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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

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April 2, 2014

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review August 17, 2007 / 3 Elul, 5767

She didn't give caller enough credit

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There is nothing like a phone message from the fraud department of your credit -card company to heighten paranoia.

As I returned the message, it dawned on me the caller from the fraud department might be a fraud, too.

The phone rang and an automated prompt asked for my credit card number. Then the alleged fraud agent answered and asked for my card number.

"But I just gave my credit card number," I said. Something was smelling fishy from the start.

"I need to make sure you are who you say you are," the woman said.

"And I need to make sure you are who you say you are. Who are you?"

She hesitated and said, "Mary."

Right. Oh, puh-leeze, use some imagination "Mary."

"Ma'am, do you have the card in your possession?"

"Yes, I do, " I snipped. "I'm traveling."

"You're traveling?"

"Yes, I'm traveling." I bet 'Mary' wished she was traveling.

Repeating questions, stalling for time, classic signs of fraud. This was so transparent.

"Password?" she asked.

"I don't remember my password." I wasn't going down easy. No sir.

She gave me a hint, I blurted out the answer and she said, fine.


So maybe Mary was legit. Then again, I could have said "watusi" and she could have said "fine." It was all part of the scam to make it seem like I was talking to my credit-card company.

"Address?" she asked.

Ha! She knows I'm out of town so now she wants my address. Can these con artists get any dumber?"

"My address?" I asked, stringing her along. Two can play this game.

"Yes, to confirm you are who you say you are."

"And, again, how do I know you are who you say you are?"

"You called me," she said.

"Yes, but you called me first." Seemed to me that somebody could dish it out, but she couldn't take it.

I gave her the street address and went for the hit. "OK, I gave you the number and street, why don't you give me the zip code?" (Let's see you get out of this one "Mary.") She shot back the zip code.

Maybe she was legit. Or maybe she looked it up at USPS.com and was dispatching thugs via text message to strip the house bare.

"Have you used your card traveling?" she probed.

"I bought gas yesterday." I was contemplating how to call her bluff, when she said, "Did you make a number of online purchases yesterday?"

"No," I answered. Mary then read a list of purchases.

Apparently, while I was addressing a group of nurses at a conference center in the heart of Amish country, my credit card was buying entry into porn sites, government auction sites, purchasing memberships in CD clubs, buying videos and the miracle-weight loss compound Hoodia.

"What we'd like to do is close the account, send you a statement, have you circle the fraudulent charges, sign an affidavit, have it notarized and returned it to us."

"So you are who you say you are," I said.

"Yes, I am," she said.

"And I am who I say I am."

And, now, somebody else is me, too.

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