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This is so unfair. This is an example of why we need more advocates for the mentally disabled!

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4 May

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The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide has been nominated for the Dan Poynter’s Global E-Book Awards.  I hope that you will give me 5 “e”s and leave a really great comment.  Winning this contest would help me spread the word about preventing crimes against women.  So, please take a couple of minutes out of your day and vote for The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety.  Please click here to vote.  Thanks

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20 Apr

Will provide further updates at a later date.

FBI – Help Us Catch the East Coast Rapist

28 Feb

Source FBI: Here

Help Us Catch the East Coast Rapist
New Digital Billboard Campaign Launched

02/28/11

A new digital billboard campaign launched today aims to help investigators catch the “East Coast Rapist,” a violent serial offender who has attacked or attempted to attack a dozen women in Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, and Rhode Island for more than a decade.

The billboards feature composite sketches of the rapist and a toll-free telephone number where people can call to provide information. “These billboards give local police departments and the FBI an added edge to identify, locate, and apprehend the subject,” said Ronald Hosko, special agent in charge of the Criminal Division in our Washington Field Office. “The public is the most important tool law enforcement has for solving crimes like this.”

   
   

The East Coast Rapist attacked his first victim in February 1997 in a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C. He approached the 25-year-old victim on a bicycle as she walked home from work. The attacker began a conversation but then pulled a gun, forced the woman into nearby woods, and raped her.

Since then, 11 more attacks or attempted attacks have occurred. The female victims have been white, black, and Hispanic. The rapist generally approaches victims outdoors on foot and threatens them with a weapon—usually a knife or a handgun. He sometimes wears a black mask or hooded sweatshirt to conceal his face. He typically asks for money, giving victims the impression they are being robbed. But after the assault, no robbery occurs.

 

The attacker is described as a black male between the ages of 20 and 40 who is 5’7″ to 6′ tall, weighs between 150 and 200 pounds, and has a medium to muscular build. In addition to a mask and hooded sweatshirt, he has worn a variety of clothes during attacks, including green overalls, a green camouflage coat or black jacket, dark sweatpants or blue jeans, tan boots or light-colored tennis shoes, a black hair rag, and a brown or black hat.

The rapist’s last known attack was in Woodbridge, Virginia on Halloween night in 2009. He raped two teenagers on their way home from trick-or-treating.

All of the East Coast Rapist’s attacks have been linked by DNA, said John Kelly, a detective with the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia. “We have the DNA linking the offender, but we need someone to recognize and identify him.”

The digital billboards will run in Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, where the attacks and attempts have occurred, as well as in New Jersey, New York, and Delaware.

 
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The FBI started its national digital billboard initiative in 2007 with the help of outdoor advertising companies that provide free access to more than 1,500 digital billboards in more than 40 states nationwide to publicize investigations and to provide public safety information. Since the start of the initiative, at least 39 cases have been solved as a direct result from tips from the public.

Today’s campaign includes partnerships with a number of local police departments involved with the East Coast Rapist investigation. In addition to the billboards, Fairfax County Police Department has launched a dedicated website, www.EastCoastRapist.com, which provides composites and additional information about the case.

We need your help to capture this armed and dangerous serial offender. If you have any information regarding the East Coast Rapist, call 866-411-TIPS. Maryland’s Prince George’s County Police Department is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information related to the investigation.

New Facebook App for Stalkers

21 Feb

See story: here

Popular Phone Scam-Don’t be a Victim

10 Feb

By Carla M. Thompson

There is a very popular phone scam trending in the Metro-Detroit area right now that has the potential to put innocent people in a very dangerous situation.  My family and   I were almost victims of this phone scam, but my mother’s quick thinking prevented it. Here is how it happened:

My grandmother passed away last week and we are having the funeral on Sunday.  (She would have been 100 years old this year, WOW!)  So as you can imagine we have been receiving a lot of phone calls and we have been busy making arrangements.  In the middle of all of this my mother received a phone call and it went something like this:

Caller:  “Hello”

My Mother: “Hello”

Caller:  “Do you know who this is? I’ll give you a hint, I am from out of town. I heard about the funeral and I am here to attend it.”

My Mother: “Billy?”

Caller: “Yes, it’s me. I came as soon as I heard and I am on the road with two friends.  But here’s the thing, my car broke down.  I am in the city but I can’t get my money from Western Union until after 6pm.  Can I borrow $140? I will send my friend Roy over to pick it up.  What is your address?”

My Mother:  “Give me your number, let me call you back.”

The call ended there.

Under normal circumstances my mother would have never played a guessing game with someone over the phone but because she was stressed she was caught off guard.  And that is what con artists count on.  Now, I do believe that this could have been someone we knew, family member or friends of the family but it could have also been a stranger who looks for these types of opportunities.  Had my mother given him her address they would have not only gotten the $140 but could have also robbed everyone in the house.  After the phone call ended she called the suspected family member and found out that he was still out of town.  I am glad that my mother is cautious, even on her worst day she didn’t allow herself to be put on the spot.  This could happen to anyone.  So, everyone be careful!

Detroit police issue alert after several women were sexually assaulted

8 Jan

 

 

 

Suspect is armed and dangerous

 

Detroit police issue alert after several women were sexually assaulted

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Article about The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety in the Observer Newspaper

30 Dec

Link to Article in Observer

New Lottery/Sweepstakes Scam

30 Nov

Source: FBI http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2010/november/cyber_112410/cyber_112410

Fraudulent Notification Deceives Consumers Out of Thousands of Dollars

11/29/2010—The IC3 continues to receive reports of letters and e-mails being distributed pursuant to prize sweepstakes or lottery schemes. These schemes use counterfeit checks that bear legitimate-looking logos of various financial institutions to fool victims into sending money to the fraudsters.

Fraudsters tell victims they won a sweepstakes or lottery, but to receive a lump sum payout, they must pay the taxes and processing fees upfront. Fraudsters direct individuals to call a telephone number to initiate a letter of instructions. The letter alleges that the victim may elect to take an advance on the winnings to make the required upfront payment. The letter includes a check in the amount of the alleged taxes and fees, along with processing instructions. Ultimately, victims believe they are using the advance to make the required upfront payment, but in reality they are falling prey to the scheme.

The victim deposits the check into their own bank, which credits the account for the amount of the check before the check clears. The victim immediately withdraws the money and wires it to the fraudsters. Afterwards, the check proves to be counterfeit and the bank pulls the respective funds from the victim’s account, leaving the victim liable for the amount of the counterfeit check plus any additional fees the bank may charge.

Persons may fall victim to this scheme due to the allure of easy money and the apparent legitimacy of the check the fraudsters include in the letter of instruction. The alleged cash prizes and locations of the financial institutions vary.

Tips to avoid being scammed:

■A federal statute prohibits mailing lottery tickets, advertisements, or payments to purchase tickets in a foreign lottery.
■Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or sweepstakes.
■Beware of lotteries or sweepstakes that charge a fee prior to delivering your prize.
■Be wary of demands to send additional money as a requirement to be eligible for future winnings.

If you have been a victim of this type of scam or any other cyber crime, you can report it to the IC3 at http://www.IC3.gov. The IC3 complaint database links complaints for potential referral to law enforcement for case consideration. Complaint information is also used to identify emerging trends and patterns to alert the public to new criminal schemes.

Source: FBI Link: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams

FBI warning targets work-from-home schemes – WMBFNews.com | Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC | News, Weather, Sports

20 Oct

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of WMBFnews.com

 

FBI warning targets work-from-home schemes – WMBFNews.com | Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC | News, Weather, Sports

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