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July 10, 2019

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July 10, 2019 3 "Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life." ~Yoko Ono DATES: DEADLINE: Wed. Aug. 7 July 31 Desert Messenger Summer Publishing Schedule Call 928-916-4235 E-mail: SPECIAL SUMMER EDITIONS: Protect yourself against scams ORCHARD OPPORTUNITIES IN ARIZONA ALMOND – PISTACHIO & PECAN Extended Growth Period & Great Early Vegetable Production Including Corn or Alfalfa AUCTION: AUG. 22 540 ACRES SALOME, AZ Minimum Bid: $2,300/Acre AUCTION: OCT. 3 640 ACRES BENSON, AZ Minimum Bid: $2,100/AC • The area currently has producing almond and pistachio orchards • No pesticides or chemicals for several years • 2 irrigation wells • New fencing • Cement irrigation ditches • 1.5 miles south of Salome • The area currently has producing pecan orchards • 2 test wells logged at 1,000 feet • 1 irrigation well at 990 feet • 1/2 miles of paved road frontage • 1.5 miile north east of Benson Inspections By Appt: July 16, 23 & 30 Inspections By Appt: Aug. 27 & Sept. 17, 24 AUGUST & OCTOBER Fine & Company LLC – AZ Broker #LC677500000 312.278.0600 Scam artists go to great lengths to trick you out of your personal infor- mation or money. As the above video explains, by educating yourself and knowing how to identify and report scams, you can stay several steps ahead of these thieves. 3 TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF Understand the threats. Fraudsters use several forms of imper- sonation, advance fee, and phishing schemes. They might contact you and claim to be from SSA, the IRS, or another government agency and request your information. They might claim that you have won the lot- tery or become eligible for an investment if you pay an upfront fee. They might design emails or text messages that look legitimate and request your immediate response. Be aware of these types of schemes, so you can identify them and guard against them. Exercise caution. In general, no government agency or reputable com- pany will call or email you unexpectedly and request your personal infor- mation, or request advance fees for services in the form of wire transfers or gift cards. Build a habit of verifying the identity of anyone who asks for your personal information over the phone, and say you will respond through the entity's customer service channels. If anyone pressures you to provide information or money over the phone, it's a scam and you should just hang up. Secure your information. Store your Social Security card in a secure location; avoid carrying it with you. Shred documents that list personal information such as your Social Security number and banking informa- tion. Avoid opening emails from unknown sources or clicking on suspi- cious hyperlinks. Equip your computing devices with strong anti-virus software and maintain strong passwords. Regularly check your credit reports for suspicious activity. REPORT SCAMS You may report suspicious activity or communications claiming to be from the Social Security Adminis- tration to the Social Security Fraud Hotline. If you believe you have been a vic- tim of an IRS Impersonation Scam, please report that activity to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The Federal Trade Commission has many resources to help you report and recover from identity theft, at TOPS summer hours are 7:-00- 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday mornings. We meet at the Alliance Church Fellowship Hall at 720 W. Desert Vista for weigh in. Please join us if you'd like support for losing those unwanted pounds. For more information call Debbie at 928- 927-4304. Quartzsite TOPS

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