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SCAM ALERT!!

Posted: March 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

Note: this was also published today on my business website: FirstImpressionsVideo.com

They’re out there…we know they’re out there! We have to be vigilant 100% of the time; they only have to be lucky some of the time–and they are! So please indulge me–if you have time–and read the thread shown on the attached pdf below, starting at the end and working yourself back to page 1. You will see the story emerge as to what the scammer ultimately wanted me to do…needless to say, I didn’t take the bait.

There are a number of red flags in the perps initial message and subsequent replies, starting with a sudden change of her (we assume it’s a ‘she’) email address. She relentlessly refused to fill in my online form or provide any other concrete information about herself and the event she wanted videotaped. And although I didn’t fall for the scam, countless others have been victimized by approaches similar to this one. I suspect that “Kim” thought she had her “fish on the hook,” and moved in with her ask: that I carry out the entire transaction using her credit card, which included a generous overage to the bill, if I would only do her a ‘favor’ and send cash to the other participants in the deal. Well that just wasn’t gonna happen!!

You must protect yourself at all times, and if you get one of these BS inquiries, report it, as I did!

That is all. I will now go back to blog posts about videography and related subjects…things I would much rather write–and talk–about.

https://firstimpressionsvideo.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/subject-scam.pdf

I am SO GLAD I’m not in the airline business any more! Another merger about to be finalized…can someone PLEASE tell me how the CUSTOMER benefits from this? The customer?!? WHAT A CONCEPT!!!

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Easily, about 4 or 5 times a month, I get an email from someone I “know.” “Know” is in quotation marks because the sender is actually someone other than the person I really do know, but their email address or account has been hijacked by a scammer. The suspect email usually has very little copy and always has a link in the body of the message. First, if you are the recipient of the message, don’t–repeat, DO NOT–click the link! Any one of a number of bad things can happen and it’s just not worth it. Second, look at the sender’s address. If it’s something other than the usual address, that’s the clue that the address has been ripped-off.

Here is an article that provides additional information: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2927993/what-to-do-when-your-email-address-sends-spam.html. Scammers have way too much time on their hands, and there are a bazillion of ’em out there. Our accounts have been ‘jacked, so even if you’re tech-savvy, it can happen to you. All you can do is guard against it and take the necessary remedies and precautions when it does.

Good luck!

I worked in the airline business (Eastern) for nearly a decade. Sometimes, I miss it. But I DO NOT like what has become of the industry, whether a “legacy” carrier or one that hasn’t been around long enough to be considered legacy. Notwithstanding the insane air fares and “fees, fees, all them FEES,” we are now witnessing travelers’ patience starting to fracture as the airlines continue to shrink “seat pitch*.” The airlines, in their drive for more revenue, jam as many passengers into the coach cabin as possible, have reduced seat pitch to a point to where if you’re a six-footer traveling on a cross country flight, you will probably have a very uncomfortable ride. Add to that the passenger in front of you who incessantly slams into your knees to recline their seat as if going to bed for the night and the kid behind you who insists on using your seat as a tree to climb, and it’s not hard to see why we have a sudden spike in air rage incidents. You’ve probably seen them recently reported in the national media, so I needn’t rehash them here. Once upon a time, you could sit in an airline seat and actually cross your legs—in coach!—but now, you feel worse than sardines in a can. A well-known airline analyst, Robert Mann, said it best, in a Daily Beast article, “It’s like rats in a maze. At a certain point they start eating each other.”

I don’t anticipate airline execs’ being clobbered aside their collective heads with a sudden sense of benevolence, under which they might increase seat pitch, so in the absence of that level of sanity, it might be time to consider locking the seats so they no longer recline. If you’d like to see a list of all the carriers (domestic and international), and their respective seat pitch—for all classes of service, click here.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I certainly don’t have a beef with the airlines earning a profit. In fact, when I look at the days when I worked in the industry, most lost money…in the billions! But it stands to reason that there could be a better balance in profitability, while maintaining a comfortable on-board environment for passengers.

I don’t travel as much as I used to, but many of my friends still do, and some travel a lot, so this subject should resonate with many of you. Feel free to share your thoughts…and keep calm when flying the “friendly” skies!

*Seat Pitch (as defined by Skytrax)

This is the distance between a row of seats – the measurement from the same position on two seats, one behind the other – it is NOT the legroom area as some believe. (For example, the back face of the seat in front of you, measured to the same point on the back face of the seat you are sitting in).

Last week, The Fetching Mrs. Wall and I went to see the vintage WWII aircraft on display at the Lyon Air Museum, near John Wayne Airport. We had heard the planes flying overhead through the weekend, so we went to see them up close. Laurie’s dad was a B-26 pilot (“Marauder”) during that war and was awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross), so she wanted to see “Dad’s plane.” A slightly unnerving side note: The Marauder also had another, less attractive nickname: “The Widowmaker,” as it was one of that era’s most difficult aircraft to fly, and crashed all too frequently.

While at the museum, I had the honor of meeting (Ret.) Lt.Col. Robert Friend, a member of the Tuskeegee Airmen. Bob was signing autographs, mingling and talking with the museum’s visitors, and he had quite the line waiting to speak with him. Because I had something specific to discuss with Bob, I patiently waited in line for my turn. While chatting with Bob, we discovered we had a mutual friend: Col. Hannibal M. Cox, Jr., who was also a Tuskeegee Airman. Hannibal was a dear friend and mentor during my days at Eastern Airlines, and to have made this linkage with Bob Friend, made the visit to Lyon Air Museum all the more special! Alas, we lost Hannibal in 1988, and with him, went another of our cherished “red tails.” I’m just glad that Bob is not only still among us, but that he also lives in Orange County; which means I’ll get to see him again.

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Editor’s note: After publishing this story, I was reminded by another Eastern Airlines colleague that we had yet another of the storied Tuskeegee Airmen in our midst: Jim Plinton. Jim was an Eastern VP and while a member of the “Airmen,” helped to train pilots! Two extraordinary men at an extraordinary time in US aviation!

Does anyone NOT think that raising the minimum wage ONE HUNDRED PERCENT won’t show up on prices? Come on now! And for the record, in my entire career, I NEVER had my salary doubled…EVER!! Want to make more money? Acquire the skills to move out of the lower positions in your company! Go to a tech school, junior college or 4-year university, and improve your skills! These jobs were never intended to be career positions! By the way, there are some fast food restaurants that DO pay more than minimum wage!

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So……John Groce abandons Ohio U for Illinois! Disappointing for sure, but he leaves a MAC school for the allure of the Big Ten–and a new arena being built in Champaign–AND $1.4 mill a year! That’s almost what he made in his entire 4 years in Athens!!

Who do the Bobcats go after as Groce’s replacement?? It would have to be someone with a winning spirit–and record, and someone who wouldn’t be lured away (again) by the big bucks; in other words, someone already independently wealthy. I’m thinkin’ Phil Jackson! He doesn’t need the money, he’s got nothing left to prove…I think he’d be ideal! But that’s me!