Net Crimes & Misdemeanors
Although this blog is primarily about my work in cybercrime, I thought it would be nice to let you get a peek at the life of a writer, my likes and dislikes, my trips, my family and friends, and more.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Friday, January 06, 2017
My publisher just sent me this email: "Your book received a Booklist review, congratulations!! Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What Everyone Needs to Know, By J.A. Hitchcock, GN, Rowman & Littlefield, December 2016, Avail: -54 -Booklist “This book will be a useful resource for anyone who wants to know how to deal with cyberbullying. Chock-full of examples of what cyberbullying is–each chapter opens with the story of a victim–the narrative's greatest value is the well-informed and practical advice it offers about how to handle cyberbullies and what parents can do if their child is the one doing the bullying. The author also provides insightful analysis of what makes cyberbullying different and why it can be more harmful than other forms of bullying. The work concludes with a comprehensive list of resources and support organizations available to those who need them. Parents will appreciate the guidance. Hitchcock founded one of the first organizations dedicated to combating online abuse and is a recognized expert in the field. She approaches the subject from the perspective of her own experiences, which testifies to her authority on the subject, but at times it comes across as a bit self-promotional. However, she also interviews several other cyberbullying experts and includes their insights, making this a well-rounded resource for parents and educators.”
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Excellent Review of my Latest Book!
Cyberbullying & The Wild, Wild Web: What Everyone Needs To Know got an excellent review from Joe Yeager, founder of Safety Net of PA. Woohoo!
Friday, December 16, 2016
It's Official! Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web is out today!!!
Today is the official release day of my book! Want to save 30% off of it? Order directly through my publisher Rowman & Littlefield - use promotion code RLFANDF30 at checkout for 30% off – this promotion is valid until December 31, 2016. And please "like" the book's Facebook page. I plan on having a book release party in January or February in my hometown of York, Maine and will be making announcements there. I am so excited the book is finally out!
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
U.S. News & World Report Article I Am Mentioned In
Hey peeps! I am in US News & World Report! Don't Fall For These Cyber Scams by Geoff Williams
Monday, October 17, 2016
Craigslist Scam Involving Google Voice - Don't Fall For It!
I have some things up for sale on Craigslist. One listing is almost 500 books of all genres, fiction and non-fiction, from the late 1800s up to fairly current. I get a text from 603-664-4032: "Hi, wanna buy ur Almost 500 books for sale - all kinds URGENTLY. can i call you now?"
I do a google search on the number, it's in New Hampshire, and came up with nothing, so I told them to call me. I wait. Suddenly I get a call from a Washington, D.C. number, 202-455-8888. I answer and a female recorded voice asks me to input a 2-digit code to connect. WTF?
I get a text from this person saying it's him and to punch in 50 so we can talk. Supposedly it's a Google phone because his cell phone is dead. I respond, then why are you able to text from this 603 number if your cell phone is dead. He insists I answer the "google" call. I finally replied with "Go to netcrimes.net. That's me. If this is not a scam, then you can call me from the 603 number u r texting me from."
BTW, I did call back the 202 area code number and it's a poorly recorded message claiming it's a Google exchange. I wonder if Google knows about this?
Have a giggle and call that number yourself.
Here's a great resource on what to do if you DO fall for the scam and your number is stolen by these scammers
Saturday, August 20, 2016
First Draft of Cyberbullying & The Wild, Wild Web arrived!
Got the first draft of my new book, Cyberbullying & The Wild, Wild Web! So excited!
You can now pre-order my latest book, Cyberbullying & The Wild, Wild Web: What Everyone Needs To Know at a 30% discount!
Order directly through Rowman & Littlefield for a 30% discount on Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web. Use promotion code RLFANDF30 at checkout for 30% off – this promotion is valid until December 31, 2017. This offer cannot be combined with any other promo or discount offers.