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I advertised my young buck goat and nearly got scammed! — 6 Comments

  1. Jackie,

    Thanks for the reminder on the scam. Craigslist and Ebay, unfortunately have been rife with scams for quite a few years now. It is definitely a seller-beware situation.

    As far as rainwater from the roof goes, I believe there are some pretty food natural filtration systems, using charcoal, that would remove most polluants. I’d also suggest, although it isn’t natural or “green” to consider clorinating the water to use it for drinking. Mother Earth News is a pretty good resource for water harvesting information as well as back issues of Backwoodshome.

  2. Yes, after having had our debit card info stolen and cell phones bought in SOUTH AMERICA and then not having access to that money for a month, I keep a sharp eye out on our bank accounts-technology is grand when it works but not so when people take advantage of it!
    keep up the GREAT WORK, Jackie! Totally enjoy your knowledge and have all the books you have written, just a fountain of information!
    Like you, I just got the last batch of tomatoes into the food dryer after a hospital stay last month, bout of flu this past week, and now 2 solid days of rain-whew, glad winter is here and i can rest! May you get your winter chores done soon and know some rest-speedy recovery for your Mom!

  3. Good on you for catching the red flags. It is unfortunate that so many people don’t, and get scammed.

    That is one mighty pretty buck! Makes me wish I could have goats, but still stuck in the city-for a few years longer-and the city bylaw people just won’t let me have goats. *sigh* Don’t see why not, they’re quieter than dogs, can keep the grass cut, and their poo is compostable. Really, what’s the problem?

  4. HI Jackie,

    On the scamming thing. Beware too the folks who comb internet ads on blogs or in classifieds who use an agent to speak for them — it’s a digital service where someone who is supposedly deaf types in questions and an agent uses voice to ask questions to a phone number listed. I had this with the sale of my German Shepherds (offering more than I was asking) and I’ve even had it as an customer service phone agent for a large company and dotcom orders. They are everywhere, the scammers. :-(

    Best, Christine

  5. Jackie,

    that is a mighty handsome buck! I have had several people who I do not know send my mom money orders and she asked me about them and I did turn them over to the police. Long story short my mom who is on disability almost cashed them as it was the end of the month and she needed food. I went shopping and got her what she needed and we saved her alot of heartaches. Turns out the money orders were bogus and I was glad that I am close to my mom and she gets her mail sent to my house. There is a quote from the bible “the rich will steal from the poor” I am finding this to be very true in todays society. It is a blight but I am doing the best I can to protect my mom from these things as she really has no idea what is going on. She is suffering from dementia and as it progresses it gets worse.

    On a good note we (mom and I) canned pears apples strawberries, blueberries and tomato sauce this year. Got so much out of my garden that we had to buy 3 new shelves for the spare room to put all the stuff!

    will get your canning book next pay as I have heard nothing but good about it.

  6. I work at an office where we cash money orders. You would not believe the amount of scams where the offer is to send you a money order. You keep half and send me back half. They need it in a hurry so please send the money the day you get it, after you cash it. You deposit it into your bank account and then the bank comes back several days later (after it is too late) and tags you for a fraudulent money order. But of course the scammer only sends very good copies. You can’t tell the difference. Now you have sent the money off to the scammer and you owe the whole amount back to your bank plus any return check fees. If you don’t have much money in the account, and you think you will go buy something nice with your wind fall, guess what, you will now overdraw. Now the real trouble begins because you may now have several hot checks out………and it goes on and on. I’ve seen people crying over the mess.

    We even had a customer that had money orders (4 of them) express mailed to her. When she brought them in she said she had never heard of these people and there was nothing else inside. We figured they wanted to get routing numbers that are printed on the back of the check or when you endorse the check or money order, you may even write your account number on the back of them. Our advise was to send them to Inspectors. She walked out with them and we never heard what she did with that several thousand dollars of “worthless” money orders.

    Did you know that the Postal Service recently changed their money orders to different look and format because of the amount of fraud people try to commit with these kind of help me, I’ll help you schemes. Deposit these into your account and send me the money back quick. However, real Postal Money Orders are the safest you can buy. They never expire and you can cash them at any Post Office or Banking facility. But watch out when you get them from someone you don’t know. Make sure that when you hold them up to the light, you see the water marks imbedded in the money order just like you do with a real dollar bill.

    As Jackie said, beware. There’s not many strangers that want to give you something for free or give you a “share of profit” without something in it for you. Almost every time, you can take it to the bank that it is a rip off that will come back to haunt.