Charlottesville Breaking News
Former IBM exec Cynthia Neff has used computers since the 1980s and understands the importance of secure passwords. That's why it was particularly galling to discover a hacker had taken over her Gmail account and was trying to fleece her contacts with the old "London mugging" scam.
Worse, the scammer locked her out of her email, Facebook, and even a secondary Yahoo account.
"It's horrible," said Neff July 20, still able to communicate with old-fashioned telephone. She's running for the Rivanna District seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and had based her campaign distribution list on her email contacts.
Neff's hundreds of contacts, including the Hook, received an email marked "urgent" that spun a fictitious tale of her being in London and her bag had been stolen along with passport and money. Could the recipient wire her some quick cash, which she'd repay when she got home, so she could get on the next available flight?
Although the scam is not new, Neff worried that some would fall for it. "Older people and relatives called to ask, 'Do you need money?'" she recounts. "A neighbor came by, worried about me, and said he'd called the British Embassy."
The nice thing, she says, was that she got 75 phone calls from people checking to see if she was okay. Not so nice: getting locked out of her accounts...
A month after a 42-year-old woman reported being abducted from her southern Albemarle County home and driven 300 miles down the Blue Ridge Parkway to North Carolina by a slim, short, gun-toting, masked assailant wearing sunglasses, one law enforcement officer has questioned the validity of her story, and the FBI says the investigation is still active. The alleged victim, however, isn't talking.
"I have no comment," says Kelly Porterfield, whose husband, Bradley Porterfield, reported their burgundy Honda Odyssey minivan stolen on the morning of Thursday, June 23, only to have it turn up later that evening– along with his wife– near Blowing Rock, NC. Questions submitted to Bradley Porterfield through Facebook were not answered by presstime.
According to a report in the Watauga Democrat, Porterfield, a registered nurse who works at Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation (where a state recertification survey was under way the day of the alleged abduction), was found by a passerby in the woods about a mile from the Boone Fork parking area where her minivan was discovered.
"That case is still active," says the FBI's Richmond-based spokesperson Dee Rybiski, who confirms that the FBI has not yet released a composite sketch of the...
As many have noticed, we ran the across clues twice in the July 21 crossword. Here are the correct down clues:
2 First name in mystery authors
3 "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" singer Michael
5 Auction section
6 "Hey, over here!"
7 Take ___ in the dark
8 Actress Kaley ___ of "The Big Bang Theory"
9 "...sure plays ___ pinball"
10 Sports announcer Scully
11 Question asked many times in "Marathon Man"
12 "Reversal of Fortune" family name
13 Wreath-like garlands
18 Back muscles
22 Non-solid state: abbr.
25 Taco ___
26 Stomach trouble
31 Possess, to a Scotsman
32 ___ Khan
33 Birth control option
34 ___ World Peace (Ron Artest's newly-proposed name)
36 Talk smack about
37 Image worship
38 Greek wrap
39 Anorak, e.g.
40 Didn't attract attention
43 Traditional Japanese drama
45 Tall tale
46 They're playing to the camera
47 Lying on one's back
49 Pelvic floor exercise
50 "Fame" actress Cara
51 Egg holders
52 Astronaut's outerwear
56 Lay's competitor to Pringles
58 "___ in 'zebra'"
60 Shooting org.
61 "Hill Street Blues" rank: abbr.
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