Thursday, July 06, 2017

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Day 57

Discussions Among Readers

7am - First off, I am not turning my RVing Adventure Blog into some kind of political thing.

But, every once in awhile, I would like to present things here that may prompt Readers to comment on things political.

I know that for myself, sometimes I get a little lazy about my responsibility as a citizen of our Republic. And, sometimes I get to thinking, "What's the use?"

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7:30am - How's it going with Tránsito?
Yesterday we went to the Fred Meyer Grocery to buy some apple juice. When we left that grocery we had a ton of hardware which is now being used to keep Tránsito squared away.

Presenting Tránsito!

1pm - Payday!
We Blogged to you. that yesterday would be Payday. But it turned out to be today.

We are off now to deposit the check for Little Honda into our bank!

Little Honda and Scampy
Our first camping trip
PS: Bye, bye, Little Honda. We will miss you forever 😢

3pm - Georgie Got Scammed!
I bought an iPhone 7 yesterday. My iPhone 5s needed replacement.

My new iPhone 7 was terrible with iMessage. Made lots of voice recognition errors. So, I phoned Apple support. But apparently the Apple support phone number that I got from a Google search, was a scam operation!!

Note: I will finish this post a bit later.

6:30pm - Finish of Scam Story
At J's Fish and Chips in Lincoln City [Pacific Coast]
So, the guy I talked to, represented himself as Apple Support.
➜ Guy: "Your iPhone 7  has configuration errors. We will send you out another iPhone 7." Give me your shipping address. You will receive the new iPhone 7 in two days."
➜ Me: I gave him the shipping address.
➜ Guy: "We need a security deposit to insure you send back your bad iPhone7. Go to a Rite Aid, WalMart. Some place that sells iTunes gift cards. Buy a $100 iTunes card. You will receive the $100 back after you return your defective iPhone to us."
➜ Me: I phoned the guy back at the phone number he gave me, and told him the gift card number for the iTunes card bought at Rite Aid.
➜ Guy: About an hour later, the guy phoned back. "The iTunes gift card number you gave me has not been activated. It will probably be activated in a day or so. In order to expedite you receiving your replacement iPhone7, buy another iTunes $100 gift card and we will return that $200 when we receive your bad iPhone 7"
➜ Me: I went back to Rite Aid. But instead of buying a second iTunes gift card, I asked the lady in Rite Aid Customer Service about the bad iTunes gift card.
➜ Rite Aid Lady: She wanted to know who received the card? 
➜ Me: Apple support.
➜ Rite Aid Lady: "Apple does not request gift cards for service. This does not sound right!"
➜ Me: "Oh my God! This must be a scam!"
➜ Rite Aid Lady: "I'll check the status of your iTunes card." She checked. "The card number that you gave me has been cashed!"

I was suckered! I was scammed!






Nite Camp Location Map

Elevation: 85 feet





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50 comments:

  1. Transito inside looks like my kid's bedroom. :)

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    1. Hi Bird,

      So, your children are incredibly neat?


      George

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  2. You could almost camp in the Transito.

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  3. Looking good, George. Transito has lots of room. Just don't over load it.

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    1. Hi Brenda,

      I shall follow your advice.

      George

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  4. I agree George the government is not for a select few but lately it seems it's for a select few rich people. Even though we protest, write letters, phone calls, etc. those select few do not listen as well as our state representative. In the letter you posted yesterday, it said every once in while a country needs a good rebellion...maybe it's time. We need a government who thinks of it's people and country again.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Yes! Select few! You are sooooo right!

      However, government often gives citizens warnings when they are heading toward encroaching on our rights.

      Example: Back in 2005, congress overhauled bankruptcy laws. There was plenty notice. But citizens did not pay attention. Citizens did not rise up and protest.

      Now we have laws that make it difficult to declare Chapter 7 [Liquidation]

      NOTE: Big lenders were behind these changes!

      George

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  5. Hi George,

    This is your Blog, your forum, your adventure, your pages of your life. Screw anyone who doesn't like your views. They can go read something else. Most of your political postings are historical in nature...not left/right extremism....so I consider it very American.

