PAGE 1 AUGUST 14 2014 INVESTIGATOR SEEKING LW SCAM VICTIMS An investigator with the Kings County District Attorney’s office is conducting a fraud investigation of a man from a farming company in central California who allegedly bilked two Leisure World residents out of money.
Investigator Randy Edmonson has enlisted the help of Leisure World residents who may have also fallen victim.
The investigation is focused on the man who runs Ag-Wise Inc., which is based in Lemoore in Kings County, about 225 miles from Seal Beach.
He allegedly scammed two people from Leisure World with a promise of 10-percent return on investment in 12 months. The other victim lives in Washington State.
Edmondson traveled to Seal Beach last week to interview the victims.
He is anxious to find other shareholders who may have invested in the farmland scheme. Edmonson did not disclose the man’s name.
Late last week the investigator was confident of an arrest, and soon.
“We know where he is,” he said Aug. 7. “Every victim I can find will add one more count to this guy,” he said.
He is appealing to Leisure Worlders through the Golden Rain News.
Any residents of Seal Beach Leisure World who invested in 2013 with Ag-Wise and didn’t receive the principal and interest should contact:
Investigator Randy Edmonson, Kings County District Attorney’s Office; (559) 852-2466, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I encourage victims to come forward to help prevent similar incidents from happening again,”said Jaime Guererro, GRF security chief. Edmonson provided The News with a copy of the prospectus sent to consumers (see photo, Page 1). The offer was “straight notes,” a promissory note for a loan where interest payments are made at specific periods. The principal balance is due in one lump sum at the end of the loan term.
When the 2013 note matured last January, the three investors contacted the man for their money, but his number was disconnected.
Gone. Disappeared. Flew the coop with thousands of dollars of other folks’ money.
“The minimum investment is $10,000. The straight notes were sold in 2013 and the principal and interest was to be paid back by January 2014,” said Edmonson.
The victim from Washington contacted police and also told her story to www.justanswer.com, a website specializing in scam reports from consumers.
“The company (Ag-Wise Inc.) has a website on Google, but no one manages it and phone calls are not answered,” she said. “And no one responds to my emails or certified letters.”
PATRIOTIC SALUTE IS AT THE AMPHITHEATER
The Golden Rain Foundation will present A Patriotic Tribute to the Veterans starring Bonnie Bowden, the Lindy Sisters and the USO Tribute Band with special guest star Bill Johnson portraying Bob Hope. The show starts at 8 p.m., Aug. 14, on the Amphitheater stage. Shareholders and their guests are invited to the complimentary summer entertainment series that will continue through Sept. 15.
Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. starting in September. Minibus transportation, including the handicap access bus, is available to and from shows.
The Lindy Sisters
Lynette, Loralie and Linda Lou Lindy have a talent for swing music and have quickly become one of the most sought after specialty acts in the Los Angeles area. It started when they sang some Andrews Sisters tunes for their church’s vintage car show. Before the day was over, the threesome was booked for two paid gigs and needed to learn more material.
They specialize in 1940’s melodies and tight harmony. From their vocal arrangements to the seamed stockings and ruby red lips, the Lindy Sisters evoke the days of swing.
Coloratura soprano Bonnie Bowden sings jazz, pop and classical, and has graced stages and media across the globe. Born in Bessemer, Ala., Bonnie began singing at the age of 3.
Throughout her Texas childhood, she performed in schools, churches, talent shows and beauty contests.
Her first professional singing job was at Six Flags Over Texas.
She moved to California and landed a solo position at Disneyland on the Sound Castle Stage in Tomorrowland.
From there she joined Sergio Mendes and toured the world many times with Brasil 77 and Brasil 88.
Her TV credits include several appearances on “Johnny Carson,” “Merv Griffin,” “Mike Douglas” and more.
She has worked with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Hubert Laws and Dori Caymmi among others.
A multilingual performer, she sings in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Latin and Portuguese. Her big band recording of Victor Herbert’s “Indian Summer” arranged by the legendary Sammy Nestico and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Pop Vocal category.
She currently sings with big band jazz orchestras, small jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras and performs a one-woman show.
William Patrick Johnson
With a career spanning over 30 years, Bill has forged his niche on stage, screen and television as a dependable character actor.
Bill’s tribute to the late, great Bob Hope was showcased in New Orleans at Experience the Victory, the grand opening of the National WWII Museum’s expansion project.
Bill also appeared recently in the WWII Museum’s “Thanks for the Memories: Bob Hope & His All Star Pacific Tour” and in the National Infantry Museum’s fundraiser “A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans” at Ft. Benning.
Other notable appearances include Tribute Shows for Honor Flight South Carolina, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, the U.S. Army Ball, and the annual 1940’s Ball in Boulder, Colo.
Through the years, Bill has been “murdered” on “CSI,” portrayed Michael Imperioli’s banker in “High Roller: The Stu Unger Story” and had roles in “Ocean’s 11” and “ TV’s Scare Tactics.”
Recently, Bill has appeared in national commercials for Timeshares Only, Santa Fe Salsa, the CPAP Care Club, and American Credit Card Solutions.
Bill currently lives in Las Vegas, Nev., with his wife, actress Rosemary Willhide.
AN ORANGE COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT work crew is repairing portions of the lining of the flood control channel on Golden Rain Road. One lane of westbound traffic is closed, but Golden Rain will be accessible throughout the project. Work should be completed by Aug. 22. Repairs are under way in front of building 21 in Mutual 3.
MICROSOFT TECH SUPPORT SCAM
by Jim Breen
The Microsoft Tech Support scam has been on a steady rise in the community, with one local computer expert reporting as many as six calls a week from her Leisure World customers.
Tina Schaffer, owner of Computer Images Plus, serves about 500 LWers who depend on her to clean up computer viruses, and answer computer realted questions and problems.
One resident said a Microsoft rep called to warn her about a problem with her computer. He could fix it by getting “into” her computer.
She paid a fee for a download to fix it, then was called the next day with verification of a virus. He promised to remove it once she gave him her mother’s maiden name and Social Security number.
So in less than 24 hours, she fell victim to a double scam.
Once the crooks have access to a computer, they can trick victims into installing malicious software (malware) that could capture online banking user names and passwords. Then they charge victim to remove the viruses they don’t have.
They also set up fake websites and make a case for visiting legitimate websites to download software that will allow them to take control of computers remotely and adjust settings to their liking.
The first thing to remember is that Microsoft or any other computer company will never call customers demanding fees.
Tina has some good tips for fielding these calls:
• The easiest way is a quick “no thanks,” followed with a fast hang-up to literally disconnect from future financial loss and aggravation.
• Never allow strangers to access your computer or guide you to a certain webpage, change a setting, or download software.
• Never give any information to anyone you don’t already know.
• Never purchase software or services from a anyone that calls. Ask if a fee is associated with the “service.”
If there is, hang up. Sometimes they start with a free download, then call back asking for money. The damage is already done.
For those who don’t hang up, never provide personal information, such as credit card or bank details.
“If you think that you might have downloaded malware from a phone tech support scam website or allowed a cybercriminal to access your computer, change your computer’s password, and change the password on bank and credit card,” said Tina.
“Scan your computer with a virus and malware program to find out the existence of possible viruses or malware.”
Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to email@example.com or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.