It is really too bad we have to be so suspicious, because in the end the cynic in us might just ignore a plea for help that is legitimate because we figure it is just some sort of fraud. When it comes to e-mails, letters or other similar potential scams, make sure you research before you just send the money.
Every once in a while I?receive information from a local reader who has via e-mail a letter requesting money from a loved one who is in some sort of trouble and who is far away from home. What they need from the recipient of the e-mail is money to settle outstanding debt or to get a ticket to come home. These letters play on one’s emotion and often come to people who do become duped by the e-mail and wire money. Typically it is written using a loved one’s name to play on one’s emotion, and it can be easy as a grandparent, friend or family member to get sucked into believing it is true. I remember not that long ago I received an e-mail like this that claimed to be a friend who was stuck in Europe after having his money and passport stolen. I?knew this person to be a frequent traveler, which led me at first glance to believe it could be true. Thankfully, this person sent out an e-mail soon after indicating someone had gotten into his e-mail and sent a letter out to every address in his account. If you discover your e-mail address has been compromised, I would encourage you to make sure everyone you have an e-mail address for is made aware of it. If you do receive an e-mail like this be sure to check it out before you send money. It is really too bad we have to be so suspicious, because in the end the cynic in us might just ignore a plea for help that is legitimate because we figure it is just some sort of fraud. When it comes to e-mails, letters or other similar potential scams, I want to encourage you to make sure you research before you just send the money. … I want to remind you of the opportunity we all have to support the American Cancer Society this week by purchasing a bunch of daffodils. For a $10 donation, you receive the flowers and the cancer society receives funding to help continue research and raise awareness of the issues surrounding cancer. The daffodils are going to be offered for sale today through Saturday at Tersteeg’s from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. We all can do our part to help in the fight against cancer by bringing a little hope through daffodils. … I’m looking forward to being in Lucan Sunday afternoon. The annual St. Patrick’s Day event is always a lot of fun. If you have time and have never been to this annual event, I?want to encourage you to check it out. It is, as far as I?know, the only parade in the area you get to see twice. … I am willing to admit I am not much of a basketball fan, but when the post-season games start I?get a little more interested. For the second year in a row I?filled out a bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. I?won’t tell you who I?picked, but I?am willing to say I have never been a fan of the Big 10 teams. So, none of them did all that well in my bracket. However, midwest teams, such as South Dakota State, always go further than I?am sure they actually are going to in my bracket picks merely because I?have always been a fan of the underdog. You have to be if you are a fan of Minnesota sports teams.