Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Want Identity Theft Examples? 10 Unbelievable Identity Theft Cases

One thing is for sure. You never think it can happen to you. But when you read this countdown to the most incredible identity theft cases recorded, chances are you’ll think again because these identity theft examples will astound you.

A fraudster named Gerald Barnbaum lost his pharmacist license after committing Medicaid fraud. He got his credentials after stealing the identity of Dr. Gerald Barnes and went on to practice medicine under his name. A type 1 diabetic died under his care. And what’s even more astonishing is that “Dr. Barnes” even worked as a staff physician for a center that gave exams to FBI agents. He is currently serving hard time.

A man named Mark Tufano got his little joy ride by impersonating famed actors like Gary Oldman. In this identity theft example Tufano sent a video of himself as Gary Oldman portraying Andy Kaufman. And what’s even more surprising is that it actually fooled the man who wanted Oldman to portray Kaufman in Man On The Moon. The real Gary Oldman caught wind of the scam and got it busted.

Drug smuggler Marcelo Nascimento da Rocha impersonated Henrique Constantino, the brother of the CEO of Gol Airlines. He enjoyed the jet-set high life but then he got busted after sleeping with a woman who actually knew the real Constantino. Talk about identity theft examples, I think this one is hard to beat. Not sure? Let's read on.

Keep an eye on your wallet! The likes of Andrea Harris-Frazier had better not get their hands on YOUR wallet. When Margot Somerville lost her wallet on a trolley, two years later she was arrested. Andrea Harris-Frazier had defrauded several banks—using Somerville’s identity—out of tens of thousands of dollars. The real crook was caught.

Watch out for the innocent looking roommate

Brittany Ossenfort got a new roommate, Michelle, who got a haircut just like Ossenfort’s. One day Ossenfort received a call at her office from the cops asking her to bail herself out of jail. As it happens, “Michelle” had been hooking on the streets, literally posing as Ossenfort and was caught. What’s even more shocking is that it turns out “Michelle” was really Richard Lester Phillips, living as a woman.

Lara Love and David Jackson were a California couple who one day began tapping into a neighbor’s wireless Internet router. This led to them raiding the neighbors’ personal data. By the time this pair were busted, thirty victims had been affected.

Frederic Bourdin liked to impersonate missing children, including Nicholas Barclay, a missing teen. And he practically fooled the teen’s family, despite Bourdin looking nothing like Barclay (including different hair and eye color—amazing, isn’t it?). More stunning is that the family was fooled for nearly a year until fingerprints proved his real identity. He’s been in and out of jail since.

Ferdinand Demara was a daring serial imposter who used medical books to fudge his way through surgeries he performed onboard a ship during the Korean War… by impersonating Dr. Joseph Cyr. Prior to this caper, he had faked his own death and even went AWOL under a friend’s name when in the Army. Some of these identity theft examples are so elaborate, they'd spice up the plot to a bestselling novel any day of the week.

According to authorities, busboy Abraham Abdallah pulled off a massive identity theft and ripped off some of the richest people in America, including Steven Spielberg. Armed with basic information about the wealthiest people in the U.S. from Forbes Magazine, Abdallah allegedly used computers in Brooklyn libraries to get detailed confidential information about 200 of those listed. Then, posing as his victims, he tried get money from their brokerage or investment bank accounts. Read the full report on this stunning scam here.

Phillip Cummings, a fat cat who worked for a software company, sold customers’ credit card reports to a Nigerian ID theft ring for $30 each—30,000 times. That’s an unbelievable $900,000 in illegal earnings. You wanted identity theft examples? Well there you have it!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Serengeti through the Lens of Academy Award Winning Cinematography

The feature film Serengeti Shall Not Die, released June 25, 1959, was written, produced, directed and narrated by German producer Bernhard Grzimek. It won an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award for Best Documentary Feature - 1959. When I was still a kid growing up in Dar es salaam -- many years after its release -- I remember seeing this movie with my parents at the Drive In Cinema. I will remember that experience for the rest of my life. It was amazing. This article, through the lens of award winning cinematography, will discuss the Serengeti; how its beauty has inspired the movie industry; and how you too can experience its incredibly vast treeless plains -- 30,000 square kilometers of it!

