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Just a story to add to the Canada connection:

A couple of years ago my then 90-year-old uncle received a call from someone in Canada claiming to be me and saying I was in Canada and in need of money.  By a weird coincidence, he was unable to reach me that weekend and so, out of concern, sent $2500 via Western Union.

I later learned from a woman who sent the money, I think from Walmart, that this activity was not uncommon.  My brother, in law enforcement in Virginia, was communicating with Canadian police but the case was never solved nor the money retrieved.

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From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Stephen Barner
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 1:53 PM
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Subject: Re: Any ideas what's up with this?

There was an article in the BFP last week about a Vermont grandmother
who was approached with a scam like that involving her grandson, who was
supposedly in Canada.  It didn't involve a cell phone, though.

Steve Barner
South Burlington High School 

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From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Joanne Finnegan
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 1:34 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Any ideas what's up with this?

I heard of this happening to the daughter of a woman I work with.  She
was traveling out of the country, I think Mexico.  The "bad guys" called
her parents and told them they had kidnapped her and asked for money.
Probably had "Mom" and "Dad" as the contact names. It turned out the
daughter was fine, was just out of cell phone range when they tried to
call her, but it really freaked out the family for a couple of days
until they heard from her.  The daughter knew nothing about it, but the
law enforcement officials explained it as Jon has below.  




Joanne Finnegan
Technology Integration Specialist
Chittenden East Supervisory Union
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>>> Cloning ...  Stand around the airport, waiting for someone to make a
phone call.  Then bad guy uses software and hardware  to hack the phone,
the device is smaller than a netbook.


On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM, Neil Manders
<[log in to unmask]>wrote:

>  Sorry for the non-school question but figure we have enough techies 
> on this list that someone might have an idea of what the heck is going
on here:
>
> I got a call from some last night who said that he found a cell phone 
> and it had my number in it. (I don't own a cell phone but my kids do).

> He was calling from Eugene Or. where the only relatives we have there 
> are my son and his wife. He listed off a bunch of names in the 
> contacts and they indeed matched known contacts within our family 
> (other daughters, parents, an aunt etc.  I gave him my son's number to

> call since I thought it might be his wife's phone (due to some of the
contacts were leaning her way).
> Shortly thereafter, I got a call from my daughter-in-law who the 
> finder had talk to and she confirmed that the contacts appeared to be 
> a combination of both her phone and her husband's phone (my son). they

> have separate phones and separate numbers.
>
> Here's the catch..... The phone was a Samsung and was found near the 
> local Home Depot. Neither of them have Lost a phone. Neither of them 
> has ever owned a Samsung and Neither of them have been to the home 
> depot in well over a year.
>
> Anyone have any idea what the heck is going on here? I'm just real
curious.
>
> Thanks
> Neil
> PS... How best to avoid cell issues? Move to Vermont
>
>


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