    If you study history of the world, you might see some scary patterns from this current administration. If these patterns continue, it might mean we will have a constitutional crisis in 3 1/2 years. I just don't see this guy giving up power no matter who we vote for.

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    1. Hi Point,

      If you are interested in replies to your comments, perhaps consider making one or two comments a day?

      George

      PS: You may like to send comments to me using email?
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  6. Since I worked in the realm of cyber security for 30 years, I just am worried that the typical American has no idea what is going on. To the point that the video posted above and George is making...is this: We need to take the power back as citizens. Here is what is really going on. Turn the channel if you get scared easily. I wish I didn't know this myself actually:
    1) We are in a cyber war with Russia right now...today. They attacked our elections, and we planted cyber bombs in their infrastructure. We set them off, and down goes the electric grid in Russia. They have planted their own bombs in our grids.
    2) China & Russia may join military forces to defeat the USA if we take any action toward North Korea.
    3) Russia is flying jets 5 feet from our aircraft and will continue to "push" us into war. We just took a cyber attack on the chin and will likely do nothing about it.
    4) The next attack on the USA (within a few years) is likely to be cyber...and very possibly a big event. I would just suggest everyone study up on short-term solutions to power being out.

    THAT is what our government is not telling you.

    Have a great day! hahaha! :)

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    1. Totally agree we are in a cyber war. Some predict China will be the next world leader. It seems every great nation has fallen...they hit a bubble and/or ceiling and come crashing down. I lived with no power, hauling water for live stock and self, planting and harvesting most of my life so power outage doesn't bother me. What bothers me is we won't have clean water in future. We are eating toxic foods now....organic is not really organic like they say.

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  7. A democratic republic was established starting with the Declaration of Independence. Many, except for adult naturalized citizens, do not realize the significance of that declaration.

    Fortunately I took The Constitution and American Government again at the age of 27 just before our bicentennial, and after a tour in Vietnam, and while stationed in the 'free country' of Belgium. A complete understanding of our forebears eludes us living in the safe and secure United States until you have witnessed freedom's oppression first hand.

    I offer this to help turn the wheels of thought to understand the foundation of our country.

    https://youtu.be/0mltOfwYI9Y?t=4m38s

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    1. In some countries women have no voice or voting rights today. Women here in America fought for a right to vote and have a voice. However, women still do not have equal pay, treated as sexual objects (as our current leader boasted), bullied and abused. Women may loose insurance coverage for child birth, their right to choose, and denied coverage for conceptive pills (to me this is a choice also i.e. not to have children).

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    2. From a scientific perspective (totally void of politics), women would make better leaders for the "safety" of the people. It is historically a MAN who craves power, abuses the weak, subjugates women, and kills to protect ones ego. Women just don't act like that. They would bond together with other women leaders, break gridlock, and try to keep everyone safe and "happy". Which is what is written in the Bill of Rights. Our pursuit of happiness and safety.

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    3. Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. - Thomas Jefferson

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    4. Hi David,

      That is a 1½ hour video!

      George

      PS: Gotta love Thomas Jefferson! ♥️

      George

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    5. Point To Zero. You might enjoy reading "The Disapearance" by Philip Wylie. It is a situation where the men disappear into a parallel universe. Quite interesting.

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    6. Point To Zero. You might enjoy reading "The Disapearance" by Philip Wylie. It is a situation where the men disappear into a parallel universe. Quite interesting.

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    7. George it is a long one. I've listened to it 3 times and will probably a few more. You don't have to watch the video is just a picture.

      What he expounds brings clarity to the purpose of first and perhaps the only form of government that created to preserve individual freedom. A little worse for wear but still there.
      ✌️💞, david h

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  8. Hey George, have you visited a Cannabis store yet? They have Senior Citizen Saturdays! :)

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    1. Hi Point,

      I don't do drugs or alcohol.

      George

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  9. The US is still the best country in the world. I don't see the reason for all the rebellion and give the people we voted for a chance to get us back on track. All of the negativity does not fix anything.
    Otto

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    1. Thank you, Otto! That needed to be said.

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    2. Hi Otto & Harriet,

      What does "best" mean?
      ➜ Best economy?
      ➜ Free press?
      ➜ Human freedom?

