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Posed As Lacey BOE Members, Ordered 22 Dell Laptops: Have You Seen Them?

On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 9:47 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the Lacey Township Board of Education, 200 Western Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor, for a fraud report.

The Business Administrator reported that an unknown person or persons identified themselves as a representative of the Lacey Township Board of Education and ordered 22 Dell laptop computers on Jan. 16.

The computers were to be delivered to location outside of Lacey Township. Detective Lieutenant Christopher Cornelius is investigating the matter.
Clementine Snide February 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Can't they determine the outside address?
Resident of Lacey February 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Likely the address was just a drop point this is a common scam and another reason why it is far better to work with local businesses to build a relationship. If a rogue actor had called my company to place an order we would have caught it right away as we have close relationships with all our clients. This have been attempted and we have always caught it, although tracking the thieves if far more challenging. I have voiced my concerns about our BOE dealing with dell many times in the past. Not only is this a waste of our taxes but the equipment is inferior to that of some other manufactures. Why would we not want to have our hard earned tax dollars spent back in our community?
Clementine Snide February 16, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Got it. I thought Lacey had gone Apple?
4Liberty February 16, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Last count there was seven people pretending to be representatives of the people sitting on the BOE. What is one more con-artist ripping off the taxpayers?
crackaloon February 16, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Why bother finding them, they wouldn't be punished anyway. My opinion on the going Apple thing is strong too. It's like telling everyone to become artists. Dumb move.
Joey Joe February 16, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Well, there's another $22K gone forever...
Resident of Lacey February 16, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Yeah, I do agree the entire "Apple only" in schools thing is just bad. There should be a mix of Microsoft, Apple and Linux/Unix available as ALL of these technologies are used in the workplace our students will be working in. Yes the office space in currently dominated by Microsoft but the tide is slowly changing on that and as the next generation moves into management positions we will see the shift become stronger. I digress, last I knew the Apples were in use by the staff but the dells were there for the students usage.
bayway mike February 16, 2014 at 09:17 PM
Gonna check Ebay and Craigslist for a Dell lap-top..
Tom February 17, 2014 at 06:55 AM
I just love reading the comments here. I have worked in the computer industry for over 25 years. Would someone please let me know the current difference between the Dell and the Apple computers. I beleive it is the base operating system now. Considering you can run anything on a Apple that you can on a Dell or a Microsoft based machine the old arguement that the Apple limits you is no longer valid. The Apple is quite frankly a better machine. I personally used Microsoft based machines and was a staunch NO APPLE persone for the first 20+ years in the computer industry. Then I bought my first Apple, now I will not buy a Microsoft based machine. I no longer spend hours apon hours maintaining my computers. No more blue screens, very little if any virus conserns, excellent customer service. They do everything the Microsoft machine does, and do so much more as well. And yes many businesses are switching to Apple based machines. I will give one example of the ease of apple. The most popular thing every computer does is surf the web , with apple it is simple use Safari, with Microsoft you choose, Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Mozilla, etc... Yes many different choices , none of them work completely, different names for the same programs, upgrades are frequent and a pain in the neck. With Safari, one program always seems to work, upgrades are extremely easy, and you are notified when it is needed and it always free. Switch, I did and I have never been happier, you will too.
Robert Yates February 17, 2014 at 08:47 AM
What about payment? Did the poser simply ask the vendor to charge the computers to the BOE's account? And the vendor says: yeah no problem without requiring specific payment information or authenticating the posers authority to transact business on behalf of the BOE? Did the poser have a BOE credit card, or a BOE check book? This seems fishy to me.
Resident of Lacey February 17, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Robert, many companies have corporate accounts with dell as my clients have with me. The difference is that I know my clients and have a relationship with them and their business. At dell it is easy for someone to pose as the authorized person on the account unless additional security measures are set in place. I hold the BOE responsible equally with dell. When I have a client placing a large order I know who I am talking to, when dell has this happen they have no clue beyond the fact that the person on the other end of the line or logged into the premiere page answered the correct questions and or had the right password. As a small local business we work directly with our clients and share a vested interest in their needs.
Resident of Lacey February 17, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Tom, I agree it is really to the point where Microsoft, Apple or Linux/Unix is no difference. Many corporations still employ Microsoft in their environments but as I stated the tide is changing. While viruses do exist for the Apple they are less prevalent since they are still the minority however with that said as Apples continue to grow in popularity so will the opportunistic thugs attacking the population of computer and tablet users. Everyone regardless of platform used needs to be proactive when using technology, there is no antivirus to protect from social engineering. No mater what platform you prefer you always need to keep everything patched current and up to date. When you are on a website if it looks shady DO NOT ENTER YOU PERSONAL INFORMATION.
Condor February 17, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Thanks for the advise Tom. I have had had Dell products all my life and will never buy another Dell. Too many updates and problems. I never have had a problem with my Apple I phone using Safari. Next choice is Apple.
Robert Yates February 17, 2014 at 09:36 AM
@Resident of Lacey: I see; thank you for that run-down. And I agree with you. A small business climate does seem to be more conducive to honest dealings. Thanks again.
Tom February 17, 2014 at 09:50 AM
The article states that the computers were shipped to a dress just outside of Lacey. Is the address still inside NJ, my bet is it is as they say a inside job. Someone used the proper password to buy and change the information on the account at Dell. I use local businesses when I can, in the computer situation, it is not feasible to use a small business to purchase computers. You need a common platform. getting the best value for the district and taxpayers, means going direct to the manufacturer. . There is no way a company like Dell can personally know all of their customers. But then again they are a multi billion dollar company.
Proud Pappa February 17, 2014 at 09:50 AM
"The computers were to be delivered to location outside of Lacey Township"... were they delivered?? and have we seem who? the bogus BOE members or the laptops??????!!!!
Resident of Lacey February 17, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Tom, it is very feasible to use a local small business as long as you work with the right one whom can deliver true business solutions and to me that means no Acer, no white-boxes and no consumer quality equipment. (Like the stuff you'll find in Best Buy, Walmart, Staples and other commodity sources) I always recommend quality products with on-site next business day warranties. For larger environments pre-loading a standard image it a big time and money saver as well. We even load Computrace on mobile system so they can be recovered/locked/wiped in the event of theft. If the BOE had that in the towns build from dell there might be a chance of recovering the systems as well. We also offer leasing and financing options to our clients. Our services and offerings go way above and beyond what dell can deliver. Tom I think you might have just been dealing with the wrong small local business. :)

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