In Portland, police said they got a deluge of complaints.
U.S. service companies grew more slowly last month. Retail sales figures were disappointing. And central banks in Europe and China cut their interest rates, an indication that they expect weaker growth ahead.
The most recent examples involve companies called "Hempford Finance Center" and "Metta Capital Funding," both purporting to be based in Portland.
Economists in a survey predict the longest run for a bad job market since just after World War II.
At issue is whether British officials were encouraging banks to report lower than actual borrowing rates.
The evaluation of efforts to fight money laundering and terror financing won't be released for a month.
Athens proves to be the exception and rises 4.9 percent, mainly on hopes for the new government.
So far, 2012 has been too warm too early, too cold for too long, and altogether too wet, creating a particularly unpredictable farming season for many crops in Maine.