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Looking for Mr Wright and the summer of scam

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I hope this works. It is a feature in the New York Times Home & House section about a hitherto unknown village of 49 Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired houses: Rush Creek, Ohio (www. nytimes. com/2004/06/ 24/garden/24RUSH. html).By now you may have to go to www. nytimes. com and subscribe (it is free) and search the Homes & House section on the left-hand side.

The layout of Rush Creek was designed by Theodore van Fossen, who had worked as a builder on two Wright projects in 1939 and 1940 and who had studied at Chicago's New Bauhaus School.Applying rigorous rules about architectural design, van Fossen and his clients - the owners, a Mr and Mrs Wakefield - vetted the building proposals of new owners for Wright-ness before releasing title to the properties.A design review committee still sits in judgment on current owners'attempts to change the exteriors of their houses.There is a charming little video of a selection of the houses.

Despite recent bad weather it is now summer, just the time when con-persons start sending out bogus invoices in the hope that the bosses are away and junior personnel will just pay out on anything that looks urgent or threatening enough.Quite a lot of them come from the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Austria, reports The Register (www. theregister. co. uk/ 2004/06/22/bogus_invoices). The trick used to be invoices for typewriter carbon paper, but now it is for computerrelated items and sometimes involves you accidentally signing up to legally binding contracts.Don't say it can't happen to you.Small and medium enterprises are precisely the targets the scamsters aim for.

Meantime the same e-organ reports how the 419 scamsters - you know: 'Esteemed (your name) ?10 million dollars in the Bank of Terra del Fuega - 10 per cent?details of your account?Dr Mahgrib (President), Lagos' - have dreamed up yet another variation.This one is to do with a 'mix-up'about winning numbers in the sweepstake over who won the 2010 soccer world cup and you could 'accidentally'benefit.Don't.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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