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Monday, October 29, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - October 29, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Phone losses include 'adult toy' mishap

A British cellphone insurance company said the strangest claims it has received include theft by a seagull and losing a phone inside a cow. said the oddest claims it has received for people destroying or losing their phones include a Devon, England, farmer who said he lost his iPhone inside a cow's backside while using its flashlight function in his efforts to help the bovine to deliver a calf, The Sun reported Thursday.

The tabloid said other bizarre claims include a Nottingham, England, woman who said she baked her Nokia 6303i into a sponge cake and a Welsh woman who said a seagull stole her Samsung Galaxy while she walked her dog on Barry Island beach.

A Bristol, England, woman said she ruined the vibration function of her BlackBerry Bold 9900 while using it as an "adult toy" and a man visiting Longleat Safari Park said his phone was snatched from his hand by a monkey, the company said.

A fan of rock band Blur said he attempted to save money by climbing a tree instead of buying a ticket to a London concert and he dropped his iPhone while trying to record the show from his perch.

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The infatuated patients stalking GPs on Facebook: Number of doctors seeking help for unwanted advances rises by a third - 10/29/12
Lovesick patients are increasingly using Facebook to flirt with, proposition and harass their doctors. The number of medics seeking help to deal with unwanted advances has risen by a third as technology, including emails and text messages, erodes boundaries and makes contact easier, the Medical Defence Union has warned. It said that although some flirtations quickly fizzle out, in the worst cases the police are called in and injunctions taken out to stop doctors from being stalked or harassed.

Facebook forced to remove 'Bikini Jailbait' page that 'exploits young women' and directs users to hardcore porn site - 10/29/12
A shocking page called ‘Bikini Jailbait’ has been removed from Facebook after it caused outrage among users of the social network. The site pictured many graphic pictures of seemingly under-aged young women in various states of dress. Some are bending over suggestively. One person wrote on the page’s wall that the site was ‘wrong on so many levels,’ and begged other like-minded users to report the site.

Bartender 'threatened with arrest by Google heavies' after tech employee accidentally left top-secret phone at his bar - 10/29/12
A San Francisco bartender found himself in Google's cross hairs after an absent-minded employee of the tech giant accidentally left a top-secret new smartphone in his bar in September. Jamin Barton says a security officer for Google, who had previously been a special agent for the State Department, harassed him and repeatedly threatened him with arrest if he didn't turn over the Nexus 4 -- a new phone that the company has yet to release publicly.

Police inundated by thousands of online disputes - 10/28/12
Officers say they are inundated with complaints from internet users complaining about online abuse being directed at them. But while most disputes are brushed off by telling victims to ignore or delete their tormentors from their social media circles, some are so serious they end up in court.

Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde's signatures forged in eBay scam - 10/28/12
The signature of Winston Churchill and some of the UK's most famous authors were forged for profit in a 'lucrative' eBay fraud scam. Allan Formhals, 66, from Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire was found guilty of forging the signatures of authors Winston Churchill, TS Eliot, JRR Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Aldous Huxley and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Internet bully caused family split after posting abusive messages - 10/27/12
A MUM who was harassed on Facebook said the internet bully "caused a split among the family". The 46-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, said her husband's niece posted a number of abusive messages about her over the social network site.

Cyberstalking charges dropped - 10/27/12
Cyberstalking charges against four teenagers have been dropped by the State Attorney’s Office, according to a court document filed this month. Kyra Jeter, 15, Austin Hartley, 16, Austin Lowe, 18, and Austin Wilson, 17, were charged with aggravated cyberstalking, a felony, in July for creating a Facebook page entitled Panama City’s Trashiest that made demeaning comments about the victims.

Cyberstalking an ex? Click the 'unfriend' button and get over it - 10/27/12
Attention spurned, jilted and heartbroken lovers: stop trolling your ex’s Facebook profile or risk delaying your post-breakup recovery and personal growth. While not entirely surprising or unexpected, a new British study confirms what many broken hearts already know -- deep down, anyway: that the cyberstalking of an ex is nothing more than self-sabotage, disrupting a person’s ability to heal and move on with his or her life.

Facebook Cyber Stalking Case Against Four Teens Dropped - 10/26/12
Texarkana, Arkansas Police arrested and charged three men in connection with the internet stalking of a child. Jason Kennedy, 21, Jonathan Sasnett, 25, and Joshua Ferguson, 25, were arrested Friday. Each was charged with the felony.

Facebook 'stalkers' face trial for model's murder - 10/26/12
Cynthia Osokogu had it all: Beauty -- she was a former model -- intelligence and business savvy. She also modeled herself on her idol, Tyra Banks, and was emerging as a successful businesswoman. "She was hardworking, loving, industrious and beautiful," said her mother, Joy Osokogu. "She had achieved so much at age 24."

