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Sudden Increases in Cell Spam … Don’t Click on That Text … Don’t Answer that Call … Personal Mistake … Cyber Updates

About a year ago, a note was spotted that we would have a near 400% increase in the next 12 months of spam calls …. at the time seemed unreasonable….

Fast forward to today, think the estimate was low….. based on everyone’s experiences…

Cyber Update – Spam Calls and Now More Recent TEXTS

Last week we had a family get together where a reminder went out to all member NOT to answer calls that had a number very similar to any of our and more importantly to NOT click on the new relentless texts that seem to be picking up steam in volume….

Almost got me…. with our cell bill being on auto pay… a nice thank you text from our cell provider followed by a link for a special gift ALMOST got me….

AT&T Free Msg: August bill is paid. Thanks, [name]! Here’s a little freebie for you: [link].”

Late last week our local paper, The Dallas Morning News ran the following story (think you can read the story even without a subscription…some great screen shot examples)

Here is a great article by the Federal Trade Commission on examples and how to avoid as well…

On Saturday, the family was asked to save any of their fake Texts…. in two days, this is what we ended up with…

The Call Spam filter is busier than ever but certainly does not catch all the spam calls…

Personal Accidental Mistake

Early in the year while on a conference call with two other folks, an attempt to decline an unfamiliar call turned into an accidental answer… the spam call then began recalling about 20 times before I could get off the conference call and block the number….

If it’s important they will leave a message… everyone is getting these same calls, so all will understand…

Don’t recklessly click or answer (reminding myself too) ….

Have a Great “Don’t click the bait” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

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Text at your own risk in Texas … Now Illegal as of Sept 1 – Safe wishes for those in front of Irma

The data is clear, texting is a distraction … heck even talking on the phone while driving can be dangerous.

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As of September 1, 2017, this bill made texting and driving illegal in the state of Texas.

While hard to enforce, it is a step in the correct direction. The penalties are not strict at this time, but a ticket is a ticket.

Washington was the first state to ban texting in driving in the year, 2007 YEP, 10 years earlier.

Currently there are 47 states that have made it illegal to text and drive. No idea.. Wow!

This is one of the reasons I love doing this blog for everyone, I had no idea that 46 states had already banned texting!

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Best wishes to all of those who are in front of this sudden second major hurricane! After speaking at length yesterday to many in Florida … it’s going to be very tough no matter the outcome, be safe and best wishes. Our friends in Puerto Rico avoided the worst, we hope our Floridian family and friends do as well…

Have a good safe weekend for all and we will talk to you Monday!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
www.jkfinancialinc.com
www.street-cents.com