FBI Warns of Jury Duty Scam

The Dallas FBI has recently received multiple reports from East Texas residents regarding an ongoing jury duty telephone scam. But Scams are coming from multiple locations, including Newport New Virginia, New York City.

It begins when the scammer, posing as a law enforcement officer or court official, calls a victim to advise that he/she is delinquent from serving federal jury duty but can avoid arrest by paying a fine over the phone.

The scammer provides information like titles and badge numbers of legitimate law enforcement officers or court officials; names of federal judges; courtroom numbers; and addresses in an attempt to make the scam credible.

The public is reminded that this is not protocol of the federal court system. This is a scam. The public should not provide personal identifying information or payment over the phone without independently verifying the credentials of any caller.

If you believe you may be a victim of the jury duty scam, identity theft, or other scheme and wish to report it to law enforcement, please file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov and your local law enforcement agency.


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Hi Everyone,So I’ve been getting a lot of people who are asking and requesting me to do an investigation on a site called invisibleboyfriend.com invisiblegirlfriend.com

So what is Invisible Boyfriend, and  invisiblegirlfriend.com?

Invisible Boyfriend, and  invisiblegirlfriend.com and its partner service Invisible Girlfriend, lets you explore a relationship with a girlfriend or boyfriend on a phone without being in a relationship, You can create your ideal boyfriend, customizing their personality and even how you met story. You can then interact with them via text message. Are they real? Yes. Now here is the problem that I have with the site.

The photo that you pick is not real people. Well yes, the people that took the photos are real, but they are not the people you are talking too. The people that you are talking to are getting paid to talk to you. The photos are the stock picture. See look at the picture below. This the picture I picked. 

Now, look at this site after I did a reverse image search now checked this out. Take a look at this picture I found on the another site picture 2. Now, Remember when you ask for a picture they have to send you the picture you picked when you signed up with and most of the time you will get an excuse that their camera on their phone is broken. They are told to never reveal themselves to you and not send you a picture.
Another thing is that they are in character, which means that are acting, and making up things as they go along. They have to find really creative ways to get into character! Which is why they can never reveal themselves to you or send you a picture or in some cases meet you.

Now I also found out that the people that are getting paid to talk to you are not in this country. Some are from the  Philippines and some are from different parts of Africa and India. The part that got me is that they work in different shifts which are why you always have to repeat the conversations and why it seems you are always talking to different people.

So this is a clever form of catfishing and I would stay far from them. I read multiple sites where people get stood up thinking they are talking to a “real” person and plan a date or travel to see them to find out that they got stood up. The excuse that the “invisibleboyfriend” or “invisiblegirlfriend” gave is that they had to “work late”

Shame on this site. Did you ever hear of Emotion attachment? I hope this site goes out of business. I would say run far away and don’t sign up.

Now if they would allow real people to sign up that are from eharmony, or match.com then I would say yes. But same on you! I say this because that are using single people that get emotionally attached or in some cases very lonely, depressed and very vulnerable.

What To Do If Immigration Agents Are At Your Door

Hi Everyone Everyone Needs to please Stop Passing Along Facebook Rumors About ICE Checkpoints. As I’m learning, ICE agents cannot just stop drivers or anyone to ask for proof of citizenship.
What To Do If Immigration Agents Are At Your Door

If officers are at your door, keep the door closed and ask if they are Immigration agents, or from ICE.

Ask the agents what they are there for.

Opening the door does not give the agents permission to come inside, but it is safer to speak to ICE through the door.
If the agents don’t speak your language, ask for an interpreter.
If the agents want to enter, ask them if they have a warrant signed by a judge. If ICE agents do not have a warrant signed by a Judge, you may refuse to open the door or let them in.

Remember- An administrative warrant of removal from immigration authorities is not enough.
If they say they have a warrant, ask them to slip the warrant under the door.

Look at the top and at the signature line to see if it was issued by a court and signed by a judge. Only a court/judge warrant is enough for entry into your premises. One issued by DHS or ICE and signed by a DHS or ICE employee is not.

An example of an order by a judge

An example of an order by ICE

Do not open your door unless ICE shows you a judicial search or arrest warrant naming a person in your residence and/or areas to be searched at your address.
In all other cases, keep the door closed. State: “I do not consent to your entry.”

If agents force their way in any way, do not attempt to resist. If you wish to exercise your rights, state: Please remember to say this out loud. “I do not consent to your entry or to your search of these premises. I am exercising my right to remain silent. I wish to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.”
Everyone in the residence may also exercise the right to remain silent.

Do not lie or show false documents. Do not sign any papers without speaking to a lawyer.

Know Your Rights wallet cards available on shop.aclu.org.

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Common Rental and Real Estate Scams

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation remind individuals to be cautious when using the Internet to advertise rental properties and real estate. The IC3 continues to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to scams involving rentals of apartments and houses, as well as online real estate postings. Rental scams occur when the victim has property advertised and is contacted by an interested party. Once the rental price is agreed upon, the scammer sends a check for the deposit. The check covers housing expenses and is either written in excess of the amount required, with the scammer asking for the remainder to be remitted back, or for the correct amount, but the scammer backs out of the rental agreement and asks for a refund.

