Cafba News - 01 Jul 2004 - Volume 5
A Publication of the Canadian Air Force Brats Association
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HAPPY BELATED CANADA DAY!Welcome to this 01 Jul 2004, fifth edition of Cafba News!
I had intended on publishing this copy on July 1st, however business took me out of town and away from my computer for a week.
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Seen on the newsgroup. Posted by Gary. Thanks for letting us know Gary!
I received this from a friend. We should all be aware. Gary
Subject: Visa / M/C scam. Please Read!
This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & Mastercard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself. Thanks to Dr. Pat Cloney for passing this on. Those con artists get more creative every day.
My husband was called on Wednesday from "VISA", and I was called on Thursday from "MasterCard". The scam works like this:
Person calling says, "this is
When you say "No", the caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?"
You say "yes". The caller continues... "I will be starting a Fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1-800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control #"
The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?"
Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says, "he needs to verify you are in possession of your card".
He'll ask you to "turn your card over and look for some numbers. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are your card number, the next 3 are the 'Security Numbers' that verify you are in possession of the card. These are the numbers you use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. Read me the 3 numbers". After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say ,"That is correct. I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?"
After you say No, the caller then Thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to call back if you do", and hangs up.
You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charge on on our card.
Long story made short, we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA card, and they are reissuing us a new number. What the scammers wants is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card.
Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master card direct. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement, you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost to late and/or harder to actually file a fraud report.
What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a "Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up!
We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening.
Please pass this on to all your friends. By informing each other, we protect each other.
For those people whose names do not appear but who are also celebrating a B'Day in July, I wish you a Happy Birthday as well. We have only been asking for this data for a short time and not everyone wants it known. If you want yours added, send me a note.
This is the 5th edition of the cafba newsletter.
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Previous newsletter editions can be found here.
131 new names have been added to the database since 15-May-2004. As of publication of this newsletter we have over 10,811 names in the database. Are you registered? Go here and register your details now so you can be included in the website.
If you have previously submitted your application but your name does not appear on the website, please email me and let me know.
A listing of the latest new members can be found here.
June Poll results:
Wow! wasn't that some election!
I hope you exercised your right and voted for the party of your choice. It appears that not everybody did! That's sad as they are now allowing someone else to speak for them!
Well, how did the cafba poll turn out?
Thanks to everyone who cast their vote. Here are the results of the June poll.
Well it seems that from the time the polls closed on the cafba website to the time the polls closed for real, there was a substantial change of heart in the minds of Canadain voters.
We will be voting again within the next 12-18 months, I predict. Perhaps next time we can get it right.
A new poll was started as of 1st Jul 2004. Get your vote in.
Here is the new poll question:
Thanks to all who have expressed their opinion.
If you haven't voted yet, please do so - your opinion counts!
Have you signed up for the summer trivia contest on the newsgroup?
This years contest promises to be a hoot as the format and challenge will be different from prior years.
There was limited reaction to the trivia contest so I have decided to just list the questions without keeping score. As of today (03 July 2004) I have listed three question on the newsgroup. They are:
1. What championship did the the RCAF Hurricanes win and in what year did they win their championship. Who was their coach of the Championship Team and who did they beat and what was the score?
2. What is the other name for the 10 listed bases?
3. Who said to a friend who was depressed on his 50th birthday: "You should rejoice, my friend, that you have escaped the forties, which are the old age of youth, and that you have at last arrived at the age of 50, which is the youth of old age."
Watch the newsgroup for a new daily question posted as close to 9:00 a.m MST as I can.
If you have a good question and answer please send it to me. The trivia contest will continue until 31 Aug 2004
Yes, it's that time of year again. Your local Air Shows are back. This years collection is bigger and better than ever.
What do you remember the most about attending an air show when you were young? Check out these shows, they will bring back all those great memories.
