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.

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

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 allspammedup.com, 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.


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