CREDIT CARDS SCAM
Hotel / Motel Scam Happened Recently, Beware!
It is very simple and very clever – be advised!
Motel/Hotel Scam (This one is so simple it is shocking) This is scary if only because of how simple it is.
I’ll bet this works all too often.
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. When
checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for all the
charges for your room). You get to your room and settle in.
Someone calls the front desk and asked for (example) Room 620
(which happens to be your room). Your phone rings in your room.
You answer and the person on the other end says the following,
‘This is the front desk. When checking in, we came cross a problem
with your charge card information. Please re-read me your credit
card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side
of your charge card.’ Not thinking anything you might give this person your information,
since the call seems to come from the front desk. But actually, it
is a scam of someone calling from outside the hotel/front desk.
They ask for a random room number. Then, ask you for credit card
information and address information. Sounding so professional that
you do think you are talking to the front desk. If you ever encounter this problem on your vacation, tell the caller
that you will be down at the front desk to clear up any problems…
Then, go to the front desk and ask if there was a problem. If there
was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone called to scam
you of your credit card information acting like a front desk
employee. This was sent by someone who has been duped……..and is still
clearing up the mess….. P.S. Please everyone, help spread the word by forwarding this email
to everyone you know.. Who knows, you might just help someone avoid
a nasty experience.
ANYONE travelling should be aware of this one! Don’t tell them anything, just say, I’ll be right down to the desk to clear it up..
Stuffed Chicken with Dijon
· Cooking spray
· 2 cups (4 ounces) fresh broccoli florets
· 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese
· 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
· 4 (6 to 8-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
· 2 teaspoons olive oil
· 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
· Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
· 1 cup low-fat evaporated milk
· 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
· 1/4 cup dry sherry
· 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
· 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
· 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Preheat the broiler. Mist a shallow rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook until bright green and crisp tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and run under cold water until cold. Drain well again and squeeze dry in paper towels.
Chop the broccoli and toss in a bowl with the Gruyere and garlic. Insert a paring knife into the thickest part of each chicken breast to make a 3-inch deep pocket. Stuff each chicken breast with equal amounts of the broccoli mixture. Rub both sides of the chicken breasts with oil and thyme and season with salt and pepper.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, about 5 minutes. Put the chicken in the pan and cook until golden brown and just cooked through, about 6 minutes per side. If the chicken begins to brown too quickly, turn the heat down to medium to finish cooking through. Transfer to the baking dish.
Meanwhile, combine the milk and stock in a small pot, season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir the sherry and cornstarch until smooth and pour, whisking constantly, into the sauce. Cook until just thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan. Top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of sauce and place under the broiler. Broil until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then cut each breast in half on an angle. Whisk the mustard into the remaining sauce and spread a few tablespoons on each plate. Top with a halved chicken breast.
Nutritional analysis per serving
Calories 347; Total Fat 11g (Sat Fat 5.1g, Mono Fat 3.9g, Poly Fat 1.1g) ; Protein 50g; Carb 10g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 126.5mg; Sodium 433.5mg
· WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
Blame the potato chip. It’s the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream. And the reason is partly that old advertising cliché: You can’t eat just one.
"They’re very tasty and they have a very good texture. People generally don’t take one or two chips. They have a whole bag," said obesity expert Dr. F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer of the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.
What we eat and how much of it we consume has far more impact than exercise and most other habits do on long-term weight gain, according to the study by Harvard University scientists. It’s the most comprehensive look yet at the effect of individual foods and lifestyle choices like sleep time and quitting smoking.
The results are in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.
Weight problems are epidemic. Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades. Pounds often are packed on gradually over decades, and many people struggle to limit weight gain without realizing what’s causing it.
The new study finds food choices are key. The message: Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. Cut back on potatoes, red meat, sweets and soda.
"There is no magic bullet for weight control," said one study leader, Dr. Frank Hu. "Diet and exercise are important for preventing weight gain, but diet clearly plays a bigger role."
Doctors analyzed changes in diet and lifestyle habits of 120,877 people from three long-running medical studies. All were health professionals and not obese at the start. Their weight was measured every four years for up to two decades, and they detailed their diet on questionnaires.
On average, participants gained nearly 17 pounds over the 20-year period.
For each four-year period, food choices contributed nearly 4 pounds. Exercise, for those who did it, cut less than 2 pounds.
Potato chips were the biggest dietary offender. Each daily serving containing 1 ounce (about 15 chips and 160 calories) led to a 1.69-pound uptick over four years. That’s compared to sweets and desserts, which added 0.41 pound.
For starchy potatoes other than chips, the gain was 1.28 pounds. Within the spud group, french fries were worse for the waist than boiled, baked or mashed potatoes. That’s because a serving of large fries contains between 500 to 600 calories compared with a serving of a large baked potato at 280 calories.
