A New Way to Trick You

Be careful, be aware.  There’s a new device out there to trap you into purchasing something you don’t want and didn’t authorize.  The telemarketers are using a  new system to get you.  It’s the simple word, “yes”.  If, during the call, you say “yes” at any time, answering yes, even acknowledging your name, the word is captured and can be used to make a purchase of an item you probably don’t want.

It works so simply, it’s amazing and so easy to trap you into buying something you probably wouldn’t want.  It starts as soon as you pick up the phone to answer the call.  The caller says, “Is this Mrs., or Mr. Jones?”, using your name.  If the caller has your name you naturally say, “Yes.”  That’s the normal response.  And they’ve got you!  With your recorded “Yes” they can copy that word and apply it to the product they are promoting.  You have now accepted the purchase of the item they are selling and will be charged.  You don’t even know it’s happened.

So, be aware.  When the phone rings, let it ring a couple of times, prepare yourself for the possibility that it may not be one of your family or friends. It may be a telemarketer.  Be prepared to pause if they ask “Is this Mrs. or Mr. Jones,” (using your name), do not reply immediately.  If it isn’t someone you know, just hang up. Do not answerJust hang up.  This is a call you don’t want and should not be concerned about being abrupt or discourteous.  You are being careful and smart.

Pass this on to your family and friends.  I heard it on Ch, 7 last night.

2015 Bead & Button Show!

JEWELRY CREATORS – pack your bags and check your bank account, the 2015 Bead & Button show is coming to town!
You mustn’t miss this! The Bead & Button shows are the best of all shows for jewelry makers. They attract hundreds of bead vendors and over 800 jewelry making class sections and workshops for your interest. It will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 27th –June 8th.
The last time I attended a bead show was over 25 years ago when it was held in Los Angeles. I was only making jewelry for my own use at the time, but my two friends who did beaded Christmas ornaments and household décor thought I would enjoy it. That I enjoyed it is putting it mildly. It was candy for my eyes.
Everywhere I looked was something beautiful I had never seen before. Each booth had literally 1000s of beads to choose from. There were classes, and demonstrations as well. I still have several earrings I made from my purchases that day long ago.
Fire Mountain Gems & Beads Supply Company has published a 3 page description of what they are doing to prepare for the show as well as tips and suggestions for attending, such as making early airline and hotel reservations. They will fill up fast. So will the classes and demonstrations. You’ll want to take a tote bag for your purchases and lots of business cards to distribute when you make new friends. And don’t forget your camera so that you can share your experience with the rest of us when you return.
For official schedule, registration and class information, check out www.beadandbuttonshow.com.
Just reading the tips and hints from the Fire Mountain crew made me wish I could make it. But not this year, unfortunately.