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AT&T / DirectTV scamming seniors.

What a nightmare. On or about 9/13/2017 I had the unfortunate pleasure of inviting a AT&TDirecTV solicitor into my home at a senior mobile home park I live in in Southern California.

Bear with me a few while I explain how it happened. Normally, a few years ago this would have never happened. I guess the older I get I let my guard down a little easier. I was on the porch and my wife came from the front with someone behind her and said someone wants to talk to you.

I had a “deal” with Dish TV that was coming to a end. I’d been thinking about “pulling the plug” altogether, not much on TV that is worth watching anymore except a couple of shows and News channels I like. I had about the bear minimum as far as subscriptions go, almost $50 a month but it was down to $35 because I had tried to cancel 10 months ago and Dish offered to cut it down. Getting $1,300 and change a month from a medical retirement I don’t have a lot of extra cash to through around.

So the guy behind her comes up and introduces himself to me. He has one of the vest you see highway workers wearing with the reflective things on them a nice professional looking name tag with his picture on it identifying him as a DirecTV and Dish salesman.

You know how it starts, he asked what subscriber I use for TV. I told him Dish, he tells me he can give me DirecTV for $49.99 for two years guaranteed with HOB and all the other movie channels free for one year. So I invite him in, lets talk.

He shows me a pretty good package for the price, the “Entertainment Package”. Looks good with channels I like and some other good ones. He seemed like a really nice guy. We kept talking for a while, kept telling me he can’t lie, he’s a Christian, had a good sized cross around his neck and other similar jewelry. This normally (in years past) would have been a red flag to me. Usually when someone is pushing their Christianity to get you to trust them it’s been my experience it’s a red flag.

So anyways I agree, initial a few things and sign his paper work, he tells me they charge a month ahead of time so I give him a debt card number. Pretty simple little piece of paperwork, not much to it. Tells me I’m initialing he explained everything to me, I agree to the $ 49 for two years and OK to install, you know the drill. I was worried about loosing all the programs I had recorded on the Dish DVR and he said he’s be back on Friday after install and would help me transfer it to my computer. I said so I guess I’ll call Dish and cancel now and he said wait 7 day’s to make sure everything works, (should have been another red flag).

Next day a very nice guy comes to install everything, again very nice guy my wife even tipped him $5 afterwards so he could go get a soda ore something. After he does the install and explains the remote and DVR to us he asked to see the paper work the other guy left. I give to him and he starts doing his paperwork like they normally do. I went back to working on my computer and my wife walked him out.

The next day I ask my wife where the paperwork was and she tells me the installer took it with him. I think that’s weird. Next day is Friday when the other guy is supposed to come back and help me transfer my saved shows on the Dish DVR to my computer, he doesn’t show up. So  next day Saturday the 16th I look up DirecTV’s number on the web and give them a call. I tell the rep. Ron, they took my paperwork I have no account number or anything. The nightmare begins.

Ron tells me my account number and that it’s $65.23 with tax and everything for first year with a $30 discount credited to the account and after that it would jump to $90 something a month. Said I have to call back a couple months before the package was going to expire to cancel the movie package or they would start charging for it. I tell Ron that’s not what I was told or promised. He tell’s me call back before the year is up, around August and they’d work out another deal. I’m ticked, wondering what I’m going to do. There’s no way I can afford that so I tell him good by.

On the 18th I get a email from Dish saying “They want be back” and offer $49.99 two year guarantee  a good package and HOB free for six months.

So I call and get it done. Jay tells me they wave some fee’s can’t remember which ones, think it was install and others, short hand writing says $64.99, $66.99. I get my first bill in the email and it’s $41.37 with it going up to $67.02. Didn’t tell me I wold have to pay $10 for local channels and then of course there’s the equipment rental and they only gave me HBO for three months, Jay say’s call back in 3 months and they’ll ad another 3 months, yea, OK./s

What a racket these companies got going hu? After dealing with DirecTV I’m not even going to get into with Dish.

