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August 22, 2022

Financial Enhancement Services

It's a student loan scam, don't fall for it

Last week I got a call from Financial Enhancement Services. They called about my student loans.

Which is great because I don't have any student loans. Yet somehow I made a request for a student loan.

Here's how that call went:

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August 15, 2022

CVS Back Pain Scam

Do not fall for these scams.

There's a new phone scam making the rounds, and this one is targeting people with back pain. A caller will pretend they are from CVS and that there is a new medicine that medicare is going to pay for.

It's all a scam. CVS is never going to call you on behalf of Medicare.

Listen in to the CVS scam call that I got last week:

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August 8, 2022

Breast Cancer Relief Committee Pac

Automation Call Gone Wrong

There is a Political nonprofit that has been calling people asking them to contribute to their organization. According to a opensecrets.org report, this is a scam as most of the money raised doesn't go to help any Breast Cance Relief. The calls are misleading and very deceptive.

Listen to this call in action...

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August 1, 2022

Medicare Scam Calls

Quick Sample of the Calls

I keep getting these Medicare Scam calls. Here's a quick clip of two calls that I got today. These are short because I don't think the people that are calling are paying much attention to the calls being successful.

If you are getting a lot of these calls make sure to report it! You can report Medicare scams to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

Medicare Scam Calls Video

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July 25, 2022

Senior Financial Solutions

Why Do They Need My Birthdate?

I get these calls all the time. Companies that want to sell me final expense insurance.

The callers want to know my date of birth. I am sure that they are trying to steal my identity.

Here's proof, in this call they ask me for my age and then they ask for my date of birth. Why would they need to know that?

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July 18, 2022

Medicare Healthcare Advisor

Who Are These People??

I get calls all the time from people thinking that I am over 65 and have Medicare. (How do I fix this?? )

This is a sample call that I get. Sometimes I play along - only if I have some free time. By the way, this is a telephone not a court of law, there's no presumption that I must tell the truth when a caller from an unknown number asks me questions.

Medicare Healthcare Advisor Phone Call

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July 11, 2022

Fireworks Display

GoPro Hero 9 vs iPhone XS Max

When it comes to capturing fireworks shows, there's a big difference between using a GoPro and an iPhone. In this short video clip, I compare the footage from my GoPro Hero 9 and my iPhone XS Max. The results are pretty clear - the iPhone footage is much crisper and more detailed than the GoPro footage.

So if you're looking to capture amazing fireworks footage this Independence Day (or any other time), make sure you bring your iPhone!

In the GoPro portion of the clip, I zoomed in to try to get a better picture.

Video Show

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July 4, 2022

Telephone at The Table

Weird Service Idea from the 1990s.

Did you know there is a need in restaurants to have telephones at the table? In the 1990s, George & Jeanie Douglas thought it was and came up with this business idea.

This is part 19 of many ideas that are on the "George & Jeanie Douglass Run A Computer-Based Business From Home" Cassette Tape.

It's funny listening to this idea from the 1990s and how the cell phone industry took over this market.

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June 27, 2022

Boston Celtics Audio

Classic Throwback to Better Days

Earlier this month, the Boston Celtics lost to the Golden State Warriors in game 6 of the NBA Finals. It was a bitter ending to a great season.

I thought it would be nice to look back at a happier Celtic moment...

Boston Celtics Look Back

Johnny Most and Glenn Ordway

This is Johnny Most and Glenn Ordway after a successful win by the Celtics against Milwaukee in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Here he is talking about how well they played and what they can look forward to in the next game. The first few words he says almost describe the end of the 2022 season.

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June 13, 2022

Predicative Beep

Just Hang up after the Predicative Beep

If you say Hello, and there is a pause, and then you hear a beep or a bloop or a click type of sound, and then a live agent responds, you were probably called by a predictive dialer.

Sample Audio

A predictive dialer is a computerized system that automates the process of making phone calls. It predicts how many agents are needed to handle the expected volume of incoming calls and then dials those numbers for agents to answer. Predictive dialers are often used by telemarketers, charities, and political campaigns to increase efficiency by automatically connecting potential callers with available representatives.

While predictive dialers can be an efficient way to connect with potential customers or donors, they can also be used as a scam tactic. Some scammers have programmed their predictive dialer software to make repeated calls in quick succession in the hopes of catching someone off guard who will then agree to whatever offer is being made. This type of scam call can be very frustrating for recipients who may not have time for multiple unsolicited phone calls in a row.

If you receive a call from what seems like a random number and it's using a predictive dialer, don't feel bad about hanging up! You're not obligated to listen or speak with anyone who has called you without prior consent. And if you're ever feeling harassed by these types of automated calls, remember that you can always report them to your local telephone service provider or the FTC's National Do Not Call Registry

Take Back Your Phone

Next time you hear the predictive dialer tone, simply hang up the phone. Don't engage in the call anymore. You are pretty safe to assume that the next voice you hear will be a scam or somebody trying to sell you something.

Just hang up. If millions of users did this then at some point the calls will go away.

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