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by Vermonster
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???
Replies: 27
Views: 3542

Re: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???

JPEG (JPG) image.
Submitted to virustotal with no hits (not surprising since I assume anything really nefarious would likely be stripped in the process of sending to her iPhone or forwarding to my GMail).
by Vermonster
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???
Replies: 27
Views: 3542

Re: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???

Hadn't considered the image vulnerability angle.
Fully up to date iPhone so we are probably safe.
by Vermonster
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???
Replies: 27
Views: 3542

Re: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???

Additionally, the letter is very poorly drafted. If you can read it out loud and are still credulous, you can probably be talked into just about anything. I agree that the letter was poorly crafted. I think had they never shown it, my wife may have given additional information. Instead it was the r...
by Vermonster
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???
Replies: 27
Views: 3542

Re: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???

PLEASE do NOT ever answer calls from these unknown numbers ----------------------------------------------- It doesn't matter what the incoming number is, that is incredibly easy to spoof. Even it the caller ID is the number on the back of your card, that can be spoofed. What can't be spoofed is han...
by Vermonster
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???
Replies: 27
Views: 3542

Phone Scammer: "Read Letter Out Loud"???

I'm pissed at my wife today, because despite our many conversations about "just hang up" she mostly fell for a phone scam today. Incoming call to her cell phone: Caller gave name and badge number indicating her SSN had been stolen and used in TX (we are in the northeast US) Caller had her ...
by Vermonster
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel Wifi Hotspot
Replies: 27
Views: 1195

Re: Travel Wifi Hotspot

T-Mobile is currently offering a free test drive of their hotspot service. You get some free internet access and a device that is yours to keep forever (of course they hope you sign up for their plan): https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/free-trial Note that the device is technically locked to only be u...
by Vermonster
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Skiing Frugally
Replies: 45
Views: 4810

Re: Skiing Frugally

criticalmass wrote: Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:41 am Saddleback Mountain in Maine closed in 2015, and folks have been attempting to revive it ever since with nothing in sight yet.
Happily for Saddleback and the town of Rangeley, the area should re-open in 2020.

https://www.mainepublic.org/post/boston ... saddleback
by Vermonster
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: solar power generation
Replies: 9
Views: 1449

Re: solar power generation

Your question requires substantial additional information for an accurate response. Off-grid solar is quite complex and is not a set and forget type situation. Without proper design and maintenance those relying on the system will be frustrated and thousands of dollars in batteries destroyed within ...
by Vermonster
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quietest tire for 2017 Honda CRV?
Replies: 32
Views: 15149

Re: Quietest tire for 2017 Honda CRV?

If quiet is important to you, make sure you read extensively online about the noise issues with the CRV's CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). After reading hundreds on posts online we concluded we were unwilling to gamble that the issue seen with 2015-2016 models is not present in 2017. Honda ...
by Vermonster
Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Have Experience With Filing Complaint With FDA?
Replies: 22
Views: 6483

Re: Anyone Have Experience With Filing Complaint With FDA?

The pet pharmacy should be licensed with the state board of pharmacy in each state in which they operate. You should file a complaint with the state board of pharmacy in the state that shipped the drug to you.
by Vermonster
Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiking questions
Replies: 164
Views: 19338

Re: Hiking questions

Since you are in New England...

If hiking in NH, Hikesafe card: http://hikesafe.com/index.php?page=the- ... -safe-card

Nobody thinks they will need help...including the 6 people rescued over July 4th weekend.
by Vermonster
Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Safe Stolen
Replies: 56
Views: 9566

Re: Safe Stolen

Unfortunately being the victim of a home break-in places you at a greater risk for similar burglaries in the future. Many times these repeat thefts occur within weeks of the first event. Consider a quality alarm with central monitoring. Read the threads here, there is no need to be locked into a mul...
by Vermonster
Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can police charge towing fees?
Replies: 24
Views: 3391

Re: can police charge towing fees?

Note to OP. If the police required that you use the duty wrecker and did not allow you to call your roadside assistance, you can probably be reimbursed by your roadside company by just submitting a receipt to them that has been marked by the tow operator something like: "Traffic Hazard, Police ...
by Vermonster
Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unwinding day old terrible car deal for mother-in-law
Replies: 186
Views: 23363

Re: Unwinding day old terrible car deal for mother-in-law

Is your MiL elderly. Is it possible that either the "friend" and/or car dealer intentionally defrauded her?

If so, elder services may be another option:

http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services
by Vermonster
Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 2132

Re: Car Insurance

Since you appear to be in Massachusetts, be sure and include Commerce Insurance with the discount from AAA in your search. For our family, the cost plus AAA membership is a wash with the next cheapest--but at least we get AAA membership which can be helpful. Agree with other comments that you should...
by Vermonster
Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: energy star rating versus building code requirement - MA
Replies: 6
Views: 930

Re: energy star rating versus building code requirement - MA

If you are concerned about energy efficiency of a home for purchase, you can conduct a blower door test and perhaps thermal imaging. You would be surprised how sloppy some contractors are with preventing air infiltration and installing insulation. I would also visually inspect attic insulation. Espe...
by Vermonster
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oyster Knife/Shucker
Replies: 9
Views: 2176

Re: Oyster Knife/Shucker

Murphy has a nice, reasonably priced selection.