Internet FAIL: The truth about that Tea Party sorority girl you saw on Facebook - 10/26/12
You might have seen the picture on the Internet. Depending on your political leanings, you might have even shared it. As the story goes, a sorority girl at the University of Alabama, in some sort of political fit, scribbled a barely literate screed on the back of a pizza box.

Foreclosed Family’s Belongings Taken After Misunderstood Craigslist Posting - 10/25/12
A family in Woodstock, Georgia, learned a difficult lesson about the dangers of posting an online advertisement. The Vercher family, who recently lost their home of 20 years to foreclosure, posted an ad on Craigslist on Tuesday night, informing people that a yard-sale-style giveaway would take place at their home the following day.

The Trolls Among Us: Should We Protect The Anonymity Of Internet Trolls? - 10/25/12
The Internet provides us with a platform for freedom of speech, but with that freedom comes a lot of trolls. That doesn't just mean putting up with annoying comments from strangers. It can mean harassment, intimidation, stalking, and death threats.

Soldier 'watched from Afghanistan as wife had sex with 15-year-old girl over Skype' - 10/25/12
A soldier serving as a military police officer allegedly watched from Afghanistan as his wife had sex with a 15-year-old girl over the video chat service Skype, police have said. Shawn Raymo, 22, and his wife Jessica Raymo, 21, were both arrested on Tuesday on charges of using of child in a sexual performance and endangering child welfare.

Laughing yob who shut terrified cat in a tumble dryer and put it through three spin cycles for sick video facing jail - 10/24/12
A cruel yob is facing jail after shutting his girlfriend's terrified cat in a tumble dryer and put it through three spin cycles because he thought it was funny. Heartless Allan Staughton, 23, put the pet in the machine for 12 seconds and even filmed the animal's ordeal then posted a video of his vicious prank online.

NJ family harassed over dog photo - 10/24/12|head
Detectives are investigating alleged threats and harassment directed at a local family after a picture of their terminally ill dog was photographed on their property and then posted on the Internet. The Police Department issued a prepared statement Tuesday to “set the record straight” on behalf of the Amiel family, who live in the township and have been “victimized, harassed and threatened by hundreds if not thousands of social network subscribers,” who apparently believe they mistreated the dog, police said.

Police Apologizes for wrong arrests in e-mail threats -10/23/12
Police from four prefectures have separately issued apologies for cases of mistaken arrests made in the course of investigating threats of violence sent through email to different institutions.

Teenager accused in Ohio Craigslist murders says: "I was terrified" - 10/23/12
A teenager accused in the killing of three men lured by a job ad on Craigslist testified on Tuesday he was shocked when he saw a man he viewed as a father figure kill the first of the victims and then terrified when the man threatened him with a knife.

Father planted syringe in a can of Campbell's soup in bid to win huge payout - 10/23/12
An Australian man who tried to win a huge payout from an international food company by claiming he had found a syringe in a can of butternut pumpkin soup told a court today he had made up the story. Melbourne man Daniel Ferris, 33, dropped the syringe into the tin of Campbell’s soup, took a photo of it, then sent the photo by email to the company’s US headquarters in the hope of being paid large compensation.

Russian bride leaves elderly man with $25K welfare bill - 10/22/12
An 82-year-old B.C. pensioner is on the hook to the government for $25,000, after marrying a Russian woman who left him the day after she got permanent resident status in Canada. “Several times I thought I will have a nervous breakdown over this,” said Heinz Munz, of Black Creek.

Police investigate 'vile' Facebook bullying as headteacher declares site a 'nightmare' - 10/22/12
Pupils at All Saints' RC School, York, were subjected to "unpleasant" and "offensive" comments after being targeted by the Facebook group, apparently set up to share their shameful secrets. Police have now confirmed they are investigating the remarks, as the school's headteacher declares Facebook a "nightmare".

Adele targeted by sick internet trolls following birth of son - 10/22/12
Adele has been targeted by a slew of sick internet trolls following the birth of her son. The Rolling In The Deep singer found herself targeted by several Twitter uses who posted disgusting and hurtful messages about her baby boy just minutes after news of the birth was revealed. The most disturbing message came from a user called name Vanessa Bieber, who wrote: 'Aw Adele gave birth to a baby. Is it fat and handicapped lol? Just murder it already lol.'

Monday, October 22, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - October 22, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Suspects talked crime in cop car

Authorities in Florida said two men who claimed not to know anything about a burglary were recorded discussing the crime in the back of a patrol car.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office said an East Naples man called 911 early Monday to report seeing two men and a woman at the home of neighbors he knew to be out of town, the Naples Daily News reported Wednesday.

