Again the phone number calling was “private number”, which sadly I have a friend who calls me and is always listed as private number. So I’ve been tuned in to taking those phone calls when they happen. Obviously it has to stop now, and my friend is going to have to text message me prior to calling so I know it is them rather than this scammer or another. This scamming needs to also be known as stalking as it is changing how I’m handling my life. Continue reading Identity Theft Redux→
I’ve had the dubious privilege to have a “R*** K***” call my phone using a private number. Speaking heavily accented and broken english I was asked for my email address. The reason for this was confusing at best. He said something about they wanted to send me money but needed $350 to send it.
The crude attempts to impersonate the US Marshals Service are nearly comical, however sadly real.
Why would an official send an email through a gmail.com address?
Misspelled words and improper English abound in the communication both verbally and in written form.
The line breaks and replaced words in the email text show that this is a cut-and-paste email. I believe that he literally was pasting it up and replacing words as needed while I was on the phone with him.
Urgency expressed in making sure the information was sent as quickly as possible. When asked for verification of anything, even asking for what number he called to reach me, never had a significant reply to offer proof.
He offered a phone number to reach him 407-45*-**** which is for a T-Mobile phone based out of the Kissimmee, Florida exchange. Why would that be used for US Marshals Service based in “North Darkota”?
I’ve tracked down the assumption of identity on the part of the caller, and I’m contacting them – hence their name and address are obscured in this post. How did I find this? Listed as results from Google that passed through a White Pages search using the name and address. This provided even more identifying information.
Subject: I am R*** K*** The Acting Director of U.S. Marshals Service From: david harlow <email@example.com>1)Why is the email address using gmail? Recieved: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:34pm EDT
FROM THE DESK OF R*** K*** U.S SERVICE MARSHAL
ADRRESS ************************, North Dakota ***** USA
I am R**** K*** The Acting Director of U.S. Marshals Service (UMS)2)US Marshals Service abbreviates as USMS, not UMS District of North Darkota in alliance with economic community of World Bank Swiss (ECWBS) with afliated Office here in North Darkota. We have been working towards the Track Down Of Fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa With the help of United States Government Secret Agents glued with Anti Money Lundering Squad.3)Never heard officials call an operation “Track Down of Fraudsters”. How exactly have Secret Agents been “glued with” an “Anti Money Lundering[sic] Squad”?
We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA, CAMEROUN, BURKINA FASO, MALI, SENEGAL, COTE D IVOIRE AND LONDON) and they are all in our custody here in North Darkota Usa.4)Incredible that everyone being sought is in custody, and brought to North Dakota of all places! Interesting that the Ivory Coast is known by the French origin name Cote D’Ivoire. And even more interesting are references to locations going through a change of regime – Benin / Burkinga Faso. These are likely tips as to the originator’s location.
We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 500 Lucky people around the globe for their compensation as scam victims.5)I wonder how I became one of these “500 lucky people”. I asked during his call if they had identified me as a victim of scams, there was no comprehendable reply.
This email is been directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here in North Darkota. you will only pay $350 follar insurance so mr john will deliver
You are therefore being compensated with $1.1 Million Dollars. We have also arrested all those who claim that they are Barristers, Bank Officials, Lottery Agents who
has money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which do not exist. Since your name appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a
compensation of $1.1 Million, we have arranged your payment through our Swift card payment center6)Apparently Swift has been identified by others in scam schemes (1). Swift is a prepaid card service available through Discover Card Services. . Feel free to contact the processing officer JOHN CARL ROES. The
swift card has been specially prepared to enable you withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Six Thousand Dollars Only per
So you are advice to contact the swift center officer MR R K*** with your provided information’s as required.
CONTACT PERSON: MR JOHN CARL ROES CONTACT ADDRESS: 5061 New Land Road Newark MD USA 7)Appears to be a fictious address, can’t find as given using Google Maps. CONTACT TELEPHONE +1 410 6322 291 8)phone number has too many digits. CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide the information bellow to enable him prepare your ATM Master Credit Card including your Pin code to access it.
As a person that has been scammed in the distant past I’m keenly aware of what identity theft looks like. The final 5 items requested are exactly what constitutes an attempt to secure your identity.
I would not have received this email without offering an email address to recieve it. The email address used is one which I’ve let languish for a long time.
Repeat Calling Behavior
It seems R*** is excited that he was able to “speak” with me for 23 minutes – as I was trying to decipher what he said, who he was, and what his purpose ultimately will be. In the end none of this was really answered.
The call was followed up by another at 7:47pm to make sure I got his email. Eventually during the call I grew frustrated, he asked if I wanted to speak with someone else when I asked him to give me the phone number for the US Marshals HQ office in North Dakota. I replied “sure”, he seemed to hestitate, fumble around a little, then I got another email. If he was truly working for the USMS he would have been able to find that number easily, it was never produced.
