• Can someone explain this Craigslist scam?

    I've recently started using Craigslist to sell household items. I've noticed a pattern wherein I often receive a text response within an hour of posting my ad, and often within minutes, always from an out-of-area phone number. What these bogus replies have in common is (1) they arrive very quickly after I post my ad, (2) they all copy and... show more
    I've recently started using Craigslist to sell household items. I've noticed a pattern wherein I often receive a text response within an hour of posting my ad, and often within minutes, always from an out-of-area phone number. What these bogus replies have in common is (1) they arrive very quickly after I post my ad, (2) they all copy and paste my ad title into their text message, (3) they have non-local area codes, and (4) they don't respond when I text them back. I've received this message for two different items I've listed weeks apart: "Wanna buy your [ad title]. Can I call you now?". I've learned to spot these fake responses, but they have my curiosity engaged now. What is gained by sending me a text message suggesting they want to buy my item, and then not responding when I text back? I just don't see how the scam works. Anyone here recognize what is going on?
  • What personal property documentation do I need for insurance claim purposes?

    I'm starting to document the personal property we own in case we need to file a insurance claim for a total loss. I don't have any idea what type of documentation my insurance company would require. I've googled around and haven't come up with a good answer. What should I be recording to document the everyday items we own,... show more
    I'm starting to document the personal property we own in case we need to file a insurance claim for a total loss. I don't have any idea what type of documentation my insurance company would require. I've googled around and haven't come up with a good answer. What should I be recording to document the everyday items we own, furniture, family heirlooms, etc.? Thank you.
    8 answers · Insurance · 3 months ago
  • What wifi router should I buy to replace my rented Comcast router?

    I currently pay Comcast $10 a month to rent an Arris TC8305C "wireless gateway." It is shown on this page: http://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/broadband-gateways-userguides/ I would like to purchase my own wireless gateway so I can avoid the rental cost. My current plan provides 50 mbs download speeds. I do not use... show more
    I currently pay Comcast $10 a month to rent an Arris TC8305C "wireless gateway." It is shown on this page: http://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-sup... I would like to purchase my own wireless gateway so I can avoid the rental cost. My current plan provides 50 mbs download speeds. I do not use Comcast voice services and never will. Please recommend a product that would be compatible with my Comcast service. Thanks!
    1 answer · Computer Networking · 3 years ago
  • Email provider that doesn t challenge me because of a new IP address?

    I do a lot of traveling and have noticed that gmail challenges me every time I log in using a different IP address. I'm tired of proving that I'm me, especially since I intentionally give wrong information when setting up a gmail account - they know plenty about me already. I'd appreciate any advice about email providers that are happy... show more
    I do a lot of traveling and have noticed that gmail challenges me every time I log in using a different IP address. I'm tired of proving that I'm me, especially since I intentionally give wrong information when setting up a gmail account - they know plenty about me already. I'd appreciate any advice about email providers that are happy with a user id and password, and don't go into challenge mode if my ip changes. I'm willing to pay for the email, but I'm as cheap as the next guy and free is always good. Gracias!
    1 answer · Google · 4 years ago
  • Where to seek advice for digging out of a financial hole?

    I have a brother who is in deep financial distress. It is hard to know how bad his situation is because he bristles at any talk about personal finance, but the external indications are alarming: recurring attempts to borrow (5-figures) money from family members, attempts to sell inherited assets, declarations that he can't pay bills or will... show more
    I have a brother who is in deep financial distress. It is hard to know how bad his situation is because he bristles at any talk about personal finance, but the external indications are alarming: recurring attempts to borrow (5-figures) money from family members, attempts to sell inherited assets, declarations that he can't pay bills or will soon be in foreclosure, etc, etc. He recently stated an intention to seek advice from Edward Jones, the brokerage firm. This seems to me like going from grade school to graduate school and skipping everything in-between. He needs someone who has experience helping those with broken down personal finances, big credit card debt, and defeated credit ratings. I'd like to make sure that his first recovery steps are in the right direction. Would it make more sense to see a credit counselor or a fee-based financial advisor or is the Edward Jones plan sound? Are there other options? I don't have any experience with this level of distress so I am grateful for all opinions. Links and names of groups or individuals that you recommend would be wonderful. We are in small-town southwestern Minnesota.
    6 answers · Personal Finance · 6 years ago
  • Please recommend organic, non-chemical lawn care and garden products?

    We have decided to give up chemical fertilizers in our garden and lawn but we would still like to do what we can to support plant and grass health. Can someone please recommend a source for fertilizers, weed killers, insect control products, etc. that are safe and natural? We have a new pooch who likes to lick and chew things he finds in the yard.... show more
    We have decided to give up chemical fertilizers in our garden and lawn but we would still like to do what we can to support plant and grass health. Can someone please recommend a source for fertilizers, weed killers, insect control products, etc. that are safe and natural? We have a new pooch who likes to lick and chew things he finds in the yard. I received a catalog from "Spray-N-Grow" and I thought that might be the answer, but I read several reviews on Amazon that questioned the effectiveness of some of their products. I especially liked that they offer a whole product line - for grass, plants, insect control, etc. Now I'm back to ground zero and not sure where to turn, so can you please give me your opinion on products that would be helpful for the growing things but safe for dogs and kids. Thanks for your ideas!!
    3 answers · Garden & Landscape · 6 years ago