Sunday, October 11, 2009

Phone Scams continue...

Recieved a phone call at 10 Oct. 2009 at 10:18 hrs asking to talk to Richard (no last name). The caller identified himself as a detective that is investigating people that have receive calls asking for them to send money to Jamaica in order to receive a large amount of money in return. I indicated that I have not receive any. The caller asked me to call him back so they can get these guys.

The caller then indicated that his name is Mr. Mathews and that he would like me to call him back. I indicated that I understood. He then indicated that he was Detective Mr. Mathews and that he would like me to call him back if I receive a call asking for me to send money. I indicated that he had already said that.
He then gave me his phone number 1-876-864-4253. I asked if he was in Jamaica, and he indicated that he was. I told him that I have received a couple of calls asking me to call them about a delivery. He asked if I had called, I told them that I had not, since I have not done any business in Jamaica.

I said that I have reported this call to my security office and that they are investigating it. He again asked me to call him. I asked him what department he is with, and the call was disconnected...


I called my phone company (dialed 0) to explain that we've been receiving several phone calls from 876 area code, and that they didn't seem right and that I suspected them to be the type that and talked to the operator to see if these calls were somehow charged to the home phone number - she indicated that without going through an operator, that it could be charged to me, and that the call was on them.

Not surprising, Received a second phone call on 10 Oct 2009 at 1100 Hrs asking to talk to Richard. I indicated that I was he - the caller identified him as Marc Burns and that I have won $750,000 (darn, I forgot to ask how is that
that I won?... SInce I don't sign-up for those type os things...) - and am I interested in claiming this.
I asked what was his name again, he said:
Marc Burns

I asked what I had to do, he indicated that I needed to send $250 to:
Devon Ainsley
Montigo Bay Jamaica WI

I asked what was his number he stumbled around and said it was 1-876- 470-6282
He indicated that I should send payment Via Western Union. He asked if I wanted to take care of this, I replied that I would call the authorities and hung up.


Did I mention there was NO WAY I was going to cal back the "detective"

I once again called my phone company (by dialing 0) and talked with an operator to
ask if we can block phone calls from the 876 area code due to these fishing calls we have been receiving - she didn't know and transferred me to another person, he suggested calling the local business office and explain what is happening to them, and that they could take it to a higher level in their legal offices.

I once again I asked if there is a way for these calls to somehow charge me without going through the operator as in a collect call (which neither were) Again he indicated that I needed to talk with the local business office.

Needless to say, I'm calling first things on Monday!

Not sure how they got my phone number as our house phone is in my wife's name... Yet these were not the first phone call scams we have received. We received a different variant last month...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Phone Scam Calls from Jamiaca New Varient - Beware!!!

Over the last two weeks, I've received a couple of phone calls indicating that the caller would like me to call back to discuss delivery of a package.

The strange thing was that these message called me by my first name. The second indicated it was Mr. David and that he wanted to talk with me about the delivery of a package and to call him at his office at 876-283-0759. Since I was not expecting a package, nor have I sent a package to Jamaica nor to the Dominican Republic - I am/was suspicious... Thus I did a reverse phone look-up and was not able to find any (free) information about the number. I then did a check on the area code and found that Jamaica and the Dominican Republic share this area code.

This sounded like a phone scam that I remembered hearing about awhile ago, yet with a different twist - instead of calling to either claim a lottery, or that one has won a large amount of $$$, yet to claim need to send some money via Western Union,
This one was to call about a delivery of a package.

If one is curious about finding out more about scams check out

Day Trip to San Francisco

Day trip to San Francisco - San Francisco Viewed From Ciot Tower in San Francisco down Greenwich St Near turn around.
Alcatraz Island Viewed From Leaverworth n Francisco St
St Peter n Paul Church
Golden Gate Bridge n the fog

Large Spider in "his" web

A shot of a spider that caught my attention as I was driving out of my son's High School's Parking lot this morning. shows the spider from the sid
The Spider's body is Approximately the size of a quarter. While I was photographing it, one of the security guards came up to me and asked if he could help me - of course he noticed the camera... I told him that ihad just dropped off my son, and noticed the spider so I thought I'd take a few shots of it. The security guard looked and said that there were two of them - I looked to the right, and sure enough there was a second spider about three feet away. Both spiders had a web that was eight feet tall, and three feet across. I thanked him, and he walked off. It is nice to see that one can actually take an image in public.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Two Peregrine Falcons standing on a light pole

Saturday 2009-09-11, as I was returning home from a quick trip to Los Angeles International Airport, there were two Peregrine Falcon's standing on a light pole in a parking lot! Of course, I turned into the parking lot and slowly drove over to the light pole with my trusty camera (Canon G2) in hand to take a couple of quick shots before the Peregrine Falcons decided to fly off...

CF Card Collection now at 88 unique cards

CF collection now at 88 different CF Cards ranging in size/manufacturer from 2 MB to 16 GB - with an additional 5 different sub-types cards... One subtype has 5 different CF cards.

Latest addition includes a SanDisk 10 MB White & 512 Sandard Grade; Kodak 8 MB Red Picture Card

The collection can be seen at:

Saturday, August 29, 2009 uses images without permission

Very disappointing that a web site, let alone this one, will tolerate an "author" that uses an image that was not taken, produced, purchased or even had ask permission to use prior to the image actually being used (ref Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Gorgonzola Figs - dated Apr. 2).
As this image (albeit it a larger size) was used in an article "published" on October 29, 2008 as seen at Fig Apple and Gorgonzola Flatbread - Also refer to FigAppleFlatbread where a series of photos illustrate how the image in question was taken...
Ms. Lovier also didn't give credit to the person that actually created the image (Ms. Jaden Hair), who is a TV Personality, Author, and photographer.
Was the original created under creative commons - doubtful, as the web page above didn't explicitly indicate it as such...

Actions like this tarnish the credibility of the web page, in this case If left unchanged, what message does this send to others that create content? To those who actually do will be less apt to create it, and to those who use content without permission/payment reinforce the notion that it is o.k. to steal.

Ms. Hair also posted a comment on the subject article (Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Gorgonzola Figs) asking that the web site/"journalist" to take down her image...

Please note I'm not affiliated with Ms. Hair - I'm just a photographer that is very disappointed and dismayed at the increasing number of "journalists" and web sites that feel that it is o.k. to steal someone work with out compensation / credit. Let alone the moral issue of stealing...

I certainly hope that the web site takes down the image, give Credit to Ms. Jaden Hair, and at least write a letter of apology - her twitter page is at: steamykitchen