Today we talk about a phone scam that’s being used to steal senior citizen’s financial identities, how you can protect your online security from cyber criminals, 100 ways to keep your brain from getting bored and look at a some foods that are supposed to make you healthier and happier.
And we’ll start with…
Social Security Scam Alert:
As if getting older than you ever expected, isn’t punishment enough, now telephone scammers are trying to con you outta your already meager social security checks and steal your savings.
The phone scam goes something like this: Source
Caller poses as an SSA employee. The caller attempts to acquire personally identifiable information from victims to then edit the victims’ direct deposit, address, and telephone information with SSA.
…impersonator calls from a telephone number with a 323 area code. …claims to be an SSA employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits.
The impersonator goes on to ask the victim to verify all of their personal information including their name, date of birth, Social Security number (SSN), parents’ names, etc. to receive the increase.
If the impersonator is successful in acquiring this information, they use it to contact SSA and request changes to the victim’s direct deposit, address, and telephone information…”
The above information is from a warning statement made by an Social Security spokesperson. The spokesperson also said that:
…the SSA will sometimes reach out to citizens by phone for customer service purposes, but the agency’s reps will not ask for personal information this way.
Anyone who receives a suspicious call is encouraged to report it to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report…”
For more information, contact the Social Security Administration at: (1-800-772-1213), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Friday. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing: (1-800-325-0778.)
Online Cyber Crime On The Rise
More about liars, crookes and thieves: cyber crime is definitely a growth industry. Steve Langan, chief executive at Hiscox Insurance says this about it:
In 2016 “cybercrime cost the global economy over $450 billion, over 2 billion personal records were stolen and in the U.S. alone over 100 million Americans had their medical records stolen…”
Treasa and I do a lot of shopping online and seldom have problems.
Last week though, a rarely used AMEX credit card was used in an attempt to buy a buncha stuff at a website neither of us had heard of. An alert AMEX security agent caught the anomaly, put the purchase on hold and contacted us for verification.
We didn’t lose any money. Yet, the incident was inconvenient and cost us time dealing with the fallout.
After thinking about this kinda random event, I did a little research about online security safeguards. Here’s 4 fairly easy things you can use to slow down ‘opportunity-type-hackers’:
- Use, and frequently change, complex passwords.
- Use an individual firewall. I’ve had good luck the free one from ZoneAlarm. (Didn’t like their paid version)
- Keep all software & programs updated. Developers release updates primarily to fix security holes.
- Only shop on secure sites i.e. sites using the https:// prefix not http://.
Professional hackers, on the other hand, aren’t so easily deterred. Click on the following blue link for free tips & resources for heop stopping the pros: Online Cyber Crime On The Rise: Tips for staying safe online
100 Ways To Keep Your Brain From Getting Bored
Even considering, much less doing, 100 of anything, makes my brain immediately think “I need a nap!”
But then, I spent much of this past weekend binge watching the 1st 4 seasons of Canada’s own Trailer Park Boys, so my brain is now a shattered mush slathered in dense layers of mayonnaise and in dire need of some kinda jolt back towards normalcy.
Here’s a sample:
- Take a walk while ‘seeing’ (not just ‘looking’) what’s out there and smell that special stink the outdoors releases.
- Have sex with someone. Or, with one someone.
- Go dancing. Or dance where you are – even if it’s at Walmart, they’ve already seen it all.
- Play a board game. Yeah, you can still buy them!
- Eat or drink something with cinnamon and peppermint in it. Honest!
- Read. Try P.G. Wodehouse. His sparse satire still stands tall.
If you’re interested in the other 94 brainy ideas, click on the following blue link: 100 Ways To Keep Your Brain From Getting Bored
The Best Foods for Health and Happiness
The adage “we are what we eat” is probably true enough.
However, I’m not too sure I wanna be eggs, fried potatoes and avocados, the same 3 foods I’ve been having for breakfast lately.
As I’ve mentioned before, I tend to get stuck in a breakfast rut and eat the same meal for months on end.
That’s definately kinda unhealthy.
According to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at Harvard Medical School:
Diet has tremendous effects on our short-and long-term health, especially when it comes to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
…eat a variety of healthy foods, rather than focus on one magic bullet. Next time you’re shopping, add these picks to your nutritionally balanced grocery cart…”
Those food picks Dr. Mozaffarian is referring to, are indeed a mixed bag of groceries. They range from beans of many colors to wine of one color – red.
Surprising, to me anyway, vitamin-D-fortified milk made the shopping list. I consider milk unfit for human consumption and never drink it. At least not on purpose.
The reason why milk was included is a little light, but we’ll let it serve until further investigation:
Folks with lower levels of vitamin D are more prone to wheezing and asthma, reports an article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “There’s preliminary evidence suggesting that vitamin D has a protective effect against the severity of asthma symptoms and sensitivity to allergies…”
If you’re interested in these healthy foods that are also supposed to make us happier, click on the following blue link: The Best Foods for Health and Happiness
Related Happiness Triggers:
Well, if John Lennon was right and Happiness Is A Warn Gun here’s a list of triggers to shoot our happiness gun: click on the following blue link: The Brain Chemicals That Make You Happy
Speaking of Dancing…
That’ll do us for today.