Technology Warning

It seems that with new technology comes more tech thieves. I myself became a victim of tech thieves. First time was my tax return second time was my debit card.

My debit card was used in South Carolina and North Carolina at Pilot truck stops. The crazy thing is my debit card was still in my wallet. I live in Missouri.

Thieves are using what is called credit card skimmers and they are actually more efficient than our government at stealing from us. The skimmers attach quickly and are sometimes used in conjunction with a small camera that records your PIN number. Between the skimmer information and your pin number they have enough to clone your card and make a fraudulent debit/credit card.

A few things to look for when using your card:

A credit card reader that sticks out past the panel.

Parts of the credit card reader are loose or move when jiggled.

A security seal that has been voided.

A pin pad that is thicker than normal.

WARNING! Look out for credit card skimmers anywhere and everywhere but the places thieves prefer are gas stations and ATMs.

I advise that you check your accounts weekly (I check my checking and savings accounts daily), watch where you shop, always check the ATM out thoroughly before you use it. If someone approaches you and tells you they can “clean” your magnetic strip and make it work better tell them no. Instead of paying at the pump I recommend you pay inside.

Last but not least if you suspect that your have become a victim contact your bank immediately and get your card shut down. NI hope I was able to help some of you. Be careful out there.

Spread the love and be kind to one another.

Safety First!

I live in southeast Missouri and kayaking has become very popular. On the weekends the area rivers become very crowded with kayakers. I see so many that aren’t wearing life jackets. I myself used to be one of them. One day I just happened to put it on and ended up dumped in class II water and if it wasn’t for my life jacket I would have drowned.

For those of you who don’t know the water classes:

A – Lake water; still

Class I – Easy smooth water, light ruffles, clear passages, occasional sand banks and gentle curves

Class II – Moderate

Class Iii – moderate difficult

Class IV – Difficult

Class V – extremely difficult

Class VI – extraordinarily difficult

Safety devices have a purpose in life and are there to keep you safe.

I know they are cumbersome and can get in the way but they can save your life. There are those in your life that would appreciate you using one.

I have been boating and kayaking for 50 years. Never came close to drowning until that one dreadful day. It wasn’t the first time I had been dumped. Unfortunately when learning something new unplanned things happen due to the lack of experience.

Just keep in mind when you get in that kayak or boat that the decision as to jacket or not could be a life saving decision.

In closing I would like to remind everyone that if you pack it to the river take it home with you. Please don’t leave your trash on the river or lake. Keep our water ways clean.

Spread the love and be kind to one another. “