Angelica Andrews is having a heck of a sale at her tres chic boutique on South Collier Boulevard. She’s doing that because she’s closing the store to spend full-time in real estate.
“We’re closing for good at the end of the month, Aug. 31,” she tells us. “In customer service you have to be there for the customers, so after eight years, I can’t do both.”
So what she believes are signs of an upturn in real estate here is tugging on her divided loyalties – the store or the agency. Or in her words, “I was selling style and now I’ll be selling lifestyle.” She is joining the Rogers’ team at Keller Williams Realty.
Angelica is selling all her clothes and accessories at 50 percent off – everything in the store. When the doors close on the 31st, that’s it.
“I enjoyed retail and I love my customers and am very grateful to them. But I want to be 100 percent in what I do and I want to do real estate now,” she explains.
“Besides, now is a good time to start early holiday shopping.”
Angelica’s Boutique is at 681 South Collier Boulevard. Phone 394-6632.
Scam slammer Dameron has a new scam warning
Marco’s own unofficial but diligent scam exposer, Iberia Bank boss Keith Dameron, has saved the day again, or at has potentially saved a lot of people a lot of money, by spreading the word about the latest scam via email from bad guys pretending to be Comcast.
As Keith wrote last week in emails to some friends and associates:
“We owe a big ‘Thanks’ to Bryan Hauser for sharing the email below, purportedly from Comcast. When he opened (yikes!) the link, he was told he must provide information that
included Social Security number, mother’s maiden name and more.
His instincts were good so he didn’t fill out the form and forwarded it to me. I called Comcast and spoke with someone in their security department who confirmed this was not sent from Comcast. She explained they would never ask for this type of personal information in an email. If someone’s payment was in error, they would either phone or send a letter.
If you receive it, delete it immediately and do not open the link/attachment. It may contain spyware or malware.”
Here’s a portion of the scam email:
“Our system has detected errors in your billing and payment information. This usually occurs when your payment method on file expires or declines a payment charge.
“For your protection, your access to the Comcast Network (including Webmail), will be suspended, if these errors are not corrected.
“Please click here to get started. Your security is top priority at Comcast.”
Last Monday, the Collier County Sheriff’s Department issued a news release/warning and local TV stations then reported the scam.
We have no idea how many recipients sent in their vital data to the evildoers. But experts on scam schemes say people who fall for such stuff often never admit it to others.
Keith Dameron knows a lot about scams and how to protect ourselves from them. He gives presentations on the subject to businesses, civic and social organizations and other groups. If you would like him to speak to your group about scams, you could phone him at Iberia Bank, 239-393-2400. Don’t tell him we suggested that.
Our favorite tipoff on this scam, the pretend notice from Comcast, one was the last line on the email: “Best regards, the Comcast Team.”
Best regards? When’s the last time you’ve received a business letter, especially one with such a serious subject to discuss, that ended with, “Best Regards”?
What’s next, “Lot’s of Love,” or maybe XOXOXOXOXOXO?
Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail email@example.com.
Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.