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Money for worthy causes.

Because I have contributed to political campaigns, because I sign petitions for progressive causes, I am on the list for donations and I get 100 e mails a day. Typically, they ask a provocative question: Do you support (fill in the blank). Then they have a questionnaire, a prelude to the ask for money. The questions are phrased so as to push your buttons. Are you willing to do everything possible to stop (whatever it is). Well, sometimes we want to do everything but can’t, but that is never an option. So I just click out of the money part.

Many say that one’s contribution will be double or triple-matched. Some say, just contribute $1.00. I’m on Nancy Pelosi’s short list. “I don’t want money, I want information” she says. Then at the end she asks for money. I don’t think Pelosi is monitoring these efforts, but has lent her name. If I gave $1.00 for every worthy cause, I would be shelling out $100 a day. So my solution is everybody gets stiffed. And I have gotten rather good at deflecting telephone solicitations from well-spoken and enthusiastic Democratic volunteers. I don’t blame them for trying, but the purse strings are not unlimited. I had one rep who kept countering my refusals with “I understand” until I finally got rude and said, “If you understood, you’d stop bugging me.”

Solutions for whatever ails you.

I get teaser e mails “Do THIS and banish (name your afflicton) forever. Watch the video: The three super foods that cure cancer. The six things you can do to save your marriage. There is always a video that goes on for a minimum of 40 minutes, is full of repetition, endless testimonials from satisfied users of whatever they are selling. And sometimes they never answer the question they sucked you in with. I am not unwilling to buy something that works, but when I am faced with a hard sell and a deadline (buy now or forever lose this opportunity) I withdraw. Sales people call this technique “hot boxing”. Also who has time to listen to endless b.s.? What they are pushing could be described in less than a paragraph. If they did that, I might even consider buying whatever it is.

Fraudulent e mails

Your check is in the mail!! Your bank account has been compromised. Click on the link for information about your account. It is so tempting to answer these with some well chosen bad language but I don’t want my response to give them information. Instead I forward them to spam@uce.gov. Some pretend to be from legitimate vendors that you use, like Amazon. But a practiced eye can always tell when they are bogus. Also, just look at the e mail address.

Or I’ll get an e mail from a friend with a link. “I thought you’d be interested in this”. A friend with whom I am not at all close, or one I know really well who would never send me something without a personal note. And, of course, the link is probably a virus. Those also get forwarded. And, of course, when you look at the return address, it is “off”. I don’t memorize the e mail addresses of friends, but I know when they aren’t “right”.

Redirect virus

I Google a question, get 12 sites, click on something that looks promising, get another 12 – 15 sites, click on one of those, get more sites. There is no end to it. It’s called a redirect virus and you never get to what you need. There is a way to get rid of this sequence but I’ve forgotten how so I have to Google that again (and get 12 sites, etc.)

xx, Teal

posted on May 22, 2019 5:49 PM ()


Just the job of cleaning out mailboxes makes my hand hurt. It's caused me to really rethink about signing more petitions.
comment by drmaus on May 23, 2019 4:46 PM ()
NPR is doing a segment on Morning Edition this week about the science behind older people being scammed. I have always wondered why scammers keep trying, but this segment answers the question. I had no idea that people are so vulnerable. According to the study, people with a specific part of the brain in some make them more vulnerable. I also have to wonder how old old is. I am too skeptical of everything to fall for anything and I know nothing about the size of my brain.
comment by jjoohhnn on May 23, 2019 6:31 AM ()
Although we are senior, we are good at resisting scams. We did have a guy clean our roof -- he did a good job -- then he invented a problem and asked for money to get tiles to fix it, and never came back. So we got a refund from our credit card company. And an Indian did scam us a few years ago. So we had a computer tech get our computers working again (she's a genius) when they locked us out because we refused their exorbitant fee for more service. They still call - we swear at them and hang up. They always introduce themselves with squeaky clean American names -- "Hi, This is Tom Brady" and Ed says, "no deal, Gupta. Get Lost."
reply by tealstar on May 23, 2019 8:33 AM ()
Having contributed to political campaigns, I am targeted also and give small amounts to the ones I believe in. I delete many many emails without reading them. The pop ups aggravate me most. Does anyone know how to get rid of them?
comment by elderjane on May 23, 2019 2:32 AM ()
Do you use Chrome as your browser?

At top of your screen, click the word Chrome, so a drop down menu appears. — Click Preferences. It opens a browser page, usually.

Scroll down that new page, past People, Autofill … way down until you see the word “Advanced” at bottom of page. Click that.

There is a Privacy & Security section. In that, click on Site Settings. Somewhere down the page it lists “Pop-ups and Redirects. Make sure that is checked so it says it’s Blocked.
reply by drmaus on May 23, 2019 4:42 PM ()
Firefox blocks all my popups and a thin banner at the top of the screen asks if I want to make an exception. I would think that the other browser would do the same thing by now. On Firefox, go to tools / options / privacy and security. Probably something similar for other browsers.
reply by jjoohhnn on May 23, 2019 10:57 AM ()
Even without reading them it takes forever to clear out my inbox and I need to be sure I'm not deleting something I really want. Google chrome is offering an ad blocker. I don't know if they charge for it. There is a no. 855 400 6723 I'm going to call it later this morning.
reply by tealstar on May 23, 2019 5:53 AM ()

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