A word to the wise is sufficient. That is what someone, apparently wiser than most people, said.
The sad fact is that those words of warning seem to fall on deaf ears, or the ears of people who either don’t understand them, think they know better or some who see a glimpse of saving dollars or earning quick cash.
No matter the circumstance, the usual loser is the one who fails to heed those warnings.
Too often words of warning and caution are followed by words of doom and gloom. It’s too late to put a halt to what should not have taken place to start with.
An unexpected phone call informs you that you are the lucky winner of thousands of dollars in a giveaway, or other major prize such as a trip to the beach, a cruise, a boat or other vehicle.
You are then given instructions on receiving your “prize.”
Don’t listen. Don’t send any money. Don’t give personal information such as bank account numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers or any information.
Say no to people who offer to paint your house or roof, or pave your driveway for pennies, compared to dollars, for a good job.
They’re simply out to get your money for nothing. It may be watered down paint, thinned asphalt or tar and gravel only, for a high price and an extremely poor job.
It’s too late if you have already paid.
A little lie here, a bigger lie there; a scheme or scam and the man or woman who cannot say no has lost in more ways than one: peace of mind, money and a good job.
A word to the wise: just say no to drive-by painters, pavers and handymen.