Judge Anna von Reitz
1. I never make phone calls soliciting help or donations. Not ever. Neither does The Living Law Firm or anyone else associated with me.
2. If I get in trouble, I have four grown children, grown grandchildren, tons of face-to-face friends, and a few relatives still kicking who are all competent help me out. I would not reach out to acquaintances from email lists or Facebook contacts.
3. The Living Law Firm doesn’t solicit business by phone or email. We are all far too busy for that. A few of our guys help out with pro bono cases and “for fee” cases, but that’s it.
4. I haven’t changed my contact information since Day One. Donations go to either my PayPal at: firstname.lastname@example.org or to: Anna Maria Riezinger, c/o Box 520994, Big Lake, Alaska 99652.
5. I never promise any special gifts or privileges or services in exchange for donations. When I have ten minutes I write thank you notes and sometimes I send copies of new publications and that sort of “gift” back, but it is all catch-as-catch-can because of the volume of other work I have to do every day.
Last night, I had some jackdaws from Mexico try to scam me, as me, to me no less.
I was in trouble, I was told, and needed someone to post bail. Just go to Walmart and buy gift cards and then call this number and give the reference numbers to someone supposedly serving as my Public Defender.
Okay, folks, bail bondsmen post bail and appearance bonds and other kinds of performance bonds — not Public Defenders. Public Defenders are officers of the court and the court gets paid for services and insured against defaults. They don’t pay bondsmen for services.
So these vermin were trying to get me to gift them $2000. And if they got caught, well, hey, I bought the gift cards, right? I called them up and gave them the reference numbers (in their dreams) and they are not liable for any of this. All supposedly completely willful and voluntary —- on the part of the misled victims.
Who are these animals? Well, sad to say, some of them are former employees of the federal territorial and municipal corporations who are now unemployed. The bankruptcy of these corporations has left a lot of people — both stranded Americans and foreign nationals in other countries — at loose ends.
Some of them are turning to crime using skills and data bases and security accesses and business accounts from their former jobs. The further “bad news” is that these people are well-educated, sound authoritative, and spin a tale that sounds reasonable — if you don’t know better.
Evidence suggests that some of them can listen in on your conversations and spin-off stories involving people that you actually know or that you correspond with. They use tidbits of information gleaned off the internet and from other sources to appear to know credible people that you know, and then trade on that association.
Never ever give anyone who just calls you up out-of-the-blue any information. Never send money to anyone who spins you some sad story that is “urgent”. Never respond to being harangued or give in to anyone who tries to make you feel stupid.
Walmart to Walmart and gift cards are all fungible and depend on “reference numbers”. Anyone who has the reference number can collect the money from the cashier at Walmart, or cash out the “Gift Card”, whether you have the receipt and the Gift Card in your possession or not.
Set your Shinola Sensors on “High” folks— the vultures are out there and there’s a lot of shinola being shoveled.