      Otto: "People we voted for??
      So, you still believe that the people we vote for are doing what is good for us?

      Here is my perspective of how elected officials are against citizens:
      ➜ Saved the banks from the mortgage crisis with OUR money?
      ➜ Taking sides against citizens by voting in anti-bankruptcy legislation that is only good for unscrupulous lenders?
      ➜ Pass so many laws and regulations that citizens do not know what is illegal anymore.
      ➜ Debasement of currency devastating the well being of working class citizens.
      ➜ Causing the size of government to grow and grow so that government workers have big pensions while working class citizens have zilch!
      ➜ Arm police against citizens with military weapons and equipment!
      ➜ Enacting regulations to track the money of citizens?

      There is more. Much more!

      George

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    3. Like you gave Obama???? Like that?

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  10. Sorry, too much negativity, here lately, I must pass on this blog, pity since I loved following George's travels.
    If I wanted to hear this , I would watch, "CNN", they seam to have the same view point!
    All the best to you George!

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    1. For myself I would say:"don't let the door hit you in the rear"

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    2. Hi Vera,

      In my opinion, this is Your Loss!

      You appear to be one of the many citizens who are "Polarized Politcally!"

      Why take a polarized political position? Aren't there right and wrong things in both republican and democratic camps?

      George

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    3. My comment was directed at Harriot. If she does not like your Blog, then leave. Personally I like to see both sides of a coin. I might learn something.

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    4. I think George meant Harriet, which means he agrees with you 100%. So do I :) :)

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    5. I hope you are right, Point. I would hate for George to have a wrong opinion of me.

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  11. Thank you George for allowing us to give an opinion, comment or what have you. I remember the days when leaders would sit down and discuss issues, hire ad hoc committees to weigh the best approach to take...this included town hall meetings where people had an input...now it seems the people themselves don't want to listen to one another. You give an opinion sometimes and it's labeled 'negativity.' It's good to have an open discussion with no labels for pro or con on an issue. I like to listen to the other side of an issue and perhaps it may be better than what I thought. I still don't get why women's health issues are made by males. Why is it the males don't want to insure child birth...after all everyone was born to be here. Prenatal care for women and babies are so important and early detection is a must to be corrected for a healthy, strong baby. Maybe I'm the one in the dark about issues...enlighten me. I will stop here about politics. George my iPhone 7 plus came in a little black box with customer service information packet. The ear buds, charging cords & plugs were included. If I have problems, I downloaded an iPhone 7 plus manual to my desk top computer. All operating instructions are in this manual. I traveled to Cancun, Mexico in March so I was able to add international calling so I use my phone to take pictures, call home, gps road maps and much more for $2/day. I just followed the settings instructions in the manual and my phone worked fine...never had problems. Hope whatever scam it was wasn't too terrible.

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  12. Elderly scams have been on the rise for the last couple of years. So have Tax Returns, fake collectors...you name it.

    Typically the source (jerk criminal) gets the target (elderly) to get them to trust them as a big company....Like Apple, or Ford, or even the IRS. They get the target to reveal personal information, SSN data, banking data and even pin# of bank cards.

    Then when they hang up, your bank calls them and says there has been suspicious activity or major withdraws from your account. Its a terrible, horrible scam. It targets those who are trusting, and many are elderly. *sigh*. Hope everything turns out OK with Georgie...

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    1. Talking about scams, I received a FedEx last week with an official looking money order and a letter saying they are a marketing company and I should follow instructions to get a commission. Deposit the money order, then write a personal check to a money transfer entity and evaluate their customer service. Then write a personal check to the Cancer Society for $800 for donation and evaluate their customer service. Send a copy of my evaluation forms and copies of front and back of the checks I wrote. The money order was to cover the cost plus deduct $150 for my commission. The entity has three different addresses in Florida, California and Washington. I'm taking the whole packet to the attorney general of our state and let them decide if this is a scam.

