Archives for July 2012

Dealing With The Grandchild Scam

Protecting elders against unexpected solicitations for money from people purporting to be a grandchild is happening more often. Being wise to such scams can pay off in more ways than the obvious.

It’s your granddaughter Sally on the phone. She says that she’s in trouble and needs money — $2,000. The caller sounds a little like your granddaughter, but you haven’t spoken to her in years so you aren’t sure. You begin asking her questions, like fill in the blanks, and she deftly uses the information you unwittingly feed her to construct an elaborate tale that seems to ring true. Finally, you promise to send the money she asks for to a mail drop she supplies.

Your grandson Joey is calling. Didn’t he die a few years ago? You can’t be sure; you were never that close to Joey’s side of the family. He begins to tell a sad tale of woe, and it’s compelling so you believe him. You tell him that you’re sorry but you can’t send a large amount, but would $50 help? He hangs up. It may have seemed quite rude of your “grandson,” to do that, but count your blessings. You could have been scammed.

Distant voices masquerading as grandchildren or other relatives might use legal troubles or family sickness or even the death of a beloved pet as ruses in their schemes. Variations can be as ingenious as the human imagination. The bottom line is that stranger’s voice – pretending to be someone familiar – is out to steal your money. It’s happening a lot these days, perhaps more so because of hard times when thieves are looking for easy money.

What can you do to protect yourself? The best thing to do is be wary when the phone rings, and if it doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Hang up. You can also call your local, state, or federal law enforcement agency. But probably the safest course is to educate yourself about phone scams before they happen to you. Learn what tricks are employed. Prevent this sort of crime from happening to you or your loved ones – the real ones. An extra perk arising from such vigilance will be something precious – a renewed peace of mind.

But if you were taken in by Sally that first time, try to learn from your mistake. Educate yourself about people like Sally and about their motives so that you won’t get fooled again.
About The Author

Gene Osofsky is an East Bay elder law attorney in California. Gene Osofsky specializes in Medi-Cal planning, wills, probate, trusts, nursing home issues, special needs planning, and disability planning. To learn more about elder law and The Law Offices of Osofsky & Osofsky, visit

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How To Spot An Online Ticket Scam

by: Chris Holgate

Police have shut down 100 online ticket scam websites this month, by taking action through the organisation in charge of registering all web addresses; Icann (Internet Corporations of Assigned Names and Numbers).

Typically, however, these sites which sell fake tickets for events ranging from Bruce Springsteen concerts to the Olympic games are incredible difficult to shut down due to most of them being based offshore. As such, not only do many still remain but more will surely form to replace the fallen.

There are however simple steps you can take to help safeguard against potential online fraudsters:

– Does it seem too good to be true? Life can sometimes chuck you a nice surprise although more often than not if something looks too good to be true then you’re going to be left disappointed. Alarm bells should start ringing if you’ve been endlessly searching for seats at the O2, then suddenly you stumble across a random site that appears to have exactly what you’re looking for.

– Does the site look professional? While not necessarily an accurate indicator, I would be cautious of a site that promises premiership football tickets but looks like it knocked up in five minutes by a primary school child.

– Does the page have a page rank? This is one of my favourite methods of checking a sites potential legitimacy. Download and install the Google Toolbar (http:// and this will then provide you with an immediate indication via a small sliding scale just under the address bar as to how ‘important’ Google believes the page you are currently viewing is. This level is established by monitoring the number of ‘important’ sites linking to the page in question; A ranking of zero would immediately indicate that the site is either new or that no other sites have seen it as worth linking to.

– Does the page have an Alexa rank? By downloading and installing the Alexa toolbar ( allows anonymous usage statistics to be collected by a central server. This data can be used to create a massive database which ranks the popularity of various sites on the Internet which is displayed via a small scale within your browser. To demonstrate how this can be useful, consider that Ticket Master (one of the largest legitimate ticket sales sites) is currently ranked the 5,514th most popular on the entire Internet. This is no small achievement and it’s likely they can be trusted unlike a site which claims to be ‘The Biggest and Best on the Web’ while ranking in at five millionth.

