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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Los Angeles Focus Group looking for attendees

If you or someone you know are Asian-American, live in the Los Angeles, California area and are a victim of online scams, phishing, etc, please take part in a focus group that will pay you to attend. The date is January 12, 2011 in West Los Angeles. If interested, email me at with your contact info.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - December 28, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .And he was watching "America's Most Wanted, too"
Man in Wash. pushes stolen TV past police station

Prosecutors in Washington state say a man was arrested when he was caught wheeling a 50-inch television in a shopping cart right past a police station. reports that a bystander called 911 to report that she saw a man grab the TV out of the back of a delivery truck, load it in the cart and start pushing it away.

An Auburn police officer heard dispatchers relay the call as he was pulling into the police station parking lot ­ and then he saw the man, dressed entirely in camouflage, walking by with the cart.

Charging documents say that when the officer asked 22-year-old Johnathon D. Barnes what he was doing, he said he bought the TV from and friend ­ and then he ran.

The officer caught up with Barnes and arrested him.

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Hubby in Hot Water: Man Faces 5 Years in Prison for Snooping on Wife's E-Mail - 12/28/10
Could someone face prison time for snooping in a spouse's e-mail? For Leon Walker of Michigan, the answer is yes. Man Calls Court Case 'Insane' Suspecting that his wife was involved with another man, Walker logged into Clara Walker's Gmail account last summer.

Cellphone ban faces change - 12/28/10
The London-area Catholic school board is considering a wholesale change to its ban on the use of cellphones and other personal electronic devices (PEDs) in schools. Concerned trustees have already sent back one draft of a new policy to staff for more work, but will likely have to make a decision in the new year.

Sheriff's Department conducts investigation of threatening e-mails which are being sent to area residents - 12/28/10
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has been investigating several complaints from citizens who report being threatened in an e-mail which is widely known as the "Hitman Scam." "The FBI first reported the Hitman Scam on its website back in December of 2006," said Sheriff Rod Hoops. "It made the rounds for a few years and died down. However, it seems to have made a comeback and you should be aware of this scam as it can be very unsettling."

Playing Nicely Online - 12/28/10
Parents at Santa Barbara Middle School, an independent school teaching grades six through nine, were recently given a window into their young teenagers’ mysterious world of social networking. A survey of the school’s students yielded findings that were both expected and alarming: More than 80 percent of those who responded are on Facebook and nearly 70 percent use Skype, a face-to-face video chat service.

Fresh Phishing Scam Spotted - 12/27/10
According to, which published its report on December 14, 2010, a fresh phishing scam is circulating online. All the e-mails associated with this scam normally begin with the subject line "I have a question about" that appears so real that recipients can feel tempted for viewing them.

FTC busts Internet marketer - 12/27/10
iWorks advertises itself as an Internet marketing firm. The Federal Trade Commission calls it an Internet scamming operation and is taking the company, and its 51 shell companies, to court to shut it down. The Federal Trade Commission is suing iWorks, an Internet marketing firm the government alleges is ripping off consumers with credit card charges for items and services not requested. The FTC charges that iWorks, a Utah-based firm owned and operated by Jeremy Johnson and nine associates, "has made millions of dollars by luring consumers into 'trial' membership for bogus government-grant" programs and various "money-making schemes."

Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers - 12/26/10
Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of course. But he has acted on his hate as few have, going far beyond simply hitting the delete button. He sues them. Eight years ago, Balsam was working as a marketer when he received one too many e-mail pitches to enlarge his breasts.

Facebook post falsely accuses man of Philadelphia stranglings - 12/24/10
Fears of a serial killer stalking women in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have prompted some residents to take matters into their own hands -- and onto the internet, with frightful results for one man. Many residents of the city have joined a Facebook page titled "Catch the Kensington Strangler, before he catches someone you love," and police say a male Philadelphia resident was falsely accused of being responsible for three strangulation murders and three other assaults that have occurred in the central Philadelphia area in recent weeks.

Internet addict 'strangled her three-year-old son after lengthy gaming session and left him rotting for THREE days' - 12/23/10
A South Korean mother, exhausted after playing online computer games, allegedly strangled her neglected three-year-old son when he urinated on the flat floor. The 27-year-old, known by her surname as Kim, is believed to have killed her eldest child after trying to relax following a morning tending to virtual pets and cards on the Internet.

