Thomas Padula Tax Tips — Thomas Padula, the Unionville High School junior who has developed a following with his Tornado Tom weather reports, is now working with Crystal Brook Advisors, a New York based financial services firm.
Here he explains what you need to know when filing your first tax return.
Thomas Padula Tax Tips
MyPillow Settles $1 Million Lawsuit — Sad news. MyPillow has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit brought by several California consumer-protection groups for $1 million.
The groups claimed that the pillows really didn’t cure insomnia, sleep apnea, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
Oh, how could they have led so many astray.
The company based in Chaska, Minn was founded in 2004 by Michael Lindell and uses a patented open-cell, poly-foam design.
Hopefully, this legal issue doesn’t prevent Lindell from airing his commercials on so many different media. We know one person who would be truly heart-broken judging by the passionate commentary he provides each time he sees one.
MyPillow Settles $1 Million Lawsuit
Clinton Overcharging Donor Credit Cards — The Clinton campaign is making unauthorized charges on donor credit cards, reports Observer.com.
Wells Fargo fraud department has been inundated with calls from low-income Clinton supporters reporting repeated unauthorized charges, says the Observer. The victims are those who agreed to make a one-time small donation through her official campaign website. All the unauthorized charges were less than $100 to avoid triggering the bank’s security protocol.
It’s especially ironic as Mrs. Clinton six days ago joined those seeking to hang Wells Fargo after revelations became public that the bank had created more than two million fake bank and credit card accounts.
There is no honor among thieves.
And be warned, those seeking to donate to Mrs. Clinton.
In other Democrat Party news, it has been revealed that President Barack Obama communicated in 2012—under a redacted pseudonym—with Hillary Clinton on the then Secretary of State’s insecure home email server. Obama had claimed that he hadn’t been aware of the system until media reports in 2014.
Clinton Overcharging Donor Credit Cards
IRS Calls Entertain Senior Citizen — A certain senior citizen we know has been getting calls from a cell phone claiming to be from the IRS and saying the department was suing him.
These scammers have conned decent unsuspecting people of a lot of money and should be rotting in jail.
In the meantime, however, they have been providing a source of mirth and entertainment for our retiree.
In the initial call, he asked the scammer – who had a strong Indian accent — if he wanted to buy a duck. This confused him. When the scammer tried to get back on track our retiree asked again. Eventually, the scammer got frustrated and hung up.
But the sport was not over. The scammer had given a number to contact to resolve the lawsuit.
So, throughout the morning our retiree has been calling that number. He identifies himself as Joe Penner and asks the scammer if he wants to “buy a duck”.
Apparently, that was an in-phrase when our senior citizen was young.
The last time he tried he was put directly to voice mail.
He had fun while it lasted, though.
The Treasury Department has a web page for taking complaints for this scam. Yes, our senior citizen has filed one.
IRS Calls Entertain Senior Citizen
Tying Shoes With Extra Loop — Ever wonder why the laces on running shoes are so long? There is an extra loop on the shoes that is not use far more than it is. Most likely most don’t even know it exists. Below is a lesson on how to use these loops when tying shoes.
Hat tip IJReview.com.
Tying Shoes With The Extra Loop
Give credit where credit is due but we have received this great Apple Phishing solicitation. It reads: Dear customer, You’ve placed your Apple ID under the risk of termination by not keeping your information up to date. To complete the process, we just need to verify your information. Simply click the link below and sign in using your Apple ID and password to start the process. It provides a link “Verify Now” then continues: “Wondering why you got this email? When you don’t regularly update your Apple ID information, Apple will require you to sign in by following the link in a verification email and update your information. This is to help protect your identity and keep your account secure. For more information, see our frequently asked questions. Thanks, Apple Customer Support.
What is brilliant about this particular scam is that the return address in the email is to service@Apple.com and frequently asked questions link is to Apple.com. The Verify Now link, however, is to https://server45.host-argentina.com.ar/~pazfenor/administrator/Apple/WebObjects/iTunesConnect.html and the sign in page looks like this:
When you sign in the bad guys get your Id and can rack up what they want at the iTunes store.
Beware of links in unsolicited emails and always check the address before typing in information. Here is a description of “Phishing”
Apple Phishing Site Mixes Truth With Lies
A fellow has figured out a way to use a Shop Vac to remove yellow jackets from the cracks in his porch ceiling and has put a demonstration of it on YouTube. He says it takes about four hours. He starts the machine from a good ways off by putting the plug in the socket and he doesn’t stick around while it does its job.
Shop Vac Vs Yellow Jackets
He says the trick is to put a bit of soapy water in the bucket.
His wife thinks it’s stupid.
But, then, that was before he got 114,000 views.
Our vote is to go the chemical route. His way does make interesting watching, though.
Here’s some great cooking and cleaning tips regarding your unappreciated microwave courtesy of Household Hacker.
We like the idea about using it make fresh potato chips. Note: we haven’t tried that one yet.
Magic Microwave Tips
YouTube commentator Deer Meat for Dinner made a claim that a car window is “the best knife sharpener in the world”.
We checked his claim and leaving superlatives aside we found the technique worked.
Below is the video. Hat tip Digg.com
Best Knife Sharpener Is Car Window. Yes, it really does work. Our knives got sharp.
Christmas season is often the most charitable. Although giving is extremely important, consumers are encouraged to be vigilant and watch out for scams aimed at taking advantage of their good will, says Pennsylvania State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
The Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains a publicly accessible online database which contains all legally established charities in Pennsylvania. Consumers are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any charity using this database prior to donating.
If one would like to learn more about an organization prior to donating or to report suspected fraud, one can also call the bureau’s toll-free telephone hotline at 1-800-732-0999.
For more information about protecting yourself while giving, click here.
Beware Christmas Fraud