Friday, December 23, 2016

Logos Becoming Uncool

The Wall Street Journal of 22 December 2016 has a fascinating article titled “Crocodiles (and Polo Ponies) Go Missing as Scalpel-Wielding Consumers Revolt.”  It reports that “Some brand-snubbing consumers will do whatever it takes to remove logos from their clothing and accessories.”

If you search for “removing brand logos,” you’ll find lots of pages on the subject.  There is even a Wikipedia page on “debadging,” removing logos from automobiles.  As the article notes, “Drivers are not being paid to advertise the brand so some decide to remove this commercial aspect of the vehicle.”

Monday, May 23, 2016

Avoid Remington Registry

Do an Internet search for “Remington Registry” and you’ll have no difficulty finding out what kind of scam artists they are. To start, try this Facebook page.   They purport to be an impressive source of biographies.

All "Registered in the Library of Congress” means is that they sent a copy to the Library of Congress.  I have no idea what they mean by “recognized in the New York Times,” but you can be sure the NYT does not use it for reference purposes.

They also lie in their material.  Their brochure states: “As per our phone conversation....”

They never talked with me.

Given that they have a gmail address, I assume this is a small group, perhaps even one person, who has found a profitable way of preying on the gullible.  The mailing address is a house at 22 Dellaria Avenue, Southhampton, NY 11968.  Since that’s an expensive neighborhood, I assume there are lots of gullible people who fall prey to this scam.

The only happy part is that they sent me a stamped return envelope, which will save me postage writing to someone else.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Stop Robocalls !

As technology developed to allow scoundrels to ignore the “Do Not Call” list I began getting two or three junk calls a day.

It turns out there are ways of stopping the crooks.  For those still with landlines, a company called Nomorobo has a system that blocks most robocalls.  It doesn’t work with every system, but  I have ATT’s Uverse and it works just fine with it.  I’ve hardly gotten a robocall in the last three weeks.  It’s free — they make their money by
 collecting from companies.

For those with cell phones, there are a variety of apps that well help block the increasing number of calls there.  I use Whoscall for the iPhone, but there are a variety of possibilities.