Cyberstalking suspect jailed until his trial - 12/22/10
The Internet made Mark Juliano a multimillionaire. Intemperate use of the Internet has made him a federal prisoner. Mr. Juliano was a top executive at high-flying 1990s networking firm Fore Systems, and later co-founded or led Web-oriented start-ups MediaSite and Talk Shoe, among other high-profile roles in the local technology world.

Community activist found guilty of cyberstalking charge - 12/22/10
A District Court judge has found a community activist guilty of cyberstalking. Judge Michael Lands found Shaaron Funderburk guilty last week after hearing evidence in the case. Kendall "Ken Jenkins" of Gastonia filed a criminal complaint against Funderburk in September claiming she had inflicted “constant harassment by phone, text messaging threats” for three days and had refused to stop.

Man reports Internet scheme - 12/21/10
An Oswego man reported to police Sunday that he has been the ongoing victim of Internet harassment. According to the Kendall County sheriff’s office, the man believed a woman he had met via the Internet was threatening to post a picture of him on the Internet if he did not wire her money, police said. In the past six months, the man had wired the woman about $6,000, he said. Police did not release the man’s identity.

Monday, December 20, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - December 20, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .How sweet!
Santa lends a knee for surprise marriage proposal
Santa has conspired with a love-struck California man by lending a knee for a surprise marriage proposal.

Jenny Hoang took a friend's boys to see Santa at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Sunday, and she was helping the kids off Santa's lap when Old St. Nick waved her back. Santa told the 27-year-old she's been very good and there's a special gift for her.

Her boyfriend of nine years, Jonathan Nguyen, suddenly emerged, got down on a knee and proposed.

She said yes, then slid off Santa's lap and kneeled down so Jonathan could slip a ring on her finger.

The groom-to-be, who is also 27, told the Orange County Register he secretly enlisted the help of the shopping mall and Santa to pull off the surprise.

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Employee Arrested For Cyber Stalking - 12/18/10
A complaint about an employee being drunk at work ends with the same employee being arrested for cyber stalking. On Friday deputies responded to PCB Piezotronics in Halifax, after 55-year-old Michael Starke apparently showed up drunk for work and caused a disturbance.

Wellman-Union teacher pleads guilty to online harassment - 12/17/10
A Wellman-Union teacher indicted for having an inappropriate relationship with a student pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Jennifer Beadles, 36, pleaded guilty to online harassment, which is a Class-A misdemeanor. She received two years deferred adjudication and 80 hours of community service.

Angry neighbor, now guilty hacker - 12/17/10
When he posed as somebody else on the Internet, Barry Ardolf was the bravest of souls ­ he sent e-mails with child pornography, accused a Minneapolis lawyer of sexual harassment and even threatened to kill the vice president and governor. But Friday in a federal courtroom, his cyber facade stripped away, the Blaine man was a sniveling defendant who had trouble answering a simple "yes" when a judge asked him if he was guilty of the crimes he'd been charged with.

Government should rein in web ‘stalking’ - 12/17/10
The Obama administration has rejected a unanimous Federal Trade Commission recommendation that it create a voluntary do-not-track program to allow Internet users to limit the ability of online companies to track their browsing habits. Tracking browsing habits of Internet users essentially allows companies to silently stalk consumers.

Dangers, Downfalls Of 'Checking In' On Social Web Sites - 12/15/10
Smart phone users can easily let the world know where they are at any particular moment. The practice is know as "checking in" and police said it is a practice that comes with several dangers.

Couple accused of harassing representative-elect want charges thrown out - 12/15/10
An Andover husband and wife accused of targeting state Rep.-elect Jim Lyons and his family two years ago in an alleged Internet harassment campaign are due back in court today with hopes of having the charges thrown out.

Man accused of stalking Scottsdale high school student - 12/15/10
A Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly stalking a Scottsdale high school student. According to a Scottsdale police report, the 16-year-old alleged victim told Saguaro High School's police resource officer on Tuesday that she was being stalked by an adult male who was in the school parking lot. When officers spoke with 25-year-old Michael Guthier, they say he incriminated himself to the fact that he and the victim had been in an Internet and cell phone relationship for six months.

Detective mother 'tracked down sex attacker on Facebook after she was almost raped' - 12/15/10
A mother who was almost raped on the way home from a pub turned detective to track down the alleged sex attacker by finding him on Facebook using his unusual name. Alpha Gray has pleaded not guilty to attempted rape, sexual assault and causing actual bodily harm in the trial at the Old Bailey.

