Daily Archives: December 13, 2011

Personal ~ A Special Prayer Request

To All:  A very special pray request.

Many of you remember Liz and Mike Sarver, lived in Delta/Alaska for about 30
years and 7 years ago moved to Virginia.  This past week their daughter Tay was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.  Tay moved from Texas to VA this past October so is with her family at this time.  A web site has been set up for family and friends to keep up-to-date on her progress and treatment  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/taysarver

Tay and the family would really appreciate your prayers at this time. Tay loves
reading the messages on Caring Bridge and I encourage all to send  a message/note thru this web site.

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12 Schemes of the Holidays

Anchorage, Alaska – Dec. 12, 2011 – Gifts and appeals may seem like true love, but Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington says be aware of the top 12 schemes of the holidays:

12. Trip Troubles: Before visiting relatives, evade overly enticing travel deals. Watch out for unexpected hotel and flight “confirmation” or “cancellation” notices—which trick consumers into clicking unsafe links to “stop” unreal reservations.

11. Getaway Goons: When shopping or vacationing, don’t become a target for theft. Guard belongings, be observant and pack lightly. Avoid broadcasting travel plans or empty homes on social networks—as it may entice burglars.

10. Cheating Charities: Be skeptical of seasonal charitable solicitors who use high pressure tactics, won’t answer basic donation questions or can’t provide proof of charity affiliation. Don’t trust solicitations with invoices for past due payments.

9. Good-For-Nothing Gift Cards: Avoid purchasing from disreputable third parties and examine gift cards closely for terms, restrictions, fees and expiration dates. Use cards early as they may become non-redeemable if retailers go out of business.

8. Gotta-Have Goodies and Gadgets: Dodge deceptive deals and “free” offers  on desirable toys, jewelry and electronics in audacious auctions, classified ad sites, social media posts, pop-up ads, online coupons, sweepstakes and surveys.

7. Cruel Credit Catches: During the big spending season, discard ads and offers for high-interest credit cards, costly layaway programs and payday loan traps.

6. Jester Jobs: Laugh off limited-time job offers for high-paying mystery shopping gigs and online work-at-home tasks. “Employers” may steal data from applications, fail to send start-up materials or induce paycheck money transfer schemes.

5. Suspicious Santa Sites: Steer away if “Santa” requests unnecessary personal data, doesn’t abide by advertising laws or fails to disclose contact details and privacy policies.

4. Dodgy Domains: Dangers may be hiding in holiday-themed articles, music, screensavers and other downloads. Before surfing the Web, social media sites or emails, update anti-virus protection and check firewalls. Avoid shopping or banking online on unsecured Wi-Fi networks at public places, like airports and hotels.

3. Hacking Holiday E-Cards: Do not click links or attachments in e-cards and other holiday greetings from unfamiliar senders. Ensure spam filters are set.

2. Bogus Bank Emails: Disregard sudden emails or text messages about bank account issues. Instead, contact banks or financial institutions directly to verify.

1. Deceiving Deliveries: Don’t accept notices about delivery delays or confirmations on unordered packages; phishers and smishers often pose as well-known retailers or shipping companies to gain false credibility.

Adam Harkness, Alaska Public
Relations Manager: 907.644.5202 | pr@thebbb.org

Niki Horace, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations:
206.676.4187

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Photo of the day December 12

The days are getting shorter. Sunset over the Alaska Range, taken on Dec. 6 at 2:30pm. Shortest day is only 9 days away and then we will start gaining daylight again.
Photo Courtesy Liz Breuker

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