Portland Press Herald- Portland police cut short a phone scam on Wednesday, coming to the rescue of a woman who thought she was paying the IRS with thousands of dollars worth of iTunes gift cards, police said Thursday. The police got an anonymous tip about the woman buying the cards, and found her in a Portland parking lot, talking on her phone and with a pile of gift cards on the passenger seat of her car. She told the officers she was on the phone with the IRS, and they were demanding she pay them in iTunes gift cards, according to Portland police Lt. James Sweatt. She told the officers she had spent hours getting the money from banks and then purchasing the gift cards. “They would not let her off the phone, repeatedly threatening her,” police said. The suspects hung up when the officers asked to speak with them on the phone. Sweatt said the 24-year-old woman lost $8,700 to the scammers before the police intervened. “It could have been far worse,” Sweatt said. “Thankfully there was someone in the community” who tipped off police. He said the woman, whom police refused to identify because she is a victim, told officers the call frightened her and when she sent an iTunes code, the scammers would demand more. Phone scams have become fairly common, Sweatt said, and there is little recourse for victims to get their funds back. In this case, the number the scammers called from was deactivated and likely was computer-generated. “These victims have zero chance of ever recouping their money in these scams,” he said. “We’ve seen people – young, middle-aged, seniors – be victimized this way, either tricked with clever gimmicks or threatened or coerced into believing they are talking to legitimate sources.”
I’ve tried to live my life according to the rules I’ve learned from watching detective shows and one of their rules or codes of conduct is to never blame the victim. I’m trying hard to do that really but I just can’t. I mean I’m trying to imagine the conversation that played out and its just a dumbest thing ever.
“Hey this is Mr. IRS calling, we want to inform you that you have an outstanding tax bill in the tune of $8700 for no reason. Now you for this special tax thing though, you can’t pay at the tax collector, and you can’t pay in card over the phone, or a cashiers check. I’m going to need you to go down to Walmart and buy a million $10 dollar iTunes gift cards and gonna have to give me the code on the back one by one”
I mean that’s just sheer lunacy. This isn’t like a well crafted prank we’re talking about here where no ones the wiser. We’re talking about a lady with potential intelligence issues. You just can’t be an adult and think you can pay for government issued taxes with gift cards that are normally just office gifts. Not to mention $8700s worth. I just don’t understand how this happens. You can’t be responsible enough to have $8700 in liquid cash ready to spend at walmart and still some how fall victim to a tax/gift card scam. It’s just baffling.
JULY 20–An Indiana woman stabbed her husband in the chest with a grill fork after he returned home without her favorite doughnuts, investigators charge. According to a police report, Timothy Nelson “went to get doughnuts for his wife” Friday morning at a store near the couple’s home in New Albany, a city about six miles from Louisville. But the store “did not have the type she normally gets.” So, cops say, Nelson returned home “without the doughnuts.” This did not sit well with his wife Michelle, 37, who was upset that her spouse “did not know what else she liked after being together for several years.” When a heated argument over secondary doughnut choices followed, Timothy sought to leave the residence, but “Michelle was blocking the door.” During the ensuing scuffle, “Michelle lunged back at him and she had a grill fork in her hand. The grill fork stuck in Timothy’s chest.” After pulling the fork from his chest, Timothy fled the home, with Michelle “following him and still yelling at him.” When cops arrived on the scene, they found Timothy sitting against a tree “applying pressure to the puncture wound on his right chest.” His t-shirt and jeans were soaked with blood. He was then transported by ambulance to a local hospital.
In the midst of a foodie revolution and hipster food trends I’m going to admit something that I’ve had bottled up for so long. I hate hipster trendy donuts. Hate them. I love all sorts of candy bars and sweets. Adding all that to a nice soft doughnut sounds like the best introduction into diabetes life, but I hate them. These cronuts and gourmet donuts with fancy cremes its all just gimmicks and I’m just not a gimmick kind of guy. Maybe there’s a time and a place for those types of donuts and I just haven’t been there yet but deep down in my heart of hearts I believe donuts should be simple. They can’t have more than like 2 things going on for them. Baked softees, glazed, powdered, chocolate covered, strawberry with sprinkles. Beautiful things don’t beg for attention. I believe that for anything from the most exotic animal deep in the Himalayas to deep fried or baked confectionery. All simple donuts that are available at any grocery store. The everyday man’s doughnut.
That’s why I have a problem with this lady. Sure I might not know the landscape of where they are, but there’s no reason to make your husband drive 6 fucking miles to go buy your favorite donuts. It makes me think she made him go to some fancy pants doughnut boutique which is just absurd already. But then you get the added bonus of her getting mad because he didn’t know the second favorite? Get the fuck out of here lady. That’s just as irrational as knowing my 16th favorite movie on my list or knowing specifically who the 167th round draft pick is. The objective is to always learn what they like and don’t like, everything in between will never matter. In the end though the fact is if you’re a doughnut person, you should just be fine with any doughnut. Chocolate frosted, glazed, or just get the combo boxes you can get at any near by convenience store. It don’t matter. But she had to be a picky ass bitch. Honestly if she reacted this way you just know that his life was in danger when he got home. It was her favorite or get stabbed and once they were sold out his future outcome was already made and his ass was going to get stabbed.
P.s- Just did some research.
If I just said casually “Hey honey can you run out and cross over the bridge across state lines to get these very specific donuts?” I would get spit in the face and left to die alone.
Source- A 91-year-old man could become the world’s oldest drug trafficker after being charged with smuggling $1.5 million worth of cocaine. Victor Twartz faces a possible life sentence if he is convicted of bringing more than 100 pounds pounds of cocaine, concealed in soap bars, into Australia on a flight from India. Twartz, a retired surgeon from Sydney, told police he had met people in New Delhi after befriending them online. As he was about to board his return flight to Sydney after a recent visit, he claims that he was handed a bag that he was told contained gifts for someone in Australia, according to the Daily Mirror. A search of Twartz’s luggage found 27 packages of soap which tested positive for cocaine. As Twartz left court, a reporter asked if he had been taken advantage of. Victor’s son, Peter Twartz, claims his father was caught up in a scam “He was going over there to sign a business contract that would release some funding to him and that is why he was going.” he told Australia’s ABC News. “There was some $10 million of inheritance that would be freed up and released to him. The soap were gifts for the bank manager at this end that would be clearing the funds.” Peter said his father is a devout Seventh Day Adventist with no criminal background.
One Hundred pounds of Cocaine. This was not an old man just signing contracts. This ain’t an old man thats some crazy drug trafficking criminal. What we have here is a 91 year old man that was tired of being a pussy and looking at his twilight years, wants to get his hands dirty and be a bad boy for once in his life before he goes.
He has all the riches in the world. I mean life long surgeon that apparently just got a 10 million dollar inheritance? what is that even, is that real? Who the fuck is signing over that inheritance? Any who, he’s fucking loaded with cash. But at some point you look at yourself in the mirror and cant believe you never had had a run in with the law. You’ve been soft your whole life and you don’t want to die a pussy. If thats not his defense then as someone not his legal council, i highly recommend that that be the story. Maybe not legally, maybe just his memoirs. Listen, no one just brings back 100 pounds worth of soap bars into a country. Oh that was a gift? that gift sucks and you’re probably smuggling in drugs in these lame ass soap bar gifts then. This is what happens when someone soft gets tossed in a hardened career criminal scenario. The excuse sucks. Dont blame your self Victor Twartz, Just go out easily knowing you’re rich and can provide your family with wealth, and that you’re going out as the worlds oldest drug trafficker. Fin.