March 9, 2023 is SLAM THE SCAM DAY!

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

Per Social Security, today  is "Slam the Scam Day."

I received the following information from Social Security.  SS usually come around when I'm about to turn one year older. This time, they provided timely advice about how to recognize four basic signs of a scam:

  • They pretend to be from a familiar organizaiton, like Social Security Administration.
  • Mention a prize or use scare tactics that your SS was involved in a crime.
  • Apply pressure to get you to act quickly.
  • Tell you to pay a fee using whatever method you want to transfer $$$

The websites they provided  is: www.ssa.gov/scam


FYI. I celebrated International Women's Day via invitation from my local Title Company. The Guest Speaker is heavily involved in Make-A-Wish, which I have always been fond of because a dear friend of mine had a son who was born with a birth defect and was never promised to live long. Make-A-Wish was very instrumental in providing much needed happiness to  Christopher and his mom. 


When we had a break, I asked Manu, the woman who has also been blessed by Make-A-Wish because her daughter was also a recipient of good wishes for her little girl if those direct mail cards we get in the mail for Make-A-Wish was legitamate because they come regularly for donations for many different organizations. She told me, she was also skeptical and investigated and said, those blue Direct Mail Cards I get in the mail are legit and the clothing donations you give really do go to benefit children by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

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Texas Law requires all license holders to provide the Information about Brokerage Services form to prospective clients.

https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/CN%201-4-1.pdf

 

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Comments (11)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - scam-slamming may be celebrated today but remaining alert to those possibilities is an everyday challenge.  And it seems to happen in countless ways.  Those scammers aren't only shifty and suspicious but they are likely to stick around far too long.  

Mar 09, 2023 09:28 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - I agree with you 100%

There are two things that never to go away permanent, roaches and ants. Thanks goodness I haven't had to deal with roaches, but ants come at certain times during summer and I just have to deal with the pesty things. Thankfully, ants are temporary and I can get rid of them.

Scammers just keep finding annoying ways to penetrate through cyberspace and it is a year round challenge. Get rid of one; another one takes its place. 

Scammers begone! Mischievous and annoying, aren't they?

Mar 11, 2023 02:19 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Sadly you can really not be too careful these days. Most of these scams seem so obviously sketchy, but clearly there are vulnerable people who do fall for them or scammers would not keep doing them 

Mar 09, 2023 09:57 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lise Howe - I agree. Unfortunately there are vulnerable people who fall prey. 

Scammers do keep us on our toes. I think it's a good idea to not keep working when you are tired and need sleep. We need to stay alert and know how to outsmart them and be proactive when it comes to cyber security. 

Mar 11, 2023 02:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Patricia,

Everyday we are presented with so many different scams! How do so many scammers have all this free time to bilked the public?

Mar 09, 2023 11:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - it does make me wonder if there are just a lot of bored kids with nothing else to do but experience with messing up people's computers and if so, to them, it's just a game that challenges them. Who knows! 

Mar 11, 2023 04:11 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patrica it is amazing how many people fall for those scams.

Mar 09, 2023 04:33 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

George Souto - scammers are getting more and more sophisticated. My advice is when in doubt, don't. 

Mar 11, 2023 04:12 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I received a pamphlet today in the mail.  It was from our Recreation and Park District.  They are offering free classes in all sorts of topics.  Avoiding scams is one of them.

Mar 09, 2023 06:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Myrl Jeffcoat - I like when the community gets involved with the locals and offers classes like you described. Free classes that are relevant to consumers is so important. Learning to avoid scams seems to be ongoing. 

Mar 11, 2023 04:13 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 09, 2023 07:01 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Myrl Jeffcoat - thank you for the FEATURE. The more awareness we can raise, the better. 

Have a wonderful day!

Mar 11, 2023 04:14 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia there are so many scammers out there I just  block delete and do a few other things, Endre

Mar 09, 2023 10:03 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Endre Barath, Jr. - Even blocking and deleting which I do daily is never enough! They just keep coming! It's ridiculous! 

I'm glad Social Security has a website for consumers. That will be helpful to many. 

Mar 11, 2023 04:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

HI Patricia... I spend half my day blocking and deleting... calls, texts, emails. And not just when it comes to social security.

Mar 10, 2023 06:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP at this point, Patricia, I just figure it's something we need to get used to living with. It's not going away any time soon, I'm afraid, if ever.

Mar 11, 2023 04:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - same here! It can be exhausing because it is never ending! 

Mar 11, 2023 04:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

All of us need to be alert for scams. 

Many of them are totally unexpected.

Mar 10, 2023 09:44 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Roy Kelley - The Social Security website is a good source of informtion. 

Be safe!

Mar 11, 2023 04:16 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  So many scams by email - text - and phone - pretty scary isn't it 

Mar 11, 2023 11:28 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hannah Williams - with all the money we spend on cell phone services or home phone services, you woud think the companies could put a stop to it? Remember when we had the big Telephone Books and only people who paid got listed? Those big Yellow and White Pages were not cheap to print. Hmmmmm.... there are obvious leaks to our privacy. And that's my opinion.

Mar 11, 2023 04:04 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Too bad the scammers don't put their clever brains and energy to good work they could probably cure cancer! Always good to stay cautious and out of the path of the scammers. Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP   for the great reminder! 

Mar 14, 2023 12:55 AM