– Does the page include contact details? You can always try phoning them before you put your order through to talk to then about your order. If you get a dead dial tone, an incorrect number or it sounds like the guy is talking on a mobile in the pub then it’s time to move on to another site.

– Does the site receive favourable reviews? Do a Google search for reviews of the site you are thinking about purchasing off; others will quickly rant if they have had problems and while all reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt this will quickly give you an idea as to whether the company is legitimate. Also, don’t place too much importance on accreditation logos; the only time they’re worth paying attention to is if it’s a body you recognise that have their own website that can be used to confirm membership.

– Is their site secure? Ensure that when typing in your card details that you have been transferred to a secure server; this can be done by checking that ‘https://’ has replaced ‘http://’ in your address bad. Also, never pay by cheque; a credit card will give you added protection should anything go wrong.
About The Author

Chris Holgate writes a weekly article of all things tech related. He is a copy writer of the online Ink and Toner website Refresh Cartridges These articles can be found in an archive at
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Avoiding Adoption Scam Artists

by: Matt Ryan

As with anything where a person or persons hearts and feelings are involved there are quick buck artists out to make a quick buck by pulling on the heartstrings of those who wish to adopt an infant or put an infant up for adoption. It is unfortunate, but true and all too often people involved in the adoption process wind up losing thousands of dollars and having their hearts broken.

The most common tell of an adoption scam artist is they immediately ask for money. They are looking for the money even before setting up a face-to-face meeting with potential adoptive parents. Avoid this at all costs, insist on meeting in person to discuss the generalities of the adoption offer and inform whomever you have made contact with that there will be no money exchanging hands prior to this meeting.

Perhaps the most powerful scam is that of the scammer posing as the birth mother in a dire situation. They will often ask for money to pay lawyers fees to get the adoption process moving. In this case, simply ask for the name of the attorney and contact information. With this data in hand, make contact with the attorney yourself and ascertain if the request is on the up and up. Adoptive parents have the advantage in this instance, as they are not required to obtain legal assistance for the birth mother of an infant up for adoption. In addition, if proven to be on the up and up, the retainer fee should be sent directly to the attorney.

To avoid a majority of the birth mother type scams it is imperative that probable adoptive parents obtain an actual physical address and live telephone number where the birth mother can be reached at any given time. Never send money, airline tickets, bus tickets or airplane tickets. Money can be spent, most often untraced, and tickets of any variety can easily be taken in for a refund.

Before making a majority of agreements with the birth mother of the infant up for adoption be sure to obtain undeniable proof of pregnancy. Have these and any other documents scrutinized by professionals, even insist that the inspecting professional get into contact with the author of the document. Further regards to documents are the timely manner in which they arrive after being requested. If the mailing of them is continually delayed, or excuses are made when the items haven’t arrived then it is probably time to scrutinize the situation with a little more vigor.

Another tactic is the use of ‘friends’. An adoption scammer will pose as somebody acting on behalf of a pregnant friend who would like to put her baby up for adoption and make contact with as many people looking to adopt as possible. To avoid this scam, immediately inquire about contact with the actual birth mother. If this request is denied from the onset, avoid it at all costs. If contact is indeed granted, take measures to ensure that the birth mother and the ‘friend’ are not the same person. Be aware of similarities such as the same phone number, address, IP address if on the Internet and any other things that may seem certifying the potentiality of a scam.

In the beginning stages of adopting, adoptive parents must be extremely aware of the potential of getting scammed. It is often hard to not get emotional at a time like this, however, being cautious and maintaining composure can prevent future heartbreak and lead to a happy ending.

About The Author

Matt Ryan is the creator of

George M. Pavia Unified Court Corruption and cover up versus the cover up at Penn State and Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and the board of Penn State

The unified courts in NYC are a cesspool of back-room fixes with the likes of mafia front-lawyer George Pavia, Esq and his band of shakedown artists, extortionists and corrupt lawyers who bribe, harass and ruin the lives of legitimate litigants who hope for an honest count in the courthouse. What you get is deliberate violations of the rules of law, threats, bullyism, fraud by lawyers such as Pavia, tyrannical rulings and chicanery by judges who have been bought-off by the likes of George Pavia.

