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Social Security Scam Happens in Minnesota, How to Protect Yourself





MINNEAPOLIS, MN– This morning, I was alerted by way of a phone call from a suspicious number that my Social Security Number was “compromised”, the robotic voice on the end of the line suggested that I call 210-469-8113 to clear things up. DISCLAIMER: !!! DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER IT IS A SCAM NUMBER: 210-469-8113!!!





I did no such thing, I did not call that number, I did what most people would do in this situation: I panicked and started to sweat profusely. Just kidding. I did some internet research and found that this was a scam and that I needed to let authorities know. I filed a report with OIG and gave a call to the real Social Security people.





Being around tax time, one can estimate why someone would want to steal a social security number, that could be why this phone call scam is on the rise throughout America, and now happening in Minnesota.





That said, be aware of your credit standing and your personal information and your finances, in general. Also, dig deeper, get the information and make a report.





I found out the somewhat easy way after reading articles and waiting on hold for 40 minutes to talk to Pamela with Social Security. She said that this scam has been going on for years, and now the scammers have become wiser and are using more sophisticated techniques such as mimicking the Social Security number itself. She thanked me for reporting my incident and apologized that I was a victim of this scam.





Hopefully you avoid becoming a victim as well, and do not panic if you receive this type of call. To safeguard yourself, you can check your Social Security information at 800-772-1213 — the Social Security Administration’s national customer service line. As I discovered, they were very helpful.





Also, anyone receiving a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from the SSA should contact the Office of the Inspector General at 800-269-0271 or oig.ssa.gov/report.

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The Ultimate Placebo Effect: Why Your ‘Small-Batch’ Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

NPR: Why Your ‘Small-Batch’ Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

Wow, this is not surprising; Americans duped by language.  Thank god for Post-Structuralism, and Modern Literary Theory and Criticism, without these concepts I would be worse for the wear.  See those fancy words on that fancy bottle in your fancy hand?  They mean shit.  Essentially, if you see words described as:

“”Ury says that one of the tell-tale signs on the bottle is the wording. “Does it say it is ‘distilled’ by that company, or does it say it’s ‘bottled by’ or ‘produced by’ that company? That sounds like a small difference, but it has a big legal meaning.””

As readers and consumers, we love our words, like “natural”, “antioxidants”, and “organic”.  They make us feel better… But what do they mean?  Words like these have ambivalent, and sometimes misleading, meanings.

It’s about time the liquor industry caught on and started taking advantage of booze hounds.  It takes about three seconds to make up a slogan for a brand that is marketable to the demographic they are trying to sell to; here: Rare Single-Batch Kentucky Whisky, made right here in America.  Slap that slogan under the name, and give it a hefty price- because it’s worth that, and let it sell.  No one will be the wiser, and you will profit!

Anyway, remember the next time you are sippin’ that exclusive (and expensive) whisky, just keep telling yourself it’s the real thing, and worth every penny…  Because the Placebo Effect is powerful.  And that’s no lie.