How not to get scammed on computers, car insurance

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you have a list of beauticians that come to your home to give perms? Thank you.

—Beverly, Auburn

ANSWER: In my rolodex, I have Linda Therrien (207-576-3081), Lynn Eberhard (207-782-1271 and 207-754-9805-cell), and Joy Lake in Livermore Falls (207-897-3224) listed. If readers have other recommendations, please write in. SeniorsPlus at 207-795-4010 is a really great resource for questions like this, too!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m in need of someone to fix my computer. I have been hacked, scammed, etc. and the scammers want $400 to fix the problem. Do you have any ideas or can you recommend any reputable computer technicians? I’m on a fixed income and new to the computer world. I would appreciate some advice.

—No name, no town

ANSWER: These scammers have no conscience and are only out to get your money. I see this kind of thing happen all the time, especially with our senior population.

Contact Jim Fish at Action Computer Services at 87 Essex St. in Lewiston. The number is 207-786-8740. Jim says he sees five to six cases a month of people being scammed. The cost depends on the extent of the data that has to be restored to your computer but it isn’t terribly expensive and certainly not $400 to be repaired. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jim also advises that you NEVER call an 800-number for assistance with fixing your computer. Always call a local company and ask your friends who they recommend. So readers, what other local recommendations do you have for computer fixes? I will add them, along with Action Computer Services, to the Rolodex!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I wrote to you (Aug. 6 Sun Spots) about my car insurance doubling because I turned 80 years old recently. I now have a new insurance company that appraised my car insurance at a fair price and I’m saving $800 per year. Thank you for your column.

—No name, no town

ANSWER: If something doesn’t feel right to you, it probably isn’t! Never just accept. Ask questions, get recommendations and make phone calls. Contact the Better Business Bureau if need be. For those who don’t use a computer, ask friends or relative to help you research the information you need to make an informed decision. Use the reference librarian at your local library. Never be afraid to stand up for yourselves and never be afraid to ask for help.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been conducting wild turkey brood surveys since 2006 and we are looking for more volunteers. This survey is an important tool in assessing turkey population trends and it can be fun, too.

All you need to do is print out the Turkey Sighting Report at www.maine.gov/ifw/docs/Turkey_brood_reporting%20form%202018.pdf start recording what you see, and send it to us at the end of the month. That’s it. The information we gather helps determine turkey bag limits and seasons. Help us out and be on the watch for turkeys this August.

—No name, no town

ANSWER: This sounds like a fun project that can involve everyone in the family. I see turkeys daily! I love it when they all march in a straight line with their mother in the lead.

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