Your civil rights are mutilated by these bandits in black robes—-and the supposed chief judges and the commission on judicial conduct turn a blind eye to the collusion and corruption and focus on covering up the corrupt acts by most judges—-the commission ‘slaps the hands of the small-fry’

No different at Penn State—-they all turned their back on the rapes of decent boys by another monster, Jerry Sandusky—aided by Joe Paterno. George Pavia, Esq is no less a monster than Sandusky—both are psychopaths without conscience, they will do and say anything to cover-up their vicious deplorable acts and they will deprive any-one of their rights for their own unjust needs.

The unified court system, just like Penn State, needs a full expose as to their back-room illegal activities with the likes of Pavia, like Sandusky, has been getting away with dastardly acts affecting the lives and finances of innocent American citizens and their civil rights. Much more coming.

Why Diets Don’t Work

by: Aaron M. Potts

One of the biggest scams ever successfully pulled on the American public is – somewhat appropriately – a 4-letter word. That word is, of course, Diet. By now you have seen advertisements for more diets than you can easily remember, and have also most likely seen an article or television show debunking some of those diets. Unfortunately, the art of shooting holes through the credibility of a diet plan is normally done by ANOTHER diet company, solely for the purpose of getting you to use their product instead. Well, this article has nothing to sell, nor really anything to gain, save the knowledge that hopefully the reader – that’s you – will put down the Diet Madness Menu, and get a real world point of view on why diets don’t work, and what you can do about it.

Eating, the Lost Art

If you are considering a diet, or have in the past, your primary motivation was most likely to lose weight. What if I was to tell you that in order to lose weight, you actually need to eat MORE than you have in the past? You would probably shake your head at that crazy idea, and think that it was some new fad that could in no way assist you in your weight loss goals. Of course, the fact that every diet you’ve ever heard of was at one point “some new fad” would probably never even cross your mind. Nonetheless, the fact remains that most people do need to eat more than they presently are in order to lose weight, but the trick comes in eating the right kinds of foods, in the right ratios of nutrients, and at the right times of day. Sound tricky? Perhaps, but I assure you, it is really quite simple. However, the purpose of this article is not to inform you of the benefits of eating, but merely to let you know that eating is indeed a very effective way to lose excess bodyweight, and to explain how diets keep that from happening.

Stating the Obvious

Although most people do not think of the “latest diet” in these terms, hopefully the following question will make you consider what is pretty obvious if you stop to think about it. If the new “Last Diet You’ll Ever Need” was really that good at making you melt away pounds while sitting on the couch munching “Carbo Craze Chips” or was even remotely effective at burning off your spare tire while inhaling the sweet scents of “Aerospace’s Aromatic Air Baubles”, then why isn’t everyone already thin??

Seriously – think about it. Every time you hear about the latest diet or the most up to date exercise device that only takes 20 minutes per day, they always say that you will never need another system! The advertised system – no matter how logical or even outlandish as it may seem – is always touted at being better than ever, and the last system you will ever need. Well, if that were true, don’t you think that the manufacturer of that system would not only become wealthier than anyone in history, but would also become famous as the person who FINALLY solved the obesity problem in our world? Don’t you think that person could also afford to advertise their product during prime time on TV, instead of late at night? Don’t you think that system would become known throughout the world – throughout history itself – as a turning point in human development?

So, I’ll ask you the same question again: If the solution is already out there, why do we need to keep coming up with new solutions?? The answer is, of course, very simple – these systems don’t work, and the human populace is simply looking for a non-existent quick fix to getting rid of too many late night excursions to the local burger joint, or to the fact they should have taken stock in beer while they were in college. Then what does work? Human physiology.


Metabolism is defined as the rate at which your body processes food. In other words, how fast your body burns calories. The faster your metabolism, the more food you can eat without gaining weight. How do you control your metabolism? By eating a nutrient-dense meal every 3 to 3 ½ hours. This practice “stokes your internal furnace”, for lack of a better analogy. Think of your body as an old-style locomotive that had coal shoveled into the combustion chamber one shovel at a time. If you didn’t shovel in coal fast enough, the locomotive would slow down, and your body is no different. If you don’t eat often enough, your metabolism slows down and you don’t burn through calories very quickly. In addition, not only does your rate of calorie consumption go down, but your body starts storing almost everything that you do eat as bodyfat! So, in essence, every time you starve yourself in your honest effort to “stick to your diet”, you are actually slowing down your metabolism as well as making your body more efficient at building padding for you to sit on at baseball games.