Second Email Requesting Information
Using same subject and origin email sender as above: Received Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:59pm
IN RESPECT TO OUR TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BELOW IS THE INFORMATION TO SEND THE $350 DOLLARS FOR US TO PROCEED WITH THE DELIVERY OF YOUR VISA CARD BY TOMMOROW REGARDING THE DELIVER RECORDS
NAME JOHN CARL ROES ADDRESS NEWARK MARYLAND AMOUNT $350 DOLLARS TEXT QUESTION WHAT FOR ANSWER FOR VISA CARD
I AM WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU SO THAT I WILL SEND THE PAYMENT INFORMATION TO THE CARD DELIVERY CENTER INCLUDING YOUR PHISICAL ADDRESS OF LOCATION SO THAT YOUR CARD WILL BE PROPERLY DELIVERED
THANKS AND BEST REGARDS MR R*** K***
On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, Fuzzytek <****@****.com> wrote: Best place to find me is at http://fuzzytek.com
More Repeat Phone Calls from Private Number
Since this I’ve had calls at 7:51pm, 8:11pm. and 8:35pm – these were not answered or sent to voicemail. I’m wondering how to block a private number and it doesn’t seem possible. Although I do believe my phone provider *could* find out what number and location if pressed by federal authorities.
Why So Much Interest?
I believe R*** is pursuing me because he senses that I’m educated and have opened a dialogue. Unfortunate for him the dialogue is now over. I’m documenting what has been sent and said. Any future “private caller” calls are going into voicemail.
If you know people who are adept at pursuing identity theft, fraud, and marketing harrassment – please leave a comment. Wednesday morning I will give a call to the US Marshal’s Office in North Dakota and turn information over to them.
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Never heard officials call an operation “Track Down of Fraudsters”. How exactly have Secret Agents been “glued with” an “Anti Money Lundering[sic] Squad”?
Incredible that everyone being sought is in custody, and brought to North Dakota of all places! Interesting that the Ivory Coast is known by the French origin name Cote D’Ivoire. And even more interesting are references to locations going through a change of regime – Benin / Burkinga Faso. These are likely tips as to the originator’s location.
I wonder how I became one of these “500 lucky people”. I asked during his call if they had identified me as a victim of scams, there was no comprehendable reply.
Apparently Swift has been identified by others in scam schemes (1). Swift is a prepaid card service available through Discover Card Services.
Appears to be a fictious address, can’t find as given using Google Maps.
As a person that has been developing websites for a number of clients I’ve seen a difficulty in retaining those sites developed. It seems that establishing annual terms isn’t working out very well. Domain renewal comes up and perhaps the topic being pursued has lost interest or the timeliness has ran its course. A good example of this is political campaign websites.
On the hosting side of things the renewal of domain licensing is often what takes a website out of circulation.
Once a domain expires the services bound with it – email accounts, website content, and more are no longer accessible until the domain fees are brought current. There is a short time window available for bringing things current and the popularity of your domain can create a lineup of interested 3rd parties bidding on taking over your domain.
The live broadcast of the Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America has just begun in Geneva Switzerland.
This is the second UPR of the United States since the UPR process began in 2006 for each member nation of the United Nations. The troika – or three country delegates assisting the U.S. review – were selected in January 2015 (Botswana, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia).
USA UPR Adoption – 22nd Session of Universal Periodic Review
Clarifications to the recommendations through the trioka reviewing the UPR of the United States of America on May 15, 2015.
Addressing 346 recommendations. Oral amendments were agreed upon and reviewed. A preliminary response from Ms. Kathleen Hooke, Assistant Legal Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees at the U.S. Department of State. In her statement she indicates due to the number of recommendations and work involved a detailed response will be coming in September 2015. The recommendations will be grouped by topic and worked on by at least 12 federal agencies, and experts outside the government. There will be an outreach to civil society and take into consideration their views.
We welcome the scrutiny of the world — because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems, to make our union more perfect, to bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and we are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary. Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy — with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and every religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and their circumstances and their countries for the better.
In 2010 a number of recommendations were offered through the UPR, today a review of the progress the country has made on these and more. While the State Department offers its response to the recommendations, it does not provide the requests which were rejected. The United States Human Rights Network has provided these rejected requests.
United Nations Responses and Requests
Each country’s embassy to the UN has the ability to offer verbal comment today – however due to the number of requests for comment these are limited to one minute five seconds each.
Many people using WordPress may not explore or fully realize the wonders of keeping the software up to date. Version updates may seem to fly through so rapidly there’s no hope of keeping up. That’s where working with someone like myself becomes a huge bonus in productivity.
WordPress 4.2 Update
This video from WordPress describes some of the new and revised features in this most recent release. If you are a bit apprehensive about making the update, give me a call at 313-757-2619 and schedule a maintenance consultation appointment for $25. I keep my rates flexible, because the power of your website rests in your hands as the content creator.
I have had close friends ask me to accept the invitation to join Tsu through the Detroit Water Brigade link. I should have used THAT link rather than search Google Play and finding the TSU VIP Invitation app (by UTDsoft.com). I setup a profile on TSU using this invite app and I don’t believe I’m in the “family tree” desired. I’m realizing the mistake made by using the wrong invitation into the online community.
My tsū invitation to you!
This is my tsū invitation link: http://tsu.co/fuzzytek. I can be referred to as @fuzzytek in posts. I’m working on setting up profile presences and family trees related. We’ll see how it goes. My “parent in my tsū family tree” supports the #DetroitWater cause which I truly have passion for, and wish my content to contribute toward.
