WHO@ Newsletter - May 11, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid Criminals 101

Oops, wrong address: Stolen phones sent to FBI

MONROE, La. – If you're going to buy something with a forged cashier's check, don't misspell "cashier's" or use an FBI office as your shipping address.

Police in Monroe, La., say they arrested a 44-year-old man from Memphis, Tenn., after he did both. He was held Friday on two counts of forgery and as a fugitive from justice in Georgia, where he is accused of a similar scheme.

The FBI called police Thursday after a Minnesota cell phone distributor called the bureau.

The company had sent 50 phones to the address for the FBI office Monroe, only to discover its $2,359.45 payment was a "cahier's check".

FBI agents saw the suspect wave down a delivery truck driver outside the bureau later Thursday, stopped the transaction and waited for police.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

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Woman charged in Craigslist harassment case - 05/08/09
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BU Student Facing Stalking & Harassment Charges - 05/08/09
On Friday May 1st Bloomsburg Police were dispatched to a residence on Glen Avenue for a report of harassment. The caller told dispatchers that the harassment was an ongoing. The victim a BU Coed advised Columbia County 911 that an individual was approaching her door. The victim then stated that the suspect left in a pick-up truck.
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Prosecutors seek three-year prison term in Missouri cyber-bullying case - 05/06/09
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Free speech on Facebook doesn’t always come easy - 05/06/09
Several universities across the country have violated student’s first amendment rights on the site.

Student's Wikipedia hoax quote used worldwide in newspaper obituaries - 05/06/09
A WIKIPEDIA hoax by a 22-year-old Dublin student resulted in a fake quote being published in newspaper obituaries around the world.
The quote was attributed to French composer Maurice Jarre who died at the end of March.

Use the Internet, Lose your Privacy - 05/05/09
Bruce Schneier, author and computer security expert, wrote a good reality-check essay on the subject of online privacy, or the lack thereof.
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Federal cyber bully bill gets new life - 05/05/09
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