The Lion King, a 1994 animated feature film from Walt Disney and its subsequent theatrical production, were inspired by the Serengeti.  The Lion King, a musical, garnered two Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. Elton John composed the songs and Tim Rice was lyricist with an original score by Hans Zimmer. This movie grossed over eight hundred million dollars worldwide and until 2003, it was the most successful animated feature film. To date, it remains the sixth highest grossing animated film and the highest grossing hand-drawn animated feature film. Disney didn’t stop there. They later produced a sequel, The Lion King II and Simba's Pride (1998); and a prequel/parallel, The Lion King 1½ (2004).

The fact that the movie’s inspiration came from the Serengeti speaks volumes. And to think that its ecosystem, wildlife and national park have not only inspired the movie industry, they’ve inspired, bedazzled and attracted many a tourist from all over the world, says a lot about this wondrous safari destination. Serengeti has well and truly earned its rightful place as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. It offers seemingly endless plains; the world famous circular migration of over two million mammal across Tanzania and Kenya; and a guaranteed front row view of an action packed tapestry of diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands; and not to mention Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, buffalos, giraffe, lion, leopard and cheetah to name but a few. To borrow the title of the movie that brought Serengeti to the world, I say, Serengeti shall not die!

In Summary: A Hollywood movie studio, inspired by the Serengeti, brought us blockbuster animated movie The Lion King. The movie grossed in excess of eight hundred million dollars around the world. A German producer, back in 1959, brought Serengeti Shall Not Die to cinemagoers around the world and won an Academy Award for best feature film that year. Tanzania’s Serengeti, to have attracted the attention of movie producers, and to have been appreciated and embraced by people around the world says a lot about what it (Serengeti) has to offer the world in terms of its ecosystem, wildlife and national park. To plan a trip to the Serengeti to see for yourself where the inspiration for all these incredibly successful movies came from, consult your tour operator and please do make sure that you book your safari holiday early.

About the Author: Anthony J. Namata is a travel writer and Internet marketing consultant to travel & tour operators. To book a safari in Tanzania, contact Arusha based tour operator Abrojaley Africa.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Walking Safaris in the Footsteps Of Famous Explorers

Designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1982, the Selous game reserve in Tanzania has a very diverse wildlife and virtually undisturbed nature. Named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, the reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world. 

So picture this: A walking safari in a reserve area that spans 54,600 km² (21,081 square miles) and has a history of famous explorers, hunters and conservationists dating as far back as 1879. Wouldn’t that be extraordinary? Well, this article will aim to shed some light on some of the best walking safari opportunities Tanzania has to offer.

Sir Frederick Selous died at Beho Beho, a territory in the Selous, in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during World War I. Keith Johnston, a Scottish explorer, died in Beho Beho in 1879 leading a RSGS expedition to the Great Lakes of Africa with Joseph Thomson. Walking can be great fun, and when you know you’re stepping into an African wilderness steeped in history, even more so. 

A walking safari in this part of the world is the perfect escape from the modern world -- with its vehicles for transportation -- to the old way of getting around, as did the explorers, on foot.  Imagine reliving the experiences of some of the world’s greatest explorers. I’m sure you will agree, just the thought of it is so tempting. Walking gets you closer to nature, in fact. You’ll get to see places you wouldn’t see from a vehicle; watch animals at close range without them even being aware of your presence. And by night you’ll take refuge in a fly-camp; enjoy hot bucket showers; and hot homemade meals around a camp fire. The adventure can be thrilling. 

And don’t you worry about the mosquitoes, sleeping units are equipped with mosquito nets; and for your walkabouts, there’s always the repellent creams and sprays to help keep them at bay. The best time to go on a walking safari in the Selous is from June to October. The rest of the year is unbearably hot and uncomfortable to walk.