“I don’t care” you say. You believe that in order to lose weight you need to starve. Okay, that’s wrong, but I’ll explain why that thinking is flawed. Your body needs energy so you can live through any given day. The amount of energy that you need is determined by your Basal Metabolic Rate, and by your activity level for that day. For most people, this amounts to between 1,500 and 2,500 calories per day. Well, if your calorie-restricted diet doesn’t allow you that many calories, your body will find a way to survive anyway. It does this by breaking down your muscle tissue and using it for energy. “So what?” you say. You don’t care, as long as the scale says you are losing weight, right?

What if I told you that the ONLY place on your body that you can burn bodyfat for fuel is your muscles? What if I told you that the more muscle tissue you lose on a calorie-restricted diet, the fewer calories you can eat after the muscle loss? What if I told you that after losing 20 lbs on a calorie-restricted diet, your total bodyfat level will have dropped very little, if at all? What if I told you that by using muscle mass for energy, you have literally crippled your body’s ability to burn bodyfat in the future, and that by the laws of Nature (which we can’t change, by the way), you will absolutely put the weight back on, and probably gain more weight than you ever had before?

If I told you all of that, would you still want to burn muscle tissue for energy while starving yourself to stick to your diet, paying $8 a bag for Carbo Chips, and $20 a session for Aromatic Air Baubles?

On the other hand, perhaps the laws of Nature don’t apply to you. In that case, be sure to tune in tonight – I believe the “Lose Weight While You Eat Butter Fried Bacon” diet is going to be featured on a new infomercial. It is, after all, The Last Diet You Will Ever Need!

About The Author

Aaron Potts is the owner and operator of Aaron’s Personal Training in Orange Park, FL. Aaron’s experience in the health and fitness industry includes one on one personal training in client’s homes and local gyms, as well as outdoor training programs. Aaron’s company also offers local and long distance fitness consulting, as well as an online personal training program.



Joesph M. Burke, Esq

William J. Russo, Esq

Russo and Burke Lawyers have instigated a Blog in a front and charade to cover-up and whitewash their documented activities of lawlessness, threats, suborning of perjury, bribery, collusion, perjury and tampering.

Scams Inc has been investigating Russo and Burke Esqs, Joseph M Burke, Kenneth V Gomez and the few others that are part of the Russo-Burke dishonest immoral supposed law office.

Joseph M Burke has misused the Courthouse in a scheme to bribe and perjurer himself and his Client Dr John Siebert. Siebert is a thief who robbed and raped and molested many. Siebert stole more than $20Million from Jim Couri: Siebert raped and molested and robbed Diane Kleiman, Muriel Karass, Linda M, Barbara Paloucci, MS Rachel, Richard Jacobs, Ben Ossman, Ms Christopher Zimmerman and many others.

Siebert with the aid of Russo-Burke robbed and extorted these and many more victims by virtue of the bribing, fixes, cheating and corruption of Joseph M Burke Esq and Russo-Burke.

Burke and Kenneth V Gomez and partner Russo formed a alliance with mafia front George Pavia Esq and in concert looted Medicare liened funds–Medicaid moneys taken by Siebert, and bribery and tampering Referees and Judges in the Unified Courts.

Burke lied and cheated Judge Harold Beeler covering up Siebert’s Sex Crimes and Siebert’s later convictions at NYU-Hospital and Discharge.

Burke engaged in ex-parte frauds with Referee Jack Suter. Burke conned and cheated Referee Louis Crespo; engages in surpression of evidence at the App Div by fraud; Burke and Russo and Burke and Gomez engaged in tampering with and ex-parte communications with Judge Paul Wooten and they have bee caught engaging in collusion with Judge Joan Madden in their scheme to loot and plunder Jim Couri’s Claims and Rights against Siebert and Pavia.

Russo and Burke are a corrupt, dishonest group of lawyers, swindlers, shake-down culprits and extortonists.

These scalliwags ans sociopaths will lie, cheat, deceive and shake-down their opponent.