Back to the DirecTV nightmare. So I call DirecTV back around the 19th, actually I contacted AT&T. I spoke with a Danielle, told her the solicitor that came to my house lied about everything the program and pricing, didn’t tell my I was signing up for auto pay either, I want to cancel and want to talk to a supervisor. She put me hold and I was transfered to a mobile phone service department, then transfered me back to AT&T/DirectTV held for about 25 minutes. I hung up and called back, held for another 10 minutes and hung up and called DirectTV this time. This time put me on hold and then sent me to some promotional thing offering me $100 for some rebate with no options to do anything then it automatically hung up on me. I called back again and talked to a Tony this time and asked to talk to a supervisor, he informed me he could to anything a supervisor could do he was a “Level 2 supervisor.

I tell Tony I want to cancel and explained everything again and he put me on hold, came back and said OK, everything canceled, disconnect fee’s waived and they would sent me boxes to pack everything up. I ask do I get a confirmation or reference number? He tells me no his ID is good enough, ID# AQ4998. I asked about my $49 charged to my debit card he told me I was wrong, he didn’t see anything charged to my card and rudely told me to dispute it with my bank and I said thank’s and hung up.

Thinking everything is OK I get via regular mail a bill for $65.23, I call back and talk to a Chris, (the nicest one of the bunch) I explain everything to Chris and tell her I wand to cancel and get my money back everything the solicitor told me was a lie. She tells me they have no record of them receiving money from me. I tell her they took my debit card number and there’s a charge on my bank account from it. She put’s me on hold, comes back and say’s the subcontractor charged it not DirecTV, a “Mobile Media” company she will have to file something,(can’t remember what she called it) they will call me back in 7-10 days after contacting “Mobil Media” for my refund and there will be no more charges and everything is done. Haven’t heard anything yet as of this writing.

Then I get a bill via regular mail for $475.24 for “Early Cancellation”. I’v had enough now and call back. It’s now the 28th of September. BTW did I mention the majority of these people were very hard to understand except when talking to a supervisor. I thing I was calling India or somewhere. I get a Donna if I understood her right, I explain again a tell her I’m not paying a thing and want my money back, she threatens me with collections. I tell her let me talk to a supervisor, transfers me to a Lucas who can’t do anything for me we argue about the $49 return of my money and the $65.23 charged to my bank account which are two different things he can’t seem to understand. I ask to be transfered again. Up next a John, he tells me I have a visa cash card coming in the mail for the $49 but he can’t revers the $65.23 charged to my bank. I tell him transfer me to someone who can, put on hold again I don’t know how many times on hold throughout this nightmare. I finally get transfered to a “Billing Specialist” a Wade ID# 501118 who assures me everything is now taken care of and the $65.23 will be reversed back to my bank before the 13th of October. This was my last contact with them and I have as yet see anything from them.

After posting this I’m going to file a complaint with B.B.B, the F.C.C and see if I can file one withe California State Attorney General. This is nut’s! Anyone old enough reading this remember when AOL was about the only came in town and trying to cancel that? AT&T/DirecTV put them to shame.

Anyone else have any problem like this? I can’t be the only one. I’ll post again with anything new.

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Standing on God’s Word

This is a post from a friends blog. I posted it on my website which is for different use and I wanted to make sure and shared it.

I hope you’ll check it out.

“This is for the many who are struggling and need God to intervene in their lives.”

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 Read the rest here.> Standing on God’s Word 005f6ed181e9cd3c85abc9f3b90e2b85

God bless you and America.

“THE CHRIST OF PROPHECY”

Fascinating! If you’re a Christian you’ll appreciate this especially if you find yourself doubting your faith a little today and if you’re a nonbeliever well, why? this comes from SCIENCE SPEAKS. This morning I had to go downtown to get some blood work done for a upcoming surgery. I was listen to a sermon on the radio and was just blown away by what I’d heard, I’ve never heard this before. The pastor was talking about the chances of one man fulfilling the prophecies of Christ. I’d heard other sermons like this but not these facts. Check it out.

I’m not going to post the whole chapter, it’s too long but will leave a link after the quoted piece.

CHAPTER 3: “THE CHRIST OF PROPHECY”

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me – John 5:39.”

“THE WORD “Scriptures” in this passage refers to the Old Testament. Christ is saying that in the Old Testament we will find the prophecies referring to Himself. It is therefore in these prophecies, and their fulfillment, that we may look if we wish to find evidence that Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, the saviour of mankind, and everything else which was prophesied of Him, and which He claimed to be.

If we find these prophecies to be fulfilled in Christ, we will establish not only that Christ is the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament, but that those prophecies were given by God Himself. For if they were not given by God, no man would have fulfilled any number of them, as will be evident later in this chapter.

