Extra! A '62 crew defeats would-be facebook Hack Attack!
(Come after one of us......you face us all!)
We thought you might enjoy the details of a recent very unplanned class mini-"e-reunion" a few of us had the other day. Some, well, creep/criminal/losers, not to put too fine a face on things, decided they could take advantage of one classmate on facebook, and through her, others of us (and her other friends).
And our reaction started here in an e-mail sent to a few folk:
On Jun 5, 2015, at 6:35 PM, Earl Henstra wrote:
I just had a series of IM's on FB from someone who calls themselves Tammy Coletti telling me about how she received $50K from FB for being a long time user. Earlier I had received a friend request from her, thought we were already friends, looked and we were. Sounds like a scam to me, have you heard anything from someone calling herself Tammy?
Meanwhile, on facebook, other classmates (who hadn't seen the above) had also accepted the fake Tammy friend request (most assuming her page had been taken down for some reason and that she - the real Tammy - was starting over). And all were getting the same phoney baloney chat spiel, so reached out to each other (but didn't message Tammy, as no one was initially sure who had control of her account or just what was happening).
And that's how concerned friends linked up to take action in a facebook group chat....
WARNING: I believe (in fact I'm sure) someone's impersonating Tammy Coletti Dahlstrom.... ...I was friended just before you guys were, then chatted up weirdly.... ....and I think whoever it is trying to send me to some cockamamie link...
So I think they just copied her picture and name, got friend names from her page and are now busy trying to take advantage of her familiarity to us. And of our familiarity with each other.... And are now promising "Aid from Mark Zuckerberg who help regular Facebook users most especially disabled, old and retired on Facebook?"
[You named the conversation: FAKE friend account warning.]
Gonna call us "disabled" and "old," and go after our friend, punk??
....We thought... ...not....
So we quickly confirmed between us that we were having the same experience, and gathering our wits, saw there were now two facebook accounts with Tammy's name and current picture... ...the regular one with hundreds of friends and the fake one (below) started that day with only a few.... ...all Class of '62 as it turns out (including Linda Fowers Thurgood who wasn't online for the exciting phase).
Anyway, in a coast to coast burst of activity - which (admittedly) wasn't all that highly technical... ...but with all the spirit of good ol' Miles Lateus and much gusto - within minutes, we learned and shared how to report the page to facebook - while one tried to keep the scammer(s) occupied in running his/her/their(?) game, one emailed Tammy at her non-facebook address, and one stayed "friended" to watch for any new classmates taking the bait....
...and right about then facebook took the page down, and the scam messages disappeared...
No, you'd have to explain. Please tell me more.....
Tammy Coletti Dahlstrom
This message is no longer available because it was identified as abusive or marked as spam.
Then, about ten minutes later, "Real Tammy" (or so she tells us! :-D ) came back online and saw the frenzy of activity swirling around her account....
...which is when we received this from the fb mothership:
...Meanwhile, Tammy took her own responses back to e-mail - because this facebook attack was still fresh and unsettling...
(again, we've excerpted various messages from various times here)
From Tamara Dahlstrom:
You classmates are the best! Here I have been away since forever and you are first to rescue me and make things all better!! Thank you so much.
I have told all my local friends about it and most of them got the same message but didn't respond.
And while we're all pretty mad at the sub-humans out there, in the aftermath we all felt good about how we came together, took action and then, you know, shared a little mutual admiration with a few "text high fives" all round...
...and fnally, shared some chuckles as the emergency wound down, e.g. at some point Leave it to Beaver came up, with Carol quipping "Golly Wally. That's a terrible thought..."
...and parted more aware of the enduring power of the bonds we didn't even know were being forged via our long ago Weber link....
...Since then, we've all posted warnings about the scam on our own fb pages... ...once burned, twice careful, after all....
And, PS, it was Earl who replied "Warriors Forever!" giving the headline for the story.....
So, Warriors what's been going on with you?
Happy to share any stories you have.... ...just contact us....
(& take care of yourselves/each other in this brave new world)
In Memory Notices
(updated June 22, 2015)
Eldon J. ("Chub") Meibos of Pleasant View passed away on June 25, 2015. Click herefor his In Memory page.
(Martha) Verlene Brower (Mora) of Ogden passed away on June 16, 2015. Click herefor her In Memory page.
Ned Henstra of Mountain View, Wyoming passed away on May 28, 2015. Click herefor his In Memory page.
Dianne Schulz Matola of Orem passed away on May 23, 2015. Click herefor her In Memory page.
Prior to that, the most recent classmates to leave us were:
Mike Merrill of Layton - November 14, 2014. Click here for his In Memory page.
Gary M. Stokes of North Ogden - May 20, 2014. Click here for his In Memory page.
In Memory pages are posted and updated in classmates' names as we gather info after learnning of their deaths. If classmates or families have materials, e.g., pictures, memories or info to add, please contact us and pages can be updated at any time. Or you can simply post comments to pages on your own.
3/9/14: There is a major development to share about the site....
The good folks at Class Creator have been busy folks.
And their new way of making the whole site workinside of facebook(called "Class Connection") looks REALLY good. (On computers at least - so far we haven't seen it work on phones or tablets.)
In fact, we're guessing this is how some will choose to participate on the site. (Not to worry, though. If you like the way things are, or just don't use facebook - the separate page will also continue to exist for years to come - and the original site does definitely work on phones and tablets.)
The buttons and tabs for doing things are in different places - and there's some new tools exclusive to facebook, but virtually the WHOLE SITE is live on facebook now.
So, if you have a facebook account and want to try it out, just click on the"Try Class Connection" text on the upper right of the Home page - or on the facebook logo and "join our class" as well. They'll both take you there.