They will harass, file false documents, forged records and violate all ethics to loot and plunder.

Joseph "Sneezy" Burke

Russo uses pimp-shake-down bum Kenneth V Gomez Esq to file false Blogs as a scheme to disenfranchise the truth. Russo-Burke will and have covered up Siebert’s sex-crimes, rapes, narcotics abuses, Healthcare Insurance frauds and thefts and Sieberts Thefts of Millions from victims Richard Jacobs, Jim Couri, Ms C Zimmerman, Ben Ossman and the Federal and State Tax Man.

Russo and Burke are a unholy alliance of thieves, corrupt lawyers ‘selling’ bribery, tampering, cheating, perjury, looting and extortion.

Do not be deceived by Joseph M Burke’s appearance as a look-a-like as ‘sneezy’ of the Seven Dwarfs,
Joe Burke is a blackmailer, a psychopath, a immoral sycophant who will tear the eyes out of his mother and say she was born blind.

The Russo and Burke Blog is a set-up and a con to lure legitimate clients into their Den of Corruption and Fraud——-much more to come—stay tuned—

Protecting Yourself From Credit Card Fraud

by: Jakob Jelling

Credit card fraud has become surprisingly common nowadays. Credit card fraud can potentially cause consumers a great deal of stress and hassle. Therefore it is important to pay attention to the security features offered in your credit card deal. For example, in the case of unauthorized charges on your card, are you liable for any portion of that money?

Credit card fraud protection is also increasing with credit card companies striving to contain fraud and consumers becoming more aware of the problem. There are certain steps you can take to make sure that you are protected from credit card fraud.

When you apply for a credit card, make sure you look at the security and credit card fraud prevention features offered by the issuing company. Fraud protection features are important for individuals and businesses.

You can protect yourself from credit card fraud by checking your monthly statements. This way you will be able to detect any unauthorized charges on your credit card. You will have to contact the credit card company to let them know. The earlier you spot such fraudulent charges, the less negative effects they will have. Many companies and banks also offer online account management where you can access your statements 24 hours a day.

To protect yourself from credit card fraud you should never reply to an email message that appears to come from your credit card company or your bank. This is an omnipresent scam where fake email messages are generated to trick people into handing over their account numbers and other personal information. Also do not give personal information when you receive a phone call purportedly from your credit card company. Be sure to call them yourself or when online enter their web address to reach the issuer’s Website.

Try to keep your credit card with you as much as possible. When handing it to a waiter at a restraunt, be sure it is returned promptly. Keep it safe from view of others when in public so your account number stays safe. Also carry the credit card in a safe place such as in a wallet so that you do not drop it accidentally.

It is important to properly dispose off statements and other documents to prevent thieves from going through your trash and stealing your identity. This is where a shredder can come in handy.

If your credit card gets stolen or you find any indication of credit card fraud, you should report the problem immediately to the issuing company or bank. They usually have a fraud prevention hotline where their customers can report fraudulent activity.

Small steps can help you avoid falling victim to credit card fraud. While many credit card companies offer zero or limited liability for unauthorized charges, it can be a great hassle correcting the mistakes, especially on your credit report.

About The Author

Jakob Jelling is the founder of Visit his website for the latest on personal finance, debt elimination, budgeting, credit cards and real estate.



Rampant court corruption in the NY courthouse engaged in by lawyers, judges and referees further confirmed by Christine Anderson and set-forth in living color by Ms. Anderson in federal court SDNY. We are posting some relevant document on Scams Inc. on 7-3-12 for all to view.

The Anderson saga is one of hundreds of horror stories of fixes, bribery, tampering and extortion ongoing and orchestrated by corrupt lawyers and desperate corrupt judges most either appointed out of a paper-bag in a back room or put on a phony ballot usually unopposed. The NY unified courthouses are a farcical charade if you are the target of a corrupt lawyer and a fixed judge.