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    2. It is a scam. I can tell you right now it is. Do not send any money, nor deposit anything from anyone you don't know. It will likely bounce anyways. All of your on-line banking should be done on a PC that is separate from use for social websites, your kids use, or 'risky' websites. All have potential to get information on you, bank info, steal your photo's, get your mailing address, call your cell phone...pretend to be "Apple" because you clicked on something about a new Iphone. All of your financial/personal data needs to be protected these days. The end result is you could lose a lot of money, and not get it back....even if your bank says "it is doing everything it can". The actuallity is your money is seven banks away in Algeria in 20 seconds.

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    3. Here's what I would say to anyone interested in scams. Your desire to "win" something, to "stumble on a deal" or "save money by acting now" is what the scam artists take advantage of. So here it is: There are no "deals", no savings, no specials...just for "you" anything. It is all lies. Unless you have a lottery ticket with a barcode on it in your hand, you are not winning anything. They are going to steal anything and everything they can from you. So when you see an email (or a phone call/or FedEx at your door) that says "You have been selected especially...blah, blah, blah..." What do you do? RUN...hahaha. DELETE...lol. TOSS in the trash. Good luck America! Lets keep everyone safe as possible. Good night :)

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  13. I was just wondering
    what did they do during the Civil War
    What did they do in the First World War...
    What did they do to support women's rights...
    What did they do in the Second World War...
    What did we do during the Korean War...
    What do we do when Martin Luther King walk down the streets of Montgomery Alabama...
    What did you do to support Rosa park...
    What did you do during the Vietnam conflict...
    What did you do during the Kent State riot...
    What did you do to support the Peace Corps OK
    When was the last time you wrote to your congressman or senator about your concerns...
    What did you do during the million man march...
    What did you participate in after 911...
    What did you do during the gay pride march...
    When was the last time you tried to help green peace...
    When was the last time you helped out the Sierra Club
    What did you do on the march on Washington...
    What did you do to help support your candidate for a presidency...
    So you see the list could go on and on but lip service blowing off steam and hot air doesn't get anyone anywhere?
    Only your Grass roots actions do?

    But on a final note;
    some of the things on that list we did? but why did we stop there???







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  14. Otto: think of something
    Think if you were born and raised in Canada England Scotland Ireland Norway Sweden Denmark Japan. and you've never been to the USA
    So you wouldn't abandon your beloved country for another
    So what would be your opinion of the USA
    Seeing as how it is not your home country??
    It's amazing how the people of those countries changed their own country

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  15. George a strange question for you. Was your mother or father or your grandfather or grandmother born in Israel

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    1. Hi Mister ed,

      Why do you ask?

      My Mother, Grand Father and Grand Mother were born in the Pale of Russia. My Father in New York City.

      All of my relatives emigrated from the Pale of Russia in the 1905 to 1914 period to escape from the Czar who delighted in forcing Jewish young men and putting them in front war lines to be slaughtered!

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  16. Very sorry to hear about the scam you got tied up in. There is a special little place in hell for the thieves that prey on older people!

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    1. Hi Kent,

      I am disappointed in myself for not catching on right away [Before I sent $100 to these scam assholes!].

      George

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  17. Sorry you got scammed but at least you were smart enough to find out about it before losing another $100.00 . Chalk it up to a learning experience.

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    1. Hi Vera,

      Thank you!

      Yes....."leaning experience." Seems like I would have learned everything by now! [I have 79½ years!]

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    2. I learn new stuff all the time and I am older than you 😉

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  18. Yep, they like to prey on old people like us. Atleast it was just $100. My son the cop had to inform an older lady that she was scammed out of I think it was $30,000 and there was nothing he could do. Thanks for posting this, it might save someone else from some grief.

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    1. Hi David,

      This scam was well thought out!

      Somehow these scammers got their phone number to come up in a Google search for:
      Phone number for Apple Support

      Then I called that number NOT knowing what that phone number really was!

      George

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  19. There is a similar scam for Dell support with a phone number on the internet. They will access your computer and "find" a phony virus, then offer to fix it for $300 charged to your credit card. They tried that with me, but I hung up and contacted Norton because I use their anti-virus software. Norton spent over an hour doing a special scan of my entire system at NO COST and found nothing!

    You need to be VERY careful when searching for a big company online because some scamming companies use very similar URLs and it is easy to get one of the scammers instead of the real Apple or Dell.

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    1. Hi Grandma,

      Yes! They sure hooked me!

      George

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