Attorney General Drew Edmondson warned Oklahomans on Tuesday of a
credit card scam that banks on consumers' fear of the millennium
"A recently retired employee of this office reported a telephone
solicitation she received from American Fraud Watch Co.," said
Edmondson. "The female caller warned the intended victim about
credit card fraud in the new millennium and suggested that the
victim secure her credit card records. The caller then requested the
victim's credit card number and expiration date."
Edmondson's former employee then asked for an address, which the
caller declined to provide and hung up the phone.
"In cases like this, there is one cardinal rule that is worth
repeating," the attorney general said. "Under no circumstances
should you provide your credit card, bank account or any other
personal information over the telephone unless you initiated the
call. The caller may sound like she has your best interest at heart,
but all these scam artists really want is your money and they don't
mind lying, cheating or stealing to get it."
Edmondson said that Oklahomans can protect themselves from
fraudulent telephone solicitations by following a few simple tips:
Ask questions and refuse to be forced into making an immediate
Any legitimate organization will be happy to send written
information, he said.
Julian Bond to speak at OU
Julian Bond, chairman of the board of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People, will offer remarks at 7 p.m.
Thursday at Oklahoma Memorial Union in Norman.
The speech, co-sponsored by the OU Black Student Association and
the OU Speakers' Bureau, is the inaugural event for OU's monthlong
observance of Black History Month. The event is free and open to the
"With appreciation for dedicated services to the cause of civil
liberties, Julian Bond has been named by his peers as one of the
most respected leaders in the civil rights movement," OU Black
Student Association President Kurtis Massey said.
Bond was elected to the Georgia Assembly in 1965 and served four
terms in the House and six terms in the Senate. He has been elected
to public office more times than any other black Georgian.
Bond, a graduate of Morehouse College, is the holder of 19
honorary degrees. He is a Distinguished Professor at American
University in Washington, D.C., and is a faculty member at the
University of Virginia's Corcoran Department of History.
Cappy named to regents
Gov. Frank Keating on Tuesday named Joseph E. Cappy of Tulsa to
the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Cappy, 65, is
chairman, CEO and President of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
Cappy replaces Tulsan Stephen Jatras, who died recently. He will
fill the remainder of a term that expires May 16, 2005.
Tutu ceremony rescheduled
Desmond Tutu, the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner recognized for
his contributions to the cause of racial justice in South Africa,
will be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Oklahoma in
a convocation ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. April 25 at the Lloyd
Noble Center in Norman. The event, originally set for Jan. 26, was
rescheduled due to last week's snow.
`Best of the Net'
Education World has been named "Best of the Net" for educational
Web sites in the December issue of Technology & Learning magazine.
Using an online "millennium survey," visitors to the magazine's Web
site voted for their favorite sites, software, and influential
educational technology figures from the past two decades.
"This is truly an honor coming from those who use our site on a
regular basis, and then feel compelled to confirm its place as the
best online resource guide for educators," Brian Mauck, president of
Oklahoma City-based Education World, said. Education World is an
education-specific search engine and reference site. …