Jamie Bastas

New twist on the Nigerian Letter Scam

April 29th, 2009 at 4:59 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Scam Alert

IC3 or the Internet Crime Complaint Center, is a partnership between the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. This week, the IC3 released a statement regarding a new twist on a well-known Nigerian letter scam. We all know those letters, the ones we receive in our inboxes from a stranger who tells you that you are the closest next of kin to some foreign diplomat from Nigeria and that you are entitled to oddles and oddles of money! Hopefully by now, all of you know that you should delete those and if you don’t know that, hopefully you will now.

So according to the IC3, here’s what’s happening: The scam artists are using online guest books from obituary websites to identify and locate their targets. Basically they use the last name of the person who signed the guest book as the surname for their “client”.  Just as in the letters, the fraudster says that they are trying to locate the next of kin for the “client” who has been deceased for years. The would-be victim is then asked to transfer a large sum of money in exchange for a percentage of the “client’s” will.

To ensure that you don’t fall victim to one of these scams, please remember to always delete unsolicited e-mail and never respond to emails or letters that mention foreign or overseas accounts. If you happen to receive one of these e-mails, please file a complaint with IC3 at www.ic3.gov and as always, if there’s something 10 On Your Side can help you with, please contact me at jamie.shackelford@wavy.com

Jamie Shackelford

10 On Your Side Producer


Company closed and you need your W-2?

January 19th, 2009 at 5:29 pm by under 10 On Your Side

In the past few months we have seen a lot of businesses close and layoff their employees around Hampton Roads. As we all know, tax season is right around the corner and a lot of people must be wondering if they are going to get their W-2 from that company that seemed to vanish overnight. If you’re one of those people, here are some important steps that you should take to get your taxes filed:

1. Attempt to contact your employer. If you do not hear from them by January 31st, send a certified letter to them and use that as proof that you tried to contact them.

2. Pull out your old pay stubs and try to gather as much information as possible. Do your best to reconcile your annual withholdings and income.

3. If you have old W-2′s pull those out and look for your employer’s ID number.

4. If you have not received a response from your certified letter by February 15th, call the IRS toll free at 1-800-829-1040. Make sure that you have all the important information with you when you call them. You will need your name, address, telephone number, social security number, dates of employment, name and address of your employer, as well as the business’ employee ID number. The IRS can attempt to get a W-2 for you and at that point can send you a Form 4852 which looks like this (IRSform4852).

5. If all of your attempts to contact your previous employer and obtain a W-2 were unsuccessful, then you can file your taxes with 4852 form.

6. Lastly file your taxes. And if you do end up receiving a W-2 after you have already filed your taxes, you can file an amended return using Form 1040X.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jamie Shackelford

10 On Your Side Producer

jamie.shackelford@wavy.com


Long overdue…

December 17th, 2008 at 6:45 pm by under 10 On Your Side

I promised the readers a while back that I would post pictures of some events that we’ve covered where I’ve been able to snap a few pictures and now have a blog to share them on. While they are long overdue, I didn’t want you to think that I had forgotten.

Last year when the Queen of England graced us with her presence in our neighboring Williamsburg, we were there sloshing around in the wet fields of historic Williamsburg. We waited most of the day to see the Queen (and her trademark hats) make her way through the area. Here are some pictures that I was able to snap during her quick ride down our street:

The Queen of England!

The Queen of England!

 

Local officers waiting to protect

Local officers waiting to protect

Also, we continue to follow the Michael Vick case closely and travel all over to cover the cases. Here’s some pictures from one of his trial dates in Richmond.

Vick arriving at the Federal Courthouse in Richmond

Vick arriving at the Federal Courthouse in Richmond

Protestors

Protestors

Vick press conference @ Richmond Hotel

Vick press conference @ Richmond Hotel

As you can see, our work takes us to many different places and we get to see a lot of “cool stuff.” I promise to keep you posted whenever I attend my next “big event”!

Until next time, 

Jamie Shackelford

10 On Your Side Producer


10 On Your Side Success Story!!!

December 3rd, 2008 at 2:30 pm by under 10 On Your Side
From time to time, we here at 10 On Your Side like to follow-up with our viewers and post either interviews with them or e-mails from them following their success story. Below is an e-mail from a recent 10 On Your Side success story. Following this success story, I asked the viewer to interview with us for wavy.com, she mentioned that she “doesn’t do cameras!” so I asked her to write a little something about her situation. Below is what she wrote:
Wavy TV 10 on your side, specifically Ms. Shackelford, helped me tremendously. I had been dealing with Stainsafe, a furniture protection company, for about 10 months trying to get either my furniture fixed or my money back. I did everything I was supposed to do, with little to no response. After getting quite fed up, I decided to contact Wavy tv 10 on your side. I had never done this before and was a little skeptical that they would be able to help me. Well, one week later I had my money back, with a little extra gift from the company. I was truly thankful to Ms. Shackleford and her team at Wavy tv 10 on your side.
 
