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The show airs as part of 1580 KGAL's Valley Talk lineup. It's live, it's local and it airs from 11:06 to Noon every other Tuesday on NewsTalk 1580 KGAL.

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Tuesday, 10/30/2007

- Joining us with a digital repeat of the popular Scam Busters interview will be Detective Micah Smith from the Linn County Sheriff's Office. He will discuss how to protect children using "Social" web sites such as MySpace and Face Book. Also discussed Cell Phone, Text Messaging, Web cams and other safety issued that are exploited by predators

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 @ 11:06am

Our guest: Rebecca Grizzell from Linn Co. Federal Credit Union discussing their Primary Signer ID Protection Programs. We also discussed up dates on email scams, and featured Detective Micah Smith with an overview of this month's Tech Smartz Programs.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 @ 11:06am

Our guests from Citizens Bank to discuss the latest update in Banking Scams: Bill Hubel, EVP and Chief Operating Officer who was with us the last time we were on the show. Joining him will be Chelle Davis, AVP & Commercial Loan Officer at our West Albany Office.

Content from September 18th, 2007 Show

This was a special Scam Busters / Average Guys Investment Talk Show due to the Special Announcement during the show where the Fed Cut was expected to cut the discount rate by 0.25%. The actual announcement was 0.5% (1/2 percent) cut in the Discount Rate. Joining us Average Guy Investment Talk Show Co-Host John Gibson.

Content from September 4th, 2007 Show

Linn County Sheriff Detective Micah Smith discussing how to protect children using "Social" web sites such as MySpace and Face Book. We also discussed Cell Phone, Text Messaging, Web cams and other safety issued that are exploited by predators.

Content from August 7th, 2007 Show

Tonight (8/7/2007) was National Night Out. Joining us will be Dayla Johnson from LPD (Lebanon Police Department) to talk about the special events at Ralston Park tonight. Also we will have Albany Community Service Officer for APD (Albany Police Department) Lynn Hinrichs update us on Albany activities. Plus ScamBusters Alerts on new scams.

Content from July 24th Show

Scam Busters Updates from FBI

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
FBI NATIONAL PRESS OFFICE (202) 324-3691

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 17, 2007 FBI WARNS PUBLIC OF E-MAIL SCAMS

Washington, D.C. - The FBI today warned the public against three separate Internet scams that continue to flourish through spam e-mails. The warning comes after the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received a rising number of complaints from citizens over the past few weeks.

In one scam, an e-mail recipient receives an electronic greeting card containing malware (malicious software). The cards, which are also referred to as e-cards or postcards, are being sent via spam. Like many other Internet fraud schemes, the perpetrators use social engineering tactics to entice the victim, claiming the card is from a family member or friend. Although there have been variations in the spam message and attached malware, generally the spam directs the recipient to click the link provided in the email to view their e-card. Upon clicking the link, the recipient is unknowingly taken to a malicious web page.

In another scam, fraudulent e-mails misrepresent the FBI and/or Director Robert S. Mueller III and give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, seal, letter head, and/or banners. The types of schemes utilizing the Director's name and/or FBI are lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications.

The third is spam e-mail which claim to be from an official of the U.S. military sent on behalf of American soldiers stationed overseas. The scam e-mails vary in content; however, the general theme of each is to request personal information and/or funds from the individual receiving the e-mail.

These spam e-mail messages are hoaxes and should be immediately deleted. Consumers need to be wary of unsolicited e-mails that request them to take any action even if that means just clicking on an attachment. It is possible that by "double-clicking" on attachments to these messages, recipients will cause malicious software - e.g., viruses, keystroke loggers, or other Trojan horse programs - to be launched on their computers.

For further information on computer safety tips please visit the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/ and the IC3 website at http://www.ic3.gov/.

Alert from IC3 Center

Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

July 17, 2007

AN INCREASE IN INTERNET SCHEMES PURPORTEDLY FROM THE FBI

The IC3 has increasingly received intelligence of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting the FBI and/or Director Robert S. Mueller III. The fraudulent e-mails give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, seal, letter head, and/or banners. The types of schemes utilizing the Director's name and/or FBI are lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications.

Other fraudulent schemes representing the FBI claim to be from domestic as well as International offices. The schemes cover a range from threat and extortion e-mails, Web site monitoring containing malicious computer program attachments (malware), and online auction scams.

The social engineering technique of utilizing the FBI's name is to intimidate and convince the recipient the e-mail is legitimate.

Please be cautious of any unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, Director Mueller, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity.

If you have experienced this situation please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at http://www.ic3.gov/.

Alert from IC3 Center

Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

July 17, 2007

GREETING CARD SCAM

The FBI continues to receive reports of Internet fraud related to electronic greeting cards containing malware (malicious software). The cards, which are also referred to as e-cards or postcards, are being sent via spam. Like many other Internet fraud schemes, the perpetrators use social engineering tactics to entice the victim, claiming the card is from a family member or friend. Although there have been variations in the spam message and attached malware, generally the spam directs the recipient to click the link provided in the email to view their e-card. Upon clicking the link, the recipient is unknowingly taken to a malicious web page.

Please be cautious of unsolicited e-mails. It is recommended not to open e-mails from unknown senders because they often contain viruses or other malicious software.

