart Moscow plot

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist whose murder was dramatically announced by Ukraine on Tuesday, emerged very much alive on Wednesday and said he had faked his own death in order to thwart a plot by Moscow to kill him. Smiling, and looking a little sheepish, Babchenko appeared before a surreal press conference held by Ukraine’s SBU security service. He apologised to his wife for the “nightmare” he had caused her…

YouTube shooting shows how fake news spirals on social media via ‘conspiracy theory entrepreneurs’

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Within minutes of the shooting at YouTube offices in California, social media was awash with conspiracy theories and images of the supposed “shooter” wearing a Muslim headscarf. Some Facebook videos were quick to claim that it was a “false flag” attack, carried out to discredit the powerful U.S. gun lobby in the wake of the Parkland high school massacre in Florida. With wildly exaggerated accounts of the death toll circulating,…