Monday, August 31, 2009

Watch out for this error if you visit an attorney!

An attorney in Washington State made a disastrous error that was not covered when he went to law school. He had a client in his office who was having a dispute about child custody. The attorney turned on his speakerphone and put a call through to the attorney representing the man's wife. Since no one answered, he left a brief message after the beep.

The attorney then continued his conversation with his client, unaware that he had not disconnected the speakerphone. In the conversation that followed, his client admitted that he'd had a tap put on his wife's telephone.

The recording at the far end made its way to the FBI. The result to the lawyer's client was two months in jail, five year's probation, and a $21,138 fine.

And the attorney? Nothing. There are no laws against stupidity. (From How to Be Invisible, St. Martin's Press.)

Monday, August 24, 2009

How to receive secret mail from overseas without your postal carrier knowing about it

As many of us suspect, incoming mail from tax havens or certain Arab countries may raise red flags. Or perhaps you have a romantic interest in someone from another country and you prefer to keep that information to yourself. Whatever the case, there is a simple solution.

1. Sign up with a mail-receiving facility in Europe, where mail service is excellent.

2. Instruct your bank, lover, or business friend to send all letters to your new European address.

3. Have your re-mailer open the letters, scan them, e-mail them to you, and then shred the letters.

4. When you receive the scanned letters, print them out (if necessary) and then delete them.

The above may not be a perfect solution but it’s a lot better than having certain letters coming into this country with your name on it, even if you are using a PO Box or a commercial mail receiving agency (CMRA). One such service is offered on my website—an address in Spain’s Canary Islands. You may direct any questions about this to Rosie Enriquez, senorita [at] canaryislandspress [dot] com.

Monday, August 17, 2009

What’s going on with Canada Post?

My local postmaster once warned me that I will have more trouble sending things to Canada than to any other country in the western world but I paid little attention. However, that changed when Mark Nestmann, author of The Lifeboat Strategy, e-mailed this reference to me: In the quotation below, I underline the scariest part:

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: Addressee and Sender's MUST be spelled out with full first and last names. Using "Grandma" or "Uncle" is not acceptable. The complete address of the sender, including ZIP code and country of origin, must be shown in the upper left hand corner of the address side of the package, envelope or card. Addressee to recipients in Canada MUST be printed - preferably in ink or typewritten -- using capital letters.

Could this be true? I immediately sent letters to Canadian friends from Ontario to the Yukon with no return address. All were received, but how long will this last?

Suggestion: When mailing a letter to Canada, use a return address other than your own. Some may choose to use a fake address but I do not recommend it. If a letter is not going to be delivered, I wish to know that, and the only way to know it is to have the letter returned. For sensitive mail, therefore, I use one of the ghost addresses listed on my website. My favorite is the one in the Canary Islands.

Monday, August 10, 2009

How does a private detective get information about you, FAST, without an informant and without going online?

A certain PI who shall here remain unidentified reports getting the following information about a couple with two teens. It took him less than a week. None of the information came from an informant or from the internet.

The name of the doctor and the information that the man was buying Viagra.
Someone in the family was consuming a lot of cheap whiskey.
The boy was working for minimum wage at a hamburger joint.
The family was behind on their phone bills, due in part to lengthy calls to Guatemala.

So where did the information come from? From their trash. (Once set on the curb, it’s fare game for anyone!) And such items as empty pill bottles, pay check stubs, bank statements, telephone bills, magazines, and want ads that are circled in a newspaper can reveal amazing amounts of information.

As outlined in How to Be Invisible, the first step in going private is to get a shredder. The second step is for every member of the family to use it, 24/7.

Monday, August 3, 2009

How to hide your last name when you order with a credit card online

The trick here is open a bank account in the name of a trust. Once that’s done, you’re all set because your credit card will have an added abbreviation after your last name.

For example, let’s say your name is Susan Wellington. Your credit card will read Susan Wellington TTEE. The TTEE is short for trustee and is listed because you are the trustee for your trust account.

Open your account in the name of Susan Ttee. Forever after, Amazon will think that Ttee is your last name. All your book orders will come in that name.

FedEx and UPS:

Never, as long as you live, ever have a delivery made to your home address. FedEx, for example, shares their international database with government agencies. Instead, have your secret books, gold bullion, or whatever, delivered to a customer service center.

In the example given above, order your shipment in the name of Susan W. Ttee. When you go by to pick up your package, show your passport when asked for ID. You may or may not be questioned about this but if asked, show your credit card. A simple explanation might be, “I ordered this online and I had to fill out my name as shown on my credit card. I guess they didn’t understand that Ttee just means that I am a trustee on this account but anyway, the package is for me. My name is Susan and my last name does start with a W.”

Works for me, and it will work for you.