The Boston Marathon tragedies took place recently and look what we found already on the internet. 125 websites were created within 6 hours on the event. All trying to get you, eventually, to please, send your dollars.
And when we see images of people hurt and those who are rushing to help, it makes us all want to give. It tugs at our heart strings. We want to help. Sometimes we are so far away but maybe the internet can provide a way for us to help some of those people.
But the scammers will always try to take advantage of our generosity. In this case we found them creating all of these bogus websites to try and steal your money. 125 websites created in just six hours after the Boston Marathon tragedy.
Take a look at some of these. BostonMarathonattack.com, BostonMarathonvictimfund.com, BostonMarathonvitimsfund.com, and on and on and on.
Which one of these are you going to figure out to give to? So just again as a reminder, don’t give to any of these clowns because you just don’t have any idea where your money is going. There are some ways to check this stuff out. For example, the BBB has a place to checkout charities. Also take a look at charitynavigator.org, that has been known to be a dependable source. Or you can give to a nationally recognized charity such as the Red Cross.
But whatever you do, don’t just give money unless you know precisely where it is going.
With the extreme cold temperatures we’re seeing a lot of frozen water lines. Two ways to prevent frozen lines, First, open your cabinet doors under your sinks and let the heat from the house keep the water lines under the cabinet warm.
Second, running water will not freeze, so turn a faucet on just a small amount and let it run. I know it’s wasteful but cheeper than repairing frozen pipes.
Also with the colder temperatures your furnace is working overtime, which also means the filter is getting dirty quicker. Even if you replaced your filter earlier this year it’s best to replace it again.
A little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
From now til January 31, 2013. Stop by our office and mention you saw this on Gephardt Approved and I’ll give you a 1″ pleated furnace filter FREE ($8.95 value) just for stopping by.
385 east 3900 south, SLC Utah 84107
*Limit of one per customer*
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Peak Performance Roofing has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews of local service companies.
“We are honored to have been recognized by Angie’s List members for the fourth year in a row”, says owner Tony Mallen. “This has been a year full of challenges and unforeseen obstacles. We will continue to take steps to improve as well as keep tight control over the quality of our work. We could not have survived in this economy without the loyal support of our Angie’s List members, and want to thank each and every one for having such confidence in us”.
“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Peak Performance Roofing earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 550 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. More than 1.5 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine, and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.
What is it that moves you to appreciate your freedom? Perhaps it’s hearing the National Anthem or watching a parade, maybe it’s the fly-over at your favorite sporting event. For all of us here at Eagle Home Mortgage, it’s boots! They show our personal gratitude for our military.
Our Utah Boot Campaign got its grass roots in Texas! We are honored, for the opportunity to bring it here to Utah to support our Utah Soldiers & their Families! This campaign provides an easy and tangible way for Americans to show appreciation for our troops (both past & present), cultivate awareness of the challenges they face upon return and raise funds for the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust. Last Saturday, we were invited to be on FOX 13 to show our support with the Boot Campaign. We couldn’t have been more excited! Please take a look: http://fox13now.com/2012/09/29/boot-campaign-helps-soldiers/ . Once you have viewed the clip, click on “like” or “inspire”. This awareness will depend on if FOX 13 will do a full cover story on the “Boots Campaign”.
We would love to invite you to get “BOOTED UP” right along with us and take part in “Booted Up Americans , when they come back…..we give back”.
Eagle Home Mortgage
6955 Union Park Center #260
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84047
DON’T CLICK ON THAT LINK- IT’S POISON TO YOUR COMPUTER!
FISHING OR PHISHING?
Both of these words are pronounced the same but they have very different meanings and everyone needs to know what they are. In a beautiful state like Utah, we all know what FISHING is and many people enjoy that pastime. PHISHING is similar in that it attempts to find and catch information but the purpose in catching that info is to commit fraud and steal from you. FISHING is done in the great outdoors but PHISHING is done through the internet, mostly in emails sent to your businesses or personal computer or other devices.
PHISHING scams are devised to capture your personal or business information to use to commit identify fraud or hack into your financial accounts. There are many variations to the scams but a recent attempt is very common. Individuals around the country received emails which were fake “order confirmations” showing that the person’s account and personal information was used to purchase an HD TV or similar item through Amazon.com. There was a shipping address shown that the product was going to a different address than your own. Your immediate thought is that someone has obtained your personal information and that you will be charged for the TV that is being shipped to someone else.
The “order confirmation” has links that the reader can click on so that they can correct the problem. The links may have names like “Your Order” or “Merchant Contact Form”. Most readers will panic and click on the links to try to reach the company to report the fraud. BEWARE!! The links contain malicious viruses for capturing passwords and personal information from the computer or device being used. That information can then be used by the scammers to access your actual accounts or other types of identity fraud.
The scammers are getting more sophisticated with the fake emails, using graphics and type fonts that look exactly like real emails from real companies. Many are emails that look like they come from your financial institutions so you may relax your guard and click on the links. However, most banks and major companies will not send you this type of email, they will personally call you if there is a suspected problem.
DON’T FALL VICTIM TO THESE SCAMS! The actual emails are harmless and can be deleted. The only danger comes when you click on the links or attachments. It is also a good idea to contact the legitimate business and report to them that their name is being used by the scammers. Or if you have a question about the validity of an email, contact the business or financial institution first to see if it is legitimate.
Kent Nelson- Gephardt Approved