Hey Apexians – Jim here – I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve never been scammed too badly. I’ve paid for things I never got (with methods that weren’t protected) but I’ve only ever been out about a few hundred dollars. It’s a high price to learn a lesson and it’s a mistake I haven’t made in many years.
My heart breaks for folks who have been scammed by family… like in our first post.
Debt Demands a Body [Longreads] – “Over the course of the next three years, as my mother’s gambling addiction escalated, she took out another student loan, and then another, and then so many others that the amounts and institutions from which she borrowed knotted together into something big and impossible to disentangle, but the accumulation of which was about $125,000. It seems that none of the private lenders were alarmed by the rapid acquisition of increasingly large amounts of money — more than I would ever need for my state-school tuition — a record of lending they would have seen when they pulled my credit. It might be that they noticed and didn’t care.” Wow. Just wow.
What No One Understands About Your Job [The Atlantic] – “Several weeks ago, I asked readers to tell me what people don’t get about their jobs. I thought we might receive several dozen replies. Instead, we received several hundred. We heard from teachers and professors; from opera singers and orchestra musicians; from corporate executives and tech workers; from screenwriters, playwrights, and book editors; and from sailors and summer-camp directors.” Fun little insights from these jobs.
How To Check Your Tax Refund By State [The College Investor] – “Each state follows a unique process for refunds. You may or may not be able to check the status after filing. If you want to find out where your refund is, we have directions for how you may be able to check this, depending on what state you’re in. To check your refund status, submit your personal information such as Social and tax ID.”
This will be useful in a few months!