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Man Trying to Make a Point Arrested for Landing Gyrocopter on Capitol Grounds

Police in Washington, D.C. arrested a man on Wednesday for landing a small plane near the Capitol.

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Dog Lies Down on Ground With Owners During Drug Bust

Here's a dog that really knows how to obey.

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Dumb Criminal Asks for Permission to Rob House

We've all heard about dumb criminals but, have you ever heard about one who asks permission before committing his crime? Probably not.

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Jury Duty Scammers Use Jail Threats to Scare Victims

Jury duty is a vital civic responsibility and should be taken seriously by all citizens. Unfortunately, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin found scammers may use it to compromise your personal information and steal your money.

The jury duty scam begins when someone, posing as a deputy or court official, contacts the victim via telephone.

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BBB Warning: Expect Scammers to Use Leaked Celebrity Photos as ‘Click Bait’

 

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning that it expects to see scammers taking advantage of the recent leak of celebrity photos to trick consumers into clicking links to fraudulent websites. Scammers tend to take advantage of sensational news and public curiosity to spread malware that can lead to identity theft.

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Austin Radio ‘Pirates’ Face Stiff Fine From FCC

There's an old Country song titled, "You Gotta Have a License." This is true for any commercial (or non-commercial) radio station in the U.S. Well, a couple in Austin felt that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules regarding licensing for the FM broadcast band didn't apply to them, so they put a "pirate" radio station on the air. That is now going to cost them a substantial amount of money.

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BBB: Students Give Financial Aid Scams a Failing Grade

The college fall semester will kick off soon, so now is the time to beware of scams targeting students. Scholarships and financial aid are a great way to help with the high cost of education. Even though finances have already been planned out for the school year, scammers still use this time as an opportunity to take advantage of students and parents. Before you think about last-minute financial assistance, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants you to be wary of financial aid fraud.

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Electric Companies Say Beware of Scammers

Another day, another way that scammers are attempting to rip you off! Read up on the latest methods thieves are using to steal your personal information and use it fraudulently. It involves you getting a phone call telling you that your power is about to be cut off...don't fall for it!

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BBB: Avoid Lottery/Sweepstakes Scams

Whether it’s mail, phone or in person, con artists are using the promise of prizes and large cash winnings to steal from honest people. Victims often get an unsolicited phone call, email or letter from someone notifying them that they've won a lot of money or a prize. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants you to be able to recognize red flags of a lottery or sweepstakes scam.

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Suspicious Email? Gee…Let Me Think About This

So, I'm checking one of my email accounts, and I see one with the subject line: "From Colonel Nick Logan."

"Hmm...," I think to myself. "I don't know anybody named 'Colonel Nick Logan.' I have a brother who retired from the California Army National Guard years ago as a Colonel, but that's not his name. I know a few people named 'Nick,' but none of them are in the military, to my knowledge. And I don't believe I know anybody whose last name is 'Logan.' Ahh...a mystery!" Now, it took much longer to write that than it did to think it, but I digress. So, my curiosity piqued (and my Crap Detector a-tinglin'), I opened the email on my iPhone ('cause it's harder to hack into those than a computer; even I know that). And here, just as it was in my email inbox, is what the mysterious missive said:

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VPD VIN Etching Program Returns

A car is stolen in Texas every five and a half minutes. Having your vehicle’s VIN etched into its window glass will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of vehicle theft. The Victoria Police Department will offer free VIN window etching at LifePonte Church (8150 Nursery Drive) on Saturday, May 24th from 9:00 a.m.-12 noon.

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© 2014 Skeeter Nash
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A 31-Year-Old High School Sophomore?

From the "What in the World?" File:

Dateline: Longview, TX. Students and faculty at the New Life Christian School in Longview apparently aren't good judges of a person's age. Nor was the woman who took in the "sophomore" that claimed she had been abused, and her biological parents were both dead.

You see, the "sophomore" is a 31-year-old woman named Charity Anne Johnson.

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