Friday, February 7, 2014

Are Rich People trying to Impersonate Me?! I Smell a Scam in East Hampton!

What can I say, it's been busy in the Hamptons lately and this weekend will be no exception, even in the middle of WINTER!   Yes, WINTER... the Winter Warlock is working overtime this weekend; there's snow, the winter Olympics .. very little day light.... 
Winter Winter Everywhere!
and Sag Harbor hosts it's Third Annual Harborfrost.    It's relatively new tradition with fireworks, parties, art exhibits and the locals coming out of hiding to celebrate all things cold and frosty.  But if you really want to know what Harborfrost is really like, let me quote what a friend of mine calls it, "Spring training for St. Patrick's day in Montauk."   Anyway, here is the schedule and web site for HarborFrost 2014!   Go have fun people and be safe!  Also, take heart, EH Village beach passes are now on sale!  Winter will soon be a thing of the past like "Beliebers."

Meanwhile, It's been a weird couple of days.   First, there was the angry man calling from "Microsoft" who wanted me to give him access to my computer, apparently there getting error message from my "windows computer."  As he demands,  "Push the Microsoft Flag key and control," I inquire who exactly he wants to speak to... I mean he has my computer registered in his files, right?    Once again he demands I listen to him but he still doesn't know my name!  If you're really interested, google it apparently it's a common scam.  I actually find these scammers kind of fun to tease, I'm lonely!

Then I got an e mail from someone saying, "I hope you don't mind me e mailing you at this address?   I googled real estate, hamptons and Patrick and I found your business contacts.    Apparently the e mail we've been communicating on has been redacted!"  REDACTED?   I had to look that word up to find out it basically means deleted.  

After I emailed saying, "refresh my memory, what were we talking about?"   The nice gentleman figured out he had been had.     Apparently some clown from god knows where took my photo and my name and proceeded to list a summer rental on Air BNB for a home on Lily Pond Lane, East Hampton!!!   Now call me wacky but do you really think anyone who has an oceanfront on Lily Pond lane is going to list on Air Bnb?    Is Jon Bon Jovi or Martha Stewart perhaps impersonating me on the 
The Air BNB ad , I didn't place!!!
Interwebs?  What, can't they just send unwanted pizzas or ring the doorball and run away to the neighbors they don't like?!   I mean this is crazy!!!  Anyway, the nice people at caught this before me and the ad was taken down.   But how weird is this   (See it below).    So buyer... or renter beware when you're surfing online!     This is almost as weird as when Amex asked me if I bought 10 cases of horse feed in Kentucky!   Besides if you're going to steal anyones identity... I mean really... you couldn't pick someone more glamorous than me!?
Also, don't mind if I rub this in... DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME FOLKS USE A BROKER OR AGENT!

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