Saturday, July 30, 2011

How to receive packages in the mail without revealing your identity


There are various ways to do this. Here’s the latest, sent to me by the same young man I mentioned yesterday:

I am moving out into a small country town, away from any large city. Knowing that people are friendlier in small towns, and the effect a small donation of cash money can have, I found my answer for a third ghost address.

There's a small country church maybe a mile from where I am moving to. I stopped by and struck up a conversation with the pastor. I simply talked to him about the town, adjustments I am making from big city life to small town living...made small talk, really. I told him that I may occasionally order a package to be delivered, but I thought the delivery service driver "may get lost on some of these back roads". I asked the pastor if we could work something out for me to order packages and have them sent to the church address instead of mine..."thinking it would be easier to find a church than where I am..."

The pastor laughed out loud, and said several folks in the town have things shipped to the church! Since he's a minister and into helping people, he said he saw no problem with it, and I offered a few bucks if this could be an on-going thing. Again, he was very agreeable, and my small donation to the church no doubt helped his good cheer. He made it crystal clear my package would be safe and sound until I can come pick it up. The church secretary is his wife and they are the sweetest elderly couple you've ever met.

The pastor has a name for me. It's the name I use when ordering something, but not my true name.

Best part is, I showed no ID, no paperwork and have a place for my rare package to be sent...a mile from where I live. It's a church...who's going to think about seeing what's in a small, unmarked box being shipped to a church? No more than I order, I don't see a downside here. Who says there aren't some perks to living in a small town?

—Keith, 26

Friday, July 29, 2011

When it comes to moving (or anything else), CASH is KING


Two days ago I posted “How to protect your privacy when you move, without getting ripped off.” Of the many positive responses I had to that post, the one that follows is the most interesting.

E-mail from a young man from northern California:

Jack, that was some great advice about how to move without leaving a trail. I just found a neighbor who will let me use his pickup truck to move. He is an elderly man, lives alone, and is always walking the local area. Very nice person, always stops to say hi to kids and pet animals. After seeing this, I knew he would probably be good to approach. His truck hardly ever leaves his driveway; it's a 2010 Silverado. I was pretty sure it was in good condition.

We agreed on this:

1) I'll bring it back to him with a full tank of gas.

2) If something breaks or gets damaged as a result of my carelessness, I'll be responsible for the cost of repairs. I have agreed to pay him IN CASH for any such thing.

3) I'll throw in $150.00 cash for the time and trouble of borrowing his truck for one day. As it is, I don't have that much to move.

He was very agreeable!

No paperwork from a moving company, no ID having to be shown. No records of it. Everything done cash money. I will move next Sunday morning, early a.m. hours when there will be very little traffic out on the route/area I am taking.

He never asked my name. I don't get social with my neighbors, they don't know who I am. I've learned that keeping a very low profile is great. The less I am seen by neighbors, the better.

Tell your readers to never underestimate the effect cash money can have on folks . . . especially on good people who need some extra jingle in their pocket!

—Keith, age 26

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Why having a common name can be a very good thing


Casey Anthony’s lawyers may already be laying a false trail with Casey Anthony look-alikes, but there is another possibility due to her name. Both “Casey” and “Anthony” are fairly common names and via the internet you can find both men and women named Casey Anthony. So what does that mean?

Imagine what would happen if her attorney Jose Baez arranged for three of those with the same name to buy last-minute airline tickets on the same day. One to Toronto, another to London, and a third to Rio de Janeiro. The moment the names showed up on the airlines’ databases, pandemonium would break loose. Perhaps even more so if all three bought tickets to Puerto Vallarta (from various cities) and then flew there! If Casey Anthony were named something like “Sarika Yamuna,” the above would not work.

Common names are always best. In Casey Anthony’s case, she is forced to hide even though she is a free person according to the law. Might this not happened to anyone?

Think about that when you apply for a legal name change, or when you name your next son or daughter.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How to protect your privacy when you move, without getting ripped off


The first rule is never to use Allied, Bekins, Mayflower, or any other licensed mover. The reason for this is that even though you give the movers a false name, their computers can be searched by address as well. Thus, anyone who knows where you used to live will—with a bit of social engineering or the help of a PI—be able to get your new address.