NY man in Maine court for cyberstalking his wife - 12/14/10
A 27-year-old New York man is facing federal charges he stalked his wife at her parents' Maine home by sending her a series of threatening text messages and comments that were posted on a social networking site. Jason Fiume of Utica, N.Y., pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he violated a protection order.

Authorities: E-mail hacking leads to cyberstalking charge - 12/14/10
A Charlotte man was arrested for allegedly stalking a Kings Mountain woman. William Patterson, 46, of the 6000 block of Riverine Drive, was charged with cyberstalking.

Alexis A. Moore's latest book A Parent's Guide to Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying now available! - 12/14/10
Every day you hear another statistic about victims of cyberbullying. Teens and tweens unknowingly invite strangers into their worlds. They provide the ammunition for these strangers to emotionally tear them down when online relationships fall apart, as they typically do with teens.

Snellville youth football group in upheaval over coach's racist posts - 12/14/10
A youth football coach’s racist ramblings on Facebook have created a rift in a posh metro Atlanta community, with angry parents promising to show up and oust Brookwood Football Association leaders in a Tuesday night election showdown.

"Double Killer" in taunt on Facebook - 12/14/10
SUSPECTED double killer Michael Kelly posted a bizarre Facebook message just before the woman who left him was found dead yesterday. He wrote: "What a lovely job. Still, someone's got to do it!"

The taunt of an apparent Facebook thief - 12/14/10
The e-mail from my son was urgent; the subject line read simply "help." My wife and I ran to the car, dialed 911 and headed home, where D.C. police officers were just arriving as we pulled in. Sometime between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Friday, a burglar busted through our basement door -- simply kicked through the 80-year-old wood panels -- and took a bunch of stuff. My son, 15, got hit hardest; his laptop, iPod, savings bonds and cash were gone.

Online flirting: it's all about lip service - 12/14/10
"Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?," asked Shakespeare. Now, women of the world have replied: "No, just tell me I have beautiful lips." A new survey of online flirting by dating website has found that the best Internet chat-up line for men to use is: "You have beautiful lips."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Angels We Have Heard On High - by the Bowen Beer Bottle Band

Monday, December 13, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - December 13, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Yeah, he looks human
Man buckles in 'Diego' doll to drive in HOV lane

Diego was a model passenger, sitting quietly with seat belt buckled, never fidgeting. But it was the huge, unblinking eyes that made a Washington state trooper suspicious.

The state patrol says troopers were stationed Nov. 29 along an Interstate 405 onramp, pulling over people who were driving in the high occupancy lane with only one person in the car. That's when the odd "passenger" drew one trooper's notice.

The patrol says the trooper stopped the car and found the driver had placed a stuffed Diego doll from the Nickelodeon children's show "Go, Diego, Go!" in the front passenger seat. The unidentified driver said he was late for work so he drove off with his daughter's doll so he could use the HOV lane.

The driver was cited for the HOV lane violation.
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Surf the Internet Safer - 12/13/10
Learning how the Internet actually works is something few people do. Most people simply log on, and head online for their email, or to surf the Internet. For some people, issues like privacy or Internet security are not that important. For everyone using the Internet, taking basic precautions to protect your computer is important.

Facebook police walk the beat - 12/13/10
Facebook chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerburg says his website helps bring people together, and makes the world a better place, but this has to be balanced against other online activities like harassment or bullying. When Zuckerburg’s vision of an internet utopia where we all come together and get along falls short, Facebook’s virtual police squad are put to work.

Inmate gets added time on stalking charge - 12/12/10
A New York man already in prison for stalking a Pottstown woman he met on the Internet faces additional prison time for sending a harassing letter to the mother of the woman he stalked.

Hate and the internet - 12/12/10
I remember the first time I logged into a chatroom. It was 1996, and I was using my mum's AOL account to mooch around the world wide web, which was still very much in its infancy. I was in that glorious, unrestricted period of life between college and reality, and the web seemed to offer splendid, unrestricted access to the outside world in a way that no generation had known before.

