Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) What is bad for businesses can sometimes mean sales for shoppers, but the latest coronavirus scam is causing the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana to remind you to make sure you aren’t falling for a con before you jump on a deal.You are scrolling through your Facebook feed or doing a web search when you come across an advertisement for a going-out-of-business sale. The company is closing because of COVID-19 and selling off its inventory at what appears to be a great discount.If you click on the ad or type in the promoted URL, it will lead you to a website selling anything from designer goods to electronics to novelty items. From looking at the photos, you may think the products seem like a great deal only to buy it and find out it’s nothing like it seems.“One of two things is going to happen. Either the quality of the item you get is not going to be what you expect or you’re going to give your money and you’re not going to get anything in return,” says Tim Maniscalo, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana. “Scammers have put up these fake websites saying they’re going out of business and they have fantastic prices on these great goods. These people will try and copy a well-known brand, a well-known store, that type of thing.”Maniscalo says that recently happened to a person who ordered $250 worth of “designer” clothes from a New York-based store. Instead, they received low-quality items shipped from overseas.“What was supposed to be cotton and/or linen was the worst quality polyester,” they told BBB. “The clothes, in general, were nowhere close to the advertised quality on the website images. Definitely NOT the quality I paid for.”The key is knowing how to spot the difference between a legitimate and a phony website.“Up in the URL bar, you should look for the letters ‘https.’ ‘S’ is the important letter there. That gives you additional security,” says Maniscalo.If it begins with “https” instead of “http” it means the site is secured using an SSL certificate (the s stands for secure).“Also a lot of times, those URL bars will have the little icon of the lock. That’s also some added security,” says Maniscalo.Maniscalo says it’s so important to follow these tips because if you fall victim to this scam or any scam, it poses two challenges.“If the scammers know the police are on to them, they’re just going to shut that website down and ten minutes later, they’re going to have another website come up. They’re probably going to be in a country where that government is not particularly interested in cooperating with international law enforcement,” says Maniscalo. “It’s almost impossible to catch them and when you do give them your money, that money is almost immediately sent outside the country and you may never get it back.”Maniscalo urges you to go to https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/ to find scams near you and report a scam if you think one is happening. Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – September 26, 2020 0 452 CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Google+ BBB: How to tell fake shopping websites from real websites WhatsApp Previous article18 year-old South Bend man charged with two shootingsNext articleMan, 51, sentenced to 50 years after violent home invasion robbery Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
LOCAL Motor Racing is on the rise with more and more competitors coming into the sport. This is the view of current president of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Mahendra Boodhoo as he spoke to media operatives last evening.According to the president, “I think the sport is on the rise and we are focusing a lot on the cohesion between the fans and the sport. It’s where we can have the fans more involved and have a great facility and we will be concentrating a lot on safety.He contended that 2016 thus far has been good for the sport, with the body trying out its first day/night contest earlier this year, adding that while there were some shortcomings, they plan to continue to experiment with getting more competitors and fans alike.“We are working on various rules to make it cheaper for racing, so the average guy can come in to race; the perception is that it is an elite sport but we are of the opinion it is not an elite sport since we can get so much people involved in it,” Boodhoo stated.More so, the club president added, “We are working always to make it friendlier, as a sporting organisation, to bring more people, to have everybody involved.”Meanwhile the club has set its focus on the two major events for the remainder of the year – the first being an International Drag Meet on October 2 with cars expected from Suriname while the second is the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC).Guyana are the defending champions but currently languish in third (276) behind leaders Trinidad and Tobago (799 points) while Jamaica have 465 in second place.Down in fourth are Barbados (202 points) and Cayman Islands on 60 points. Round three is set for the Bushy Park Raceway in Barbados on September 2-5.
