Being wise in your life can prevent many heartaches
By Chaplain Dan Langerock
The phone rings and someone is trying to sell you something. Because you are so lonely for someone to talk to, you listen to their spiel, and end up with a big bill you cannot afford. Maybe this is not the case with you personally, but it happens to thousands of people each day. Here are a few items to consider in your life to keep you out of these types of situations:
Avoid buying anything over the phone The person may be so nice but don’t let this trap get you. Don’t even listen to the person, just politely say “No Thanks” and hang up. You need to be especially careful if you are hearing impaired, because you may not even realize what you are signing up for if you cannot hear properly. There are other ways of buying the same item if you really want it, but avoid purchasing anything over the phone.
Make those who work for you accountable If you hire someone to do earrands and cleaning or whatever for you, make sure you get a receipt. If you cannot get them to give you a receipt for what they have purchased for you, there is something wrong here. Make it a rule, “no receipt, no pay”. Find someone else to help you instead of this person because honest people generally give a receipt when they do something like this for people.
Make it strictly a business transaction when you have someone work for you. Don’t allow anyone who doesn’t supply a receipt or other questionable practices to work for you---period, because you are just asking for trouble. Don’t hire someone just because you are lonely or need someone to talk to. Many people prey on others in this manner to get in their confidence. Be wise about who you allow in your home and why.
You don’t need to be overly suspicious of people but you do need to be watchful.
Be very careful whom you give your important numbers to It is important to watch how you give these numbers out as well as to whom. For instance, be extra careful about giving sensitive numbers like social security and credit card numbers over the phone or the internet. Many websites are secure, but still be cautious.
These are but two areas to be careful about, but there are many more you can consider on your own. Take a look at your motives before you hire someone. If it is for any other reason than business, your “alarm bells” should be going off. Make a rule about dealing with people for yourself to follow, then follow it explicitly. You will keep from hurting yourself financially and otherwise if you will be wise in these and other areas. And, as a result, you will have a much happier life.
Some extremely good points here Dan. I had never thought of the fact that some people actually buy things from tele-sales people because they are lonely for company and are willing to stay on the phone just to have another voice to talk to. That is so sad. Anyway, excellent message. With love, Deb