There's a lot to share about this - e.g., once you're a site member on Class Connection, you can instantly get to the site from anywhere on facebook simply by typing "Class Connection" into the facebook search bar. And can set things up so you get facebook notifications of posts, pictures, comments, etc. on the site like anything else you follow on fb.
You can also use facebook's messaging system from inside Class Connection, etc., and see your regular fb notications TOO while you're surfing WHS '62 (!). And more.
But we recommend you give it a test drive - and as always, let us know what you think.
Oh were oh where has new content gone...??
For sure awhile since the last real site content update... ...not anyone's plan, just where we are... ...carrying out the 50th Reunion - and finding all the info we could on classmates who've left us - was a real roller coaster ride, on which many busted hump for months... ...to the point of neglecting other priorities to which they've returned.
....Still, we've collected a ton of pictures and words - both of the nostalgic variety and all the life sketches most of you have posted - and we're all free to add more and use the site to stay in touch. So we hope what's already here is a good resource.
And going forward, with this platform already up and running - we'll be able to focus on future events rather than on setting up and getting word of a web site out to you.
We also haven't finished the In Memory pages for classmate passings reported since the reunion - at least not to the standard of most of the memorial pages and hope to remedy that relatively soon.
Finally, we've had a report that indicates the likely passing of Joyce Smith in 2003. However, while we believe the report is correct, despite considerable effort we have not been able to find a death record, obituary or other real confirmation of this despite making a considerable effort. If any of you can help verify (or contradict) the report, it would be much appreciated.
(This update: 11/17/2013
February 3, 2013 - Volume 51, Issue 3
* major changes to the website (2/13) *
Class Creator has re-written the program for the web site. You've noticed the new look, and more more updates are "in the pipeline." Some buttons have been relocated and the main page is now centered in the browser. Let us know how you like the the changes. We want to keep the site looking fresh!
Speaking of whilch, you can now interact directly with us on the Home Page (below). Send site comments, "Letters to the Editor," reminiscences of any Reunion, Q's, or if you know anyone who's lost site access.
ALL Previous Editions of the Class of '62 Web Trumpeter are being saved on the site. Press the Trumpeter Archives button on the top to access them.
Reunion Pics Reorganized:
Nearly all of our Reunion Pictures - from the 30th, 40th, and 50th Reunion are now under the (now renamed) "Reunion Photos" button (left side of page). There are some dupes and other glitches in the new program, but we're working on them....
Here's a few more samples from our 50th....
Remember: You can also post your own Reunion pics.. ..and please do (on the Reunion Photos page, please)!!
More Classmate Facts from the Reunion Program
A re-presentation (over time) for attendees and "the didn't make its" [See Trumpeter Archives (button on the top) for previous "phacts"...]
Did you know......??
– Iron man: This classmate completed six “Ride the Rockies” 400+ mile bike tours from 2005-2010…. …John Dinsdale
– This classmate and her husband started the nonprofit Emergency Medical Education Co. She was also a “Molina Health Care Hero,” receiving that org’s 1st Humanitarian Award as EMT Instructor-Coordinator of the year for Utah and 1st National Runner-up… …DeAnn Ekins (Barnson)
– Hot and hazy with a chance of showers: This classmate was a weather girl for the Central Command Network Station in the Panama Canal Zone… … Anita Mapes (Kersey)
– These shoes were made for... This Classmate walked the California Coast route in the Big Sur Marathon…. …..Rena Prevedel (Rossotti)
...All names above are live links to profiles...
"Pop Quiz" Q's (given by Connie Chaitlin) at the Reunion...
5. What two record-setting classmates are listed in the Weber State University Athletic Hall of Fame (one for track, the other for football and baseball)?
6. Who has skydived with each of her grandchildren when they turned 16 – and has more grandchildren to go?
...Answers at the end of the issue (*Scroll down*)!
(More) From the Wayback Machine:
From David Stanger's Scrapbook.... ...Wilson Lane Cub Scouts
And this from Jane Chugg Renstrom - Plain City Elementary Class....
*Pop Quiz Answers:
5. The two WHS ’62 grads in the Weber State U Hall of Fame – with still unbroken records – are Lyle Johnston (football and baseball) and Darol Wintle (javelin).
6.. The classmate who’s skydived with several of her grandchildren when each turned 16 – with more to go – is Thelma Johnson (Oleson).
We'll explain changes effecting how you use the site once we've worked more with them - and we think you'll love some yet to come. Here's one.... ...Tablet (iPad or Android)users now have (almost) the same view of the site that PC's do.
Click onDonateto help with future class costs. Any amount's appreciated!
If you're in touch with anyMissing Classmates, submit info and/or let them know about the site!
In Memorylets you tell us of a classmate passing or comment
We have no picsof 2 classmates (out of 403).
Our "pictureless people" are Karin Chatwin andPeggy Larsen
Please submit any, old or new!(Try elementary school pics!)
Committee members stuffing envelopes with invites... ...to get the party started!!
Left to Right: Karen Flinders Batchelor, Rhea Montgomery Schade, Bonnie Mason Creer, Sandy Garner Grimm, Tom Grimm, Fred Stettler, Linda Fowers Thurgood, John Rhees.
'Stat City'8/2/12 -162 classmates (over 45% of living classmates and 53% including classmates who have passed away) have joined. About 30 per day check in on the site and 115 in a recent month.Over 850 visits from 35 states (and other countries) have been made and over 1900 messages have been exchanged. Our "all time high" is 60 visits in one day.
We share about 20 messages/day and view about 12 pages/visit - mostly Classmate Profileslooking for each other's stories! Meanwhile (only) a third of us have Uploaded PhotosHave you?? Please do!!
TIP: Words underlined in a different color than their text are usually 'live links'which can take you to pages you'd otherwise have to dig for.