In evaluating these prophecies, we shall have to answer this question regarding each prophecy: One man in how many men has fulfilled this prophecy? I realize that some will object to this question, saying that these prophecies were made with respect to Christ, and no other man has, or even can, fulfill them. This, of course, is true when you consider the mass of prophecies regarding Christ, but it is not true of all individual prophecies. It was prophesied, for example, that Christ would be born in Bethlehem; certainly other persons have been born in Bethlehem. It was prophesied that Christ would be crucified; other men have been crucified. I certainly am not trying to be sacrilegious in asking these questions; but I am trying to look at the evidence entirely unbiased, that I may the better give a clear argument.”

“We considered the following eight prophecies:” You can click the link at the end to go into how he breaks down the prophesies, a lot of math. I will share this one though, 6. “And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord” (Zech. 11:13).

 This is extremely specific. All thirty pieces of silver are not to be returned. They are to be cast down in the house of the Lord, and they are to go to the potter. You will recall that Judas in remorse tried to return the thirty pieces of silver, cut the chief priest would not accept them. So Judas threw them down on the floor of the temple and went and hanged himself. The chief priest then took the money and bought a field of the potter to bury strangers in. Our question is: One man in how many, after receiving a bribe for the betrayal of a friend, had returned the money, had it refused, had thrown it on the floor in the house of the Lord, and then had it used to purchase a field from the potter?

 The students said they doubted if there has ever been another incident involving all of these items, but they agreed on an estimate of one in 100,000. They were very sure that this was conservative. So we use the estimate as 1 in 105.”

Keep in mind these are excerpts from the chapter.

“If these estimates are considered fair, one man in how many men, the world over, will fulfill all eight prophecies? This question can be answered by applying our principles of probability. In other words, by multiplying all of our estimates together, or 1 in 2.8 x 105 x 103 x 102 x 103 x 105 x 103 x 104. This gives 1 in 2.8 x 1028, where 28 means that we have 28 ciphers following the 2.8. Let us simplify and reduce the number by calling it 1 in 1028. Written out this number is 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

 This is the answer to the question: One man in how many men has fulfilled these eight prophecies? But we are really concerned with the answer to the question: What is the chance that any man might have lived from the day of these prophecies down to the present time and have fulfilled all of the eight prophecies? We can answer this question by dividing our 1028 by the total number of people who have lived since the time of these prophecies. The best information available indicates the number to be about 88 billion or 8.8 x 1010.

 To simplify the computation let us call the number 1011. By dividing these two numbers we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017.”

 “Let us try to visualize this chance. If you mark one of ten tickets, and place all of the tickets in a hat, and thoroughly stir them, and then ask a blindfolded man to draw one, his chance of getting the right ticket is one in ten. Suppose that we take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far s he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote using their own wisdom.

 Now these prophecies were either given by inspiration of God or the prophets just wrote them as they thought they should be. In such a case the prophets had just one chance in 1017 of having them come true in any man, but they all came true in Christ.

 This means that the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writing of those prophecies to a definiteness which lacks only one change in 1017 of being absolute.”

One more example from the chapter then check out the link at the end for the whole chapter and the book.

“Suppose we add eight more prophecies to our list, and assume that their chance of fulfillment is the same as the eight just considered. The chance that one man would fulfill all sixteen is 1 x 1028 x 1017 or 1 in 1045.

 Let us try to visualize this as we did before. Take this number of silver dollars. If you make these into a solid ball, you will have a great sphere with a center at the earth, and extending in all directions more than 30 times as far as from the earth to the sun. (If a train had started from the earth at the time the Declaration of Independence was signed, and had traveled steadily toward the sun at the rate of sixty miles per hour, day and night, it would be about reaching its destination today. But remember that our ball of silver dollars extends thirty times that far in all directions.) If you can imagine the marking of one silver dollar, and then thoroughly stirring it into this great ball, and blindfolding a man and telling him to pick out one dollar, and expect it to be the marked one, you have somewhat of a picture of how absolutely the fulfillment of sixteen prophecies referring to Jesus Christ proves both that He is the Son of God and that our Bible is inspired. Certainly God directed the writing of His Word.

