Showing posts from 2015

Apple Email Scam Going Around

Beware of new Apple scam! I got this in my email this morning and it looked legit until I hovered my mouse over the link. Instead going to, it went to a site won't publish the rest of the link). If you get anything like this from Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, even Facebook, do NOT click on the "Click here to update" or similar link. Go directly to your account by typing in the web site link, then check it there. I can bet there is nothing wrong with your account. Please share. "Your Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons ! Dear Member, This is an automatic message by the system to let you know that you have to confirm your account information within 24 hours. Your account has been frozen temporarily in order to protect it. The account will continue to be frozen until it is approved And Validate Your Account Information. Once you have updated your account records, your information will be confirmed and your account will start t…

Beware of the Microsoft/Windows Scam

There is a scam going around that some of my friends have fallen for or almost fallen for. Please share this post! A pop up window on your screen that claims to be Microsoft stating your computer has been compromised is a scam. DO NOT call the 800 number (or whatever phone number) that is listed. You will get someone with a foreign accent claiming they are with Windows and for a fee (usually between $50-100) can clean the virus from your computer. If you can, close out of this window, update your antivirus software, then do a complete scan. If you do not have antivirus, your computer has probably been compromised by these scammers and you need to take it to a local computer repair shop or Best Buy Geek Squad to get it fixed ASAP. If you can't close out of the window, then to the repair shop your computer needs to go. They may also call you from a toll-free number claiming they are with Windows or Microsoft and tell you your computer has been compromised. HANG UP ON THEM, block the…


Phoebe and I want to pass on a warning about a couple of persistent online scams. They both come as emails into your inbox. The first one looks something like this:
To: to
From: WesternUnion
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:49:56 +0800 Your transaction of 1.5 Million has been approved by UNITED NATIONS (UN) in the on going poverty alleviation program 2015.via Western Union Net-Spend Master Card, Send your receiving details to Mrs Jennie lee at to file for claims SPECIAL NOTICE : All E-mail response should be sent to for confirmation and payment approval Or Call 24 hours Helpline @+601-6254-3857 or 00601-6254-3857 for any inquiries on the above message. Yours truly Barnes Anna For Western Union Payout centre
Notice that the TO: line doesn't have my email address in it. This means it is being sent to many people other than me. The other red flag is that it involves Western Union. Although it is a good place to receive/send mone…

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 26, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Indiana judge overturns ban on 'ballot selfies'
An Indiana judge overturned the state's so-called "ballot selfies law," allowing the state's residents to once again take selfies with their completed ballots. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled the law, which took effect July 1, was unconstitutional because it barred constitutionally protected speech -- specifically, taking photos of one's own completed ballot while casting a vote and distributing it "using social media or by any other means." The law, which carried penalties of up to 30 months in prison and a $10,000 fine, was challenged in a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union. Barker sided with the ACLU, saying the state failed to demonstrate a need for the ban. "The State has entirely failed to identify any suc…

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 19, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Florida woman arrested, jailed after web streaming her DUI, police say
A Florida woman was arrested and thrown in jail over the weekend, allegedly for driving home from a party drunk -- which she opted to broadcast live over the Internet. Whitney Beall, 23, left the party Friday night and got into her vehicle. According to police, she was intoxicated and should not have been driving. Apparently, she then used her phone to live stream her drive home via the broadcasting service Periscope. "I'm (expletive) drunk," she said on the broadcast, audibly slurring some of her words. "I think uh, a flat tire. This is horrible," she added. In a Facebook post, Authorities said Beall stated multiple times during the broadcast that she had a flat tire, that she didn't know where she was and t…

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog's Eye Appointment was a Thumbs UP!!!

Took Phoebe in for her four month eye appointment this morning. This was deemed excellent - no signs of discomfort were noted, although the left eye had some scarring. She will have to have eye drops in the left eye until her next exam in June 2016. Thank fully the eye drops are only $10 for each tube. The doctor was very pleased! The dilated her eyes for the tests, so she is snoozing under the pool table for a few hours until her eyes return to normal. She was a good girl and got some snacks from the vet office and when I took her to Petco, I got her another one. Please share her fundraising page - I am hoping to reach at least 3/4 of our goal soon. That would make it easier for us to pay off the loan. Thank you and Phoebe says ROO ROO!

Phoebe the Crime Dog Update

Read her update at her GoFundMe page today.

