Edmondson Casts Warning of Credit Card Scam

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Attorney General Drew Edmondson warned Oklahomans on Tuesday of a credit card scam that banks on consumers' fear of the millennium bug.

"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 decision.

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 public.

"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. …

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