Have you ever been conned? Ever believed that fake email that your computer has a problem that only they can fix? What about a phone call for cleaning ducts or a problem with your furnace? Or that email or phone call from Income Tax demanding money that you owe?
A friend’s husband received a phone call that he owed money to income tax and, if he didn’t pay it immediately, they would put a hold on his bank account. Unfortunately, he didn’t discuss this with his wife and removed $7,000 (they’re whole savings) from the bank. He sent the money to the con artists through bitcoin. They had to borrow funds just to pay the rent.
I hope you know never to give out personal information over the phone or in an email. Never reveal your visa number or banking information.
I got conned. Ever heard of Slimband? Gastric banding? There was a commercial for it on television 3-4 years ago. When speaking with the “doctors” there, they bestowed all the miracle advantages for gastric banding. There were no side effects and no limits for consumption. They guaranteed that if you ate properly, you would lose weight.
These “doctors” (were they truly doctors? I don’t know) took advantage of fat, vulnerable, depressed women. W5 (a Canadian TV investigative program) reported on this clinic, proving it was a scam. The band doesn’t work. The diet they put you on is so severe anyone would lose weight on it even without the lap band.
In March of 2015, I traveled to Toronto to have the gastric banding operation. I attended at a medical clinic near St. George and Bloor Street. (The clinic is now closed and boarded up.) I lost weight before the operation because they put me on a strict liquid diet before and after the operation. But the minute I had a regular meal, I gained weight.
Since I realized the band doesn’t work (and had confirmation of that), I had it removed on July 24th. I needed 6 small incisions all over my stomach. I recovered well from the operation with only the incisions hurting until they healed. And they healed great. I’m all better now.
Now I can eat without it getting stuck. I can drink after eating. (With the band, you had to wait 10 minutes until you could drink or the liquid would get stuck behind the food.) I also could feel a foreign substance in my stomach and I’m so glad now that feeling has gone.
I’m now involved with a class action lawsuit, but it’s just in the beginning stages.
New news: After hiring someone to help with my novels, we decided to start with A Discerning Heart. It has a new cover (in the works), a new title: Sail to my Heart, a new subtitle: An Adult Folktale about a Fisherman, a Mermaid, and an Unexpected Life’s Lesson.
And a new back cover blurb which is:
‘No friends. No family. No respect. As the worst fisherman in his village, lonely “Dim Jim” is an easy target and the butt of every joke.
One day, the thought strikes him: “If I can do something truly extraordinary, I’m sure to be accepted!” So, Jim sets his sights on capturing the elusive green tail fish - a feat that locals have only fantasized about.
Soon after setting sail, Jim encounters wicked storms, threatening a quick end to his plan - and quite possibly his life. Yet as luck would have it, Jim not only escapes a brush with death but also stumbles upon an amazing discovery that gives him the key to reinventing his life, allowing him to return home a local hero. Now catapulted to a position of power and fame, women and wealth were Jim’s for the taking, and he is finally happy … at first.
But he can’t shake the anger and resentment buried deep inside himself. And as the fame and fortune wane, Jim’s vengeful nature and behaviors start to resurface, and people begin to wonder who he really is. But Jim will stop at nothing to prevent detection, while exacting unbridled revenge on anyone who crosses him.
Enter a world of adventure, romance, and suspense in this gripping tale, with page-turning twists and a truly unexpected conclusion.’
It will be re-published in a couple of months. I’ll let you know when.