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September 16, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Work-at-home - The Federal Trade Commission is repaying $2.3 million to consumers who were defrauded in an Internet work-at-home scheme. A firm that marketed jobs with the “Google Money Tree” charged a shipping fee for training materials and then added unexpected monthly charges to consumers' credit cards, the FTC said. However, the company was not affiliated with Google Inc. and their work-at-home product did not provide a method for earning the income promised, the FTC alleged.
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WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Former British tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks testified in court Tuesday that she was unaware phone hacking was illegal but was shocked to discover someone at her newspaper had tapped into the voicemails of a kidnapped teenager who was later found slain. Brooks, onetime editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World, said the first time she'd heard that the cellphone of 13-year-old Milly Dowler had been hacked was in July 2011, nearly a decade after the event. The revelation that the tabloid had accessed the missing girl's voicemail messages in search of a scoop mushroomed into a national scandal in Britain, resulting in a wave of public revulsion, the shutdown of the News of the World, the end of Brooks' journalistic career, the resignation of the head of Scotland Yard and the arrests of dozens of people in an investigation that is still underway.
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BUSINESS
May 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Authorities said Tuesday that they had broken up a ring of telemarketers who left phony stock tips on voicemails, luring investors into believing they had mistakenly received inside information. In a new twist on what is known as a "pump and dump," a woman calling herself "Debbie" offered a tip from "a hot stock exchange guy I'm dating" and reported that the company was about to make a big announcement.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2013 | By Steve Padilla
They all heard the booms. Simi Singer had completed 25 miles of her fifth Boston Marathon and was headed to the finish line. That's where her father, Bernie Garbose, waited. Her mother, Freda Garbose, was a mile beyond, where runners got their medals. For a time on Monday, daughter and parents would lose track of each other. For a time, no one would know what was going on. In time, the worry would abate, at least a bit, after a text sent to Singer's son at Los Alamitos High School in California.
NEWS
November 3, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has reached out to the man who is expected to be her successor as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner (R- Ohio) said Wednesday. "The speaker attempted to reach me this morning, left me a very nice voicemail and I expect that we will have a very smooth transition with her office," Boehner told a televised news conference. He did not release any details of Pelosi's comments. Pelosi (D- San Francisco), who easily won reelection to her congressional seat, was a prime target for Republicans who opposed her liberalism and made her the face of their drive to control the House.
NEWS
January 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Homeless people living in shelters across the United States will have access to voicemail boxes under a program developed by a cellular service provider to enable prospective employers, landlords and caseworkers to contact them. "Having to give a shelter number to a prospective employer or landlord as a point of contact can hurt the person's chance of improving his or her living conditions," Chicago-based U.S. Cellular Corp. said.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2003 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Voicemail can cost you. Just ask K.C. Hatcher, a San Francisco-based graphic artist. AT&T wants her to pay $12,000 in long-distance charges rung up by a hacker who apparently changed Hatcher's voicemail message to accept third-party billed calls to Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. "I am totally obsessing about this," said Hatcher, whose normal long-distance bill runs $35 a month. "I'm getting married in June. I want to buy a house, and I'm worried that this fraud is going to ruin my credit."
NEWS
August 13, 1998 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first signs of trouble at National Regulatory Services, a small consulting firm in Connecticut, were a series of odd complaints from customers that their phone messages were not being returned--the electronic equivalent of a slap in the face. Sales agents at the company were stumped by the complaints since they could never remember receiving the phone messages in the first place.
OPINION
April 19, 2002
"The Message in Voicemail" (editorial, April 14) clearly describes the love-hate relationship most of us have with voicemail systems. It is unfortunate that the extraordinary technology Gordon Matthews created has become the subject of public ridicule. It's not the technology itself that causes people to consistently describe voicemail with the same negative adjectives you so appropriately used. The problem inevitably is with its implementation, which seldom is undertaken with the callers' needs in mind.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1998 | Associated Press
A grand jury investigating whether Chiquita banana company voicemail was stolen for a newspaper expose has indicted a former Chiquita lawyer on charges of stealing voicemail messages. George Ventura, the company's former legal counsel in Honduras, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of unlawful interception of communications and five counts of unauthorized access to computer systems. If convicted, he could face up to 12 1/2 years in prison.
