Daily Archives: March 22, 2012

$1000 Gift Card Ploy Used in Smishing Scheme

Smishers Use Walmart and Best Buy as Bait

Anchorage, Alaska – March 22, 2012 – Cell phones across the U.S. are receiving unexpected text messages offering $1,000 gift cards from stores like Walmart and Best Buy.

Better Business Bureau advises recipients to disregard too-good-to-be-true gifts and solicitations that arrive by short message service or SMS. Similar to phishing emails, smishing text messages aim to steal personal data or dollars with harmful websites or fraudulent return phone numbers.

“You just won a free $1000 Walmart Gift Card, enter “1000” at …”

“Dear Walmart shopper, Congratulations you have just won a $1000 Walmart Gift Card. Click here to claim your gift …”

“You have been randomly selected for a BestBuy gift. Get your $1000 gift card now at …”

According to Walmart, the company will not initiate text messages in exchange for personal information and it is not affiliated with the parties promoting these activities.

Though some text messages may be from real companies—not scammers—be careful with unknown businesses; unless contact information was provided voluntarily, they may have collected phone numbers without permission. If solicited, BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington suggests the following:

Don’t take the bait. Frauds often use well-known retailers’ names without permission. If companies are offering high-value goods or gift cards for free, there is probably a catch.

Don’t reply. Smishers often send mass-messages to random phone numbers hoping for replies so they can reuse numbers for other schemes. Delete messages immediately.

Don’t call back. Scammers may attempt to pry for data over the phone.

Don’t click links. Fraudulent websites could contain harmful downloads or viruses that infect phones or other devices. Web addresses may be masked to look like other sites.

Don’t enter personal information. Avoid giving out details to “claim” winnings. Never release credit card numbers, provide bank account information or wire money to pay fees, taxes or shipping costs for “free” items or prizes. Provide contact information with caution, as it may result in unwanted solicitations and not-so-free trials; always read companies’ privacy policies first.

Visit bbb.org, ftc.gov and fcc.gov for more advice on avoiding smishing schemes.

Adam Harkness, Alaska Public Relations Manager: 907.644.5202 | pr@thebbb.org
Niki Horace, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations: 206.676.4187

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Fort Greely Movies

Friday, March 23 – Chronicle (PG-13), 7pm
Saturday, March 24 – The Grey (R), 7pm

Chronicle – Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. Rated PG-13 for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking.  84 minutes

The Grey – In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders. Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language.  117 minutes

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Jim Harris ~ A Friend to All

We will each remember Jim in our own way. He was a special guy, and a good friend to many. The ’round table’ has an empty chair that will never be filled the way Jim did. Jim wasn’t one to be in front of a camera, but I did manage to sneak a few. Here is one that I would like to share with the community.

Good bye, my Friend.
Barb Tharp

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Deltana Fair Needs Your 2012 Theme & Logo

2012 Theme & Logo Contest
33rd Annual Deltana Fair and Music Festival
July 27, 28 and 29th 2012

This year the Deltana Fair will select two winners, one child and one adult. Each winner will receive $50 and a 2012 sweatshirt with their logo on it.

Elementary and middle school aged students are encourage to participate. The first 25 children will receive a free t-shirt, upon submission of their artwork. (color and size is not guaranteed).

We’ve extended the deadline to April 2, so that everyone who is interested can participate. Be sure to include your contact information along with your artwork.

Each year, the Deltana Fair Association requests the community’s assistance in creating a theme and logo for the upcoming fair. We encourage every artist, regardless of age or skill level, to submit their ideas. All entries will be considered.
• Art work can be hand drawn or electronic
• Be sure to provide your name and contact information with your entry.
• The logo should be easily reproduced and clearly visible when reduced in size.
• The fair pennant and mention of “Deltana Fair”; “Music Festival”; “Delta Junction, Alaska”; and the dates of this year’s fair should be incorporated in the logo.
• The entry deadline is March 23th

The Theme & Logo Contest WINNER (Yes, this could be you) will receive $$$ 50 dollars $$$ and a 2012 Deltana Fair and Music Festival Sweatshirt. Additionally, your winning logo will be proudly displayed on the front of the Deltana Fair t-shirts and will appear on all printed materials.

Entries can be mailed to the Deltana Fair Association, PO Box 408, Delta Junction, AK 99737 or email to info@deltanafair.com

Any questions or requests can be directed to fair management at 895-FAIR or info@deltanafair.com

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Available Transportation for Delta Medicaid Recipients

DID YOU KNOW THAT–if you are a MEDICAID recipient, and if you have a medical appointment in Fairbanks and are unable to arrange a conventional means of getting to the appointment (family and/or friends are to be first choice, or public transportation such as the “shuttle”), Alpha Community Transportation Service will get you there and home again with no cost to you?

If you find yourself in such a situation, call 895 4104 to discuss and arrange transportation. We will drive you from Delta directly to the appointment location. We will see you to the office door of the doctor, or even accompany you inside if you wish. We will wait for you, and bring you safely home again to Delta Junction.

We cannot provide this service with only a few hours notice, so please call several days or more in advance so that we may plan your trip carefully.

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OfficeTECH, Inc. Authorized XEROX Sales Agent & Dealer

3709 Spenard Road, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99503
907-522-5850 Phone 907-522-5852 Fax

OfficeTech, Alaska’s award winning Xerox sales agent/dealer and Alaska’s largest independent mail handling equipment company representing Neopost and Haslet, is pleased to annouce the acquistion of office bindery solutions from Dawn and John Nelson.

The acquisition increases OfficeTech’s portfolio of office and printing solutions to include cutters, shredders, trimmers, binding systems and folders as well as Nerox, Neopost and Hasler Office Solutions.

OfficeTech is the statewide Neopost and Hasler dealer, and provides full service mailing solutions including equipment sales, supplies and service. Office Bindery Solutions is a nationwide dealer and distributor, and Internet sales site for document finishing and paper handling supplies, service and equipment and authorized deal for Akiles products, MBM Corporation, Leslie Corporation, Pro Bind, Martin Yale and others.

OfficeTech is a woman owned business headed up by Julie Olsen, president, B.K. Powell, CFO, Peter Olsen, Vice President, and Mike Zoske, General Manager.

OfficeTech is located at 3709 Spenard Road, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99503.

(907) 522-5850 – OfficeTech Main Number
(907) 688-3653 – Office Bindery Solutions
(877) 688-2381 – Nationwide Toll-Free

www.xofficetech.com
www .officebindry.com

For further information call Peter Olsen, Vice President at (907) 522-5850.

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Photo of the day March 21

On our late night drive home the other night from Fairbanks, we were blessed to see this aurora over Birch Lake.  Photo Courtesy Liz Breuker

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