What is the Notification Dept, Risk Matrix, and Merchant Services?

Did you receive a call from “the Notification Dept” of “Merchant Services” advising of a “risk matrix” change? It is NOT your merchant services company calling!

The caller will give over a code of letters and/or numbers, and advise that it is urgent that they book an appointment with the owner to discuss a critically-important risk matrix change. They will explain that they are “above” or “beyond” the authority of the payment terminal service company.

Here is the explanation of the call:  They want processing rates data from their competitor’s customers and they want to sell credit card processing services but are required to do it via in-person appointments between salespeople & business owners.

  1. A risk matrix is a table of data that shows where you can save money on a set of fees.
  2. The “Notification Dept” is another name for “Booking Sales Appointments Dept.”
  3. “Merchant Services” is “your card service’s competitor trying to sell to you.”
  4. The complex code is merely a trick to make you believe the call is very important.

It’s that simple.

Why is this call so complex?  Because the market for credit card processing services is huge, the salespeople get a really nice commission on each contract, and the data from competing services is very valuable.

Hope that helps!


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Garrett v Cobb: Excessive force claim allowed to proceed.

25 JAN – 2017 — A new excessive force lawsuit is being allowed to proceed against four Cobb County police officers, one of them a sergeant.  

Archived here on this site — Complaint: Complaint

Archived here on this site — Judge’s order: Doc16-OrderProceed

FEDERAL CASE  — Case 1:16-cv-00755


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CCPD – Policies Manual – 10/10/16

COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA — October 10, 2016 — This is the Cobb County Police Dept manual, published as a single PDF, downloaded and archived on October 10, 2016.


NOTE: Any unit, group, division, etc. of Cobb County PD likely has their own internal documents, manuals, guides, etc.  separately available.


This page was made to provide a Known Good / Benchmark Date of Oct 10, 2016.


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Magnolia Crossing – Marietta Square Protest & Press Release – 1/24/16

MARIETTA, GA — Jan 24, 2016 — A protest is slated to be held at later today (Sun, Jan 24, 2016) at Marietta Square at 5pm today with a press conference scheduled for 6pm.  Read the following press release below for more information:





January 24, 2016


Today on Marietta Square – Protest at 5pm, Press Conference at 6pm.

The GA community Coalition is declaring an immediate state of emergency in Cobb County – ~30 families, almost all of them with babies and/or children, will be facing immediate homelessness and refugee status in dangerous subfreezing conditions.

The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority (SCRA) has withheld relocation assistance payments that were promised to these families, forcing hundreds of people to relocate on very short notice during the holiday season with absolutely no resources whatsoever.

We are demanding that the Cobb County Redevelopment Authority supply $1,000 in promised assistance up-front plus a refund on the last month’s rent.

There is a possibility of emergency litigation but we are primarily focused on holding the Redevelopment Authority accountable as this is a life-threatening situation; people have already frozen to death and now entire families face homelessness in mid-winter.

We are reaching out to have as many Magnolia Park families as possible available on the Square to share their stories. http://www.MagnoliaCrossing.info is being developed and flyers will be available with more info on how area residents can help these families.

– Amy Barnes,
Georgia Community Coalition
(678) 368-7821 Cell

For More Information:

Michael Dorsey – (404) 784-9933 – mdorsey232@gmail.com
Amy Barnes – Cell: (678) 368-7821 – oldcityws@gmail.com

Archived in PDF format here: MagnoliaPressRelease-16_1_24_UPDATED


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New York Courts: The Complete Search Warrant, Annotated

NEW YORK: Published in November of 2004 — The Complete Search Warrant, Annotated — this manual, archived here in PDF format, provides insight into search warrants as of 2004.

The Complete Search Warrant, Annotated — download link

https://www.nycourts.gov/judges/SearchWarrant_Manual.pdf — online link to source

For more help for indigent defendants in New York, the The Erie County Bar Association
Aid to Indigent Prisoners Society, Inc. has a web page of resources:


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