Dumb Criminals Says it all

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This was NOT a good week for moronic criminals with access to Instagram. After posting a bunch of ill-advised selfies on the photo sharing site, a Florida teenager now finds himself behind bars and facing 142 felony counts thanks to his oversharing habit.

The young man in question is 19-year-old in Dupree Johnson from south Florida. Mr. Johnson decided that it would be a good idea to document his massive stash of stolen firearms on Instagram, even though his rap sheet already included felony convictions for grand theft, burglary, and (go figure) felony possession of a firearm.

See the rest over at PetaPixel.com

What to do when you get pulled over

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What to do when you get pulled over

By Matthew Avery, Cars.com

We’ve all been there. You’re cruising down the road, singing along to the radio, when you see flashing blue and red lights in your rearview mirror. You stomp on the brake, wondering what you did wrong. Did you roll through a stop sign? Were you allowed to make that right-hand turn? Is a brake light out? All of the above?

Your mind is racing as you slow down and pull over. Palms sweaty, you watch as the officer exits his car and begins the slow walk to your door. Now what? Here are some pointers about what to do when you’re pulled over to make the experience as painless as possible — whether you were in the right or wrong.

Pull over

The first item of business is to alert the officer that you intend to pull over. Turn your blinker on and safely get to the side of the road as soon as possible. Outrunning a squad car is for the people on “Cops,” and look what happens to them.

Stay calm

Don’t panic; freaking out is only going to worsen the situation. For all you know, the officer pulled you over to alert you to a faulty headlight. When you’re calm you can think coherently and cooperate.

Stay in the car

Unless the officer signals or tells you to, remain behind the wheel. Getting out of your car may put the officer in a defensive position. You don’t want that.

Keep your hands on the wheel

While you will likely be asked for your registration, which is almost always in your glove box, wait for the officer to ask for it. When you reach across the car to retrieve it, the officer may think you’re reaching for a weapon, which may cause him to reach for his.

Be polite

Don’t try to “stick it to the man” even if you feel you’re in the right. They may decide to stick it to you by handing you a hefty fine for being uncooperative or rude. Be polite. Work with the officer. Make your actions and speech clear and easy to understand.

Sign the ticket

If you’re issued a ticket, sign it. You have to. You’re not admitting guilt, you’re just saying, “Hey, I understand I received a ticket.” That’s it. You don’t gain anything by not signing. If you’re having problems with this one, you may want to revisit the previous tip. Signing it doesn’t mean you can’t go to court to refute the fine.

That’s the gist of it. Remember, always drive in a safe manner to avoid being pulled over altogether. That’s the best way to avoid difficult situations.

Read more: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/07/pulled-over-the-ticket-to-a-stress-free-stop.html#ixzz2bmoDzSZN

Scam Alert: Monster Energy Email

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Crooks are always trying to find new ways to find unsuspecting victims and offering free money
is usually a successful way for them to lure victims in. The latest scam involves an offer to pay
people to “wrap” their car in advertising for a particular company. The latest one showing up in
e-mail boxes (shown below) is luring a lot of victims.

People are well aware and leery of the Nigerian scams where someone says they inherited
millions of dollars and need someone in the U.S. to cash the checks (although some people still
fall for it), so crooks have come up with a more believable and tempting way to find victims.

This is actually a believable offer that a lot of people are falling for. They offer $300-$600 a
week to have your car “wrapped” in advertisement just like the buses and cars you see wrapped
in advertising on the roads nowadays. All they ask for is your name, address and phone number.
People see they don’t have to provide any bank info so they feel less threatened by the offer.

The Scam:
The email seems harmless enough, in which the user is told they will receive $300-$600
per week to simply drive around with advertising on their cars. At first, only your contact
information is requested. The scammer will then offer to send you a check for a large amount,
such as $1800. They’ll tell you to deposit the check, take out your first week of pay, and wire the
rest to a graphic house which will customize the wrap for your car.

And they’ll pressure you to wire that money quickly… because the check is fake. Unsuspecting
victims will deposit this bogus check and wire money out of their account to the scammer before
the check has cleared. When the check finally bounces, the victim has lost whatever money they
wired.