Deputies said they pulled over a blue Saturn with a license plate matching the number the man had given them a short time after the call.

The woman driving the car said her friend and passenger, Vernon Jones, 21, had her pick up a man she didn't know, identified as Jacques Saintil, 19, and take them to the house, where they went inside and came back out with an Apple iMac computer and a black bag.

Jones refused to cooperate with deputies and Saintil told deputies he was just a passenger during the incident and did not know a burglary had taken place.

However, deputies said the patrol car's camera recorded the two men discussing the burglary and passing marijuana back and forth.

The men were each charged with burglary, grand theft and marijuana possession.

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Cyber bullying no laughing matter - 10/22/12
In a scene that has become all-too-familiar among a growing number of junior high and high school students, a computer is turned on, a social networking website such as Facebook is logged on to, and a young person becomes the victim of online harassment, or cyber bullying. Despite the fact that no physical contact is made, the psychological impact of being cyber bullied is comparable to being physically bullied and can lead to long-term emotional distress, depression and absenteeism from school and other activities.

Wine merchant loses valuable heirloom after Facebook gatecrashers invade son's party - 10/20/12
A treasured family heirloom has gone missing at a leading wine merchant's home after 50 gatecrashers spotted an invite to his teenage son's party on Facebook. Graham Sumeray, chief executive of Fine and Rare Wines, and his wife, Sax, went out for dinner on Saturday evening, after allowing their 16-year-old son, Hugo, to invite some friends to the four-bedroom family home in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. However, in every parent's worst nightmare, fifty uninvited guests turned up after spotting the invitation on Facebook.

Pottstown Woman Charged in Online Stalking - 10/20/12
A Pottstown woman has been charged with stalking and other offenses after allegedly using Twitter to exhort others to violence against a county judge and other county officials. The Mercury reports that Sadiyyah Young, 33, of East High Street, appeared before county judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy in 2007. Demchick-Alloy removed Young's children from her care.

Former Queens Teacher Cyberbullied for Months, Lawsuit Alleges - 10/19/12
A Fresh Meadows teacher and poet says he was the victim of a months-long cyberbullying attack earlier this year by former students or people posing as former students, according to court documents. Vincent Tomeo, 65, a self-described poet and former history teacher at Francis Lewis High School, at 58-20 Utopia Parkway, says unnamed people harassed him by posting a litany of comments on at least nine different websites, including Facebook, and

8 Ontario girls arrested in high school bullying case - 10/19/12
Eight teenage girls at a high school in London, Ont., have been arrested in connection with a bullying incident involving another student, police say. Const. Dennis Rivest of the London Police Service said the eight girls were arrested Thursday. Police said an investigation revealed that the victim had been the target of physical and emotional bullying, and cyberbullying.

Peeping Tom teen took a photo of mentally disabled student's buttocks in restroom and posted it on Twitter - 10/19/12
An 18-year-old student from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was put on probation for taking a picture showing the buttocks of a mentally disabled classmate and sharing it on Twitter. Jonathan DeVito , a student at Union High School, pleaded guilty to two counts of being a peeping Tom and violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act - both misdemeanors.

How to Starve the Trolls - 10/19/12
It was a bad week for Internet trolls. News of the tragic suicide of 16-year-old Canadian Amanda Todd after an ugly incident of stalking, bullying and blackmail hit just as Reddit’s biggest troll, responsible for numerous highly offensive postings in sections with names like “rape bait,” was finally outed. Both stories involved nonconsensual distribution of sexualized images of young girls.

Bullied Teen Amanda Todd's Death Spurs Fake Fundraising Websites - 10/18/12
Money-seeking vultures are attempting to profit from the enormous public outcry in support for bullied teen Amanda Todd by setting up fraudulent websites that claim to be fundraising for the girl's family. "Taking advantage of a family's grief is despicable," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Peter Thiessen said in a statement. "We want to get the word out that there is one real account and anyone who is interested can make a donation at any RBC branch to the Amanda Todd Trust Account."

Christian's salary cut because he criticised gay marriage on Facebook: Punishment over 'homophobic' comments could cost him £60,000 - 10/18/12
A Christian housing manager had his salary slashed after allegedly being ‘entrapped’ by a lesbian colleague into criticising gay marriage on his private Facebook page, a court heard yesterday. Adrian Smith, 55, had posted a link to an article about plans for civil partnership ceremonies in churches with his own comment: ‘An equality too far.’