Getting Paid to Post Content on Tsū
This video from @DrLupo helps clarify the revenue sharing model tsū is using.
The Detroit area is seen by some as a bellweather for a number of conditions. Shopping malls sprouted up in upwardly mobile suburban destinations pulling consumers to experience “a day shopping at the mall”. They have been a common destination around the holidays for buying presents for everyone on your list.
However there’s been a remarkable shift in our buying habits. Online shopping has become more common place. As the internet bounced to life in the 1990’s consumers were extremely wary of putting their information online. Many cautiously created pseudonyms and kept our financial transactions offline. During the 2000’s confidence grew. People were finding jobs online (for example through Monster) and realizing if they practice some simple security and held online vendors to account. In roughly 20 years since the birth of the graphic internet the amount of online sales escalates daily and “offline” shopping experiences are fading as a result. Amazon reported $243.8 million in daily sales in 2014. 1)Marketwatch, annual financials for Amazon
Dead and Dying Shopping Malls
A handful of metro Detroit’s dying malls were demolished in the past decade and redeveloped into open-air big box retail centers, such as the former Livonia Mall, the Universal Mall in Warren and Wonderland Mall in Livonia.2)Detroit Free Press, Aug 5, 2014 – “Metro Detroit malls that once thrived now fight to survive”
Macy’s is one of those “anchor” stores that malls seek out… however the retailer is making the shift away from brick-and-mortar to embrace online sales. 4)Huffington Post, Jan 9, 2015 – “Here’s A List Of All The Macy’s Stores That Are Closing In 2015”170 sales associates at Northland Center Mall are seeking work now as the store prepares to close next month. Another anchor store, Target, closed earlier this month.
Oakland County Circuit Judge Wendy Potts said she saw few alternatives to closing the shopping landmark, as the mall is losing nearly $250,000 a month and will lack any anchor stores once Macy’s leaves
Northland’s court-appointed receiver will soon begin issuing 30-day eviction notices to the remaining 70 or so stores.
Northland Mall was deemed in receivership today and its tenant stores notified they would be forced to close. There are three potential parties interested in the mall, including the City of Southfield.
Northland Center opened in 1954 and was expanded and enclosed in the early 1970s.
After years of decline, the mall fell into receivership last fall after defaulting on a $31-million loan.
The property has been owned since late 2008 by a subsidiary of New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition, which also owns Eastland Center mall.
It would take an estimated $6 million or more to restore Northland to a “functioning shopping mall” due to the extent of the building’s deterioration. The mall also has $3 million in unpaid bills, including $700,000 in overdue water bills. 5)Detroit Free Press, Feb. 25, 2015 – “Judge approves plan to close Northland Center mall”
#DetroitWater – Corporate vs Residential
Detroit residents face the very real possibility of having the water on their homes shutoff if their balance is $150 or more for more than 2 months. Upwards of 300,000 Detroit residents have had their water shutoff since the aggressive shutoff contract with Homerich was approved. This contract was brought before the Detroit Bankruptcy court proceedings and Judge Rhodes ruled it as a fair and legal process by the City of Detroit.
However the same manner of treatment for corporate customers doesn’t exist. Northland Mall hasn’t had a day when the water was shutoff for non-payment of the outstanding water bill now at $700,000, which isn’t likely to be collected.
State of Michigan is pursuing an overhaul of the education system. These plans appear to exclude public involvement and serve an agenda that education is where the money is (but don’t tell anyone that).
Public schools are crucial in educating toward a successful future. Anything else is catering to private interests. Learning in a closed environment dictated by state and large corporations limits results and miseducates through avoidance. Public Schools develop minds with open parachutes.
The Detroit News article states “first identify the problem”. 30 people selected through Skillman Foundation – wouldn’t that mean a focused source for who is included? There are two advisors who will filter what they hear when working with Governor Snyder on suggestions by end of March.
This entire approach is the problem! There is a view by the journalist, and apparently supported by The Detroit News that State management limiting access and control of public schools us key to success. Detroit has had State management of Detroit Public Schools for several generations of students, roughly 25 years. This is enough to create a permanent cultural shift in the city. One which has a massive truancy problem and entices students with gifts for coming in on Count Day. More parents see homeschooling as required.
Funding PUBLIC Education
Why is there a $285 million surplus in Student Aid fund? Could it be real needs in the existing system were not met? Perhaps underfunding set the stage for this restructuring activity. If you can prove things aren’t working you gain listening toward changing the system.
More restructuring to wipe out the existing elected school board simply says the voice of the people is being squashed. The School Board meets in public and has forum for all voices to be heard. Allow the local board to work with this “portfolio of schools” and demonstrate fiscal responsibility publicly. How transparent are charter schools or the State’s EAA district?
Michigan is targeting more experiments in its education system. Don’t forget the “Skunk Works” project following Snyder’s education vision. It was scuttled quickly and evidence lost.
Education working from a real world example is VITAL for Detroit resurgence and the State economy. Why should we consistently hear business saying they need to import skilled new staff?