So follow the old saying; If it seems too good to be true……..

I received this particular Monster Energy Wrap offer (shown below) in my work e-mail. Being
that I race motocross and Monster Energy is a sponsor of motocross, I thought it might be cool to
wrap my truck during race season and earn $1200 a month for basically nothing. But being a cop,
I know there’s no such thing as “free money”. A simple Google check of the offer showed what I
suspected, it was a scam.

But a lot of people are falling for this so I thought I’d forward it on with my warning. As you can
see there are misspellings, typos and there is no contact info for the company (all red flags). If
you ever get an offer that may tempt you, make sure you do some research on it first and find a
legitimate phone number for the company so you can call them directly to see if the offer is valid
or not.

Here’s the scam offer I got in my work e-mail.

Hello,

Here’s the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept:
Monster Energy Drink. seeks people — regular citizens,
licensed drivers to go about their normal routine as they
usually do, only with a big advert for "Monster Energy

Drink." plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl
decals, also known as "auto wraps,"that almost seem to be
painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of
your car’s exterior surface.

This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can
participate is a month.

You will be compensated with $300 per week which is
essentially a "rental"payment for letting our company use
the space no fee is required from you. Monster Energy
Drink. shall provide experts that would handle the advert
placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of
$300 inform of check via courier service for accepting to
carry this advert on your car once your reply has been received
at lucaseconomou@yahoo.com.

It is very easy and simple no application fees required. If
interested, please reply with the following details below to the
following email address lucaseconomou@yahoo.com

Applicant information:
Name :
Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
APT #:
City,State,Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this
information.

Best Regards,
Lucas Economou,
lucaseconomou@yahoo.com,
Monster Energy Drink. CAR WRAP ADVERTS

Does your neighbor have your back

From our friends at: http://www.simplisafe.com

Original Article: http://simplisafe.com/blog/does-your-neighbor-have-your-back

(Read the full article on there site – Here is the first part)

Neighborhood Security Dog

Think of your home’s first line of defense — what comes to mind? Your security system? Your barbed-wire fence? Your adorable but secretly vicious poodle? All of these will do in a pinch, but cast the net a little wider and you’ll find security starts up the street, around the corner, and everywhere in between. Statistics show that ⅔ of people feel safer in their homes because they know their neighbors, which makes sense when you learn about some of these hometown heroes. Read on to see how these neighbors have earned their stripes, and how you can, too.

Chris Saves Christmas

On December 24th, 2012, three young Colorado Springs burglars decided they wanted a new car for Christmas. Knowing that a lot of families would be gone for the holidays, they targeted an empty apartment, broke in through the back door, found the car keys, and got ready to ride off into the sunset. And they would have gotten away with it, too — if it weren’t for Chris Willner, a resident who knew his neighbors were away and that no one was supposed to be in their house. As the burglars yakked it up in the stolen car, Willner approached them and asked what they were up to — when they didn’t have an answer, he yanked the keys out of the car’s ignition, detained one of the criminals, and called the police. Mr. Rogers would be proud.

Tip: Trip-Taking Thoughts

Two things stopped this burglary — that the homeowners were savvy enough to tell a neighbor they were going out of town, and that the neighbor had enough guts (and observation skills) to stop the crime. If the victims had taken a few more precautions, though, they might not have been victims at all. Neighbors are great for keeping an eye out, but they can also help protect your home while you’re away by making it look like you never went away in the first place — picking up mail, cutting the lawn, clearing snow, even going through every once in a while to check on the place and flip some lights on and off. Make a pact with a close neighbor to trade off housesitting responsibilities, and you’ll be sure to come home to the same house you left.

Watchdogs Off The Leash

Back in August, a "self-appointed group of neighbors keeping an eye on things" slapped a poultice on a rash of car burglaries in Colorado Springs. The group had a phone chain in place to alert neighbors about suspicious activity, and when car alarms started going off all over the neighborhood, they used it. A few went after the would-be thieves with sticks, eventually cornering them behind some bushes. Two teenagers came out with their hands up, probably scared straight for life.

Original Article: http://simplisafe.com/blog/does-your-neighbor-have-your-back