Some have tried using an unlicensed agency but too many of these will give you a fake estimate, then hold your belongings hostage until you pay a much higher fee. Linda Bauer, president of the American Moving and Storage Association, is quoted on page one of today’s USA TODAY (“Cracking down on moving scams”), “The rogues in this industry are killing our business and killing consumers’ faith in professional movers.”

The solution to the problem is outlined on page 80 of How To Be Invisible. Pay a driver (perhaps a close friend or relative) to rent a truck in his or her name. Then look for “Student Movers” in the Yellow Pages. Use them to load the truck, send your driver off with the load, and get another set of student movers at the new location.

In addition to maintaining your privacy, you will also save money!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An old man’s advice to teens who are rich, poor, talented, handicapped, ‘mentally challenged,’ or whatever:


1. Unless you are determined to be a doctor or a teacher (and can afford it), do not go to college. If you are already in college, drop out. (If you had planned to be a lawyer, first read SKIP COLLEGE: Go into business for yourself.)

2. Learn at least SOMETHING about basic self-defense. There is no need to study martial arts but do get a Kubotan and learn how to use it. You young men (as well as your grandparents) can also learn something about self-defense from Dirty Tricks for Savvy Chicks.

3.
Never borrow money. If you can’t afford something, don’t rent it, lease it, join it or buy it. If you avoid this advice, I guarantee that someday you will be sorry you did!

4. Show respect to your parents. Once you survive the Terrible Twenties you’ll discover that they weren’t that dumb after all.

5. If you are determined to Make It Big someday, choose a field where you have a true passion. Spend several hours every day studying it or practicing it. You will eventually become the expert in your field. That’s how the Beatles did it, that’s how Bill Gates did it, and that’s how you can do it. Get a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success and study it. Seriously.

I have far more advice to give to young ones but I’ll first wait to see if there is any interest in the first five items, above.

Sad note:

My experience has been that teens seldom listen to those of us from the so-called “greatest generation.” They think the times have passed us by.

Monday, July 25, 2011

How to order a New Mexico LLC at a discount


As most of you readers know, New Mexico LLCs are great for hiding ownership of your vehicles, real estate, or whatever.

Since 1996 I’ve recommended Rosie Enriquez as the best source for these NM LLCs because she takes special measures to make sure that your ownership remains a deep dark secret.

I just this morning received a request from her. She asked me to mention that she has a small number of shelf NM LLCs that she’s willing to sell at a discount. The reason for the discount on those particular New Mexico LLCs is that they have names that have not quickly sold, and she likes to turn the inventory promptly. (I’ve see the names and, frankly, they look okay to me.)

Check with Rosie for the bottom-line price. Her e-mail is senorita X canaryislandspress.com. (Change the X to @, of course.)

Sale ends July 31st, or sooner if she sells out the ones with the slow-moving names..

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Life under Generalissimo Francisco Franco Bahamonde ...


This month marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of Spain’s Civil War. As many of you readers know, we lived under General Franco’s dictatorial rule from 1959 to 1975, when he died after ruling Spain for 40 years. During the first 11 years, we were forced to lead a double life because we were among the thousands of part-time volunteers secretly holding meetings to explain what the Bible really teaches—an activity that Franco did his best to exterminate.

So, on this anniversary, I’ve been asked what I think about life under Franco.

“Compared to what?” is my answer. “If compared to modern day Spain, I’ll choose Franco any day of the week!”

True, when Franco first won the war, the suppression of his enemies was brutal, especially of the Basques. On the other hand, Franco not only refused to join Hitler in World War II, he refused to allow Hitler’s trains to pass through Spain to attack Gibraltar. Perhaps this was because Franco knew that if Gibraltar was taken, then the Brits would in turn go after his beloved Canary Islands, but whatever the reason—can you imagine how the course of World War II might have been changed if the Germans had blocked off the Mediterranean?

But I digress. Under Franco, our daughters could walk the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife at midnight, completely safe under the watchful eyes of the Guardia Civil. Almost everyone went to church on Sunday, young women were chaperoned until marriage, and drugs were virtually non-existent. (If the USA instituted Franco’s method of eliminating drug dealers, the Mexican drug cartels would be out of business tomorrow morning!)