School teaching assistant who was stalked for two years hanged herself weeks after receiving voodoo doll in parcel - 10/18/12
A woman hanged herself six weeks after receiving a voodoo doll from an anonymous stalker, an inquest heard. Wendy Harries, 39, had been targeted by a mystery person over Facebook and email for two years before she committed suicide.

Official threatened over Facebook post - 10/18/12
An official with Germany's Free Democratic Party said he received threats -- some directed at his dog -- after calling protesters "old" with a foul "smell."

Why it's so hard to catch online predators - 10/17/12
Among the many questions swirling after Amanda Todd's suicide, there is one that seems so basic: Who is the person whose online actions seem most responsible for sending the B.C. teen into such deep despair? The internet hacking group Anonymous claims it has found the 15-year-old's main tormentor ­ a 32-year-old B.C. man it says has also made postings to child pornography sites.

Senior detective arrested after smartphones missing from police property lock-up are put up for sale on eBay - 10/17/12
A senior detective has been arrested over allegations he stole property from a police store to sell on the internet. Det Sgt Peter Yeates is accused of taking the goods which are believed to be expensive mobile phones from an internal police store. The items held at the station include valuable possessions such as jewellery and money seized by officers during raids, confiscated stolen goods or lost property handed in by the public.

Hacker group releases online record of second alleged Amanda Todd stalker - 10/17/12
The Vancouver area man who was named by the hacker group Anonymous as being Amanda Todd’s tormenter denied the allegations and pointed the finger to another online figure, Viper. Today Anonymous released detailed online records for Viper, including a profile on an online website known for sharing child pornography.

Horrifying ordeal of man falsely arrested after 'zombie' hacker seized control of his computer and used it to post death threats - 10/17/12
Masaki Kitamura suffered a terrifying ordeal after Japanese police arrested him for posting death threats from his computer. The chilling postings and emails, which were traced to Mr Kitamura’s computer, threatened mass murder in Osaka and claimed there was a bomb on a Japan Airlines flight to New York. But weeks after the animation director was arrested and charged, despite protesting his innocence, police realised Mr Kitamura was a victim of a ‘zombie’ computer hacker, according to The Times.

Husband tracks down alleged rapist on Facebook ten years after his wife was attacked in an alley as a schoolgirl - 10/17/12
A husband used Facebook to track down a man who allegedly raped his wife as a schoolgirl after she broke down and told him about her ordeal, a court heard. The alleged victim's spouse confronted Andrew Marsh, now 38, by pretending to plan a surprise party for his wife via the social networking site.

Elgin man accused of cyberstalking - 10/16/12
Bail was denied Tuesday for an Elgin man charged with multiple counts of violating an order of protection, as well as cyberstalking, in which he is accused of using Facebook to post derogatory remarks about the female victim.

Deaf paraplegic blogger who won the hearts of thousands before he 'died' of pneumonia is exposed as a fraud - 10/16/12
A deaf quadriplegic blogger who won the hearts of thousands with touching internet posts before his sister announced he had died from pneumonia has been exposed as a fraud. 'David Rose', a 24-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer, garnered legions of fans with his witty tweets and Facebook posts, which he said he typed using a Tobii computer that tracked his eye movement using infrared light.

Negative Amanda Todd post costs man his job - 10/16/12
A man who posted negative comments about the death of Amanda Todd was fired from his job after an Airdrie, Alta., woman alerted his employer. Todd is the 15-year-old who killed herself last week after suffering years of bullying. Many online memorial sites have popped up in response to her death, and thousands of people have posted comments on them.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Time for a paint job!

I'm excited about painting a spare room in my house. And it's all due to Benjamin Moore paints! As a BZZAgent, I got a free gallon to try it out. You should check it out. They have loads of beautiful colors!

WHO@ Newsletter - October 15, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Junk removers find $114k in savings bonds

The owner of a Massachusetts junk removal business said his crew discovered $114,000 worth of savings bonds in a hope chest hauled away from a home.

Leo Guarente, owner of the Junk Depot in Saugus, said a woman who asked to be identified only as Marie hired his crew to remove junk from her mother's Medford home and his workers used sledgehammers to open the chest and discovered a cache of savings bonds stamped by the Charlestown Savings Bank, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

The bonds had a face value of more than $20,000, but had matured to a worth of about $114,000, Guarente said.

"I could've used that $114,000 just like anyone else," Guarente said. "I haven't been on vacation in 10 years. But I did not think for one minute that I was going to keep that money."

Marie said she was ecstatic to receive the bonds.

"I was in a state of shock," she said. "I went backwards a little bit. Good thing my brother was [standing] behind me."

