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Lincoln Heritage Funeral Advantage and Their Obnoxious Sales Tactics

Unless you like pushy salespeople showing up at your door unannounced, you probably do not want to send anything in to this outfit requesting more information in response to the junk mail you receive from them. A week or so ago my wife received something in the mail from Lincoln Heritage Funeral Advantage and thought […]

Ideal Tax Solution Strikes Again!

When we first discussed the fine folks at “Ideal Tax Solution,” it was right after my wife had received a notice in the mail that was obviously designed to create some alarm on her part and make her believe the IRS or some other government entity had levied a tax lien against her. My suspicion […]

AT&T Throttles Data For Heaviest Phone Users

“That’s so twenty-seven seconds ago,” says the annoying football fan in that annoying AT&T commercial touting the “blazing fast speed” of their 4G LTE phones. The problem with all that bragging is that some users may be best served by limiting their surfing to bland, text-only web pages like this one. AT&T customers whom the […]

Ideal Tax Solutions Sends Latest ‘Pink Nightmare’

It’s been a while since I’ve received anything in the mail that screams out for attention more than this latest “pink nightmare.” I encountered my first instance of this type of attention-getting tripe when I received a “OFFICAL NOTICE” from a sleazy outfit known as National Magazine Exchange some years ago. This time, however, the […]

Bank of America Backs Down

Although it has not been officially reported by the company, a Wall Street Journal report says that Bank of America had decided to drop its plans to impose a $5-per-month fee on customers for using their debit cards. A $5-per-month fee may not sound like a large amount and many customers may just shrug it […]

Attack of the Robo-Operators

I guess I’m not the only one that is fed up with the proliferation of these automated phone-answering systems that just about every big company is now employing. “Press 1 for billing,” “Press 2 for customer service,” “Press 3 for technical support.” You know what I’m talking about. One of the biggest problems I have […]

Occupy The Credit Unions!

Before you jump to conclusions and assume that headline has anything to do with the current “Occupy” protests, hang on a second and see what I’m talking about. I’m actually suggesting that you “occupy” your local credit union with your money! In other words, if you are doing your banking through a traditional bank, I […]

Scams Continue to Flourish in Bad Economy

It’s obvious that scam artists are opportunists and I think it’s save to presume that they are a lot like sharks that smell blood in the water more so than usual in recent years due to the lousy state of the economy. Scams come in many different flavors, and although we tend to focus a […]

GM’s OnStar Snooping on Motorists?

Many of us have seen the advertisements on television. A motorist driving a General Motors vehicle is involved in an accident and the OnStar system automatically notifies OnStar operators who are able to call emergency services and provide them with the information they need to come to the rescue. The system also boasts other capabilities […]

Debt Collectors Now Offering Gifts?

That appears to be the case. I cannot say exactly how I came to possess this particular piece of mail, but all I will say is that it was not addressed to me. Yeah, the economy has been lousy for a while, and we’ve certainly not been living the high life, but we have not […]