Friday, July 1, 2022

Not school district -related, but good reading

A neighbor sent me this scam alert. Whether it's true or not, it could be. We get so used to paying with plastic. So, be careful. Share this article by using the "Mail" button below. (No record is kept of any articles forwarded or emails used.) Note: I didn't write it. This did not happen to me.

The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim:

Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called: "Express Couriers," (The name could be any courier company).  He asked if I was going to be home because there was a package for me that required a signature.

The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in approximately an hour. Sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and a bottle of wine. I was very surprised, since there was no special occasion or holiday, and I, certainly, didn't expect anything like it. Intrigued, I inquired as to who the sender was.

The courier replied, "I don't know, I'm only delivering the package."

Apparently, a greeting card was being sent separately. (The card has never arrived!)  There was also a consignment note with the gift.  He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $3.50 "delivery/ verification charge," providing proof that he actually had delivered the package to an adult (of legal drinking age), and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone, especially a minor.

This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash.  He then said that the delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card only, so that everything is properly accounted for, and this would help in keeping a legal record of the transaction.

He added, "Couriers don't carry cash to avoid loss or being, likely, targets for robbery."

My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled out his credit card, and the "delivery man," asked him to swipe the card on a small mobile card machine with a small screen and keypad.  Frank, my husband, was asked to enter his PIN number and a receipt was printed out.  He was given a copy of the transaction.

The guy said everything was in order, and wished us good day, and left.

To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines.  Apparently, the "mobile credit card machine," which the deliveryman carried, now, had all the info necessary to create a "dummy" card with all our card details including the PIN number.

Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we, immediately, notified the bank which issued us a new card, and our credit/debit account was closed.  We, also, personally, went to the police, where it was confirmed that it is, definitely, a scam because several households had been similarly hit.

WARNING: Be wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package," which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package.  Also, never accept anything if you do not, personally, know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.  Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!

PLEASE, pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindled.

Richland 2 responds to S.C. IG

WIS-TV published Richland Two's response to the Governor's direction for the State Inspector General to investigate Richland 2.

In an article published on yesterday, Richland Two wrote:

"Richland School District Two administrators contacted State Inspector General Brian Lamkin on June 23, 2022, to follow up on a report that the Governor had submitted a formal request to Mr. Lamkin to conduct an investigation, review and analysis of Richland Two. In speaking with Mr. Lamkin, we pledged our full cooperation with the investigation.

"As demonstrated in our recent successful accreditation process and our annual financial audits, our district approaches any and all reviews with a strong commitment to transparency and to our Core Values of Learning, Character, Community and Joy."

That standard of "Core Values" certainly does not apply to the January 25, 2022 incident in the board room. Transparency? Seriously?

Then-board chair Teresa Holmes refused to convene an investigation into the disruption caused by Pamela Davis, a Blythewood High School teacher and wife of Supt. Baron Davis, and the superintedent himself.

I thought it was amazing that the sheriff's department could almost instantly conclude that no crime had been committed by the superintendent, who allegedly charged at the white man who intervened when Pamela Davis was cussing out a 14-year-old student who was present that night. Teh student told me what her words were.

The District should have investigated her for conduct unbecoming an employee. I filed a complaint through the principal at Blythewood High School and have never heard one word from the District.

I suspect Inspector General Lamkin will put this on his list of items to investigate. How will the District spin its response?