Busted a Scam – Worldwide Subscriptions Corp.

February 28, 2009

Today was a fun filled day.

Met some people.

Did some shopping.

Busted up a scam operation at a local BP Gas Station.

You know…

Typical day.

Andrea and I stopped to refill the gas tank when a guy (early 20’s looking) approached my girlfriends car motioning to me to roll down my window. Being the nice guy that I am, I did. Smelling of gas and alcohol, He said was in a contest with all of the people with him (6 other very shady people approaching other customers). “Mike,” or whatever his name is, was studying to become a radio DJ and was trying to get enough points to get to Paris by selling magazine subscriptions, or to attend Radio School in Vegas, or trying to overcome his shyness (he used many excuses during our time together). He had to win “points” by selling the magazines so I bought into his story just to see where it would go. As soon as he brought up the idea of me handing over the money upfront, I have had enough. I told him I wasn’t interested and He then focused his attention to Andrea.

He told us that we could sign up and have them send educational magazines to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (using children with cancer… classy). Andrea bought his garbage (since she has a big heart for kids) and decided to buy a subscription.

She only had a credit card so he “needed” her to go to the ATM and take the money out. She gets out of the car and asks me “Are you coming in with me?”

My response:


I just need to say, thank you God for putting the idea of the iPhone in someone’s head because it has been a trusty friend.

As we were waiting to use the ATM, he was making small talk with Andrea and I noticed his “receipt” pad with the name: Worldwide Subscriptions Corps. I pulled out the trusty iPhone and googled the name.

The second result was from…SCAM.COM!

Story after story was from people who fell for the scam.

By this time, Andrea was catching on to what I was doing and she figured a way out of the situation by saying she didn’t have any money in her account. We started to walk back to the car and left.

Driving away from the pump, I decided to google “non-emergency 911 number.” I got the number for Altamonte Spring PD and spoke with a dispatcher about our fiasco (We didn’t want anyone else losing any money).

The response time for the policeman was incredible. I wasn’t even off the phone with dispatch and he pulled up right next to us.

As we drove away, we could see flashing lights.

Justice Served.

Has anyone fallen for a scam before?


Slumdog Sweep!

February 22, 2009


The Oscars are still going on as I type this (Sean Penn is accepting his award). But tonight was all about Slumdog Millionaire. Here are the awards it’s won:


and I think…[edit: I was right!!!!]


That’s EIGHT awards for the movie! If you haven’t seen this movie, this should be a great incentive to see it.

Christian Bale goes nuts on the set of Terminator Salvation

February 3, 2009

The Dark Knight gets a little hot under the collar. 





Random News – Zombies Attack Austin, Texas

January 29, 2009

Construction signs warn of zombies
Hackers change public safety message

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin drivers making their morning commute were in for a surprise when two road signs on a busy stretch of road were taken over by hackers. The signs near the intersection of Lamar and Martin Luther King boulevards usually warn drivers about upcoming construction, but Monday morning they warned of “zombies ahead.”

“I thought it was pretty funny,” said University of Texas sophomore Jane Shin, who saw the signs while driving down Lamar Bouelvard with friends Sunday night. “We wondered who did it.”

The City of Austin does not own the signs, but they are responsible for the message. The contractor on the construction project owns the signs. A city spokesperson said the hacked messages were only up for a few hours, until the construction project manager saw them during his morning commute and immediately ordered them to be changed back.

“Even though this may seem amusing to a lot of people, this is really serious, and it is a crime,” said Austin Public Works spokesperson Sara Hartley. “And you can be indicted for it, and we want to make sure our traffic on the roadways stays safe.”

Hartley said though it was a locked sign, the padlock for it was cut. Signs such as these have a computer inside that is password-protected.

“And so they had to break in and hack into the computer to do it, so they were pretty determined,” said Hartley.

This crime is a class C misdemeanor in Texas, and Hartley said it endangers the public.

“The big problem is public safety,” said Hartley. “Those signs are out there to help our traffic on the roadway to stay safe and to know what’s coming up.”

KXAN Austin News cameras caught many drivers slowing down to read the signs as they approached. Some read, “Zombies ahead! Run for your lives!”

Hartley said the city will discuss more secure safety measures with the manufacturer of the signs.

Speculation among the tech-savvy on the Internet is that the signs were inspired by the video game Call of Duty 5, World at War, which is the top game in the country right now and features “nazi zombies,” or an upcoming movie about zombies called “Dead Snow” (an official selection at Sundance ’09). There are also several online sites that teach people how to break into these construction signs.
-Shannon Wolfson