Spain today is a disaster. The level of crime boggles the mind, drugs are endemic, the nation is headed for bankruptcy, and the vast majority have left the Catholic church in the pursuit of freedom from all restraints. (Although we are not Catholics, we much prefer Catholic neighbors to neighbors with no guiding principles at all.)

And privacy? In Spain? DOA.

As for Generalissimo Francisco Franco Bahamonde— R.I.P.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Your Facebook account can be hacked!


Just ask George Bronk, 24, from Citrus Heights, California. Before he was caught, Bronk hacked into the Facebook accounts of women in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and England.

In each case he searched their Facebook pages for clues that allowed him to take over their email accounts. After searching their folders for nude or semi-nude photographs or videos they had sent to their husbands or boyfriends, he then distributed the images to their contact lists.

Many of the victims insisted they had strong passwords but Bronk didn’t worry about the passwords. Instead, he changed them. How?

“It didn't matter how robust the password was if the recovery question is easy," he said. "Lost your password? What's your favorite color or what high school did you go to? Or what's your dog's name?” And that information he was able to glean from social media.

Lessons learned:


1. Choose fake names for your dog, or high school, or whatever, and never use those names anywhere else.

2. Do not send nude pictures of yourself to anyone. Do not post them anywhere, ever.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Florida drivers lose privacy—will your state be next?


As you may have read in your local newspaper, or seen on TV, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is selling people's names, addresses, dates of birth, and a list of the vehicles they drive.

They currently peddle this information about Florida drivers to such companies as Lexus Nexus and Shadow Soft, who in turn then sell the data to others.

The state of Florida made $63,000,000.00 last year selling such information. Do you think other cash-strapped states may not now be considering the same thing? Rumor has it they are already making plans!

If this concerns you, then never again drive a vehicle registered in your own name. Hundreds if not thousands of Florida drivers have already registered their cars, SUVs, pickups, boats, travel trailers and motor homes in the name of a New Mexico LLC (with anonymous ownership). The smartest ones use a different LLC for each vehicle, so that the discovery of one vehicle does not lead to a list of all the others.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Adios to privacy if you tattoo your face!


News item on July 15th:

Local police “are looking for a 23-year old man they consider to be armed and dangerous. Alejando Sanchez, also known as ‘Dirty,’ is a suspect in an assault Sunday on a North Central Avenue woman.... Sanchez, a known gang member, has facial tattoos, including “Florencia’s Finest” written above his eyebrows …”

His picture was included in the article, and in addition to “Florencia’s Finest” it shows prominent tattoos below each eye.

When Sanchez saw the articles and picture, he knew there’d be no place to hide. He therefore headed straight for the police station and gave himself up.

Full disclosure

We once had a tattoo part in our home. My wife applied tattoos to cheeks, arms, legs and breasts, but they were temporary tattoos. Plenty of time to scrub them off before beating anyone up on North Central Avenue, or anywhere else!





Monday, July 18, 2011

Senior citizen self-defense (Part II)


On July 9th I described an attack on a senior citizen, due soley because she did not lock her front door.

Just one week later, Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) and his family were victims of a home invasion at their rural farm house. As stated on the CNN website today, “An intruder entered the home {10:45 p.m.] Saturday night through the [unlocked] front door, physically assaulted Boswell's daughter and demanded money at gunpoint, a statement from the congressman's office said.

“Hearing his daughter's screams, the 77-year-old Boswell -- who served two terms in Vietnam -- tussled with the intruder to try and yank the weapon from him, the office said. The incident ended when Boswell's grandson grabbed a gun from another room and pointed it at the intruder -- sending him running into the woods, the statement said.”

Is your front door currently unlocked?

If so, stop reading and go lock the door! And then order Dirty Tricks for Savvy Chicks. This e-book applies equally well to senior citizens!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Casey Anthony needs a privacy consultant NOW!


For Casey, my book How to be Invisible will not be enough—she and her attorneys need to meet with me personally. Casey, of course, knows nothing about me, and I haven’t a clue on how to contact her. Probably impossible.