Because banks do not usually place a hold on the funds, the victim has immediate access to them and believes the check has cleared. In the end, the check is found to be counterfeit and the victim is held responsible by the bank for all losses.

A second common scam involves real estate that is posted via classified websites. The scammer duplicates postings from legitimate real estate sites, alters them, and reposts them. Often, the scammers use the broker’s real name to create a fake e-mail address, which gives the fraud more legitimacy. When the victim sends an e-mail through the website inquiring about the home, they receive a response from someone claiming to be the owner.

The “owner” typically says he and his wife are doing missionary work in a foreign country and need someone to rent their home while they are away. If the victim is interested, he or she is asked to send money to the “owner” in the foreign country. These funds go directly to the scammer, and the would-be renter loses his or her money.

Ways consumers can protect themselves from these schemes include:


  •  Do not accept overpayment for rental properties. If you receive a check that’s for more than the specified amount, return it. Do not deposit it.
  •  Do not wire funds to people you do not know.
  •  Verify potential renters’ income.
  • Request renters’ personal references and follow up with those individuals.
  • Check with your county recorder to learn who owns the property you’re seeking to rent.
  •  Call the property manager or association, if applicable, and ask about the landlord.
  • Ask the landlord for a rental application. It’s a red flag if one is not available; most managed properties require an application.
  •  Find out how much of a security deposit may be requested in your state. Scammers will often ask for extra money in the form of a deposit.

The following requests can be indicators of fraudulent activity: 

  • The would-be tenant wants to rent or purchase the property sight unseen.
  •  The potential tenant says he or she is out of the country and he or she would like to send you a cashier’s check.
  • The payment is for more than the agreed upon amount.
  • There’s urgency to the entire process. For example, the tenant says he or she is arriving in the country next week and needs to establish residency right away.

If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint at http://www.IC3.gov.

Internet Extortion

What is Internet Extortion?

Internet extortion involves hacking into and controlling various industry databases, promising to release control back to the company if funds are received, or the subjects are given web administrator jobs. Similarly, the subject will threaten to compromise information about consumers in the industry database unless funds are received.

In the CBS The Good Wife. a hacker takes control and threatens to delete ALL of Florrick/Agos/Lockhart’s files, sending the firm into panic mode when he demands a ransom. This is an another form of Internet Extortion. I will be talking more about “Ransomware” in another posting.


  •  Security needs to be multi-layered so that numerous obstacles will be in the way of the intruder.
  •  Ensure security is installed at every possible entry point.
  •  Identify all machines connected to the Internet and assess the defense that’s engaged.
  •  Identify whether your servers are utilizing any ports that have been known to represent insecurities.
  •  Ensure you are utilizing the most up-to-date patches for your software.
Types of Internet Extortions:


Threats of Action 

Also common are “threats of action” which is essentially corporate online blackmail. The blackmailer has obtained sensitive information about your business, which could range from a client list to a proprietary product, and is demanding payment to keep it secret. The problem here, of course, is that the blackmailer can keep demanding payment forever, especially since the information is likely digital. This is less common than extortion, but if you’re in a business where you need to keep a trade secret or with intense competition, you may be exposed to this.

Threat of Defamation 

Threat of defamation is precisely what it sounds like. A demand for money or other favors, or else the blackmailer will smear your reputation with false statements. For example, a business might receive several bad reviews at once on major review sites. While less common than the above two types of online extortion, it can still happen and should be treated seriously.


Coercion is where the threat of exposing this information is used to make you engage in an illegal activity. Coercion is the rarest form of Internet blackmail, and in fact, the rarest form of blackmail in general, but you may receive coercion threats via the Internet.

If you think you are a victim of an Internet Extortion, Contact the FBI  Internet Crime Complaint center

When Filing a Complaint with the IC3

The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant. We can best process your complaint if we receive accurate and complete information from you. Therefore, we request that you provide the following information

when filing a complaint: Please include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your telephone number
  • The name, address, telephone number, and Web address, if available, of the individual or organization you believe defrauded you.
  • Specific details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded.
  •  Any other relevant information you believe is necessary to support your complaint.

Use a video chat service

Make sure that you are able to see their face. Some scammers will talk to you over the phone if you can’t see their face.  Most scammers don’t want to use anything that can help identify them. It’s much harder to identify someone by their voice than by how they look. By using a video chat service, you can see the person that you’re talking to and is another defense in avoiding being catfished. One site I love is a company call Safedate.

With, Safedate you can Use SafeDate Certification, SafeTalk, and VideoDate services to stay safe and secure before you meet a potential date face to face. SafeDate Certification means transparency and honesty – their background check and identity verification services make online dating safer

It’s oK to ask for proof of who they really are

It’s OK to ask someone for proof of who they really are. If you’ve been talking to someone for a while and there is some love interest, you have every right to see their identification, see them in person or even run their credit. Just be open to provide the same if they’re willing to do this for you. Just be careful and confident that it’s really them before giving them your information.