Hero & Zero: A man with firm beliefs & a phone scam

By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: You have to stand up for a man with a firm conviction in his beliefs. Not once, but twice, Henry Wolf thrust himself into court, attempting to satisfy Lady Justice that his erection, which lasted for days, was the result of two hours of foreplay from riding his motorcycle with a vibrating “ridge-like” seat. He claimed that his condition, priapism, a prolonged, painful erection of the penis, necessitated medical treatment. Wolf’s lawsuit against BMW North America and Corbin-Pacific Inc., the seat manufacturer, limped through a San Francisco Superior Court before being dismissed. Not one to be kept down, Wolf appealed the decision to the First District Court of Appeal. Again, a court found his arguments impotent and the matter has been laid to rest.

Zero: An IRS phone scam alert has been issued by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Phony “IRS agents” have been busy calling residents with bogus stories about delinquent taxes and other false claims, which includes a particularly aggressive phone scam targeting immigrants. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Some scammers use insults and hostility as scare tactics, while other con artists are sophisticated and may know the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number. Please be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. Remember, the IRS always sends taxpayers written notification via U.S. mail, and they never initiate contact by email. Hang up on scammers.

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