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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Scams & Scammers!

Today I thought I’d post about something that happened to me just recently; yesterday in fact and the other incident occurred the week before.

Okay, first off, I’m not a genius, but I’m certainly far from stupid. I’ve always been careful and aware of my surroundings, whether I’m out in public or on the computer. I’ve never hundred percent trusted anyone (that’s a topic for another time), I know it sounds sad, but it’s true and if you knew my life and history you’d understand why. I feel trust is something that’s earned just like respect–not a privilege or right, like some people feel they’re entitled to. For me there’s a very fine line. Generally, I trust most people to a point then it stops.

And here’s an example and warning to everyone (even those who feel they’d never be taken for a ride). A fellow called me the other day while I was doing paperwork. I wasn’t paying too close attention in the beginning (first mistake)! He stated which company he was calling from. I donate every year to a drug awareness company that helps teens and have done so for a long time, and this was the company he led me to believe he was working for. As the conversation progressed, I began to question the authenticity of who he was and whom he was supposedly representing. Things he said didn’t add up. And it wasn’t until the end, after I’d given him my credit card number that the red flags were flapping. Soon as I got off the phone, I traced his phone number on the computer, which was a dead end, of course. Then I phoned the actual non-profit I’ve been sponsoring to warn them and then I phoned Visa. And THANK GOD I did! They cancelled my cards and made sure to stop anyone trying to put a payment through.

The actual CEO of the non-profit company called me yesterday and I was right! The call was bogus and what a scam! As I discovered, I wasn’t the only one taken for a ride that day. This non-profit I sponsor was riddled with complaints. Anyway, their lawyer is onto it. I still don’t know if the bogus company is legit and using the other organizations good name or if the whole thing is an actual scam. So beware!! Don’t do what I did. Pay attention to whom you’re talking to.
The second story… Yesterday I discovered my new novel has already been pirated! I can’t say that I’m thrilled about this – quite the opposite, in fact. I’m really pissed. No matter what I do, I try not to tread on other people and I always try to show respect. Because as the old adage states, ‘Treat those as you wish to be treated!’ is what I believe.

Anyway, enough bitching for today; I just thought I’d share and hopefully my story will spare someone else the grief. Back to writing I go, and listening to my daughter’s music thumping up through the floor! LOL

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

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