This scam has been around for a while but seems more prevalent lately because I’ve received the below message from three of my friends in the last week.
Here’s the message to watch out for.
“TERRIBLE NEWS...HELP !!!
I'm sorry this is coming so sudden, I am in some terrible situation right now and need your urgent assistance. Some days ago,I came down to Scotland,UK on a short vacation,unfortunately I got mugged by some hoodlums. All my cash,credit cards and phones were taken at gunpoint!
It's such a traumatic experience . right now I'm stranded and need help getting back home. I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not being helpful in any way. the good thing is I still have my passports. Just don't have enough money to get back home. Please I need your help here ! promise to refund you right as soon as I'm back home in a couple of days.
waiting to hear from you.”
What’s this scam all about?
The scammers hacked your friends email account and then sent this message out to EVERYONE in your friends contact list. The idea is to use the subject’s credibility and personal relationships with their friends to get a gullible friend to send the scammers money, usually via Western Union.
What to do if you get this message:
1. Don’t send money – your friend is fine. Call them and check on their welfare if you like.
Private Officer International today released their year-end report of security officer deaths for 2010. According to Rick McCann, Founder/Executive Director, the association identified and confirmed 76 on duty deaths of security officers but estimates that the number is actually closer to 90. The discrepancy always comes from the way that security officer positions are classified by numerous federal and state agencies.
While the job title may be doorman or watchman or pool guard, they all perform security related duties but are not categorized as security officers on federal statistical records, the press release stated. A practice that McCann hopes will change soon so that those who die while in the performance of their security duties are properly recognized, he said.
The 2010 death total is up by 17 % from the previous two years and McCann attributes that to the increased duties and responsibilities of security officers, the increase in proactive response rather than the old "Observe and Report" method previously used which means that more security officers are being put into direct contact with active criminal activity, violent offenses and increased dangers.
The Top 8 states for security officer deaths were:
California - 8
New York - 8
Florida - 6
Georgia - 6
Tennessee, Washington, Ohio & Maryland - 5 Each
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
in perfect contentment, or so it would seem.
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
and I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
There is a new threat to your privacy and credit rating. Thieves can use a mobile scanner to read the Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tags embedded in your credit cards, debit cards, passport card, TWIC or enhanced driver’s license unknown to you, when walking by or while standing in a crowd. Once detected, this information can be immediately emailed anywhere in the world… Protecting yourself from this threat is difficult because the signals are hard to block.
One solution for protecting yourself from this potential exposure is: http://www.idstronghold.com/
Luckily, as a consumer, you have significant rights when it comes to credit card fraud. To learn more about your rights see the Federal Trade Commission website at: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre04.shtm
Here is a video news story about this threat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyeWSivAfEA