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‘IRS’ scam and what to do about it

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

By Catherine Haug, Sept 28, 2016; Updated Mar 18, 2017

I’ve now gotten two of those calls, and it is likely that everyone – especially senior citizens – will get at least one of them. Normally I don’t pick up the phone unless I recognize the number. The first one  (9/28/2016) was a 509 area code, which is just across the Columbia River from where I lived in Portland, and is where many of my former coworkers with whom I exchange Christmas cards, live. So I picked it up.

On the other end of the line was a recorded message that went something like this:

This is (male name), an IRS officer. Did you know there is a legal petition filed against you? Call me back immediately at 509-983-0040.

The second call (3/17/17) was with a female voice, but did not give a name. She said:

an arrest warrant has been issued. Call me back immediately at 907-891-8644.

If you get one of these calls, DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER. Note, there are many different scam numbers they use.

When I got the first call, my first thought was, “I wonder if this is that IRS scam I’ve heard about on the news?” So I googled the number, and got this: Scam Call Fighters (1), where it says: (more…)

New CSA for 2017: Yellow Bay Gardens

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Yellow Bay Gardens flyer

by Catherine Haug, February 28, 2017; Updated March 2, 2017 (photo, right and below by Niko Jacobs)

A new CSA is in the works for the Bigfork/East Lake Shore area!  is adding a community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprise to their cherry and blueberry orchards. The CSA is owned by Wade and Shelli Riedesel of Yellow Bay Gardens. You may recognize the business name if you bought their blueberries at Bigfork Harvest Foods. They are located at the old Yellow Bay Store property on the East Shore of Flathead Lake (Hwy 35).

Their goal is to provide fresh, local and sustainably grown quality produce. They have added a vast garden and greenhouse for this purpose. While they are not certified Organic, they practice organic and sustainable methods to grow as naturally as possible.

Produce available for 19 weeks beginning mind-May through September.

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Recent phishing/scam email examples

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

By Catherine Haug, January 15, 2017

I the last week I’ve gotten several phishing/scam emails, so I thought I’d share them with you to help you know how to recognize them.

Phishing is fishing for private information such as usernames, passwords and credit card accounts. Wikipedia (1) defines it as:

“the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”

A scam is “fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt obtain money or something else of value” according to the Business Dictionary (2).

The examples below appear to be from the trusted businesses: FedEx and USPS. But if you look at the sender’s email address, you can tell the sender is pretending, in an attempt to gain your trust and get your information. (more…)

Bigfork Beagle, our new local newspaper

Monday, October 24th, 2016

By Catherine Haug, Oct 24, 2016

For those of us who have missed our old weekly newspaper, you will be glad to know that “the Bigfork Beagle has landed.” Stacks of them – in print – are available for the taking at various restaurants and other businesses in the Bigfork area. They are also online at bigforkbeagle.com, and on Facebook. Michelle and Vince Lovato are the publishers.

The inaugural issue features Bigfork school’s sports and other news, and a few other articles of interest. They welcome:

  • Letters to the editor;
  • “Tips on news and photo ops, calendar items, pictures from locals as they tour the world or our back yard;”
  • “Student submissions that can go directly into the newspaper. Simple stuff about cool class projects, fields trips or a pie-eating contest;”
  • Classifieds and events;
  • Local advertisements are welcomed and essential.

Please give the new local paper your support, and spread the word.

It will not be a weekly paper; rather they will print “9 issues a year,  and support that with social media and our website and email campaign.” Planned publication dates for 2016-2017 are: (more…)

Event Notice: Backyard Herbalism Classes at Two Frog Home, Summer 2016

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

By Catherine Haug, April 1, 2016; updated July 31, 2016 to add information about August and September classes

The following is from Kathie Lapcevic, one of ESP’s presenters. Her “spring classes at FVCC have completely sold out. There will be summer classes, however; so stay tuned for that catalog coming in the mail soon.”

Additionally, she offers several sustainability-related classes at her home in C Falls. This summer’s topic is “Herbal Cookery & Backyard Medicine.” These classes  will focus on common herbs; how to use them in your kitchen and in your medicine cabinet. According to Kathie, “We’ll get creative, have lots of fun, get hands-on, sample finished products, and much more.”

Each class will have two different sessions in hopes that at least one of the dates will work with your schedule: (more…)

Protecting your online data, etc. after you die

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Cell phone vs Smartphone

Cell phone vs Smartphone

By Catherine Haug, June 16, 2016 (image, right, from Tek Handy (2))

I saved an article from an old 2014 AARP magazine, and it just resurfaced in my pile of to-do things. I’d intended to pass on the information therein via a post on The EssentiaList, but you know how it goes with to-do lists when the pile gets too deep…

You can read the entire article by Carrie Arnold on the AARP website (1), but here’s a few highlights.

The article begins with this quote: “Ever worry about what happens to your online financial data, Facebook posts, iPod collection or other digital properties after your death? Here’s how to get a handle on it all.(more…)