How do you know the economy is in trouble? Read this. Then, check your email.
Lately, my junk box is stuffed. Some of the garbage is even making its way to my in box through all that techie stuff hubby set up to keep the culprits out. They (meaning the villainous vultures who see bad news as a way to make a buck) are working overtime. Here’s a sampling from just ONE day’s attack of over 35 “solutions” to my core problem of, well, needing money.
Debt Wipe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Debtco Debt Solutions (email@example.com CreditRepair.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Credit Department (email@example.com) Consolidate Debt…from EclipseMediaOnline (firstname.lastname@example.org)
B) You’ve seen these advertisements everywhere. Send us your gold. Right. I’m gonna send you what few valuables I have left, HOPING that you’ll be honest about receipt, weight, etc. This doesn’t sound like the wisest move I could make. Not that wisest move often describes decisions made during financial stress. Before trying any of these, visit local jewelers first to see if you can PUT THE STUFF IN HANDS YOU CAN TOUCH AND LEAVE WITH THE CASH.*G0T-USED G0LD?* (email@example.com)
~~WE BUY JEWELRYandG0LD~~ (EasyPz@castresults.com)
Cash4Gold (MW2263199QJ@SIMPLEPHONEOFFERS.COM) Get Cash For Your Gold Jewelry (zZ62263199uD@thenewamazingrareoffers.com)
C) These sweethearts have free stuff for me. Ever try to collect? There is no free. Just page after page after page of “offers” they’re trying to hook you into so you get the free stuff. I gave up after about 20 pages…Laptops for FREE (Laptops@dncards676.com) You Qualify! (Sample@melslipyard231.com) free samples
Mike G (firstname.lastname@example.org) free gift and laptop
Product Test Panel (Vx2263199cBn@REALOFFERSPRO.COM) free Wii System
Trip on us (r7HV2263199VC@REALOFFERSSTORE.COM) free $2000 Expedia gift card Thank You (email@example.com) free Walmart gift card Weekly Grocery Savings (bbTO10062728631TZ@FANTASTICGREATOFFER.COM) $500 Holiday Gift Card
D) Then, of course, others want to educate me so I can get a better job and improve myself out of this nightmare. Degrees don’t come from emails; they come from hard work at an accredited college. And, yes, employers do check credentials. They’re receving 250+ resumes per job posting. They can be choosy.Nursing Careers (firstname.lastname@example.org Investigator Degree from EclipseMediaOnline (Emmanuel@vitalblowrore.com)
Business Certificates…from EclipseMediaOnline (email@example.com)
College Moms (firstname.lastname@example.org) X-RayTechnician (email@example.com)
E) And, of course, everyone has jobs:Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) this one found me a job WorkFromHome (email@example.com)_ WorkFromHome-googlemoneytree (wfJ1006272863zmP@BIGNEWOFFERSDAILY.COM) Google system makes working from home a real deal
R.Allen(firstname.lastname@example.org) I made 277 people millionaires
Michelle Andrews(email@example.com) our Last Chance to make $22.50 every 15 min. Guaranteed Casting Dept. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Psst – their money’s in the glossies required…
Now, most of us won’t resort to desperate actions like robbery, murder, arson, insurance fraud, and suicide, all of which are on the rise, but we’re not above falling prey to some slickly written, compelling promise that sounds like an oh-so-easy solution. Folks, (as the guy we didn’t elect would say) there are no easy answers. Nor are there more than maybe 20 – 30 areas where we can cut back. Check any frugal blog or article on saving money. Most of the info is the same.
Face it. We’re way beyond shouldering the burdens. This economy is attacking us with a full body press. These tempting offers seem to provide hope, a chance, an opportunity to climb out from under the stress and pressure that lost jobs, late payments, faltering 401k’s and the like have dumped on us. All for just $19.95 or $29.99 or…
Don’t do it. Save your money. Make this your daily affirmation: “I am strong. I know there is no easy solution. I will endure and practice frugality to ease my burden.” It’s kinda like losing weight – we didn’t end up in this shape overnight. We won’t get out of it that quickly either.
PS: If you’re bored, feel free to spam these jerks back. I’d love to see their servers crash.