Sincerely,
We are always happy when a story ends successfully. Some stories take a little bit longer to research and get resolved than others, but in the end we try to help everyone we can!
Jamie Shackelford
10 On Your Side Producer

A day in the life…

November 14th, 2008 at 6:15 pm by under 10 On Your Side

If you were to ask someone who works in the news world “what is it like?” you’d probably get answers such as “hectic”, “busy”, “fun”, etc. I’ll be the first to tell you that this business is chaotic. Without warning, breaking news can flip your day upside down and backwards. Reporters start running around, photographers start grabbing gear, and together they race out the back door and start loading up in a live truck. With all of that being said, the 10 On Your Side unit isn’t quite as hectic, but we, too, have our days.

We (Kelly and I) focus a lot on the phone calls and e-mails that we receive. We spend a lot of time working behind the scenes to gather information, conduct research and help resolve problems. We are constantly on the phones (we receive more phone calls than the better business bureau), on the computer and are never far from our blackberries. I think I speak for both of us when I say that we take great pride in the work that we do to help people who need it.

Recently Kelly and I started web-reporting, editing and posting our stories to the website. I, for one, have never been on camera (okay well maybe once or twice) and was nervous about the camera “adding 10 lbs” (just kidding)!!! Honestly, I just had visions of messing everything up, stumbling my way through the opening (“technically” called the intro) and the ending (again “technically” called the tag) and completely mess up the editing and botching the interviews … that’s a lot of pressure, huh? W-E-L-L … when it came down to it, it wasn’t so bad. I’ve actually enjoyed it (once I got my first one knocked out, that is!!!) Be sure to check us out on the 10 On Your side page. We’ll be there, resolving stories, posting blogs and trying to help all the people that need it.

As always, if you need our help, just give us a call or shoot us an e-mail (e-mail is usually faster). You can reach me directly at jamie.shackelford@wavy.com.

Check back soon. For my next blog, I’ll be posting pictures of some of the fun things that we get to do here at work. Until then, take care…


We can’t thank you enough!

November 12th, 2008 at 2:39 pm by under 10 On Your Side

I can’t even begin to tell you how successful our Shred-It events were this past weekend. I have never seen an event this big. I was working the Southside location with Katie Collett. When I arrived at Farm Fresh at 10:30a (a half an hour before the event started) there was a line wrapping around the side of the building. Quickly the line grew down the side of the Farm Fresh store and around back, past the loading docks. What a remarkable turn out!!! The line stayed this way all day until we began to receive word that our trucks were filling up (this has never happened before). Katie and I were forced to make an executive decision to shut the line down. We had to close off the line at 1pm and start turning people away.  To all of those people who couldn’t shred their documents on Saturday, I apologize and hope you can make it to our next event. After everything was all said and done the southside location raised 2,006 lbs of food for the Foodbank of Southeastern VA.

While I wasn’t at the Peninsula location I was in constant contact with Kelly Welsh who was working with Nicole Livas in Newport News. When Kelly and Nicole first arrived, the weather wasn’t really cooperating. It was rainy and windy and after a quick forecast update from Jeremy Wheeler, I assured them that the weather should clear up within just a little while. Even though they started off slow, the participation was steady. They ended up raising 1807 lbs of food for the Foodbank of the VA Peninsula.

All in all we raised over 3,800 lbs of food for area Foodbanks. Needless to say, I was shocked and awed at the generosity of the residents of Hampton Roads during this time of year when giving is of the utmost importance. Think of all of the families that we helped feed and of all of the people who will now have food on their table this Thanksgiving. It warms my heart to know that so many people care! Our viewers are the best!

I’d like to give great big kudos to Cliff and Batman with Shred-It (worked the southside) and to Theo and Conell with Shred-It (worked the peninsula location). Velente with Farm Fresh was remarkable… he was instrumental in helping direct traffic and even wore a sign (while standing in the pouring rain) letting people know that the southside line was closed. As always I thank Farm Fresh (Susan Mayo and Staff) and Shred-it (Robert Hart) for teaming up with us on this event. Look for our next event in February!

Here’s a few pictures from our events:

The lines in Virginia Beach

Southside Shred It Event

Southside Shred It Event

   

Velente with his sign

Velente with his sign


Are you ready to Shred?

September 24th, 2008 at 9:31 am by under 10 On Your Side

WAVY TV partners with Shred-It 4 times a year (February, May, July and November) to offer free community shreds to the citizens of Hampton Roads. This program has been extremely successful and we constantly get phone calls regarding our next event, etc. So get all of those old documents ready because here’s the information about our next event:

November 8th
11a-2p

Peninsula location with Nicole Livas

Nicole Livas
353 Chatham Drive
Newport News, VA

Click here for a map of the location: NewportNewsLocation

Southside Location with Katie Collett

Katie Collett
2058 S. Independence Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA

click here for a map of the location: VirginiaBeachLocation

FOR THE NOVEMBER EVENT WE WILL BE PARTNERING UP WITH THE AREA FOODBANKS AND ARE ASKING FOR ALL SHRED-IT PARTICIPANTS TO BRING AT LEAST 2 NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR A DONATION TO THE FOODBANK.

Please keep in mind that all staples and paper clips can be left in the documents. All metal binding (if any) needs to be removed prior to shredding.

Additional websites you may want to visit:

Shred-It

FoodbankofSoutheasternVirginia

VirginiaPeninsulaFoodbank