But just in case someone mentions this blog to Jose Baez or Cheney Mason, my message to either one is:

”Contact me.”

[Note: I agree with the jury. The young woman is obviously guilty of a serious crime, but the prosecution should never have gone for the death penalty. I think they scared the jurors off.]

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Do you need a secret phone number? One that rings but is never answered?


In my book How to be Invisible I listed some numbers that would ring but were never answered. Currently, however, they no longer work.

It was of interest to me, then, when an anonymous reader sent a post to my Q&C page that listed the article, “10 Fascinating Facts About Phone Numbers.”

The most interesting item was that Universal Studios owns the number 212-664-7665—a number that rings but is never answered.

On some of my business cards I list a number in Spain’s Canary islands that rings but is never answered. Unlike the number from Universal Studios, however, I do not offer it free. It is the actual telephone number for a friend of mine on Lanzarote Island and I pay him for his time and for the phone bill. However, the price is very low, so if this may be of interest to you, send me an e-mail. It’s listed on my contacts page.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Senior citizen self-defense


“Senior citizen chases off home invader with duster.”
That was today’s headline in our local paper:

        “When an armed intruder broke into 69-year old Marquay Petersen’s house and demanded the keys to her pickup truck, she fought back using a weapon the had in her hand—a sheep’s wool duster.
        “’I hit him and I hit him, and I just kept hitting him,’ Peterson said, just a couple hours after the incident on Friday afternoon. ‘I’m sure he didn’t expect the fight.’
        “About 12:30 pm, law enforcement was called to the Peterson home on reports of an attempted robbery.
        “A masked and tall man entered the house through the unlocked front door and struggled with Petersen for a few minutes before firing a gunshot through the ceiling and fleeing through the front door.
        “Peterson was not seriously injured, though she was bruised and scraped on her right cheek."

Although the newspaper article goes on to speak well of Peterson, and to list some of her neighbors who have also taken matters into their own hands when attacked, in my ever-so-humble opinion the woman should have handed him the keys and then called 911. Why take a change of getting shot? You can always buy another pickup!

Meanwhile, when reading the above article, did three words jump out at you? The words that might have avoided the entire attack in the first place? “Unlocked front door!” But I suspect that if the thug had knocked on the door, Peterson would probably have opened it anyway, without knowing who was there.

Don’t just read this account and then do nothing. Talk to your family members. Resolve (1) to keep the front door locked at all times, and (2) to never answer the door unless you know the caller. (If you don’t have a one-way mirrored window, then install a peephole viewer.)

Even then, of course, a parent, spouse, son or daughter may nevertheless some day open a door to the wrong person. Therefore, do have a certain common weapon standing right by the front door. If you don’t know what that is, I urge you to order my Dirty Tricks e-book today. Then check out pages 31-33 in the chapter ALTERNATE WEAPONS AT YOUR COMMAND.

If you follow the suggestion about what to keep by your front door, you could someday save your life, or the life of a loved one.

Monday, July 4, 2011

An unusual payment offer from central Asia


A native of Kazakhstan ran across my website this morning and wished to order the three e-books for $49. However, he disliked our arrangement to process credit cards through PayPal and asked if there was any other way to order.

I assured him that I take many orders by mail and it is even cheaper that way. He said, “No, that doesn't work well for me as I don't order anything via mail. It is quite unreliable in my part of the world and generally I don't write checks or use money orders.” Also, he wished to receive the three e-books as soon as possible.

“Allow me,” he wrote, “to offer you to buy anything from Amazon.com for the total amount of 50 dollars, and send to any person/address you provide at my own expense.”

As it happened, Jason, a friend of mine in Washington, needed a couple of those Door Security Bars from Trademark Global, so my Kazakhstan reader ordered them to be sent to Jason. Price was $19.90 each, with free shipping. The total came to $39.90—close enough to the $40 I charge for when an order for the three best-selling e-books is mailed in.

Lesson learned:

If you need to receive payment from someone in a hurry, but are not equipped to receive credit card payments, why not have this person order something you need from Amazon.com? After all, Amazon doesn’t just sell books—they sell most anything you might need.