- Don’t Be A Victim To The “Relative In Trouble” Scam…
- How To Save Hundreds On Your Phone Bill…
- Fun Facts and Laughs: What New Car Dealers Won’t Tell You,Useful Health Websites, And More…
- Trivia Challenge:
- Real Estate Q&A: What Mistakes Should I Avoid When I Invest In Real Estate?…
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Have you heard about the “relative in trouble” phone call scam? In this month’s SLV Talks Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn how to spot this common scam and what you should do to protect yourself if someone tries it on you.
You’ll also learn how to save hundreds of dollars on your phone bill, plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.
Julie was born on December 14, yet her birthday is always celebrated in the summer. Why?
(see answer below)
Don’t Be Fooled By The
Common”Relative In Trouble” Scam
You get a phone call that one of your relatives has had an accident, been robbed, or is stranded in another country. Your loved one needs cash and asks that you wire the money. This scam has been around a while, but the number of people (particularly the elderly) who are falling for it is rising. Do the following so you don’t get scammed:
- Question the caller about the family member in trouble. The call may start with “Hi Grandma!” (Scammers may get family information from social networking sites.) Before saying a name, ask the caller for their middle name. If the caller says, “It’s about your granddaughter,” ask “Which one?” before saying a name.
- Don’t let the caller instill fear. Fear that something bad will happen if the money is not sent can be a motivating factor to comply with the request. Fear can cloud rational thinking.
- Don’t keep the call a secret. Posing to be your relative, the caller may say they are too embarrassed and to not tell others. But don’t be fooled by this trick – let others know about the request immediately. Ask the caller if you can call back – they won’t want to give you a number.
- Try to make contact with the “real” person. Hang up with the impostor and call, email, or text your real relative. If they are on vacation, contact other relatives to find out their itinerary.
If you get a “relative in trouble” call or fall for something else you think is a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Go to www.ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. You also can contact your State Attorney General’s office.
If you’re planning to buy a home in the next 6 months, you’ll want a copy of my Free consumer guide, “7 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Financing Your Next Home.” My exclusive report will help you avoid frustrations and costly pitfalls when buying a home. To get a copy, simply call me at 864-443-2221, or simply email me at email@example.com
Have you reviewed your phone situation lately? Consider one or all of these options to save hundreds of dollars a year:
Eliminate your landline. First, study your phone bill to see if you’re paying for extras (like caller ID) you may not need. If you decide to ditch your landline because you have a cell phone, make sure you have excellent cell coverage at home. Another option is to switch to VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) like Vonage, Skype, Ooma and even MagicJack. Unlimited local and long distance calls can range from $5 to $20 a month, that can save you over $100 per year.
Bundle your services. You can save $20 or more per month if you get your cable, Internet, and landline from the same provider. There’s an extra $240 each year in your pocket for the same services.
Ask your cell phone provider for a cheaper plan. If you talk to the same people daily, a “favorites” plan may better suit your needs. If you’re sending more text messages, go to an unlimited texting plan. Or, consider a pre-paid cell phone where you only pay for minutes you use. Depending on your talking time, that could save you up to $500 a year.
Would You Like To Know How Much Your Neighbor’s Home Listed Or Sold For?
Maybe you’re just curious. Or maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Either way, I can help…with no “sales pitches” or run-arounds. Call me at 864-443-2221 or simply email me and I’ll give you all the facts.
What New Car Dealers Won’t Tell You . . .
• Negotiate from the invoice price up instead of from sticker price down (find prices at www.kbb.com).
• Make an appointment to look at cars on Tuesday or Wednesday, when they’ll spend more time with you.
• Pay attention to overall costs and not just the monthly payment.
• Get all promises in writing or the salesperson might “forget.”
Useful Health Websites . . .
• www.spinehealth.com – Thousands of articles and videos from doctors about back pain, neck pain, and related disorders. A forum for discussion and doctor profiles too.
• www.kidshealth.org – Most visited site about kid’s health. It’s divided into info for parents, kids and teens.
• www.agingcare.com – Learn about all aspects of getting older from caregiver information to specific challenges older people experience.
These schools offer free open courseware online on various subjects including history, law and math:
• Notre Dame: www.ocw.nd.edu
• Duke Law Center: web.law.duke.edu/cspd/lectures
• MIT Sloan School of Management: www.ocw.mit.edu/courses/sloan-school-of-management
• Oxford University: www.maths.ox.ac.uk/opencourseware
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
–Oliver Wendell Holmes
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
The Flowers are out…….
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What famous singer was told that he should “stick to driving a truck, because you’ll never make it as a singer”?
a) Johnny Cash b) Elvis Presley c) Rod Stewart d) Brad Paisley
Other than the regular cast members, what character will you notice on almost every episode of the Seinfeld TV series?
d) Winnie the Pooh
Check in next month for the answer.
Because she lives in the southern hemisphere!
A. Even smart investors make mistakes. Here are three common mistakes and what you should do instead:
- Not Doing Your Homework. Evaluate your financial situation and understand the right numbers to calculate. Learn the basics about cash flow, appreciation, and loan amortization.
- Not finding the right property. Do a thorough search, including “pocket” deals and best buys, to find the right property for you. Work with a real estate agent who is an Investor Specialist. He or she can help find a good investment property.
- Failing to get a professional inspection. You need to know if there have been problems with the property and that they’ve been properly addressed.
To learn more about owning investment property, call and ask for my Free Consumer Report called “How To Avoid 8 Dumb Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make.” I’ll be glad to send a copy right to you.
Do you have a question you want answered related to real estate or home ownership? Feel free to call me at 864-443-2221 or email me by clicking here. Perhaps I’ll feature your question in my next issue!
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