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Governments, Consumer Protection Organizations & Tech Giants to Convene in Lisbon to Strategize Anti-Scam Response

Global Anti-Scam Alliance Urges Leading Experts to "Turn the Tide on Scams"

The 4th Global Anti-Scam Summit (GASS) will convene in Portugal, this October 18-19, gathering the world's leading experts to strategize against the rising tide of online scams. GASS is an established forum for government, consumer protection, law enforcement, brand protection, and cybersecurity professionals to unite their skills against scams. This year, the assembling delegates seek to advance the "10 Recommendations to Turn the Tide on Scams" formed at the 2022 summit.

Over 250 international attendees will congregate in the Portuguese capital, with around 1,000 remote participants expected from across the globe. Keynote speakers include representatives from the United Nations and leading tech companies such as Amazon, Meta/Facebook, and Google. Officials from various law enforcement and government agencies from Asia, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the Americas will also attend alongside experts from national cybersecurity hubs, academia, and the blockchain realm.

Rallying Cry to "Fortify Consumer Safety" with "Access to the Right Resources"

Participants at the summit, organized by the Global Anti-Scam Alliance (GASA) with co-hosts Euroconsumers and Deco Proteste, will share insights, experiences, and best practices. Ultimately, this will pave the way for the creation of actionable plans that address current and emerging scam trends. Over the two days, keynote speakers and interactive panels will share invaluable perspectives on fraud prevention, cybersecurity, regulatory advancements, and public awareness campaigns. GASA will also release the results of its annual study of scamming trends across the globe.

"Scammers are harnessing advanced technologies like AI, making scams harder to identify," explains Jorij Abraham, Managing Director, GASA. "With the 2023 Global State of Scams Report, we're lifting the veil on this global crisis. While the report is a highlight, our summit's real mission is to establish a worldwide defense against scamming. This gathering of minds has the potential to fortify consumer safety worldwide by uniting expertise from influential global organizations and ensuring those who want to enact positive change get access to the right resources."

Interested parties are encouraged to act quickly to secure their place at the forefront of scam prevention, by joining the GASS in Lisbon or participating online. The full event schedule and tickets are available at

About the Global Anti-Scam Alliance (GASA)

GASA's driving mission is to shield consumers globally from scams. In just one year, consumers lost nearly $55 billion due to scams, with over 300 million cases reported globally; GASA endeavors to create a world free from the financial and emotional trauma of scams.

With many cybercriminals operating freely in the digital space, GASA rallies governments, law enforcement, consumer protection, financial authorities & providers, brand protection agencies, social media, ISPs, and cybersecurity companies to share knowledge and define joint actions. It's dedicated to fostering collaboration and driving global initiatives that curtail the proliferation of scams.

Contact Information:
Sam Rogers
Marketing Director, Global Anti-Scam Alliance
[email protected]
Related Files
Global State of Scams Report 2022 - Global Anti-Scam Alliance (GASA).pdf
Ten Recommendations to Turn the Tide on Scams.pptx

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Reliving History With a Heart-Pounding Twist: NYC’s ‘Lunch atop a Skyscraper’ Goes Thrillingly Safe at 30 Rockefeller Plaza

'The Beam' Ride Takes Safety to New Heights With the Help of McLaren Engineering Group

Reliving History With a Heart-Pounding Twist: NYC’s ‘Lunch atop a Skyscraper’ Goes Thrillingly Safe at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
'The Beam' at 30 Rockefeller

Visitors can now safely relive the thrilling 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper' in a new photo op experience in NYC.

Decades before OSHA or the implementation of stringent safety regulations, a daring group of workers perched over the streets of Manhattan on a steel beam during the construction of the 66-story, 850-foot-tall Rockefeller Center, enjoying their lunch with no harnesses or fall protection. Now, 91 years later, visitors to the site can relive that heart-pounding moment in history, but with a crucial difference — they can do so in an era marked by strict safety standards, advanced protective gear, and innovative engineering solutions designed to safeguard workers and the general public.

"The Beam" at 30 Rockefeller Plaza is a new immersive attraction that brings the iconic "Lunch atop a Skyscraper" photograph to life. Riders are securely fastened atop a replica construction beam before being lifted 10+ feet above the Observation Deck. They are then turned 180 degrees to take in unparalleled views of NYC before being rotated back for a photo opportunity and lowered down.

Ensuring the utmost safety of this exhilarating experience, McLaren Engineering Group’s Entertainment Division, which has been taking engineering excellence to new heights throughout the entertainment world, served as safety consultants on the ride. The company completed a comprehensive peer review of the amusement’s design, meticulously examining all calculations and documentation for the project through the lens of safety. The attraction was subjected to rigorous scrutiny to confirm conformance with ASTM standards relevant to amusement rides (ASTM F1193, ASTM F2291, ASTM F770) and the elevator chapter of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY 3005).

"ASTM standards for reviewing amusement rides are comprehensive, covering all aspects of ride safety and include stringent testing requirements to simulate various operating conditions," emphasized Steve Bonadonna, Principal of McLaren’s Entertainment Division. "Enacted to ensure rider safety, ASTM standards assess various critical aspects of a ride's safety and performance, including structural integrity, mechanical and electrical systems, ride operation, emergency procedures, rider restraint systems, load capacity, environmental factors, and compliance verification."

Prior to installing "The Beam," Bonadonna personally attended FAT (Factory Acceptance Testing) in Italy to ensure that the attraction met design specifications, quality standards, and regulatory requirements. Additionally, he was present during a part of the SAT (Site Acceptance Test) to ensure that the installed equipment functioned correctly in its real-world environment and site-specific conditions.

"Continuous monitoring through regular inspections and maintenance ensures that rides maintain their safety standards throughout their operational life," Bonadonna continued. "Working closely with the owner, operators, designers, and fabricators throughout the process, our oversight of 'The Beam' from concept to completion ensures the experience brings riders the thrill of the inspirational photo while being functionally designed to adhere to strict safety regulations."

Contact Information:
Denisa Moss-Heitlager
VP Marketing
[email protected]

Original Source: Reliving History With a Heart-Pounding Twist: NYC's 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper' Goes Thrillingly Safe at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
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