Key West Man Faces Louisiana Charges of Campus Cyber Stalking - 12/11/10
University of Florida police say they plan to pursue charges against a Key West man accused of using Facebook to trick college students into sending lewd photos of themselves. Mitchell W. Hill, 27, was arrested Thursday on a Louisiana warrant charging him with video voyeurism and extortion. He's accused of pretending to be a sorority member and contacting Louisiana State University pledges through Facebook. He allegedly demanded that they provide nude photos and web-cam transmissions or they would be kicked out of the sorority.

Former Great Wolf Lodge HR manager gets prison time for obscene calls - 12/11/10
A former human resources manager for Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound was sentenced Friday to three years and five months in federal prison for making thousands of obscene and sexually threatening phone calls while using an Internet telephone "spoofing service."

Former Kaplan dean guilty in e-mail harassment case - 12/11/10
A federal jury on Friday found a former Kaplan University dean of legal studies guilty of all six counts of sending threatening e-mail messages to executives, students and other employees of the online school. Bennie Wilcox boiled over after he was let go from his $111,000-a-year job and hacked into the school’s e-mail system in 2007.

Facebook Killer Drew Sic Pick of Knifed Lad - 12/10/10
A VICIOUS teenager who murdered another lad over a Facebook feud later drew a sick cartoon of the killing in his prison cell, a court heard yesterday. Cameron Schofield, 17, plunged a ten-inch kitchen knife into Cody Turner's chest SIX TIMES.

Computer Wiz Accused of Online Stalking - 12/09/10,0,3427497.story
An man from Old Forge was charged Wednesday with unlawful use of computers. David Sica, 24, owns a computer business and authorities believe his know-how with comptuers allowed him to stalk women online. Police said he found his victims on Facebook. Investigators said Sica would add women as friends, then once he gained their trust, he would them messages and casually ask them personal questions like what's your pet's name, or on what street do you live?

Cyberstalking 'inflicting misery' - 12/09/10
Stalkers are using GPS tracking technology and mobile phone applications to track their victims, prosecutors have said. The tactic, already seen in the United States, involves using websites and mobile apps to pinpoint victims' locations using their mobile phones.

Trouble online - 12/08/10
Up in Aspen, the district attorney`s office has taken the unusual step of leveling criminal charges against a teen accused of cyberbullying another teen. A judge ordered her against using Facebook, Twitter or other electronic means to talk about her alleged victim or she would face further charges.

Police: Local woman threatened by text messages, nude photo - 12/08/10
David Keith Clark may have said and done too much. At least, that's what an arrest warrant alleges about the San Antonio man. According to San Antonio police, he attacked a woman he used to live with, threatened her through text messages, and posted a nude photograph of her on the Internet.

Issaquah police probe cyberstalking - 12/07/10
Issaquah police said a Bellevue woman sent more than 200 lewd e-mails and online messages to friends and relatives of her estranged husband. Investigators said the messages included crude language and pornographic images. Issaquah police became involved because the estranged husband resides in the city. Deborah M. Sanders, 47, faces eight counts of felony cyberstalking for the incident. Sanders is due in court Jan. 4 for a case-setting hearing.

World Boxing Council claims e-mail harassment, puts stop on Brockton Rocky statue - 12/07/10
The World Boxing Council has said an e-mail campaign of harassment against council officials is “a good reason to stop” plans to build a statue of boxing legend Rocky Marciano, even though it’s not clear whether work on the project ever began.

An Online Shopping Cautionary Tale - 12/07/10
The owner of the website,, Vitaly Borker, was arrested in Brooklyn at his home yesterday. The 34 year old Borker was charged with defrauding customers, making threats over state lines, and cyberstalking. The wire and mail fraud accusation carries a maximum penalty of twenty years and the threat and cyberstalking counts could each earn him up to five years.

'Please don't kill me': Woman, 22, raped by man, 40, she met on dating website - 12/06/10
A 22-year-old woman was subjected to a horrific sex assault by a 40-year-old man she met on a dating website. Marcelo Alves faces life in prison after he was convicted on Friday of raping the woman who he met on, which claims to have 2m users.

Monday, December 06, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - December 6, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Udderly ridiculous
Minn. teens accused of stealing at least 17 calves
Two teenage boys from central Minnesota are accused of stealing at least 17 calves to start their own dairy farm.

Authorities this week arrested a 19-year-old from Rothsay and a 16-year-old from Barnesville.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies received a tip that led them to 17 calves and eventually the teens. The calves are believed to have been stolen from three counties: Douglas, Stearns and Todd.

