This week I attended a Fraud Seminar for mature people.  A Sheriff Deputy gave us great information to help keep us from losing our money to crooks, thieves and scoundrels.

​I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to my money.  YEven so, there are more and more out there who try to get it – mine and yours.

​Let me illustrate: Recently I started receiving phone calls on my cell phone from an area code I did not recognize.  When the calls went to voice mail, the caller disconnected.  Six calls in two days – someone was relentlessly pursuing me.

​The nice part of a cell phone is they keep the numbers of calls received.  I Googled® the area code to discover it was from the Portland Oregon vicinity.  No one I know lives in Oregon or has my cell phone number.

​The next time a call came in from this number: 503-457-1270, I answered it.  The caller wanted to “give me a free wireless home security system for allowing them to put up a sign in my yard.”  The call ended abruptly when I said I was not interested.  Six calls in two days!

​As instructed by the Do Not Call List, I filled out an online complaint; however I doubt if they will follow up, telling me they have to have an address and name, dates and times.  Just try to keep a scammer on the phone that long.  Mind you, I am on the state and federal Do Not Call List for my land line and cell phone.  Doesn’t seem to matter.

​That very afternoon I received a text message from, telling me I had won a sweepstakes.  Folks, no one is giving you free money when you haven’t even entered a sweepstakes!  To report them, I have to file a complaint with the State Attorney.  From my experience, it’s akin to a full-time job.  This should be easier.

​The final try last week to get nanaj’s identity or cash was the email I received later that day, informing me of my “free ticket from American Airlines.”  Delete, delete, delete – anything of this nature! As our good deputy told us, these scammers are trying to steal your identity and access your financial accounts to clean them out.  Once it’s gone, you will never get your money back.

​Be smart!.
Form a relationship with your financial institution’s customer service person.  Check your accounts often.  You’re online, so check your accounts online with a secure network.

If you have been a victim of fraud or identity theft, please let all our Dear
Readers know about it and what you did about it and the results.
​You might save someone else from being victimized.   We will all thank you.

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  1. The unwanted solicitation phone call at dinner time that I will answer some day will give me the chance to use Jerry Seinfeld’s famous episode words. Jerry said, “Hey, give me your phone number so I can think about it and call you back.” Then Jerry speaks to the caller, “Oh, you don’t want to be interrupted during your dinner? Now you know how I feel.” And he hangs up.
    We’ve been taught to be nice to people. Strangers. People who want your money! It’s time to be rude.

  2. Fine advice, Nanaj. Nothing is free, sign up for all DO NOT CALL lists, don’t allow surveys, no,no, no.

  3. I, fortunately, haven’t received anything of this nature but do have an older friend that is prey to it. I have told her to ignore any and all stuff like this as there is NO ONE that is going to give you something for free. I don’t know how these slimy people can sleep at night knowing that they are doing this to someone and most of the time, depriving them of hard earned money that they need to pay bills and buy their food.

  4. It can be exhausting to report these fraud attempts and keep ourselves safe, but this is good advice to remember! I always say I dont do any business by phone or internet, if I’m already on your list you can mail it to me.

  5. Thanks to Sheriff Deputy Dawg. He’s watching out for us.
    Ditto Bob. Cavet Emptor-Let the buyer beware!

  6. I come from the school of nothing is for free. If the deal is too good to be true then it is too good to be true.

    I feel awful for anyone that get’s duped into any of these schemes but the boomers are a strong educated bunch that have built this country strong and lived through alot worse than the younger generation; so why are they so nieve when it comes to trusting stranger that want to give them something for nothing?

    Caveat Emptor – Let the buyer beware!