In Summary: There are more ways than one to enjoy a safari in Tanzania. Walking is one full-of-adventure way of taking in the deepest African wilderness, where vehicles have absolutely no access, and natural habitat is so close you can touch it. Unlike the minibus tours that are, sadly, commonplace in the tourist circuit, walking safaris do away with the vehicles to take you deeper into the wilderness.

In Tanzania’s southern circuit Selous, where great explorers, hunters and conservationists set foot as far back as 1879 before us, is undoubtedly an idyllic location to experience Africa in its most natural. Travel to the Selous begins in Dar es salaam and heads south. You’ll have the option to fly there in light aircraft, or travel by road or by train.

For more information on what’s on offer and where to stay en-route to your walking expedition when you get there, make sure you consult your tour operator and make advance bookings as early as possible, bearing in mind that the best time to go on a walking safari in the Selous is from June to October. The rest of the year is unbearably hot and uncomfortable to walk.

To book a walking safari in Tanzania, contact Arusha based tour operator Abrojaley Africa

Anthony J. Namata
Creative Travel Writer

Billboard Producers Jittery Over Cher's Possible Trump Bashing During Awards Speech

Cher absolutely reviles Donald Trump and simply can't resist going after him Meryl Streep-style, at least that's the worry of Billboard producers who worry her acceptance speech could turn tawdry with the use of profane language to vent her anger and contempt for the President of the United States.

Production sources told TMZ ... they're dealing with what they believe is the inevitable -- Cher hates Donald Trump with a passion and will go on the attack Sunday night when she receives the Icon Award.

Here's the dilemma ... producers at Dick Clark Productions don't want to cut Cher's mic, because it will look like censorship and possibly even a pro-Trump move. It could also piss off the anti-Trump audience.

The flip side ... if Cher unleashes her considerable vocabulary of forbidden words, ABC could be in hot water with the FCC and then take it out on DCP.

Cher -- who is set to perform at her first award show in 15 years -- has been vocally against Trump, and has called him an obnoxious asshole and  a "f***ing" idiot. She also said, "He wants the adulation. He doesn't give a s**t about the work."

Source: TMZ

John Serba's Movie Review Suggests 'Alien Covenant' is a disappointment, despite Michael Fassbender

I've been a sci-fi junkie for as long as I can remember, and I would devour anything alien and Scary, as it were. That being said, Michael Fassbender playing a hyperintelligent android stuck in an existential quandary, or a monster with lots of claws and teeth and acid for blood makes the movie Alien: Covenant even scarier.

Well, we've seen the monster before, picking off spaceship crew members one by one in Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979), swarming frightfully en masse in James Cameron's "Aliens" (1986) and being far less effectively scary in several other, lesser sequels.

Reading a riveting film review by John Serba on Alien: Covenant, that trails back to its predecessor, talks about Fassbender's unsettling artificial human, David, before, in 2012's "Prometheus," and his return for the follow-up "Alien: Covenant," which is the second in a trilogy set prior to the events of "Alien."

In his review, Serba asserts: the two new films, with middling results, director Ridley Scott wants this series to be more than just another bug hunt. Yet, that ambition is a narrative detriment, an awkward marriage between intellectual exercise and suspenseful creature feature. That isn't to say combining the two elements is impossible; it's just poorly executed here, the "Covenant" screenplay begging for another draft or three to work out its multiple lapses in logic and integrate its grandiose ideas into the subtext, rather than smacking us on the nose with them. Read the full article here!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Have You Considered Video Marketing to Promote Your Tour Operator Business?

If you have only experienced getting the word out about your tourist attractions and packages via web pages, email and social media in print alone, then you will be amazed at the opportunities and growth that awaits you in the video marketing world. What I particularly like about the African safari is that the experience can be filmed and the videos can be shared.  This article will look at the importance of using video marketing to promote your safari destination.