Investigators say the teens told them they wanted to start their own dairy farm. They say the teens planned to keep the heifers and sell the bulls, splitting the profits.

The calves have been returned to their owners. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for possible theft and burglary charges.

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Thieves 'use Google Earth to steal lead from churches' - 12/04/10
Thieves in Britain are using Google Earth to target lead roofs on Church of England buildings to sell on the lucrative metals market, a Church spokesman said. About 8,000 churches have made insurance claims for lead theft worth about 23 million pounds during the past three years, the Church's estate commissioner Tony Baldry said during a debate in Westminster Hall.

Made fictitious accounts to send her friend request, court heard A woman who accused her ex-boyfriend of assaulting her, also told the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday that he was also stalking her on Facebook. The accused pleaded not guilty to assault and also denied the cyber-stalking allegations.

Google removes distasteful Web merchants - 12/03/10
Google announced on Wednesday that it has changed the way it ranks search results so that unscrupulous merchants would find it hard to appear prominently in searches. The change was prompted by an article in The New York Times on Sunday about Mr Vitaly Borker, a Brooklyn-based online seller of eyeglasses.

FBI Typo Triggers Errant E-mail Search - 12/03/10
A careless FBI agent investigating a notorious Russian spammer inadvertently rifled through the e-mail account of an innocent person due to a typo on a federal search warrant application, court records show.

Man told to remove internet footage of bus driver brawl - 12/03/10
A bus passenger who posted a video on the internet of him grappling with a bus driver in Norwich city centre has been told to take it down.

Man wrongly texts drug offer to prosecutor - 12/02/10
Police say an Indiana man was arrested after mistakenly sending text messages to a prosecutor about drugs he was trying to sell.

University students cyber stalking targets - 12/02/10
One or more cyber stalkers using aliases that include "Marissa" and "Lexie" are targeting sorority pledges in Florida and other states. Campus police Maj. Jim Russell said Thursday that nine victims have been identified at Florida State University, but he believes there are many more who have not come forward.

Facebook under fire for refusing to remove 'Dead babies make me laugh' page - 12/02/10
A Facebook site where internet users share jokes about dead children has been branded 'sick'. The group titled 'Dead babies make me laugh' has provoked outrage and prompted parents who have lost children to slam the company for refusing to pull the plug on the forum.

UF student Zachary Garcia Googles himself, finds he's accused of murder - 12/01/10
A University of Florida student is relieved to know deputies aren't searching for him...but he's still in shock that the Polk County Sheriff's Office erroneously released his photo in connection to a September murder. Investigators originally released a driver's license photo of Zachary Garcia -- spelled with an "A" -- but it was Zachery Garcia -- spelled with an "E" -- who was charged in connection with the crime.

FBI target 23-year-old Russian man behind a third of world's spam emails - 12/01/10
A 23-year-old Russian has been identified by the FBI as the man behind a malicious network of 500,000 infected computers responsible for almost 10 billion spam emails a day. The notorious 'Mega-D' botnet - a network of computers running controlled and manipulated only by the owner or software source - allegedly sent the spam on behalf of scam artists peddling fake Rolexes, counterfeit prescription medications, purported erectile dysfunction drugs, and 'herbal remedies' not approved by government regulators.

Millersville man, 21, charged with stalking - 11/30/10
A 21-year-old Millersville man stalked a 14-year-old Pequea girl via the Internet, police allege. Joseph Botte was charged Tuesday with stalking and felony harassment, according to state police.

12-year-old boy charged in fatal Fulton fire - 11/30/10
A 12-year-old boy charged in connection with a fatal fire in Fulton, Ill., has a history of posting videos showing items igniting in a microwave oven. The boy, the son of Charlene Sipe, 41, of Fulton who died in the Nov. 23 fire, is charged as a juvenile in Whiteside County. He will face charges of criminal damage to property and reckless conduct when he makes his first court appearance Jan. 11 in Morrison, Ill.

22-Year-Old's Prank Call Lands Him In Prison - 11/30/10
A 22-year-old kid is now looking at four years in federal prison because he prank-called a space shuttle launch. "It's no joking matter to threaten the United States space shuttle launch," Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach said in court Tuesday during the sentencing hearing. Nicholas Barbati pleaded guilty to all charges and his punishment was double what federal prosecutors had asked for. The judge wanted to show this isn't a joke.