Hello Logan County! I am happy to be with you again and hope to keep writing for a good while. I wake up each day feeling good but tend to run down by nightfall.
I enjoyed being on Don Neagle’s radio show this past Wednesday. We talked about many topics and left off many others. I had planned to talk a little about 9-11 but did not really get a chance.
I have written about this special day a number of times. I was actually in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River, staying at the Airport Sheraton when that horrific day occurred. I was attending a meeting of the delegates to the American Kennel Club. I woke up that morning to the first tower having been struck by the terrorists. I watched out of the hallway window of the 14th floor of my hotel as the events of that day unfolded. I kept my hotel room door open and my TV going so all in the folks in the hallway could hear the coverage. That event I will keep in my mind the rest of my life.
Shortly after 9-11 a great wave of patriotism swept America. It was a good feeling. I wish we all could witness that feeling on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we take our freedoms for granted and little patriotism is ever shown or felt. It should not be that way. Every one of us should care.
Scams Against Seniors – Recently a young lady from the Better Business Bureau spoke to the members of the Rotary Club International in Russellville. She also gave out some very helpful brochures to the members present. One was entitled “Scams Against Seniors.” Listed below are several scams currently being used against unsuspecting seniors and others: 1) Foreign Lotteries – you receive a call or email advising that you have won a large amount of money in the Canadian or other foreign lottery, but have to send money upfront to pay taxes and fees. Such lotteries are illegal. DO NOT RESPOND. 2) You receive a notice that someone in a foreign country has left you a large amount of money. They request that you send them your bank account and social security numbers and you will receive the money. DO NOT RESPOND. 3) You receive notice that a friend or relative is in a foreign country and that their money has been stolen. They ask that you send them money to get back home on. DO NOT RESPOND. 4) Home repair or Improvement Scams – Criminals show up uninvited at the door offering to make repairs and then do shoddy work at an exorbitant price. They may also arrange financing through predatory lenders who charge high fees and rates with monthly payments you can’t afford. DO NOT RESPOND. 5) Telemarketing Schemes – You receive a call offering a great deal on a product but have to act now to get the benefit. The caller asks for personal and financial information that will then be used to loot your bank account or run up charges on your credit card. DO NOT RESPOND. 6) Phishing =You receive an email advising that there is a problem with your bank account and are instructed to forward to another site to provide verification information such as Social Security or PIN number. The email or website look legitimate often containing the company’s logo, but the information is then used to steal your identity. 7) Phony Charities – You receive a phone call or personal visit from someone soliciting money for what sounds like a legitimate charity, but is really a scam. Often they appear to be associated with the police or fire departments. JUST SAY NO. 8) Investment or Healthcare Scams – You receive a call, letter or email offering above market returns on investments or great savings on medical care. The solicitor is often reluctant to provide details about the company, such as the address, phone number or written documentation. DO NOT RESPOND.
Next week more information on this topic. In the meantime you should register you phone number with the National Do-Not-Call registry at 1-888-382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov.
Remember to check the coming events of this issue of the paper to see what is happening and the events you can support.
In the meantime make plans to attend the 50th Annual Red River Fish & Game Club’s Fish Fry Saturday September 26 starting at 5 p.m. A ticket is only $20 and feeds two. There will be door prizes, a great auction (bring something), drawing for cash prizes and lots of fun.
Time to go. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
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