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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017
How to respond to fraud?
By Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.
Dear Annie: I was recently them at http://www.ftc.gov/
a victim of fraud. It involved a scams.
job offer that turned out to be
Dear Annie: I have been
fake and a check that turned pondering the letter from
out to be bad. My question to “Drained,” who was tired of
you is: Should I report this to an acquaintance’s charging
the police or someone else? — his vehicle at “Drained’s”
I feel that the let-
Foolish: Don’t feel
ter from “Drained”
too foolish. According
to a study from Javelin
and that your advice
Strategy & Research,
— to ask the person
15.4 million Ameri-
with the electric vehi-
cans were victims of
cle for reimbursement
fraud in 2016 alone.
for electricity — only
Contact the Federal
added insult to injury.
Trade Commission Annie
A number of years
to report the incident
ago, I came down
with peripheral neu-
Though I’m sure you’ve ropathy, for which there is
learned your lesson, I still have no cure. What this basically
to say: Never accept checks means is that I have nerve
from strangers, as there are a damage in my feet. I do not
multitude of bad-check scams let this get me down and do
out there, and don’t wire everything I can to keep my
money to anyone you don’t life as normal as possible. I
know. Even if a request for have to ride a scooter every-
funds appears to come from where I go, including around
someone you know, reach out the house.
If I am out and have to
over the phone or in person
to be sure it’s not an imper- charge my scooter at some-
sonator who has hacked the one’s home, I will do it with-
account. Sign up for alerts on out question. It takes an hour
new scams and how to avoid to charge, and the electricity
needed costs the home about
30 cents. If I don’t charge my
scooter, then my battery dies
on my way home, and I have
to find someone close who can
push me to my destination or
crawl on my hands and knees,
pushing my scooter until I
hit my destination or find a
place where I can charge it. I
have not run into anyone who
minds giving me 30 cents’
worth of electricity when
I hope you never get to a
point in your life that you need
a scooter to be part of your
life. It is not fun, but you do
what you can to keep your life
as normal as you can. Every-
where you go, that scooter
goes with you, and it is a part
of your life. — Greg
Dear Greg: I’m print-
ing your letter as a caveat to
my initial response to the let-
ter from “Drained” (about
an electric vehicle, which
requires much more electric-
ity and is less essential). In
cases where someone needs
to charge his or her mobility
scooter, offering your outlet is
the right thing to do, with no
quibbling over kilowatts.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Loyalty doesn’t
happen in the room: That’s just diplomacy.
Loyalty is what happens behind people’s backs
when there’s every opportunity to be disloyal.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You have faults.
Everybody does. To pretend faults don’t exist
only invites attention to them. Plus, it denies
you the chance to find and exploit the asset
that’s inside every fault.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An emotional wind
change will happen. The dynamics shift, and
you’ll have to adjust to get comfortable. It’s a
rush if you don’t resist it. Let it carry you like a
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The obstacle falls
away. Suddenly your domestic needs are not in
competition with your professional needs, and
you are able to freely commit to the projects
that will take you where you want to go.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your vantage point is
optimal. Your powers of observation are strong.
Your assessment about what you see is very
accurate. You cannot be deceived, unless you
choose to deceive yourself.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Love is often acci-
dental. You don’t mean to develop feelings, but
they grow without any help from your inten-
tional mind, and suddenly you’re there thinking
about someone else more than you think of
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The one standing
in your way isn’t an enemy but a trainer whose
opposition gives you all the practice you need
to overcome resistance and grow into your
strongest, best self.
FRANK AND ERNEST
PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN
WIZARD OF ID
ROSE IS ROSE
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Don’t stick with
what’s comfortable. It won’t bring the results
you’re looking for. Get a little more ambitious,
assertive or even aggressive about creating
and seizing opportunity.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you have
to ask, “Is this enough?” it means it isn’t. But
where does more come from? It wouldn’t be
fair for you to have to give when so many
around you don’t bother, but “fair” never was a
hard-and-fast rule in this world.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Every person-
ality revolves around its own story. You’ll give
thought to yours, and you’ll probably evolve it
to the next level of telling it, too, as you realize
there’s much more than one way to look at this.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). A change of
opinion isn’t always the sign of a fickle mind.
It could in fact signify growth and intelligence.
But if the change was made strictly to gain the
approval of another, that’s not a good sign.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you let another
person encourage you and push you to the
next level you’ll get there much faster than if
you would have merely nudged yourself on. So
enlist a coach, mentor or other helper.
TOMORROW’S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 28). The
exceptional way you’ve handled difficult cir-
cumstances in the past will open rare oppor-
tunities to you. A kindhearted influence comes
into your life early in 2018. What you see in
February will change your mind and set you on
a new trajectory. Excellent investments will call
out to you in March and April. Taurus and Virgo
adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 20, 44,
1 and 16.