Soda added a pound over four years. Eating more fruits and vegetables and other unprocessed foods led to less weight gain, probably because they are fiber-rich and make people feel fuller.
For each four-year period, these factors had these effects on weight:
· An alcoholic drink a day, 0.41-pound increase.
· Watching an hour of TV a day, 0.31-pound increase.
· Recently quitting smoking, 5-pound increase.
People who slept more or less than six to eight hours a night gained more weight.
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and a foundation. Several researchers reported receiving fees from drug and nutrition companies.
"Humans naturally like fat and sweet," said Dr. David Heber, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, who had no role in the study. "That’s why we always tell people to eat their fruits and vegetables."
Pi-Sunyer, who also wasn’t involved in the research, said the study gives useful advice.
"It’s hard to lose weight once you gain it," he said. "Anything that will give people a clue about what might prevent weight gain if they follow through with it is helpful."
The federal government earlier this year issued new dietary guidelines advising people to eat smarter. This month, it ditched the food pyramid — the longtime symbol of healthy eating — in favor of a dinner plate divided into four sections containing fruits, vegetables, protein and grains.
Thank you so much for your hospitality today at the tasting. Both Elijah and I thought the food was outstanding. We are both very much looking forward to working with you for the success of the Payoyo-Randawa wedding on July 9th. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.
Erik Franklin, CMP
Director of Catering
The Golf Club at Newcastle
15500 Six Penny lane
Newcastle, WA 98059
A new way to steal.
ESPECIALLY LOOK AT SCENE THREE
Be sure to read Scene 3. Quite interesting.
This is a new one. People sure stay busy Trying to cheat us, don’t they? SCENE 1.
A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, And thought to himself, ‘Funny, I thought I Locked the locker.. Hmm, ‘He dressed and just flipped the Wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay – all cards were in Place.. A few weeks later his credit card bill came – a whooping bill of $14,000! He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make The transactions. Customer care personnel verified that There was no Mistake in the system and asked If his card had been stolen.. ‘No,’ he said, but then took out his Wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep – You guessed it – a switch had been made. An expired similar credit card from The same bank was in the wallet. The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards. Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he Did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them. How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy? $9,000! Why were there no calls made to Verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarely trigger a ‘warning bell’
With some credit card companies. It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to big one!
============================ SCENE 2.
A man at a local restaurant paid For his meal with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he signed it and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along. Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person. He called the waitress and she looked perplexed. She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man. All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card. No exchange of words — nothing! She took It and came back to the man with an apology.. Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours. Check the name on the card every time you Sign for something and/or the card is taken Away for even a short period of time. Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, ‘assuming’ That it has to be theirs. FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, DEVELOP THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS RETURNED TO YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!
========================== SCENE 3:
Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to Pick up an order that I had called in. I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of Course, is linked directly to my checking Account. The young man behind the counter took my Card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as He waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure. While he waited, he picked up his cell phone And started dialing. I noticed the phone because it is the same Model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. ? Then I heard a click that sounded Like my phone sounds when I take a picture. He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons. Meanwhile, I’m thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on. It then dawned on me: the only thing there was my credit card, so now I’m paying close attention to what he is doing.. He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open. About five seconds later, I heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved. Now I’m standing there struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card. Yes, he played it off well, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened. Needless to say, I immediately cancelled that card as I was walking out of the pizza
parlor. All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whenever you are using your credit card take caution and don’t be careless. Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card. Be aware of phones, because many have a camera phone these days. FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN THINK OF. LET’S GET THE WORD OUT! JUST BE AWARE
Never let your card out of your sight…..check and check again! Scary !!!
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What you will need:
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 lb mixed salad greens
1/4 cup sliced fresh basil leaves*
2 TBS fresh oregano leaves*
2 oz gorgonzola cheese
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
*Since the herbs are being used in a salad, there is no conversion for dry herbs. If you don’t have these fresh herbs on hand, you can just enjoy the salad without them.
How to make it:
Preheat broiler on high with rack in the middle of the oven, about 7 inches from the heat source. Place shallow metal ovenproof pan under the heat to get very hot for about 10 minutes.
While pan is getting hot, rinse and spin dry salad greens along with basil and oregano leaves. For oregano, simply run your fingers down the stem to remove leaves and place whole in salad.
When pan is hot, reduce heat to low, season chicken breasts with a little salt and pepper and place on hot pan skin side up. Return to broiler and cook for about 15 minutes, or until done, depending on the thickness of the breasts. The breasts cook fast because they are cooking on both sides at the same time. This is our Quick Broil cooking method. When chicken is just about done, remove skin and top breasts with a little gorgonzola cheese and return to broiler to melt. (If you’re not sure if chicken is done, make a little slice with a small sharp knife to check. It should be only slightly pink.)
Toss greens with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Distribute greens onto 4 plates. Place chicken breasts on top of greens. Serve.