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CraigsList Scam Posts Fake Home Rentals

A scammer, apparently based in Africa, is posting bogus Spokane house rentals on Craigslist. Realtor Jessica Howerton said she was inundated with calls from potential renters of a home at 217 W. 21st Ave. But the home is only for sale, not for rent, she said. The scammer apparently identified the home on a website, found the owner’s name by searching Spokane County records, then posed as the legitimate owner on Craigslist. The Craigslist posting even included pictures taken from the sales listing, Howerton said. Anyone who responds to the rental posting is asked for information, including Social Security numbers, that would expose them to identity theft. A $500 deposit is requested/Bert Caldwell, SR. More here.

Question: How do you protect yourself from scams when using CraigsList?

AGs: CraigsList Should Drop Adult Ads

Craigslist should remove its adult services section because the website cannot adequately block potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking, attorneys general in 17 states demanded Tuesday in a joint letter. “Only Craigslist has the power to stop these ads before they are even published,” said Kansas attorney general Steve Six in a statement Tuesday. “Sadly, they are completely unwilling to do so.” The joint letter acknowledged Craigslist faces the prospect of losing revenue if it were to remove the adult services section/KXLY. More here.

Question: Should Craigslist remove the adult services section from its Web site in an effort to block potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking?

CraigsList: Rare Yoda Available For $1500

A man named Steve in the Coeur d’Alene area has a life-size Yoda for sale on Craigslist for $1500: “This is an extremely rare, life size Yoda statue that Pepsi had made for the Star Wars release. It is sturdy and heavy. There is one other of these in the nation that is for sale on ebay for $2,750 plus $250 shipping and handling for a total of $3,000!!!!!!! Here is an opportunity to purchase this masterfully created piece of Star Wars history for half that price and be able to pick it up locally! If this does not sell within the week then I will be moving it to ebay so get it while you can!” You can check out the rest of the ad here. (AP Photo/ Lucasfilm/Twentieth Century Fox)

Question: Have you collected any Star Wars characters?

‘Judge Judy’ spot leads to more charges

An appearance on the TV reality show “Judge Judy” has brought a Spokane man more than just 15 minutes of syndicated fame.  Joshua J. Mulvey, 26, now faces new criminal charges in an Internet fraud scheme after a Snohomish County man who saw the episode recognized Mulvey as the same person who conned him out of $2,500 last year, police say. Mulvey was arrested at a Coeur d’Alene motel in February. Detectives used a cell phone tower ping triggered by Mulvey’s mobile phone to trace him to the Lake City after they say he escaped from his Spokane apartment during a raid. Read more about the latest twist in the case, and see a video of his Judge Judy appearance, here.

Question: Do you know someone who has ever been on a courtroom TV show? Or any reality TV show?

Bob Wire: Texting Leads To Duncery

The wildfire popularity of texting and tweeting is shoving a whole generation of telecommunications lemmings off the cliff of basic knowledge, to perish below on the sharp rocks of sloth and ignorance. I read a lot, and I write a lot. I’ve come to understand the rules of language, grammar, punctuation and spelling. And I break those rules constantly. But at least I know they’re there. Notice I didn’t say “their they’re” or “their there?” That’s what I’m talking about. If you want to see evidence that our society is quickly sliding into the abyss of boneheaded duncery and moronic disregard for the basic rules of English, take a look at Facebook or craigslist/Bob Wire, New West. More here.

Question: Do you agree w/New West columnist Bob Wire that texting, Facebook, Craigslist, etc., have made us a nation of morons?

Boredom Led To Craigslist Hoax

Selling your son on Craigslist sounds like the work of a depraved father or a bored teen. Fortunately for Spokane police, it’s the latter. Last month, a Spokane woman saw an ad from a man named Rick Obelophy offering his son Gavin to anyone who could cough up $5,000. “He doesn’t fuss very much, but when he does he just screams for hours,” read the ad. “I usually just put him in his closet until he stops and that usually works.” The woman called police who then went looking for Mr. Obelophy and his discounted brood. An investigative trail that led to the computer of a bored 17-year-old teenager in Sandpoint, Idaho/Seattle Weekly Blogs. More here. (Illustration: AP)

Question: What kind of punishment would be fitting for the Sandpoint 17YO who posted the bogus ad offering a 4YO child for sale? And/or: What do you tell your kids when they say, “I’m bored”?

Quotable Quote: Palouse Prostitution

“To be honest with you, we live in a university town and most people give it away for free. There isn’t a market” — Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant re: Lewiston Tribune story re: possible prostitution being advertised on CraigsList on the Palouse. Story here.

Question: Bent thought the comment by Commander Tennant was “stupid.” Sisyphus found it “refreshingly honest.” What do you think?

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