Joe Davis isn’t the heir apparent to Vin Scully.“Nobody is the heir apparent to Vin Scully,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer on Wednesday, after spending the last two years trying to find someone who could be added to the team’s SportsNet L.A. TV broadcast team.“There is nobody in the entire universe – living, dead or born in the future — who can replace Vin Scully. He’s irreplaceable.”That said, perhaps it’s a bit easier for someone like Davis, a somewhat under-the-radar 27-year-old who has carved out a nice niche of doing Fox MLB and college football games, to even consider himself prepared for this next professional endeavor. With this new arrangement that has been all but completed months ago, Davis will work with SportsNet LA analysts Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra on a majority of the road games. Charley Steiner will do about 30 road games on TV with Hershiser and/or Garciaparra as well, and continue to be the radio play-by-play voice on the road with Rick Monday as the analyst when Davis is on TV.Scully, the Baseball Hall of Famer who turns 88 the Sunday after Thanksgiving, says that in all likelihood the 2016 season will be his last and his likely schedule is doing as many home games as he chooses, with an occasional trip to Anaheim and San Francisco if desired.There’s no one but him and his family closing the door to him coming back for as long as he’s ready, willing and able.In the meantime, Rosen has been working with a team in the Dodgers front office that includes president Stan Kasten, VP of marketing and broadcasting Erik Braverman, SportsNet L.A. execs Larry Myers and Mark Shuken – as well as recruiting Steiner for feedback – to prepare for the inevitable day when Scully’s chair needs a permanent filler.For at least the last 16-month period, the Dodgers and Davis have been in deep discussions for this role, working to see how the pieces could fit as he continues to have a presence on Fox’s regional MLB package.“We’ve listened to a lot of broadcasters the last two years and followed him and really liked him,” said Rosen. “I love his delivery. He’s very mature. A very good style.”Former Dodger Eric Karros, who did a few games last summer with Davis, says he is someone “who will work hard and appreciate this opportunity that he’s earned. He eats, breathes and sleeps broadcasting. This can be a tough position for him to come into, but there will be no preconceived notions about him. He’ll have a great opportunity to establish himself in L.A. He handles himself very well, very down to Earth. This is a great hire.”While we had our own speculation about who could be seen as the next play-by-play voice for the team, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch was one who called Davis a “darkhorse” in a recent column.Deitsch also quizzed current Milwaukee Brewers and TBS play-by-play man Brian Anderson as to how anyone could come into this position knowing Scully’s legacy looms over it.Anderson’s advice was to accept just a one-year trial offer contract, not move the family to L.A., and “be as little of a distraction as possible, do very little press, no branding/PR strategy … (and) hopefully you prove to be a worthy hire and all parties agree to proceed.”Davis, who considers Anderson a friend and mentor in the business, saw that and now smiles when reminded of it.“What Brian said is a great way to look at it,” said Davis, who has been married to his wife, Libby, a Michigan native like him, for the past 2½ years. “With my kind of personality and style on the air, I’m someone who gets out of the way, does the basics and fundamentals and lets the analysts be the stars. So that kind of plays into how I’ll approach this.”At one point in the last decade, the only other young play-by-play man who could be considered “next” in the Dodgers’ play-by-play chain was Eric Collins, a Syracuse grad and Chicago resident who did a road-game package for the Dodgers from 2009-13. Some enjoyed his upbeat style, others didn’t – the 46-year-old has parlayed it into becoming the voice of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets on Fox Sports Southwest this season.One of the criticisms of his work is that he wasn’t up to speed as much on Dodgers’ history as many as the viewers were.Davis wants the past to be a priority for his future with the organization.“It’s absolutely important to have that – I don’t think there’s another organization whose history as important as the identity of the Dodgers,” said Davis, a native of Potterville, Michigan and former college football player at Beloit College in Wisconsin who was focused more on a broadcasting career than playing, as documented in this college magazine story.His only experience as a team broadcaster was working three seasons for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits in Alabama, the Tampa Bay Rays’ affiliate. He was the Southern League Broadcaster of the Year in 2012, leading right to a job with ESPN at the age of 24 on college baseball, basketball, football, hockey and softball, as well as some MLB on ESPN Radio.