Guarente said he has received a flood of emails praising him for his actions and a businessman has offered to pay his phone bill for a year as a reward for returning the bonds.

"It's been great to hear all of the feedback," he said. "That's my reward."

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Woman Arrested For Spreading Facebook Photos Of Undercover Cop - 10/15/12
A North Texas woman has been arrested after being accused of posting Facebook photos of an undercover policeman who testified against her friend in court. Mesquite police arrested Melissa Walthall, 30, for allegedly posting the photo of the officer, who authorities say recently testified in a drug case against her friend.

Amanda Todd: Suicide girl's mum reveals more harrowing details of cyber bullying campaign that drove her daughter to her death - 10/15/12
The mother of Amanda Todd has revealed the full harrowing details of the shocking cyber bullying campaign which drove her 15-year-old daughter to suicide. Amanda was found hanged in her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday just weeks after she posted a harrowing video on YouTube telling of her battle with internet bullies.

Rape victim’s hard drive preserved - 10/14/12
A copy of a computer hard drive that was central to a Bend rape trial will be preserved in case of an appeal, a judge has ruled. Thomas Bray, 38, was sentenced to 25 years in prison last month for the February 2011 rape of a woman he had met on an online dating site. The trial and verdict followed a months-long battle over whether the defense could delve into the contents of the victim’s computer. Defense lawyer Stephen Houze sought the information because the woman told police she had gone online after the attack to look for information about Bray and the legal definition of rape.

North Wales woman comes face to face with stalker after his release - 10/13/12
A SINGER who was subjected to an internet hate campaign by her stalker said her “heart stopped” when she bumped into him in the street after his release from prison. Former Miss Prestatyn Chloe Hopkins thought her nightmare was over when Anthony Mantova was jailed for 18 weeks in July.

Nanaimo police say the issue of harassment through social media has become a 'constant problem' - 10/13/12
The pain and hurt from online bullying is something all too familiar to Jesse Moxam. The teen turned to Nanaimo RCMP after bullies posted threatening taunts against him on Facebook. The tragic suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd after relentless cyberbullying has raised questions about how to prevent the misuse of social media by young people.

Cyber Criminals Target Kids in New Venue - 10/12/12,0,2439772.story
We don't know for sure but the 47-year-old was the teen's friend on the social networking site, and that's pretty common. Chip Root with the Joplin Police Department is a member of the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force. But-- oddly-- he spends very little time at the computer. "When we first began these types of cyber crime investigations we were more pro-active, so we would go out on the internet and we would form undercover identities, look for people who have a sexual interest in children," explains Root.

Hillsborough judge vows to send prospective juror to jail - 10/11/12
A prospective juror may have picked the worst possible judge to defy by ignoring the judge's written warning not to research a death-penalty murder trial getting started this week and not to talk about the case with other jurors.

Lake Charles man accused of cyberstalking, harassment - 10/11/12
A Lake Charles man is accused of cyberstalking and harassment, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. On Sept. 11, the Sheriff's Office received a report from Andrew J. Benoit, 33, of Lake Charles, advising that he was being harassed and stalked by a woman via text messages and Facebook.

Seahorses banned from eBay to stop them being sold illegally to Chinese medicine trade - 10/12/12
eBay has decided to stop the sale of seahorses from its website following pressure from an animal charity. The trade in the delicate creatures is fuelled largely by demand from the Chinese medicine industry, but eBay has now put a block on seahorse trafficking on all of its EU sites. The Seahorse Charity launched its campaign after being alerted to lots ranging from live creatures to 'hideous' baskets of dried seahorses listed online.

Internet troll behind 'Creepshot' forum where users post sexual pictures of unsuspecting girls unmasked as cat-loving grandfather from Texas - 10/12/12
The internet troll behind a disgusting online message board where users post sexual photographs of unsuspecting teenage girls has been revealed as a cat-loving grandfather from Texas. Michael Brutsch, who uses the Reddit name 'Violentacrez', was the main moderator for the social network's 'Creepshot' forum which sparked outrage last month for encouraging the vile pictures.

eBay Olympic torch sale wife Caroline Hereward admits fraud - 10/10/12
The wife of a Lincolnshire Olympic torchbearer tried to sell her husband's torch on eBay without his knowledge to pay off debts, a court has heard. Police were called in after a bidder paid £3,000 for judo coach David Hereward's torch but never received it. Caroline Hereward, 33, from Ashleigh, Greet Steeping, Spilsby, admitted a charge of fraud at Skegness Magistrates' Court.

Thousands of women misled by £80 torch that claims to detect breast cancer - 10/10/12
Thousands of women have been ‘misled’ into buying a torch which claims to detect breast cancer, the advertising watchdog has ruled. The £86 Breastlight device – which is sold online and in Boots – claims to help women spot the first signs of tumours.

