Pay Phone

The other day I took a trip to a park. Just to get out of the house for a bit and get fresh air. I walked around for a while. Then turned the corner of the drab gray brick building. On the wall rested an old familiar site. A payphone. I took a closer look. … Continue reading Pay Phone

Friend-Family Scam Part 2

The other day my relative told me about how they got another one of the "friends and family" scam phone calls. They answered the phone, "hello." "Hi grandma," he sniffled, "how are you? This is your grandson." The voice did not sound like any of her grandkids. Immediately the relative knew that it was a scam. … Continue reading Friend-Family Scam Part 2

Tax Procrastination

When it comes to taxes here are ten ways to tell you are procrastinating: Even though you don't like to, or normally don't, fold socks; you dump out that large box of socks and fold them. Even though it is snowing outside; you find some yard work that just can't wait to get done. You … Continue reading Tax Procrastination

Blogging Social Interaction

Typically the advice given to increase the social interaction/engagement on blogs can be boiled down to: Post frequently with quality posts. Be consistent with your posting frequency. Make sure to edit posts for any glaring spelling, punctuation, grammar issues. Go through past posts to see what posts had the most interaction; post similar posts. Like … Continue reading Blogging Social Interaction

Equifax Monitoring Signup Deadline

In September of 2017 Equifax announced a cyber security incident had occurred.  It impacted nearly 145.5 million US consumers.  Equifax gave consumers until January 31, 2018 to sign up for their TrustedID Premier credit monitoring service; and/or to freeze your credit report with them.  That deadline is tomorrow. To start the process go to: http://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com Click on … Continue reading Equifax Monitoring Signup Deadline

Friend/Family Scam

The other day one of my relatives shared with me a strange phone call they received. As they picked up the phone they coughed and sneezed.  From the other end of the line came, "how are you feeling?" "Fine," they sniffled and grabbed a tissue to wipe their nose.  "Who is this?" "Your eldest grandson." … Continue reading Friend/Family Scam

IRS Phone Scam

Lately I have been getting an increased number of IRS Phone Scams. As I mentioned in previous posts the IRS first sends out a letter if there is an issue with your taxes. You can contact the IRS directly to determine if there is an issue with your taxes.  Here is the video from the IRS that … Continue reading IRS Phone Scam

Lottery

Once again one the Powerball jackpot prize is over $400 million. I've noticed that with the higher jackpots two things seem to happen: More advertisements on TV and radio. More scams and people trying to sell their "lottery winning systems." Here are a few tips to avoid the scams: In order to win a lottery … Continue reading Lottery