Every year, many Arizonans fall victim to identity theft, investment fraud and scams. A recent report by Javelin Strategy and Research finds that nationwide about 13 million Americans in 2012 were victims of I.D. theft in which about $20 billion was stolen.
Q: I am having an increasing number of emails that are sent from Gmail, not being received and not in their spam folder. If I send it from my Cox address, they receive it. This is very frustrating. Any ideas? — Eileen
"There’s a sucker born every minute” was originally coined by David Hannum, but we all associate it with P.T. Barnum, which proves the point that anyone can be a victim of scams and hoaxes if the line is made believable enough and the person being scammed wants to believe it. Such is the case with a scam currently being run by a group claiming to be from Microsoft but who are, in reality, salespeople.
Here’s a disturbing statistic: One out of every five Americans over the age of 65 has been victimized by a financial scheme, according to the Investor Protection Trust, a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. If your parents are in this age group, should you be concerned? And can you help them avoid being “scammed” so that they maintain control over their finances?
Communicating clearly on the Internet without creating misunderstandings is a challenge. One problem is that you haven’t any facial expressions, body language, or environment to help you express yourself; another is that there is little “give and take” for developing what you mean to say or are discussing.
Q: I have had people tell me that they have been receiving spam email from me. I have changed the password for my account and the spam is still being sent from my account. Do you guys have any ideas as far as what might be causing this? — Andrew
For do-most-of-it-yourself brides, wedding planning means lists,
lists and more lists, with some spreadsheets thrown in for good
measure. There are also the long, endlessly pored-over documents of
vows, readings, even toasts. Did I mention lists?
By now, the majority of New Year's resolutions have fallen by
the wayside and if remembered at all, they are recalled in
sentences like, "What was I thinking? Every time I organize my
office, I cannot find anything for weeks!" So how about a few
things that are easy to do and will make a difference in your
I believe Merle Haggard put it best when he once wrote, "I wish
things were simple like they used to be, when cowboys rode horses,
and were heroes to me, my mother was a lady, and my dad was a man,
and I wish things were simple again."
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]