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 28, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Taco Bell fires worker from viral hand-in-pants photo
Taco Bell officials said an employee at an Ohio franchise was fired after a viral photo on social media showed him with his hand down the back of his pants. The picture, which was posted to Taco Bell's official Facebook page by concerned customers, shows an employee at a Sandusky, Ohio, location with his left hand down the back of his pants -- apparently inside his underwear. The Erie County Health Department said officials visited the store after a complaint about the photo was lodged with the department Monday. Taco Bell released a statement in response to the controversial photo.

"This is completely unacceptable. Our franchisee took immediate action and has terminated the employee and retrained the entire staff. We want customers to know that the person in …

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 21, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Burglars hit Verizon store, only steal fake phones
Police in Ohio's capital said thieves broke into a Verizon store, but the only items they managed to steal were fake phones used as display pieces. Columbus police said the early Wednesday burglary at the store caused significant damage to the store, but the only items stolen were fake phones installed for display after the store was previously targeted by thieves. Police said the culprits used large rocks to break the glass back door of the shop and they cut or ripped the phony cellphones from display areas. Investigators said the store's real phones are locked in a vault by employees every night.

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Phoebe and I went to the Salvation Army yesterday for their Tools For Life program. This helps homeless, immigrants and those getting out of jail or dealing with substance issues a second chance at life, whether it's getting a job or going back to school. We teach them how to be safer online. There was one young woman who had a little girl of about 3 or 4 (a real cutie, too). She said she had an anxiety problem and had to sit in the very back of the room. I told her it was no problem. As I went through the presentation, she moved up a row. When we took a break and I brought Phoebe in, she had moved to the front row. We do a game based on Jeopardy where the questions are about what I spoke about and I give out prizes to the winners. She was raising her hand, answering correctly and having a grand time. Afterwards, the woman who has me come do this every two months told me she had never seen the young lady so interactive before in other classes. She said it was like she came right o…

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 15, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .
Siri unexpectedly fields Iran question at White House briefing
Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, interrupted a reporter's Iran question at a White House press briefing to tell him she wasn't "sure what you want me to change." Press Secretary Josh Earnest was fielding a question from a reporter Thursday about whether President Barack Obama was "upset" about the lack of Republican support for the Iran nuclear deal when the tell-tale sound of Siri's question acknowledgment tone interrupted the man. "Sorry, I'm not sure what you want me to change," the digital voice said. The interruption prompted laughter from Earnest and reporters, with one person in attendance noting: "That was on time."

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True Crime Online Newsletter - September 7, 2015

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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Kansas farmer goes drone fishing in viral video
A Kansas farmer shared video showing how he put his aerial drone to use as a long-range fishing pole -- and successfully caught a fish. Derek Klingenberg, who previously made viral waves with videos showing him playing trombone for his cows and using his truck to herd the cattle into "cow art," posted a video to YouTube showing how he attached a baited piece of fishing line to his drone and sent it out over the water. The video shows Klingenberg steer the drone sharply upward when his bobber indicates there's a fish on the line. The drone pulls the line out of the water, revealing a fish on the hook. The video then cuts to show the drone camera's persp…

True Crime Online Newsletter- August 31, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Shotgun shells designed to take out 'drone threats'
An Idaho ammunition company is marketing "Drone Munition" shotgun cartridges designed to blast unwanted drones out of the sky. Ammunition company Snake River started shipping specially-made 12-gauge shotgun ammunition this month under the name Drone Munition. "Prepare for the drone apocalypse," the website for the "personal defense loads" reads. "With the ability to carry on board cameras, drones have been and are being used for spying on unsuspecting neighbors and others without their permission," the company said. "With little regulation surrounding drone use, there is much confusion about what a person may do to defend against drone threats." The company has faced some criticism from those who point out the illega…

True Crime Online Newsletter - August 24, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Bear burglar tries to enter Idaho condo through cat door
An Idaho man snapped pictures of a bear attempting to get into his home through a cat door but only managing to fit its head through the opening. Doug Harder of Sandpoint said bears have become a frequent nuisance at his condo this year and he first snapped photos of the animals when a mother and two cubs climbed onto his second floor deck to eat birdseed in late May. He said bear sightings continued in the area and a yearling broke into his condo while he was on vacation last week by opening the sliding glass door, which he had left cracked open with a piece of wood blocking the doorjamb. Harder said the intruder did very little damage to his property, but the animal defecated on the carpet and raided the domicile for food including flour, brownie mix, Tobleron…