Tustin Police sergeant Coffee and Computers speaker

Sergeant Mike Pettifer of the Tustin Police Department is going to be this week's guest speaker at 'Coffee and Computers.' We will meet this Friday, October 15, at 9 am in the lounge of the Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 South 'C' Street, Tustin, You do not have to be a resident of Tustin to attend.

'Coffee and Computers' is the weekly gathering of computer users that share their knowledge with others who have questions about their machines, email, the Internet and other computer topics of general interest including fraud and crimes happening in cyberspace.

We are looking forward to hearing Sgt. Mike speak about his experiences with computer crimes as seen by the Tustin Police Department. Sgt. Mike is the webmaster of the popular "Ask Sgt. Mike" column on the Tustin Police Department's web site,, and a 27 year veteran of the department. He is very knowledgeable about law enforcement's involvement with homeland security, computer fraud, identity theft and other problems in our wired world.

Computer crime takes many forms. We have spoken about many of these in this column but crimes still are being perpetrated on and by people in the City of Tustin.

Sgt. Mike is the point person with the Tustin PD and says that many of these alleged crimes can be very complicated. When someone in Tustin buys something on the Internet from a seller in New York and doesn't receive the goods, where was the crime committed and who has jurisdiction? When someone from Tustin is visiting in Las Vegas and has their credit card used to make a purchase from a vendor in Chicago and the merchandise is shipped to Missouri, is this a case of wire fraud for the feds or the crime of grand theft in Las Vegas, Chicago, Tustin, or where?

Sgt. Mike is going to tell us the steps we can take to protect ourselves from these types of crimes and many others. "When it looks too good to be true, it probably is," he will tell us, plus many other stories from his years of experience in this fascinating field of law enforcement.

So I urge you to visit Sgt. Mike and 'Coffee and Computers' this Friday for what is going to be a fascinating meeting.

In the mean time, keep the neurons happy, synapses snapping and enjoy computing.


Dr. Art Holub is a long time resident of Tustin and teaches computer and Internet courses at the Tustin Area Senior Center and the Tustin Adult School. Visit his web site at: This column is written to address the computer adventures and concerns of older adults. If you have comments, questions or suggestions for future columns, Email HIM at:

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