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Columns or blogs by Englewood people.

Civil Air Patrol: A New Year’s resolution

Earle Bretz

Earle Bretz

By Earle Bretz

Civil Air Patrol

Have you ever thought about “giv­ing back” to the com­mu­nity? How about ser­vice to your state or nation?

There is a 74-year-old orga­ni­za­tion whose vol­un­teer mem­bers do just that!  It is the Civil Air Patrol, the aux­il­iary of the United States Air Force, and it has a local unit at the Punta Gorda Air­port.  Com­pos­ite Squadron FL-051 is right around the cor­ner!  The loca­tion makes it rel­a­tively easy for its 94 senior mem­bers and 45 cadets to meet on a reg­u­lar basis.

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Blank ATM cards are illegal malware

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Klein­lein
Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – My edi­tor sent me infor­ma­tion on blank ATM cards. I ini­tially assumed it was a con game to get cash from vic­tims. How­ever, inves­ti­ga­tion revealed it is really an attempt to steal money from bank ATM machines. In some cases, when vic­tims send money to par­tic­i­pate they never hear from the crooks again.

This email showed up to my edi­tor in November:

BEST WAY TO HAVE GOOD AMOUNT TO START A GOOD BUSINESS OR TO START LIVING A
GOOD LIFE…..
Hack and take money directly from any ATM Machine Vault with the use of ATM
Pro­grammed Card which runs in auto­matic mode.  email (MOYESANDREE@GMAIL.COM)or
call OR whatsapp..+2348168631153

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Five top Internet holiday scams

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla.  – I received a com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Scott Phayre, in charge of the IT Depart­ment of the Dio­ce­ses of Venice. The con­tent is impor­tant in pro­tect­ing indi­vid­u­als from hol­i­day cyber crime. Scott has con­tributed to Crime Scene in the past.

This hol­i­day sea­son could be the most won­der­ful time of year for cyber crim­i­nals accord­ing to dig­i­tal iden­tity com­pany Threat­Metrix. In a new report the firm reveals that it has detected a 25 per­cent jump in attacks.

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Holidays may bring holiday crime

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene 

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, shop­pers are out in large num­bers buy­ing gifts for fam­ily and friends. Crim­i­nals also need money dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son and look toward law-abiding folks to get it.

Don’t make it easy for them.

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Caveat emptor: Latin, meaning “let the buyer beware!”

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The sale of coun­ter­feit prod­ucts is far from a vic­tim­less crime, The True Cost of Fake Goods. Coun­ter­feit­ing ben­e­fits illicit activ­i­ties such as drug and human traf­fick­ing, child labor, and even ter­ror­ism. Many fakes are sim­ply cheap knock-offs of designer clothes, oth­ers have poten­tially dev­as­tat­ing health and safety consequences.

Med­ica­tions

Nine per­cent of all fakes seized by U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion last year were pre­scrip­tion drugs and per­sonal care products.

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Pocketbook drop con game back in Florida

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene

Police are look­ing for a man and woman who scammed an 84-year-old woman out of more than $10,000 in cash and $9,000 in jew­elry in St. Petersburg.

The man approached her in a park­ing lot claim­ing he had found $300,000. Shortly there­after the other woman approached ask­ing if she could help.

The con­ver­sa­tion then turned to what to do with the appar­ent ille­gal money. The woman agreed to put up $50,000 as col­lat­eral so that a bank employee the man knew could help them keep it. The elderly woman also agreed to put up col­lat­eral so she could share in the found money.

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Auto scams and information

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Some scams dis­ap­pear and then resur­face peri­od­i­cally. Peo­ple tend to for­get about them when they are not seen for a while. Rein­force­ment is the rule for address­ing them.

Engle­wood res­i­dent Otto Brun­ner received this scam e-mail:

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Scams you might not have heard about

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – E-mail, phone, and mail scams have pro­lif­er­ated in recent years. New and older ones sur­face peri­od­i­cally. The main thing to remem­ber is that if you receive an offer that seems too good to be true, from a source you do not rec­og­nize, dis­re­gard it. Never respond or pro­vide sen­si­tive per­sonal or finan­cial information.

I received this one three times. Note the poor gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion, spelling, and spacing:

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