“The first thing you do is recognize the history, and then you embrace it. I didn’t grow up in L.A., so the only way to really know this is to dive in, visit with those who’ve seen it and lived it first hand, and realize there’s no substitute for time when it comes to history.”Rosen doesn’t anticipate Davis to have a problem with knowing team history.“Whenever you have a new broadcaster, history is something you have to learn and naturally that takes some time,” said Rosen. “As much as Charley Steiner grew up a Dodgers fan (in Brooklyn), he had to learn the ‘new’ Dodgers, too.”It’s not as if Rosen and the Dodgers were required to hire another broadcaster at this point in time. Steiner, as far as Rosen is concerned, has been with the team since 2005 and “I hope he’s here another 30 or 40 years.”For the Dodgers, this is apparently too good an opportunity to pass in adding Davis — likely before anyone else did at a time when the Padres recently hired Don Orsillo to work with Dick Enberg during his final season with the team. Davis made several trips to L.A. during the summer and even had what was “a recruiting lunch” with Hershiser along the way.Davis, working this season with Brady Quinn on Fox Sports/FS1 college football games, wasn’t going to be unclaimed for long. He called USC’s last-play loss to Arizona State in 2014 and may be on the call for the Trojans’ game at Oregon next week. He and Quinn are doing Saturday’s Kansas-TCU game for FS1.Davis has never had the chance to call a Dodgers’ game in his two seasons at Fox Sports. He realizes the current SportsNet L.A. distribution issue, which may go into its third season of restrictive exposure in Southern California, is something that is “out of my control, although I’d much prefer everyone see the games. I’ll do my job and not read too much into all that.”While Davis knows he likely won’t be working alongside Scully as a mentor in 2016, he will make the time to visit with Scully as much as possible. He grew up in college listening to Scully call games through via the MLB.com service and caught himself imitating Scully’s calls.Which Davis eventually realized and stopped doing. He wanted to find his own voice.But he still has learned many basics to the craft from studying Scully.“Anyone who tries to imitate Vin falls flat,” said Davis. “But what stands out now about him, and what people may not necessarily pinpoint, is that during 162-game season, it’s all about wearability. How much do people enjoy listening to you on a nightly basis?“For him, it’s not just a few years of wearability. It’s the team’s entire time in Los Angeles. His incredible longevity has become a matter of likeability that comes from delivery and tone. There’s the obvious command of the language and the feel for the moment, which he is second to none. He has embraced the layout of not speaking in huge moments. That’s all fundamental things you can learn and practice. But the big one – wearabilty – is no one has ever done it, and nobody will ever be as widely loved and accepted in people’s homes every single night as he has been.”Scully and Steiner called Davis on Tuesday night to welcome him to the organization, something Davis says is “one of the coolest things” that’s happened to him.Davis was even taken somewhat aback when Scully said that perhaps the next time Davis was out at Dodger Stadium for a visit, he could “steal some of my time” for a talk.“I think I can make that happen,” Davis said with a laugh. Because, simply, that’s how Davis looks at this situation, too.“First, everybody acknowledges you don’t replace Vin, and you never will – the same as with any legend in any industry,” Davis, whose multi-year deal with the team was solidified Wednesday as the third TV voice on the Dodgers’ roster to do a 50-game schedule in 2016, said from his home in Grand Rapids, Mich.“From my perspective, how do I embrace this? All I really worry about is doing the best I can on those 50 games next year. It’s a cliché to say that, but …“Would I love to be here a long time? Sure. I have an incredible opportunity. I’m not planning on this being a short-term thing. That wouldn’t do anyone justice to the job. What role I have moving forward is really out of my hands and for a discussion down the road.“But just know: You’re crazy if you think you’re replacing Vin Scully. I’ve never been one who makes decisions based off fear. That’s not a way to live. This is an opportunity that is a little more layered, more context around it because of how amazing he stands in the all-time ranks.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error