The reason video is so effective in this way is because it allows marketers to tell a story with their brand and communicate their value proposition through words and images. Video is easy for consumers to digest and also easy for marketers to implement across a wide variety of channels.

The more you look at the evolving trends in marketing, the more you’ll want to adapt your tourism marketing strategies to change. You’re going to be fascinated to find that to promote your tourist business therefore, can be as simple as filming your experience as you go out on those safari trips with your clients in the wilderness, and then uploading your content to YouTube to share that with the world.

I wonder if you’ve realized what your tourist business could be missing out on, if you aren’t as yet using video marketing to promote your safari products. Well, if you haven't... I’m sure by now you’re beginning to wonder how to get started with all of this. 

Trust me, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel as they say, because I’m going to show you exactly how to generate more sales and leads using up-to-date Video Marketing Strategies. 

If you’re the kind of person that likes to learn new and exciting methods to promote your tourist business, then video marketing will be exactly what you’re looking for. To get started today, click here!

Anthony J. Namata
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Monday, January 23, 2017

The #1 Marketing Tip for Tanzania Tour Operators: Why Free Advertising is Ten Times More Effective than Paid Advertising

If your tourist business is in a bit of a lull and can use a bit of a boost, then I want to share with you a strategy MOST tour operators I’ve spoken to completely overlook.  Let me explain why free advertising is ten times more effective than paid advertising.

That’s right. Advertising which you generate through public relations and other means is tremendously more powerful than even the best ads money can buy. Free advertising is more powerful than “ordinary” advertising. Have I got your interest? Well, let’s do it.


When I talk about generating free publicity for your product or service, I’m talking about the art of public relations.

Public relations is not just an art, it’s a true science. Public Relations is a relatively new field, developed only during this century by a few enterprising ex-newspaper reporters and media types.

Around the turn of the century, many people realized that the one thing better than a paid ad in a newspaper was a favorable article about the product written by a newspaper reporter. Today, that same article content has more media outlets than you can imagine—we have the internet. So try to imagine your REACH. Unimaginable!

Here’s why a newspaper article about a product is far more powerful than an ad for the same product.
When people read an ad, even a very good ad, they are aware that what they are reading is a sales pitch. When people read ads, they put their minds on guard because they know that people who write ads are not doing so objectively. This is—an advertiser will say anything allowable to sell products. People know that.

They are wary that advertisers work hard at accentuating the positive, while playing down the negatives. Consumers know that when they read an ad, they have to maintain a certain amount of skepticism. They know it’s up to them to “let the buyer beware.”

When people see a news story, they have a totally different attitude about the messages they are reading. With straight news, people are somewhat disarmed; that is, they assume that what they are seeing or reading is an objective, unbiased news story. It is not “selling,” it is just telling.

Therefore, a news story, whether it appears on TV, radio or in print “gets past” people’s skepticism like no advertising can. This makes all the difference in the world. If you read a story about Product X on the front page of a newspaper that tells how John Doe benefited tremendously from using the product, lots of people will want the same benefits. This is true especially after they hear about it from an unbiased third party source.

One favorable article about your product can generate thousands of dollars in business! The opposite is also true. Something negative in the news can ruin you. Sometimes, something completely unintended can create huge shifts in major markets.

A case in point is an old Clark Gable movie. I forget which movie it was, but there was a scene where Gable removed his shirt. What was remarkable about the scene was that Gable was not wearing a T-shirt. Now, in those days all men wore T-shirts as a matter of course, no matter what the temperature was outside. Once millions of men saw Clark Gable removing his shirt with nothing except his bare chest beneath, MILLIONS OF MEN STOPPED WEARING T-SHIRTS!

This shows the tremendous influence of a non-advertising mass media message. Since then, movie makers have learned the power of selling products via the screen. We need only mention ET to remind us of that. My point is non-advertising media publicity is powerful beyond belief. If you “sneak” into the news, you’ll see a big and even huge payoff!

This article is an excerpt from the bestselling book How to Get Customers to Call, Buy And Beg for MORE!, by Ken Varga.

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