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Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
My new book is officially out - True Crime Online!!!
For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Colding
Information Today, Inc.
(609) 654-6266, ext. 330
New Book Exposes the More Dangerous Side
of the Internet from Cyberbullying to Murder
January 14, 2013, Medford, NJ—Information Today, Inc.
(ITI) announced the publication of
True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder, and Mayhem by
internationally recognized cybercrime expert, J. A. Hitchcock.
“Cyberstalking and online
harassment generally involve men staling women and in other cases, adult
predators or pedophiles targeting innocent children. With the internet,
predators don’t need to leave their homes anymore to find or harass their
targets. They have no fear of physical violence, since they believe that they
cannot be physically touched in cyberspace, “says Denise Brown, victim’s
advocate in the book’s foreword. “The stories in this book are both frightening
and real and depict things that can and do happen everyday. They show us what
can happen to people just like you and me. People who never thought they would
become victims of online crimes.”
As more and more people become active online, the more likely they will
be preyed upon by cybercriminals. “From entertainment to education and from
shopping to dating, the internet has provided an entirely new virtual world for
everyone to enjoy. But it has also opened the doors to criminals.” states
Hitchcock in the book’s introduction.
internet is a breeding ground for murders, kidnappers, child predators, scam
artists, terrorists, hackers and other criminals. In fact the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center found that in 2011 a
record-setting 314,246 fraud complaints were filed, a 3.4 percent increase from
2010, with a monetary loss for victims at a staggering estimate of $485.3
million, almost double from the previous year.”
True Crime Online covers
cybercrimes about Craigslist Killers, cyberbullying, online sexual predators,
phishing scams, and adultery. Readers can get updates and information on how to stay safe online from
the author at www.truecrime-online.com.
Praise for True Crime Online
and frightening … a powerful reminder that the online world is a dangerous
place where predators are always on the hunt for prey–and any one of us could
be a victim.”
NYT bestselling author,
Rizzoli & Isles Series
book is yet another wake-up call of the need for greater vigilance and
enforcement in cyberspace.”
founder, Internet Law Center
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J.A. Hitchcock is an internationally
recognized cybercrime expert. She volunteers her time to work with the U.S.
Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for
Victims of Crime, and numerous law enforcement agencies worldwide. She is the
president of two all-volunteer organizations, Working to Halt Online Abuse
(WHOA) at www.haltabuse.org and the Kids/Teens Division (WHOA-KTD) at
www.haltabusektd.org. She is the author of Net
Crimes and Misdemeanors, Second Edition, published by ITI in 2006.
True Crime Online: Shocking Stories
of Scamming, Stalking, Murder, and Mayhem (176 pp/softbound/$14.95/ISBN
978-1-937290-00-9) is a CyberAge book published by Information Today, Inc. (ITI). It is
available wherever books and ebooks are sold through Independent Publishers
Group (IPG), www.ipgbook.com. For more information or to order call (800)
300-9868 [outside U.S. call (609) 654-6266]; fax (609) 654-4309; email
firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the ITI website at www.infotoday.com.
Craigslist scammers are using texts these days to scam you. If you put in your cell phone number to allow calls or texts for potential buyers, be aware that Craigslist does not send a text link for questions from this so-called buyer. This is the second time I have received a text from someone with the message:
New Craigslist Buyer Message Read using this: http://question3300.do.am/account_log_in.html
I had a new one yesterday, which is posted below. Smart scammer made it personal, used a name and I checked the phone number - it was indeed from Florida. But I smelled a scam and went along with it until my zinger at the end. I haven't heard from him since, LOL.
BEWARE of these scams via text!
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 textin…
Yes, there really is a Marlboro Ranch. And yes, it's that Marlboro. My husband smokes their cigarettes, much less than he did when he first met me. He told me about the Marlboro web site, so I registered him and me and began entering their contests. Over the years we have won a boatload of things, from ashtrays to horseshoes to customized tee shirts and pint glasses and a NASCAR Hot Laps Experience (we got to ride shotgun around the track and drifting in brand new Mustangs - the cars, not the horses). I began entering us every day to possibly win a trip to the Marlboro Ranch, which always seemed like a fantasy place to me.
Well, we won in May 2013. A Fedex envelope came two days after the "You won" notification on their web site, with documents for us to sign. They would be paying for everything, from travel to food and lodging and more. All we had to pay was taxes on the trip, estimated to be almost $5,000. That's doable, considering neither of us have had a vacat…