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Zelle is a convenient service many banks are offering in which you can instantly transfer money to someone using only their phone number or email address. You set up Zelle with your bank by registering your phone/email with them that is tied to your bank account. Your friend or business does the same on their end and you can transfer money directly from your bank account to theirs.
With convenience, also comes the scammers trying to gain access. Although Zelle is relatively new, there are scammers out there trying to get you to transfer money to them.
While banks are used to dealing with fraud, Zelle requires you to authorize the transfer of money so it’s not really categorized as fraud. With fraud, someone takes your money with no action from you. In many cases, banks will not refund money when a scammer tricks you into authorizing the transfer. Check with your bank on their policies.
I use Zelle on a limited basis with a few people who I know well. Keeping your transactions only to the most trusted of contacts helps protect you. If you are contacted by a company that you think you can trust about a Zelle transaction, go directly to the company web site or better yet make a phone call and check on the status of your acct. Don’t reply to unsolicited emails asking you to verify or dispute a Zelle transaction. With precautions this service saves time and makes funds instantly available to the recipient.
With this as my last article, I’d like to thank you as readers for your positive feedback over the last couple of years. I’ve enjoyed writing these (hopefully helpful) hints for you each week.
Thank you also to the lovely people at the Shopper, you have always been encouraging and wonderful to work with. I appreciate the advertising that you provided me for my computer business. I wish you all well and I know we will all miss having the weekly local paper.
ComputerFAQ - #119
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How I Came To Write This Weekly Column
When I took over the ComputerFAQ business from Robert, he told me that the job also came with writing a weekly article for the Shopper. Now I knew about Robert’s article, and I read it weekly, but my stomach was immediately inundated with very large butterflies when I found out that I would be writing for other people to read.
I hadn’t written anything outside of instruction briefings and meeting notes in my previous job. Those things were easy-step one do this, step two, etc. But actually, writing an article was totally new to me. Several people offered to pre-read the articles before they were published but even this seemed terrifying to me. What if I really stink at it?
I made it through my first introductory article without the walls caving in on me. I didn’t get any hate mail or hysterical laughter from anyone that I knew that read it. Whew, made it. But then it dawned on me that I had to do it again, and again… oh dear.
Well, fast forward almost two years and I’m still writing! I have to admit that some weeks I have a hard time coming up with new material, but I thoroughly enjoy the process. I’ve had several people tell me they cut out some of my articles and save them for reference! That is such a wonder to me, and I am very grateful to my readers for their thoughtfulness and to The Shopper for allowing me to continue providing information to you.
Happy 46th Anniversary Shopper!
Computer Faq Gal
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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