Just Talkin’ for Sept. 20, 2018

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Sheisters must have a nation-wide list of people who can easily be duped and JT must head the list. He bit again.
The first time, JT was going to wire $500 to somebody who was going to get his grandson out of jail immediately until a secretary laughingly told him he had been duped.
Well this time it was about his computer.
Last week he wanted a recipe so he went online and entered the caper and butter sauce name in the information line on his computer. It immediately started to blink. A notice came up saying  the computer has been hacked, call this number and we’ll fix it.
Why JT did not just shut the computer down and come back later, he doesn’t know. He called the number and allowed the sheister to enter his computer. He fixed it after about 15 minutes of convening conversation, then said “The bill will be $400.”
JT, taken back by the cost,  was asked how was he to pay for it.  The sheister said he could debit his on-line bank account.
JT said he did not have an on-line banking account.
The man then asked for his debit card number.
JT said he did not have a debit card.
By this time, nearly 20 minutes into the conversation, JT knew he had been duped again.
The man then instructed JT to get a personal check and make it out to this company, sign it e-mail a copy to their address.
JT said he did not have a personal check available.
Frustrated, the man said, “What do you mean you don’t have a personal check!”
JT said, “That’s right! I do not have a personal check. The nursing home won’t let me have my checks.”
The sheister hung up.
Concerned, the next day JT called his credit card company to cancel his card.
The credit card company said that this happens every day and they would not cancel the card, but they would put a watch on the account.
JT relayed the story to a fellow employee who experienced the same scam. The screen was blocked and manipulated by the caller who was very convincing. She too balked once there was a request for money.
JT wants to remind readers, once again, those long, urgent, convincing telephone conversations will just end up wanting money so shut them down ASAP.
Sometimes instead of finding the unusual, the unusual finds us. At the paper last Friday, JT and friends were greeted by something out of the ordinary and honestly, a bit scary. As the lifestyle editor, Hannah, pulled into the road that leads to the offices, she saw someone

Times staff saw a man push the road sign for Glass Street to the ground.
Within minutes police officers had the man in custody.

pushing the street sign until it fell in the grass.

As soon as she parked, as far away as possible, she turned back and saw the man walking down South Drive, arms stretched outwards and looking heavenwards. What a sight that must have been! Alerting receptionists of the suspicious situation, she went back outside to take a look at the sign on the ground.
It must not have taken long for the cops to be alerted; as soon as she turned around to walk back to the building, she saw three police cars, lights on, with the fellow.
Most unusual indeed!