Now, the Department of Justice and the FBI are finally taking notice and taking action and the cesspool of the courthouse will be eliminated —patience—–stay tuned as the rotten apples are in the cross-hairs and the feds have carloads of proof, tape recordings and corrupt emails



The Warning Signs Of Online Fraud and How To Avoid It

by: Donald Lee

The number may seem grim for Web-based commerce. In 2004 in the Unites States alone, computer users logged in more than 207,000 Internet fraud reports to the U.S. Internet Crime Complaint Center. If you look hard at this number, you may be astounded, and a good bit frightened, by the implication. You may ask, “Is it really safe to buy and sell at an online site?”

Put simply, the answer is: yes. The Internet is an incredibly powerful tool for business, so you can’t pass it over just because of a few crooks and conmen—even if they do seem like they’re behind every pop-up window and banner ad. The truth is that you can create opportunity and make more money online than you could lose in fraud.

Better yet, you could lose absolutely nothing if you know the warning signs of fraud and the tricks to avoid danger during your Web-based business dealings.

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell goods online, the first—and the best—way to fight fraud is prevention. There are certain warning signs to watch for, which should set off a chorus of alarms and flashing red lights in your head. Don’t do business with this person! For buyers, these potential warning signs can be when a seller:

  • asks you to pay through non-traceable avenues, such as Western Union or MoneyGram, or a third party, or via an overseas address. You should ask yourself—and the seller—why he or she won’t accept payment options that are traceable and convenient for you.
  • posts an image on his auction or classified ad that’s obviously from an outside source. Sometimes these images may not even match the type of item, let alone the brand, that the ad features.
  • sells a typically expensive item at cut-rate prices, which is a good indicator that it could be counterfeit.
  • refuses to provide tracking numbers when you purchase an item. Tracking numbers are another way to trace a valid transaction.
  • offers only excuses, instead of help, when your purchased item doesn’t arrive at your doorstep.

If you’re a seller, you ought to be wary of signs of a suspicious buyer, such as when a buyer:

  • asks to pay only some of the fee, offering to the pay the rest sometime in the future. This is the old excuse from Popeye’s friend Wimpy, who always could be heard saying, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Wimpy never paid Tuesday.
  • sends you a cashier’s check for more money than the agreed price “by mistake.” In this scam, the buyer then asks you to repay him the difference by personal check, wire transfer, or money order—before you find out that the cashier’s check didn’t clear. Believe it or not, this scheme works because cashier’s checks can be cashed before they bounce.
  • sends you a cashier’s check for the correct amount of money but then demands a refund, requesting that you repay with your own money. See the scheme above for how this trick works.

These warning signs, of course, are only for a handful of the frauds and scams out there. Conmen are good at what they do, trying to separate you from your money. That’s why it’s best to always follow these golden rules of online commerce whenever buying or selling on an Internet auction or classified site.

Keep your common sense. No matter how good a deal seems, or how much clients say they want to pay, always remember the old adage: “If it sounds too good to be true….”

Do your business locally. Try to buy and sell from your neighbors as much as possible. It’s safer, more convenient, and better for your local economy. What’s more, it saves you the trouble of dealing with foreign vendors and buyers. Though they may be legit, dealing with them can be complicated because of different legal systems and customs, which can make any conflict difficult.

Seal the deal with plastic. Paying for items with credit cards, and allowing your customers to charge for purchases, is a great all-around business decision. Under U.S. law, all plastic purchases are protected from fraud and allowed to be disputed in case of problems.

Meet at the middle man. Intermediary services are virtual middle men that protect both buyers and sellers from cyber shysters. Services like Escrow act as a holding pen for both payment and sale items until both the buyer and seller are content. Only then will Escrow finish a transaction.

Purchase with PayPal. As Escrow and credit cards do, PayPal guards against fraud for both buyers and sellers. It’s a secure and reliable way to transfer money over the Internet. No wonder PayPal is the most popular online money transfer service.

As you can see, the odds are actually in your favor when it comes to doing business on online classified or auction sites. The resource of the internet is far too valuable than to be taken away by a few crooks and conmen. It simply comes down to being smart, sensible, and observant whenever buying or selling on the Web. Then again, that’s what all good business is about, whether you’re doing it in a mall or on the information superhighway.

About The AuthorDonald Lee is the public relations manager for Buysellcommunity provides free classified listing services for individuals and businesses to market their products and services online. For global and localized classifieds, please visit Free Buy & Sell Classifieds.