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November, 2010:

Avoid the new “friend stranded overseas” e-mail scam

I’ve gotten these messages twice in the past week. The alleged sender is someone who has sent me e-mail in the past and is now supposedly stranded in London and is asking me for money. It looks like a scammer has gotten hold of people’s e-mail contacts lists and is spamming the contacts. My messages were supposedly from people I know only slightly (and the first message was sent to the e-mail address for the whole city council), so I wasn’t fooled, but if they had been from close friends or family the scam might not have been quite so obvious. Here’s today’s version of the scam:


How you doing? I made a trip to London (United Kingdom) unannounced some days back,Unfortunately i ,i got messed up in another country, stranded in London, fortunately passport was back in our hotel room. It was a bitter experience and i was hurt on my right hand, but would be fine. I am sending you this message because i don’t want anyone to panic,i want you to keep it that way for now.

My return flight leaves in a few hours but I’m having troubles sorting out the hotel bills, wondering if you could loan me some money to sort out the hotel bills and also take a cab to the airport about (1,650 Dollars). I have been to the police and embassy here,but they aren’t helping issues,I have limited means of getting out of here,i have canceled my credit cards already and made a police report, I won’t get a new credit card number till I get back home! So I really need your help.You can contact the hotel management through this telephone number [deleted],you could wire whatever you can spare to my name and location via Western union:

Name:Harvey _______
Location: [a London mailing address]

Get back to me with the details,would def refund your money once i get back you can count on that,below are the details needed for me to pick up the money with my passport.

Amount Sent:

I await your prompt response.



The return of ORHS Masquers

Woman and man standing behind a microphone.

Senn and Moreno telling Altrusa about ORHS Masquers

Publicity in town hasn’t exactly been overwhelming, but Thursday night the Oak Ridge High School Masquers organization takes the stage again for the first time in several years, performing “Better Football Through High School Chemistry” in the ORHS auditorium. Different sources give different schedules, but I think the show starts at 7 pm 7:30 pm Thursday (11/11) and Saturday (11/13). There’s a matinee performance on Sunday at 2 pm, preceded (according to the ORHS website) by a “tailgate party” at 1 pm (burgers, chips, and soft drinks).  Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for adults. Chemistry teacher Vidal Moreno, who is a faculty sponsor, and Samantha Senn (ORHS ’06 and a UTK grad with a theatre major), who is working to revive Masquers this year, told Oak Ridge Altrusa all about it on Wednesday.


Get rid of old unneeded prescription drugs

This announcement from this page should be welcome news to residents who have been asking me when Oak Ridge would be doing this:

On Saturday, November 13, 2010, the Oak Ridge Police Department will be conducting “Operation Medicine Cabinet” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Residents will be able to drop off any old and/or expired drugs at the Oak Ridge Police Headquarters; no questions asked and no names given!

For more information about this program, contact Officer Randy Myers at (865) 556-6696.


America Recycles – Saturday, November 13, 2010

This coming Saturday, area residents can drop off fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and cell phones for recycling at the Oak Ridge Wal-Mart store, where Keep Anderson County Beautiful and Anderson County Solid Waste will be celebrating America Recycles Day with a collection event and educational activities for kids. It’s scheduled from 10 am to 2 pm.