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Grandparent scam

Grandparent scam

I’m posting this because too often people don’t want to talk about shit like this.

Friday, July 24, my 90 year old mother was scammed . . . 

A caller claiming to be her grandson called and said he had been in an accident involving a member of the Mexican consulate . . . The man had suffered a stroke as a result of the accident and he (the grandson) needed $900 USD to get out of jail. Then an  “attorney” representing the “grandson” called again on Saturday stating that an additional $980 USD was need to cover other legal fees.  

My mother stated that she had said her “grandson’s” voice didn’t sound right and the reply was, “I have stitches in my lower lip.”

So I looked up Mexican consulate scams in Southern California . . . and there was an article about the Mexican consulates handing out matricula consular cards to illegal immigrants . . . so was the person who was in the accident flashing a consular card . . . ??

I’ve watched Man on Fire numerous times so I began to think something was rotten . . . and when I scrolled down and found an article about the Grandparent Scam . . . u-u-uh . . . OMFG !!

HOLY SHIT!! 

 Now it all made sense . . . some fucks in Montreal not Mexico had suckered my mom . . .

Long story short, she had wired money to cover the “bail bond,” and additional funds for other “legal fees” for a total of $2000 USD.  Her grandson was not in Mexico, and she will never get her money back.

I’m pissed . . . not only at the scammers, but at my mother for not letting me know what was going on . . . and at Western Union for complicity . . . 

Here’s a link to an article that everyone with grandparents and elderly relatives should read:

http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/fraud-phones-loved-ones-illusion-invulnerability-grandparent-scam-88636

Oh yeh, and some area codes the scammers use to get their money:

Area codes: 

1+868 Trinidad

514 Montreal 

India 011+91+
Mexico 011+52+

I’m 70 years old and skeptical as hell . . . 4 example, if yer name don’t show on my fone (caller I.D. Folks) . . . then, like speaker of the house John Boner told Harry Reid, “Go fuck yourself.”

Washing machine . . .

One or two weeks ago I washed my iPod Touch 5G . . . yeh, left in a pocket on my carpenter’s pants . . . managed to retrieve it before it got toasted in the dryer. So . . . I sort of gave it up as a lost cause and left it on the dining table.

After a few days I tried the power button to see if there was any sign of life . . . no . . . then I decided to put it into a ziploc baggie full of lentils & rice . . . My daughter suggested I do this to wick out any residual moisture. After a few days I tried the power button again . . . still nothing.

I connected the USB cable to the power adapter and the battery icon lit up with a red hairline and the was the lightning bolt was on indicating that the battery was charging.

To make a long story short, everything seemed to be working . . . and then yesterday the camera freaked !! First the display was dropping lines and turning blue and green and red . . . and then it turned red and stayed red . . . kaput or so I thought, put the iPod back into the baggie overnight and the camera came to life with a somewhat limited capacity.

If you are out there on the edge, here are some pics using the “challenged” camera:

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Use some of the “darkroom” apps available . . . get edge-y . . .

Lumi app

Great little app from the inkodye people . . .

Some things you should know before you jump into the water . . . First you’ll be working with a SQUARE format, so if you import an image from yer camera roll, make sure you allow for Lumi’s square format. The Lumi cam shoots in a square format.

Number two: the app will crash . . . if yer image has too much data it will overload the app and it will crash . . . remember, this ain’t no super computer at Lawrence Livermore, so . . .

The inkjet process for generating a negative is a bit too . . . too “process-y” for me, so I would opt for spending $7 and get an 12″ X 12″ film neg from the Lumi people.

If you want posterized images or halftone dots . . . u-u-uh . . . well . . .

This is a nice app for beginners in alternative photo processing – if you’ve never messed with color separated imagery or been in a REAL darkroom this is your ticket to freedom and fame in the social media fast lane . . .

Here’s some pics:

Original image . . .

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Lumi negative image . . .

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Halftone neg from the Halftone app and PhotoForge 2 . . .

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the Lumi app

Great little app from the inkodye people . . .

Some things you should know before you jump into the water . . . First you’ll be working with a SQUARE format, so if you import an image from yer camera roll, make sure you allow for Lumi’s square format. The Lumi cam shoots in a square format.

Number two: the app will crash . . . if yer image has too much data it will overload the app and it will crash . . . remember, this ain’t no super computer at Lawrence Livermore, so . . .

The inkjet process for generating a negative is a bit too . . . too “process-y” for me, so I would opt for spending $7 and get an 12″ X 12″ film neg from the Lumi people.

If you want posterized images or halftone dots . . . u-u-uh . . . well . . .

This is a nice app for beginners in alternative photo processing – if you’ve never messed with color separated imagery or been in a REAL darkroom this is your ticket to freedom and fame in the social media fast lane . . .

Original image . . .

Lumi negative image . . .

Halftone neg from the Halftone app and PhotoForge 2 . . .

Tin type . . .

Photo shot with the new app from Hipstamatic . . . “TinType” and the Photojojo wide angle/macro combo lens featuring a guest from Photojojo.

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F-I-N-A-L-L-Y the Hipsta people lets you access the camera roll !! OMFG !!

Totem . . .

2 layers of visual information – white paint Christian graffiti praising the lord and totemic cardboard cut-out imagery . . .

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The cardboard images will be placed on the actual graffiti and re-photographed at a later date.

Trash day . . .

A little something from yesterday . . .

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and the day before.

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Updating the past . . . Old school NEW world, neh?

trippin’ . . . OV

The burning bush . . . as seen on my 40 minutes in the sun walk about . . . yesterday.

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And it was written that “Jesus Luves You” on the basalt cliff face . . .

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iPhone 6 Plus . . .

why have I decided to get an iPhone 6 Plus ? Simple . . . I like my iPod Touch 5G and I don’t think that Apple is going to make an iPod Touch 6G . . . I want the 8 megapixel
camera . . . with all the “darkroom” apps available, anyone who likes where technology has taken photography, the iPhone 6 Plus is the next logical step . . .

0600 . . .

Katydid under mercury vapor lamp light . . .

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iPod Touch 5G . . .

Looks like I’ll be getting the new iPhone 6 Plus . . . I like the size, the 8 megapixel cam . . . looks like it will be a real workhorse.

H’ray !!

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