WARNING!

If you have received an e-mail similar to this, please file a complaint at http://www.ic3.gov/.

Alert from IC3 Center

SPAM INVOLVING THE U.S. MILITARY

The FBI continues to receive reports of spam e-mail which claim to be from an official of the U.S. military sent on behalf of American soldiers stationed overseas. The scam e-mails vary in content; however, the general theme of each is to request personal information and/or funds from the individual receiving the e-mail.

Be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender which either requests personal information of the recipient or solicits the submission of money for any reason. It is suggested that e-mails from unknown senders not be opened by the recipient because they often carry viruses or other malicious software within the e-mail.

IF YOU RECEIVE AN E-MAIL SIMILAR TO THIS, PLEASE FILE A COMPLAINT AT http://www.ic3.gov/.

Alert from IC3 Center

TIPS ON AVOIDING FRAUDULENT CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION SCHEMES

Throughout the year events will occur which may prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit for contributions for a charitable organization and/or a good cause. When donating, consumers should consider the following:

  • Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail.

  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting via e-mail for donations.

  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.

    Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.

  • To ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make contributions directly to recognized organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.

  • Validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the recognized charity or aid organization's website rather than following an alleged link to the site.

  • Attempt to verify the legitimacy of the non-profit status of the organization by using various Internet-based resources, which also may assist in confirming the actual existence of the organization.

  • Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: providing such information may compromise your identity and open you to identity theft.

  • To obtain more information on charitable contribution schemes and other types of online schemes, visit http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/. If you are a victim of an online scheme, you may file a complaint with the IC3 at http://www.ic3.gov/.

    Content from July 10th Show

    Scam Busters Alert

    by: Jim Willhight

    Email received (including our noscams@kgal.com account) as follows:

    Dear Customer,

    Our robot has detected an abnormal activity from your IP adress on sending e-mails. Probably it is connected with the last epidemic of a worm which does not have official patches at the moment.

    We recommend you to install this patch to remove worm files and stop email sending, otherwise your account will be blocked.

    Support Team
    Note: There was a link on "install this patch" that linked you to this malicious download (note we changed the http for your protection: xxxx://64.175.41.160/?a3b01bdad81d9b848ca9a8

    The return path was to: Return-Path: oslyk@henleyriskmanagement.co.uk


    Department of Justice Warming

    The FBI sent us this public warning:

    From: "Federal Bureau of Investigation" To: Subject: Justice Department Alerts Public About Fraudulent E-Mail
    Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 3:24 PM

    *_JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT FRAUDULENT SPAM EMAIL_*

    *_ _"Justice Department Urges Public Not to Respond to Email"*

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice has recently become aware of fraudulent spam e-mail messages claiming to be from DOJ. Based upon complaints from the public, it is believed that the fraudulent messages are addressed "Dear Citizen." The messages are believed to assert that the recipients or their businesses have been the subject of complaints filed with DOJ and also forwarded to the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, such email messages may provide a case number, and state that the complaint was "filled [sic] by Mr. Henry Stewart." A DOJ logo may appear at the top of the email message or in an attached file. Finally, the message may include an attachment that supposedly contains a copy of the complaint and contact information for Mr. Stewart.

    THESE EMAIL MESSAGES ARE A HOAX. DO NOT RESPOND.

    The Department of Justice did not send these unsolicited email messages--and would not send such messages to the public via email. Similar hoaxes have been recently perpetrated in the names of various governmental entities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service. Email users should be especially wary of unsolicited warning messages that purport to come from U.S. governmental agencies directing them to click on file attachments or to provide sensitive personal information.

    These spam email messages are bogus and should be immediately deleted. Computers may be put at risk simply by an attempt to examine these messages for signs of fraud. It is possible that by "double-clicking" on attachments to these messages, recipients will cause malicious software - e.g., viruses, keystroke loggers, or other Trojan horse programs - to be launched on their computers.

    Do not open any attachment to such messages. Delete the e-mail. Empty the deleted items folder.

    If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.

    Consumers can learn more about protecting themselves from malicious spyware and bogus e-mails at OnGuardOnline.gov, a Web site created by the Department of Justice in partnership with other federal agencies and the technology industry to help consumers stay safe online. The site features modules on spyware and phishing.

    # # #


    More "Please Help Me Scams

    By:Jim Willhight Programming

    We have ad a slug of these come into all of our email accounts and spam filtering accounts. Here is the latest example:

    Greeting,

    I am Cindy Williams , A financial advisor. An indigene of your country used to work as a contractor with Shell electro-chemical and Development Company .After shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of Nov 2001, my client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident.

    All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where his huge deposits were lodged, firm where the deceased had an account valued at about 20.5 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin or have the account confiscated after six years if not claimed. So we have just one year left.

    If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. Mark died in state. In another year, if a next of kin is not located to inherit the fund, the Estate will revert back to the Bank's accounting system as "unclaimed" Late Mark died with no known or identifiable family member. This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what the prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit.

    All I require is your honest, co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me by e-mails so we can discuss further.You may also, send your phone number so that I can call you. I look forward to your urgent

    Best Regards,

    Cindy Williams.




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