Made in USA too.

http://www.rmurphyknives.com/store/oyster-knives.html
by Vermonster
Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1099R; Corrective Distrib; plan terminated; help!
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: 1099R; Corrective Distrib; plan terminated; help!

Many thanks for the very thoughtful replies. Looks like I have some modeling to do. At the risk of stretching my luck, one additional thought. I also have a solo 401k (with Fidelity) that I was only able to contribute employer profit share money to in 2013 b/c I had maxed employee contribution to de...
by Vermonster
Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1099R; Corrective Distrib; plan terminated; help!
Replies: 3
Views: 649

1099R; Corrective Distrib; plan terminated; help!

Hello all, Hoping someone may have thoughts for me. I realize this is a rather complex situation so the correct answer is likely, "consult your tax professional". But I would be grateful for any help here on the forum before I proceed. Employer shut down in Q1 2013 and 401K plan was termin...
by Vermonster
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Comfort and Best Workout Clothes
Replies: 28
Views: 5424

Re: Best Comfort and Best Workout Clothes

+1 for Darn Tough socks. Found them after Timberland bought Smartwool and the SW quality started to slip.
Also check out Ibex if you like merino wool clothing. Not cheap.

Like the OP I can't find shorts I really like. Must have drawstring. Must have pockets.

Errol
by Vermonster
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: only 3 phone choices for PagePlus???
Replies: 18
Views: 2387

Re: only 3 phone choices for PagePlus???

Virtually any Verizon phone that is not: -From a prepaid plan -Has 4G capability will work on Pageplus. You can buy from ebay, craigslist, Amazon used, etc. Personally I think it is best to stick with a seller with lots of feedback as they are more likely to help you should you get a phone with a ba...
by Vermonster
Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ultra Mobile - anyone know of this service
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: Ultra Mobile - anyone know of this service

Howardforums source of all things cell phone:
http://www.howardforums.com/showthread. ... -Countries

Doesn't exactly sound promising.
by Vermonster
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NuVigil Price
Replies: 15
Views: 2549

Re: NuVigil Price

Options: #1. Use appeals process, state insurance board compliant, etc. to try and get your insurance to cover #2. Find cheapest place to fill locally paying cash. One good search engine is: http://www.goodrx.com/nuvigil #3. If your dose allows, and with doctor's advice, consider filling script for ...
by Vermonster
Wed May 29, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Incline Walking/Treadmill & Devices
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: Incline Walking/Treadmill & Devices

Lots of information available on this.

The key is that the treadmill is designed for very slow travel (1mph or so) and combined with a larger, ergonomically correct desk.

Here is just one place to start: http://officewalkers.ning.com/
by Vermonster
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargable vs alkaline batteries
Replies: 34
Views: 4966

Re: Rechargable vs alkaline batteries

I buy rechargeable Ni-mh batteries on ebay really cheap. They ship from China direct. All batteries today are made in China. I've used them for years. Not all batteries today made in China. Eneloops (for example) made in Japan by Sanyo (Panasonic). Some batteries still made in USA--for example Ener...
by Vermonster
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luggage Recommendations
Replies: 38
Views: 9254

The ebags brand luggage is a good value. I have the Motherlode TLS Mini 21". Ebags is **always** running a sale. 15% off is common. 20% somewhat less so. Last weekend 25% off one item--which is rare. Eagle Creek is topline stuff with topline price. Rarely discounted. Upside is a lifetime no que...
by Vermonster
Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nantucket/Marthas Vineyeard/Cape Cod
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Early November is rather late for a Cape visit depending on what activities you like to participate in. Many "attractions" will be closed and others (including restaurants) will have limited hours. The weather can also be iffy. Average highs are in the low fifties and lows in the 30's. Coa...
by Vermonster
Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable "daily moisturizer with SPF 15 +" --for
Replies: 23
Views: 4906

For those wishing more information, eMedicine has a good review authored by Stan Levy entitled "Sunscreens and Photoprotection" (Sorry, can't post link.) To the OP's original question, I would caution that no current product is likely to provide a full day's protection from a single applic...
by Vermonster
Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health Care Economics information
Replies: 19
Views: 3609

Two suggestions: #1. Read Clayton Christensen's book, The Innovator's Prescription #2. Check your local library to see if they subscribe to the publication "Health Affairs" and review for topics of interest. While neither of these will keep you up to date on the latest news, they will prov...
by Vermonster
Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age can a child learn to ride a tricycle?
Replies: 26
Views: 4571

Just a message from someone who deals with the consequences of combining wheeled vehicles and small children: If you buy a bike, trike, scooter, etc. make sure it comes with a helmet and enforce 100% compliance. Might not seem necessary when riding a trike on a vacant basketball court--but it makes ...