Dear Friends: I believe that the word “SCAM” is the most foul four-letter word in the American language. I also think it only fair that as I start this journey to help others in dealing with the horrors of scams, I tell you my family’s story. It will be told over a number of postings since it’s not only long (and on-going), but one of those stories that most will not believe. I also know that others will scoff at my tale and say “why didn’t you see it coming and do something?”. I can honestly say at this point, most don’t see this train wreck until it’s too late. By that time, you are trying to pick up the broken pieces of what once was someones life. By the time you see this coming – the bad guys are long gone in the rear view mirror and all you want to do is make this crazy ride stop because you want to get off – but you can’t.
I can tell you – you WILL find yourself dealing with things and calling on individuals and organizations that you never thought you would need to call. You WILL have to deal with your family members feelings being hurt while at the same time trying to stop unwanted individuals from infiltrating your lives and taking what isn’t theirs. These criminals take more than money – they rob people of their hope and dignity. They rob the elderly of their life savings and many times, inadvertently, of all their rights. You WILL take each new bump in the road day by day and hope that all you are doing isn’t a complete waste of time. You WILL ask yourself many times, “am I crazy”. As for my pen name of “Little Miss Ray of Sunshine”; consider it a side effect of having to deal with people without morals. By signing my posts this way, I feel like it’s a little kick in the shins (or other body part) to the criminals who invaded my family’s life. A little way of saying “you haven’t beaten me down completely – I’m still here and I will find a way to stop you“. My reasons for telling you MY story is the hope that it prevents some other family from going through this and from being torn apart. My other hope is that it provides those going through the same thing a sense that you are not alone. The choice to read my story is yours, but I hope you do.
My advice for reading my story would be to start with my first post, First Clue – the Big Bad wolf is sniffing around. And then move through the others: Second Clue – “you bought a what, for how much??!!”; Third Clue – it takes an Army to deliver your mail; Fourth Clue: the word “Scam” is banned from the dictionary; Fifth Clue (Part 1) – psychics and goblins and closed accounts – oh my?; Fifth Clue (Part 2) – psychics and goblins and closed accounts – oh my?; Sixth Clue – dial “0” for the operator; Seventh Clue – trust flies out the window; Eighth Clue – number, number – who’s got the number?; Ninth Clue – liar, liar – something’s definitely on fire!!; Tenth Clue (Part 1) – you can’t go home again??!; Tenth Clue (Part 2) – you can’t go home again??!
“Little Miss Ray of Sunshine”