'Dear staff. We could do with some positive comments': Hotel boss is caught telling his workers to post fake reviews on TripAdvisor - 10/09/12
A hotel boss ordered his staff to write bogus reviews of his hotel after it had a series of bad reviews online. Frank Long, who runs the Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel, emailed his staff asking them to post glowing reviews of the hotel on TripAdvisor to boost its ratings. He wrote to his team: 'We could do with some positive comments'.

Monday, October 08, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - October 8, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Dog that rode in car grill back home

Animal control officers in Rhode Island say a dog who survived an 11-mile ride while stuck in the grill of a car has been reunited with her owners.

The East Providence Animal Control Center said the small white dog, whose name was revealed to be Suzie, was reunited with its owners Tuesday after the center went public with the story of how she was struck by a car in Taunton, Mass., and traveled 11 miles to East Providence while stuck in the car's grill, The Providence (R.I.) Journal reported Wednesday.

"They saw the news," animal control officer Evan Barlow said of the owners, "and just kind of ran down here and wanted to reclaim the dog."

Officials said the family, who live near where the dog was struck, had veterinary paperwork and a microchip number matching the canine's information.

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Adios amigos: Spanish policemen suspended after estranged wife posts hilarious footage of them acting stupidly while on duty - 10/05/12
Two policemen have been suspended from duty after their own in-car footage of them 'behaving like complete and utter idiots' went viral. The dopey Spanish National Police officers filmed themselves making obscene gestures, simulating a sex act with a banana, driving with their eyes closed and dancing whilst out on patrol. At one point the driver is seen leaning out of a window as his colleague playfully slaps his bottom, before hitting his own rear in a suggestive manner in time to the beat.

Gulfport man arrested on cyberstalking charge - 10/05/12
A Gulfport man arrested on a cyberstalking charge is accused of sending threatening text messages and emails to his former girlfriend, Sheriff's Capt. Ron Pullen said. Investigators arrested Daniel Kordell Kelso, 29, of Victory Street in Gulfport on Friday following an investigation of a complaint filed Sept. 18.

Future Undergrads: Colleges are Cyber-Stalking You and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It - 10/04/12
Around 25% of admissions officers at the country's top 500 colleges cyber-stalk applicants using websites like Facebook and Google, and more than one-third of them say they've found information that they've used against prospective students ­ up from 12% last year.

Dodgy Viagra's not the only problem with buying medicine online: Police seize millions of potentially lethal 'bogus' heart and cancer pills - 10/04/12
Fake medicines which claim to help fight conditions such as breast cancer and heart disease have been seized in the largest ever global crackdown on counterfeit drugs. In total, millions of pounds' worth of potentially harmful pills claiming to treat fatal diseases were seized by police officers across Britain as part of the huge crackdown led by Interpol.

Top 3 Signs You Are an Online Stalker - 10/04/12
Some recent headline-grabbing cases of stalking range from frightening to downright horrific. But there’s also a subtler form of stalking, one that doesn’t require physical proximity: online stalking. It’s one thing to occasionally check the Facebook page of an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, but it’s another, says psychologist and addiction expert Seth Meyers, to obsessively track someone on the web.

Profile Stalker – an application that spams on Tumblr - 10/04/12
gr8brittyn posted on Tumblr, “Guys I’m really sorry for the Profile Stalkr spam. If you haven’t already, DON’T CLICK IT. I literally cannot figure out how to stop it ­ and if you try to delete the posts, they’re instantly reposted. I can’t edit them, delete them… anything. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK!”

Thieves take £12,000 in jewellery from home of disabled man who invited them round to play video games after making friends on Facebook - 10/04/12
Thieves stole £12,000 in jewellery from a disabled man after he met them on Facebook and invited them to play video games with him at his parents' house while he was home alone. Paul Miller, 28, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, has been left traumatised by his ordeal after the two men stole from his house in Bickerstaffe, Lancashire, after spending weeks speaking to him on the social networking site.

'F*** with me and this is what happens': What teenager 'said after stabbing father-of-two 72 times and filming his body on a mobile phone' - 10/04/12
A teenage killer used his mobile phone to film the body of his victim after brutally stabbing him 72 times, a court has heard. Bleddyn King, 18, allegedly recorded a chilling soundtrack to the video after killing David Evans, 63, in his own home.

Updated stalking law to include emails, texts - 10/03/12
An update of the Connecticut Stalking Law went into effect Monday, creating more protection for victims. "It was not clear before what the law actually covered," said Susan DeLeon of the Center for Domestic Violence Services. "The upgrade will help make the law clear and will hopefully lower the amount of stalking we have in Connecticut."

