Monthly Archives: July 2015

Did some stranger just send you a check?
Congrats, you’ve just been scammed!

11695846_10207107556426440_6118677960950602067_nI hope there is a special hell for those who target the elderly. My mother (age 87) came to me with a check she received—for $3,959!

The check looks very legit, written from ACETO Corporation from an account at JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

So why are these nice people sending my elderly mother a check? According to the letter, from Shaw Financial Incorporated, Mom is a confirmed lottery winner. Oh lucky her!! They are even giving her a check to cover the processing fee.

Golly gee, aren’t they nice?

Fortunately, Mom realized it was a scam. Curious, I did an Internet search and came across this site discussing this specific scam, and how it works.

If you have elderly parents, talk with them, and let them know how these kind of scams work. Of course, these scams don’t just hit the elderly. I know of a college student who fell victim to a similar one.

It often involves depositing a check the crook gives you—which appears to go through. You then have to pay them something to get your prize or whatever, which is often LESS than the amount of the check you gave them, so wow, it all seems so legit, right?

Nope. Because they have your cash before the bank notifies you that big old check you deposited was bogus, and your bank is now deducting the amount from your account.

I urge you to talk to your parents, talk to your college kids, heck, talk to your spouse. Even smart people fall for these things.


Amazon finally sent out an update to my readers who downloaded The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge—those who received the book from Amazon, the first day it was released. That version had one chapter out of order (which I wrote about on a previous post).

If you fall into this group, it’s an easy fix to upload the most current copy of the book.  Here’s what you need to do. (Refer to the images below) Go to your Amazon page and click on Your Account—see the red arrow!

Amazon Update 1
A drop down menu will appear. Click on the option to Manage Your Content And Devices.

Amazon update 3
Finally, a page will come up listing your books. Look for The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, and click on Update Available. The updated version of the book will be delivered–the one with the chapters in the correct order!

Amazon Update

Thank you to my readers who have been so understanding and kind during unfortunate incident. I am sincerely sorry this happened.