Scam Alert: PowerBall does not have a Facebook lottery.

ATLANTA – December 7, 2015 — Claims of a fictitious Facebook lottery are cropping up once again, replete with the usual bad grammar, punctuation errors, and broken English. This time, users from Marietta and other areas of Cobb and Fulton County are being targeted.

Marietta, GA, residents are being targeted this time.

It appears as if the scam is operating through Facebook Chat, which is fairly smart because there’s no real way (yet) to report scams as such, via Chat or Messenger.

Here are the accounts involved:
1.  “Willam Wade” –
2.  “Dennis Ray Bills” –

Until Facebook suspends these accounts, the links should work.  If you can, please flag these accounts.  The screen captures below show how this particular scam was started through Facebook’s chat system. At the bottom of this post, you will find three news / gov’t resources on this scam, known as an Advance Fee scam.

FaceBook Lottery1

Introduction to the scam. Screenshot No. 1.

FaceBook Lottery2

Screenshot No. 2 – “the explanation.”

FaceBook Lottery3

And here we go – contact via Chat to another account.

FaceBook Lottery4

Here we see a link to that second account, and more errors.

FaceBook Lottery5

Finally, an admonition to Friend the second account.

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The “Online manager” – has PowerBall seen this account?

Don’t be fooled by the a Facebook Lottery scam.  It doesn’t exist.

The Better Business Bureau has a post regarding the Facebook Lottery scam:

ABC News reported similar news in 2014:

The FBI has a page for common schemes:

Resources archived via PDF print-outs:
1.  BBB Facebook Lottery Scam: Facebook Lottery Scam
2. ABC News – Woman Scammed: Scammed by Facebook Lottery – ABC News d
3. FBI – Common Schemes Page: FBI — Common Fraud Schemes

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How to turn a ticket into an arrest…

ATLANTA – For over forty minutes, an Atlanta Police Dept. officer worked a traffic stop, consulted supervisors, reviewed paperwork, and eventually waived an arrest for lack of registration.  But.  The woman in the video (embedded below) finally decided that staying in her car and refusing to leave would somehow stop the towing of her car.  Ouch.

First, some photos…

[Photos will appear later tonight]

The backstory: my understanding is that the car wasn’t registered, the VIN number couldn’t be found in any database, and there was probably not any insurance on the car.  The paperwork that the woman had was a few months old.

And now the video:

What are your thoughts on this situation?



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Caught on video: fight over the bus being super late (CCT Route 10).

ATLANTA – Aug. 8, 2015 — [VIDEO] A CCT manager’s decision to demand that a bus wait for an emergency van to ferry stranded passengers to the waiting bus turned an already-delayed morning commute into fodder for an argument on the CCT 10. The verbal sparring spilled out onto the MARTA Arts Center Station bus bay – see the embedded video below.

The YouTube video:

It all started when the bus was already running late, and was blocked from stopping in at the Cumberland Mall stop, leaving several patrons stranded.  The driver, not knowing what to do, continued on but radioed in for an emergency van to come pick up the stranded people. Management had the bus driver stop and wait several minutes for the stranded passengers to be brought over to the bus, causing further delays.

When the people boarded the bus, one woman loudly opined that all passengers stranded were African-American, in spite of the fact that the driver himself was African-American.  A construction worker, upset over the delay, told the woman to stop griping.  The two people got into a verbal altercation.


The construction worker eventually approached the woman on the bus as what could be seen as possible threats were issued back and forth.  Both parties continued the argument out onto the MARTA station bus bay.


Several bystanders worked to tear the two apart with one bystander physically picking up the woman and carrying her off, and eventually both parties were separated.


Ideally, the CCT management should change policy to enable bridge / gap transit to ferry passengers all the way to their designated stops so that the bus is not delayed.  Also, the bus driver should have had some other option such as pulling into a slightly different spot to collect passengers in the event that a stop is blocked from bus access.

Comments / feedback is appreciated.


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Penguin Spider Solitaire glitch [screenshot].


Linux has a solitaire game called Penguin Spider – I have no idea how I did this, but, I was using a Bamboo Pen board and hit one of the keys on the pen while dragging a card.  All of the mystery cards got dragged onto one spot.  :/  Solitaire glitch1

Comments / feedback on how this could have happened is welcome.


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Arena, WI man wins $35,000 settlement for three-year court battle over FB comment.

ARENA, WI – Thomas G. Smith was awarded a $35,000 settlement after fighting criminal charges stemming from a profanity-laced Facebook comment.  Smith was subjected to a day of pretrial detention plus a ban on using a computer or cell phone for any purpose other than for work.  Smith was sentenced to a year of probation and 25 hours of community service, but the sentence and conviction were overturned on appeal. Smith was represented at trial by attorney Tom Aquino.

A trial transcript is archived here: 283103427-Thomas-Smith-Trial-Transcript

The appellate decision is archived here: Smith v Wisconsin 2013AP2516-CR

The lawsuit complaint is archived here: SMITH 3-14-cv-00807

Aquino wrote an article on the settlement of this case:


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