'Yes I was raped, it doesn't make me a bad person': Agony of victim sexually assaulted by man she met on who was then humiliated by his lawyers - 10/03/12
A woman who was brutally beaten and raped on a first date with a man she met on has testified about how she faced additional humiliation from defense attorneys who tried to use her Google searches as evidence against her. Jennifer Bennett was 23-years-old when she was attacked in the apartment of Thomas Bray, a 37-year-old anesthesiologist, and she decided to go public following the attack in hopes of encouraging other sexual assault victims to report their attacks.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Net Crimes Newsletter - October 1, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Candy wrappers with GPS to bring prizes

The British maker of Kit Kat chocolate bars says hidden tracking devices in candy bar wrappers could bring lucky winners prizes of thousands of pounds.

Candy maker Nestle says its "We Will Find You" competition will involve global positioning system chips placed in six chocolate bar wrappers.

Once one of the lucky bars is opened the GPS chip will be activated, sending a signal to Nestle, which says the winner will be located within 24 hours by a helicopter for hand delivery of a briefcase containing $16,000 in cash.

The embedded chips will be placed in wrappers of KitKat 4 Finger, KitKat Chunky, Aero Peppermint Medium and Yorkie Milk chocolate bars, the company said.

A promotional video from Nestle says it will "scramble a crack team of highly trained individuals" to find the winner of the jackpot.

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Text messaged murder threat ends in arrest, police report - 09/30/12
An Auburn man was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly delivering a murder threat via text message. Myles David Salyers, 37, allegedly sent the murder threat via cell phone text message to a man who had a restraining order against him, said Sgt. Victor Pecoraro of the Auburn Police Department.

Flushing cable man charged in Web threat - 09/30/12
A Bronx man was slapped with terrorism-related charges after allegedly using Facebook to post death threats aimed at a Flushing co-worker, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday.

US woman pleaded guilty to Internet stalking of French Oscar-winner - 09/29/12
A New York resident pleaded guilty to stalking Marion Cotillard, the French star of an Oscar-winning biopic of Edith Piaf. The woman terrorized Cotillard by bombarding her with emails and videos, in some of which she appeared topless. ­Teresa Yuan pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court. According to prosecutors, she sent 504 emails and 120 webcam videos of herself to a Cotillard fan website over four days in 2011.

Bullying can be relentless online - 09/28/12
As society has become more aware of cyberbullying in the past few years, more children and teens are coming forward about being intimidated or harassed online. That’s according to Justin Patchin, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center.

Archbald woman arrested for stalking, harassing family - 09/28/12
After the man with whom she had an affair reunited with his wife, an Archbald woman allegedly spent months stalking his family in person, online, by phone and through the mail. Investigators warned Amanda Gaardsmoe Hart, 48, 600 Lori Drive, in June that she would be arrested if she did not stop contacting Eric Ford and his family in Pike County. On Wednesday, they held up their end of the bargain.
Facebook page under investigation for cyber bullying in Clovis - 09/28/12
A Facebook page is being investigated by Clovis Police and Clovis Municipal Schools for cyber bullying. The Clovis Police Department said it launched an investigation when it received several complaints from Clovis school students about derogatory comments. According to the complaints, the comments on the social media site were meant to annoy, seriously alarm and terrorize others without any lawful purpose.

How To Bait and Catch The Anonymous Person Harassing You On The Internet - 09/28/12
Leo Traynor, an Internet user in Ireland, had a problem. More specifically, he had a troll, a very nasty troll. At first, the troll just sent him nasty messages on Twitter, telling him that he was a “dirty f*cking Jewish scumbag,” for example.

Craigslist Ad: ‘You’re Only Real If You Have A Facebook Account’ - 09/28/12
Here’s more anecdotal evidence that people are wary of those without Facebook accounts. A reader sent me a link to this Los Angeles Craigslist ad posted by a 24-year-old female event planner seeking a roommate for a “gorgeous” two-bedroom apartment in Santa Monica “with a fantastic view.” The roommate-seeker is a “really easy going…go with the flow kind of girl.” Her only requirements are that the roommate be clean, be cool with dogs, and have a Facebook account.

Facebook rows trigger rise in violent crimes as users post insults 'they would never say in person,' says judge - 09/28/12
Messages left on Facebook are the cause of an increasing number of violent crimes because people post comments they would not make in person, says a judge. Judge Nigel Gilmour, sitting at Liverpool Crown Court, raised his concerns about the social network site after hearing the case of 17-year-old Daniel Cannon who bit off part of his friend's ear.