TRAVEL
March 4, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times, This post has a correction. See below for details
Question: My girlfriend lost her passport on March 17 on a United Airlines flight. Someone in United's customer service team called on April 10 and left me a voicemail saying they had it. I accidentally deleted the voicemail. Since then she has called multiple times and sent emails to the customer service team. Is there any way you can help? David Sudolsky Huntington Beach Answer: Help find out what happened, yes. Help get the passport back? Probably not. When you lose a passport - and about 325,000 were reported lost or stolen last year, according to the U.S. State Department - an airline will try to find the owner, and United did. United rep Charles Hobart said it contacted Sudolsky's girlfriend (the ill-starred phone call)
SPORTS
January 24, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
In an interview with Katie Couric on Thursday, a few voicemails that Manti Te'o's "girlfriend" left him were played on the air. The voice of Kekua reportedly belongs to Ronaiah Tuiasosopo , who apparently disguised his voice. After the first message was played, Te'o said: "It sounds like a girl, doesn't it?" "It does," Couric said. Tuiasosopo apparently masterminded the hoax against Te'o by creating a fake online profile for a made-up woman named Kekua. Tuiasosopo then apparently talked to Te'o over the phone while pretending to be Kekua.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Work-at-home - The Federal Trade Commission is repaying $2.3 million to consumers who were defrauded in an Internet work-at-home scheme. A firm that marketed jobs with the “Google Money Tree” charged a shipping fee for training materials and then added unexpected monthly charges to consumers' credit cards, the FTC said. However, the company was not affiliated with Google Inc. and their work-at-home product did not provide a method for earning the income promised, the FTC alleged.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Mitt Romney, who has campaigned for president as the businessman who can turn the country around, has often been criticized for seeming insensitive, particularly to people in dire economic straits. "I am not concerned about the very poor," he said earlier this week, explaining that his focus is on helping the middle class and not those for whom a social safety net already is in place. Last fall, he told Nevadans in the grip of a foreclosure crisis that the market should be allowed to bottom out without government intervention.
WORLD
August 16, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Rupert Murdoch's media empire suffered a potentially heavy blow in the British phone-hacking scandal Tuesday when Parliament released documents suggesting that reporters and top editors at the News of the World practiced and sanctioned the illegal interception of voicemails. An internal letter written in 2007 by Clive Goodman, a former reporter at the tabloid and the only one convicted so far in the scandal, alleged that phone hacking had the "full knowledge and support" of others at the paper and was "widely discussed" at daily editorial meetings.
WORLD
July 17, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of media mogul Rupert Murdoch's British operations, was arrested Sunday in connection with a spiraling phone-hacking scandal, police and media reports said. Scotland Yard confirmed that a 43-year-old woman was arrested at noon on suspicion of conspiring to intercept private voicemails and corruption allegations. British media identified the woman as Brooks. Until her resignation Friday, Brooks was the chief executive of News International, the British subsidiary of Murdoch's media giant News Corp.
TRAVEL
March 4, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times, This post has a correction. See below for details
Question: My girlfriend lost her passport on March 17 on a United Airlines flight. Someone in United's customer service team called on April 10 and left me a voicemail saying they had it. I accidentally deleted the voicemail. Since then she has called multiple times and sent emails to the customer service team. Is there any way you can help? David Sudolsky Huntington Beach Answer: Help find out what happened, yes. Help get the passport back? Probably not. When you lose a passport - and about 325,000 were reported lost or stolen last year, according to the U.S. State Department - an airline will try to find the owner, and United did. United rep Charles Hobart said it contacted Sudolsky's girlfriend (the ill-starred phone call)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2003
For all of the coverage and discussion of the findings of polls related to the war, including Tim Rutten's column ("Hearts, Minds and Polls," March 29), I've yet to see much analysis of polling methodology. Although they have the veneer of scientific accuracy, typical polling almost cannot help but produce skewed results. Most polls are conducted by telephone. Screening mechanisms such as caller ID, answering machines and voicemail make it unlikely such calls get answered by a representative sample.
WORLD
July 5, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
For months, Britain's scandal over scoop-hungry reporters hacking into the cellphones of celebrities and politicians drew shrugs from the general public, which viewed the affair as a rarified dispute between the rich and famous and those who write about them. Not anymore. Revulsion swept the nation Tuesday amid allegations that a sensationalist tabloid owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch also intercepted and tampered with voicemails left for a kidnapped 13-year-old girl whose body was later found dumped in the woods.
NEWS
November 3, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has reached out to the man who is expected to be her successor as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner (R- Ohio) said Wednesday. "The speaker attempted to reach me this morning, left me a very nice voicemail and I expect that we will have a very smooth transition with her office," Boehner told a televised news conference. He did not release any details of Pelosi's comments. Pelosi (D- San Francisco), who easily won reelection to her congressional seat, was a prime target for Republicans who opposed her liberalism and made her the face of their drive to control the House.
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