Visit their web site at http://www.snowbirds.forces.gc.ca/index_e.asp to see lots of great pictures from past shows
Going away on vacation and you might miss your local air show? Take a peek here to see lots of international air shows listed.
Know of a show that is not listed? Let me know so we can add it to the next newsletter
If you are on one of the upcoming reunion committees and want your reunion profiled, how about sending in some information about the event being planned? How many are you expecting? Where is the farthest BRAT coming from? What social events are planned? What accommodation has been arranged? Where can we register to attend? Is there a web site that we can refer to?
If you have attended a reunion recently, why not let the other members know how it was. What were your experiences? Would you go back and do it again? Did you reunite with some old school chums? Was it all you expected it to be? Want to share some of your pictures? Write me with the details and we'll include them in the next newsletter.
For additional details on any of these reunions, check out the reunions page on the cafba website!
If your reunion isn't listed, email me and we'll put it in the next newsletter
Did you know!The cafba website has over 500 pages to it!
Did you miss out on the previous newsletters?
They are now archived at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/newsletter/newsletters.html
Do you need a text only version of the newsletter?
Do you have a suggestion on how we can improve the site? Please let us know!
I know that lots of people have been exploring their past recently and have made visits to the bases where we used to live.
Not all of us have the luxury of being able to travel back to our past but we all wonder what it is like today!
Why not share your visit for all to read by writing a review for the cafba news. Let us know what has changed, how you felt, share some memories or even pictures
What can you remember? Send in your recollections for the next newsletter.
Do you have a fond memory of your base? Send it in and let others share in those memories!
Do you like movies? Who is your favourite actor/actress?.
Do you like to invest your money? Do you wonder what investing is all about? Wish you could try investing for free?
Our favourite web site, for this edition of the cafba news, is The Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) found at http://www.hsx.com It is dedicated to bringing out the potential investor in you.
The HSX gives you $2,000,000 (yup, two million) hollywood dollars to start with for free. You then choose your favourite movies, favourite actors/actresses and buy hollywood shares in them. The over 4 million current members buy and sell these shares on a daily basis. Thus the supply and demand will affect the price of the shares just like the real market.
By buying and selling shares in the latest Hollywood productions you will be aware of what is coming to a theatre near you. You can follow the careers of your favourite stars and have fun while you invest in your movie star portfolio.
Everything is free to do.
You can even earn extra Hollywood dollars by visiting two different advertising sites; by expressing your opionion for free; or by signing up other members
If you want to participate, send me an email so that I can gain from your sign up. The HSX will give me another $100,000 Hollywood dollars for every member that signs up.
I hope you try out the HSX and join in the fun and learn the art of investing, for free
Do you have your own web site?
Are you interested in listing your site on the cafba web site? Simply email us the link to your site and provide a brief description of its contents and why you made it.
You could be our next cafba recommended web site!
How about a business card? Most of us have one. Care to share yours? If we receive enough of an interest in this idea we can dedicate some space to display your card for a nominal fee.
A great way to profile your business and you!
To have your site profiled in this newsletter, contact the email@example.com
by Dora, The Dangerous One!
by Alan Jackson
----Remastered by Dora------Remember when,
way back when we would lurk
once were new,
virtual base we call home
You made a friend,
then some more
You were welcomed,
felt like home
Les and Panther used to post
there was Jeff
life friends till the end
it was fun
we threw pies
there was teasing ,
there was snickers
we would move and then were gone
And life does change,
We came together, once again
to live in each other's hearts
Rasta sang his songs
he wore his hats
We laughed from cheek to cheek
He had his rum,and his wits
vowed he'd never give them up
Brats didn't seem so old
Now lookin' back,
it was all just sticks and stones
To where we are,
where we've been
Said we'd do it all again
we said we'd never go
then our friends
they grew up and moved away
We won't be sad, we'll be glad
For all the friends we've had
And we'll remember when
Previous true confessions can be found here!
Have a Joke to share? Send it in firstname.lastname@example.org
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