Plaq. Parish deputy fired after cyberstalking arrest - 09/28/12
Officials say a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Deputy lost his job after being arrested on a charge of cyberstalking. A news release from the Sheriff's Department says 32-year-old deputy Ryan Martinez was arrested on September 20 on the cyberstalking charge. The department has not released any other details about the alleged crime.

Man finds alleged robbers on Facebook - 09/27/12
Police in Florida said a robbery victim turned the tables on the suspected culprits by using Facebook and Twitter to learn their identities. Sam Drummond, 26, of Delray Beach, said he received a phone call Sept. 8 at Palm-Tech, his recently opened cellphone shop in Lantana, from a man he knew as Jean Jacques, a recent customer who had sold an iPhone to the shop, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

NY State Assembly Employee Reprimanded for Online Posts - 09/27/12
An employee from the NY State Assembly was reprimanded for posting comments under a pseudonym on the Internet to defend the way Speaker Sheldon Silver handled a sexual harassment scandal. According to the NY Times, the employee’s name is Bill Eggler, 48 years old, and he may have been doing his postings to the Internet on state time.

Ex-Geneva High student gets probation for email threat - 09/27/12
A judge sentenced a 19-year-old to 30 months probation and GPS monitoring Thursday after his conviction earlier this year for sending an email threat to a third party in which he said he wanted a Geneva High School dean to “suffer and die.”

Cyberbullying victim can remain anonymous, court rules - 09/27/12
A Nova Scotia teenager has won the right to remain anonymous in a court battle against a cyberbully, but the Supreme Court of Canada rejected her request for a publication ban on some details of her case. The 17-year-old high school student, identified in court documents as A.B., and her father were asking Canada's top court to protect their identities in a court order that would force an internet company to reveal the identity of the person who created a fake Facebook account with her likeness.

Talented young footballer jumped to his death after racking up £10,000 of online gambling debts - 09/27/12
A promising young football player jumped to his death from 120ft high viaduct after racking up gambling debts online. Talented Adam Billing, 27, from Liskeard, near Plymouth had been a youth team player with Plymouth Argyle FC but suffered a serious knee injury which hindered his career. He threw himself from the 120ft high Moorswater viaduct in Liskeard, east Cornwall, in April after spiralling into debt through an online gambling addiction.

'She asked me to get her teeth, omg NO WAY!!': Hospital patient posts 'insulting' Facebook messages about elderly woman in nearby bed - 09/27/12
A hospital patient posted 'insulting' messages on Facebook about an elderly woman in a neighbouring bed. Helen Wells also took a photograph of the frail grandmother while they were on the same ward at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, South Wales. Health chiefs began an inquiry after the elderly woman's family spotted the messages on the website and made an official complaint to the hospital.

The Sikh woman who won’t remove her facial hair for religious reasons - 09/26/12
A Sikh woman has defied an internet troll to eloquently explain why her religion means she will not remove her facial hair. Balpreet Kaur, an aspiring neurosurgeon, said that she does not bend to society's whims about beauty - and has no regrets about how she looks.

Two armed robbers lured in victims on Gumtree with adverts for luxury goods at knock-down prices before ambushing them - 09/26/12
Two armed robbers have been jailed after using the classified selling website Gumtree to lure their victims into a series of terrifying ambushes. Simon Allen, 25, and 20-year old Ashley Bosson posted a fake advert for a luxury Hi Fi system before giving out false names and addresses to prospective buyers.

The day I confronted Twitter troll who had stalked me for three years: Blogger tells how he tracked down his tormentor (and finally shook his hand) - 09/26/12
A Twitter user who was stalked by an anti-Semitic internet troll has told how he tracked down and confronted his tormentor. Leo Traynor, from Dublin, Ireland, wrote an account of his family's three-year nightmare in his blog that has attracted widespread online coverage since it was published on Monday. The blog, called Traynor's Eye, had attracted up to 200 hits per month, but following his post received more than 200,000 hits in less than eight hours.

When trolling turns into harassment. - 09/25/12
There’s a blog post floating around today that is as compelling as it is disturbing. It’s a blog post by Leo Traynor on meeting a troll. Reading Traynor’s account of what he went through is disturbing. The harrowing harassment he had to endure is something no one should ever have to deal with, particularly considering – like most online harassment – it seems to be completely without reason, basis, or indeed fear of consequence.

Man charged with harassing government worker - 09/25/12
A North Bay man faces email harassment charges following an investigation by the Queen's Park detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. Police started their investigation in June and say a man illegally obtained private photographs of a government employee and by threatened to release them to the worker's friends, family and co-workers if demands were not me, said Sgt. Peter Leon.