In order to extend this consideration beyond all bounds of human comprehension, let us consider forty-eight prophecies, similar in their human chance of fulfillment to the eight which we originally considered, using a much more conservative number, 1 in 1021. Applying the same principle of probability used so far, we find the chance that any one man fulfilled all forty-eight prophecies to be 1 in 10157.”

Pretty amazing hu? Not much to argue with here unless you’re just dead set against God and all He has to offer and promise, in that case you truly are dead.

Here’s the link for the chapter,> CHAPTER 3 THE CHRIST OF PROPHECY

And for the Online book,> SCIENCE SPEAKS Online Edition

God bless you and America.

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Good Friday. Morning devotional, Charles H. Spurgeon.

From a great program I don’t use often enough anymore. PC Study Bible 
Day 14
04/14/AM
“All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head.”
— Ps 22:7
Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord’s woe. Judas mocked Him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed Him to scorn; Herod set Him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at Him, and brutally insulted Him; Pilate and his guards ridiculed His royalty; and on the tree all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at Him. Ridicule is always hard to bear, but when we are in intense pain it is so heartless, so cruel, that it cuts us to the quick. Imagine the Saviour crucified, racked with anguish far beyond all mortal guess, and then picture that motley multitude, all wagging their heads or thrusting out the lip in bitterest contempt of one poor suffering victim! Surely there must have been something more in the crucified One than they could see, or else such a great and mingled crowd would not unanimously have honoured Him with such contempt. Was it not evil confessing, in the very moment of its greatest apparent triumph, that after all it could do no more than mock at that victorious goodness which was then reigning on the cross? O Jesus, “despised and rejected of men,” how couldst Thou die for men who treated Thee so ill? Herein is love amazing, love divine, yea, love beyond degree. We, too, have despised Thee in the days of our unregeneracy, and even since our new birth we have set the world on high in our hearts, and yet Thou bleedest to heal our wounds, and diest to give us life. O that we could set Thee on a glorious high throne in all men’s hearts! We would ring out Thy praises over land and sea till men should as universally adore as once they did unanimously reject.
Thy creatures wrong Thee, O Thou sovereign Good!
Thou art not loved, because not understood:
This grieves me most, that vain pursuits beguile
Ungrateful men, regardless of Thy smile.

(from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 1999, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Ps 22

22 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?Why are you so far from saving me,so far from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,by night, and am not silent.
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;you are the praise of Israel. 4 In you our fathers put their trust;they trusted and you delivered them. 5 They cried to you and were saved;in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,scorned by men and despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me;they hurl insults, shaking their heads: 8 “He trusts in the Lord;let the Lord rescue him.Let him deliver him,since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;you made me trust in youeven at my mother’s breast. 10 From birth I was cast upon you;from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 11 Do not be far from me,for trouble is nearand there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 13 Roaring lions tearing their preyopen their mouths wide against me. 14 I am poured out like water,and all my bones are out of joint.My heart has turned to wax;it has melted away within me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs have surrounded me;a band of evil men has encircled me,they have pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones;people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my garments among themand cast lots for my clothing.
19 But you, O Lord, be not far off;O my Strength, come quickly to help me. 20 Deliver my life from the sword,my precious life from the power of the dogs. 21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22 I will declare your name to my brothers;in the congregation I will praise you. 23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or disdainedthe suffering of the afflicted one;he has not hidden his face from himbut has listened to his cry for help.
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows. 26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;they who seek the Lord will praise him — may your hearts live forever! 27 All the ends of the earthwill remember and turn to the Lord,and all the families of the nationswill bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the Lordand he rules over the nations.
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;all who go down to the dust will kneel before him — those who cannot keep themselves alive. 30 Posterity will serve him;future generations will be told about the Lord. 31 They will proclaim his righteousnessto a people yet unborn — for he has done it.
NIV

While driving home this morning from running a few errands I caught a sermon on the “Real Lord’s Prayer”, in John 17 so I thought I’d check it out again.

John 17

17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name — the name you gave me — so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
NIV

God bless America and you.

A Message To Someone In Need Today

Nice, thanks.

The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel

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This is a message…
to someone in need today.
For I know you are hurting…
and for you I humbly pray.
The abuses you have experienced…
have left wounds deep on your soul…
and the responses being triggered…
reveal more damage yet untold.
For with fear and depression…
you feel that your life’s a mess…
but they are both experienced…
with “post-traumatic stress”.

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