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Too good to be true? It probably is

My husband has a pretty intense hatred of commercials. If he is away from his television with the Tivo attached (I brought a cat to our marriage, he brought an entire Tivo), his hand is clutching the remote and flipping through channels at an impressive speed. At first, it annoyed me, but it’s a quirk that I’ve gotten used to. (Just like he’s gotten used to me leaving my shoes in the most inconvenient spots possible in our household – love you honey!)

Every once in awhile, when I’m in control of the remote, we’ll watch commericals – mostly because I do not want to miss a MINUTE of “Law and Order: SVU” if its on. And every once in awhile, a commercial will come on that promises laptop computers to people with poor credit – all they have to do is set up a payment plan and POOF! They have a brand new laptop computer.

“What is the point of setting up a payment plan if you just save your money to BUY a laptop?” That has been what my husband has said without fail every time he sees that commercial. His point is valid – by the time you actually pay for said laptop through the payment plans, you will have bought the equivalent of two machines. It would just be easier in the long run to save up your coins and buy the machine when you can afford it.

Today I received an email from my husband.

“I called it,” he wrote. The Federal Trade Commission investigated the company offering the payment plan laptops. This company allegedly pocketed $15 million that people sent them and only shipped out one computer. Which might have been an accident.

Moral of the story? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

3 thoughts on “Too good to be true? It probably is

  1. A resounding YES when it sounds to good to be true, it probably is! Always remember the first MAJOR RED FLAG, if you have to send money or pay a cash or credit card deposit in order to “Get Money”, IT IS A SCAMM!!!
    I know this rule and live by it, but just recently in a very vulnerable state of mind I was scammed out of $400.00, from a new scamm going on involving a supposed “Government Grant” and sending a “Western Union” wire transfer. I thought “Western Union” they’re reputable, my money would be safe, right? Wrong!!! Anyway, watch out for anyone calling and telling you that you qualify for a “Government Grant” and requiring a “Refundable” security deposit by wire transfer thru “Western Union”! Western Union is also under investigation invloving shady proprieters using their machines to scamm people out of their money. This is because Western Union is aware of many fraudulent activities taking place whith their equipment and not doing anything about it, why you may ask….It’s all about the Benjamins!! They charge a fee for everything, including for a stop payment on a just sent transaction, to send transactions and any other reason they can find!

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