Beware of the low life tax scammers

As I write this, it’s just after noon on Feb 7, and already today I have received FOUR bogus calls on my cell phone claiming to be from Revenue Canada. The scum of the earth, low life scammers¬† are working overtime at this time of the year, trying to squeeze every penny out of ordinary Canadians.

Let’s get something straight, Revenue Canada is NOT likely to call you, their preferred communication method is mail because they and you want a paper trail.

However, the scamming pigs hope you don’t know that, and so they are calling thousands and thousands of numbers every day, hoping they can play on your fear, hoping you will call them back. In my case, they have been trying this little game on me for several years now, and I can tell you they are getting more sophisticated as time goes on.

It used to be that their voicemail messages were almost unintelligible, with strong Indian accents, pathetic grammar, and poor quality connections. Now, they are most often voice-generated, accent-neutral messages, and often clear enough to hear every word, and every nuance designed to scare the hell out of you, or the money out of you!

And, if you have call display, they sometimes seem to come from Ottawa. But check this out…

Today, I had two calls from 1 (613) 627-3045 (both before 8am). And then, on the third call it mysteriously showed as +31 3 6273 045, which displayed as originating in Australia. In the past week I also had calls from five or six US locations.

FACT… The calls do not come from Ottawa, Australia, or the USA. Most of the scamming calls originate in India, where thousands of ordinary folk are employed by sleazy con artists, sometimes being led to believe that they really are calling on behalf of Revenue Canada. Unfortunately, most of them know they are crooks, but they need the meager pay to survive, while the organizers rake in millions a year and spend their time jet-setting around the globe.

So, what can you do? Some people (knowing it is a scam) actually call them back and play along just to waste their time. There are some very entertaining calls on YouTube where people did that and made the scammers angry. However, it is not what I would advise. They will then have your number and could get nasty, offensive and even threatening. Instead, if you see a number on call display that you do not know, I recommend you ignore it. If it is someone who really wants to talk to you they will leave a message. And if the scammer leaves a message, you’ll see through their trick immediately without having to talk to them, and you will get on with life without fear.

– Kenneth

2018’s Calendars are filling up

It’s only January 3rd, and already there are around 70 dates and events listed on the Community Calendars for January through March. Make this your “go to” place for announcements. Check out the links in the menu above, or in the list below. Remember, community announcements are free, and we are now also open for paid commercial announcements on a per-item (no contracts needed) basis.

January Calendar is HERE

February Calendar is HERE

March Calendar is HERE

 

Happy New Year – What do you want to see in 2018?

Just a quick note to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. May 2018 be a great year for all of you. I am interested in knowing what YOU wish for most in 2018. What do you want to see happening in the world, and in the local area? Drop me a note via the contact form. Just a sentence or two is fine, or just a few bullet points. If there’s enough of a response, I’ll make up a quick article in the next few weeks, sharing the basic themes, but without identifying the people who commented. – Kenneth

Christmas message from Kenneth J Kerr

Greetings everyone, Merry Christmas and compliments of the season. I wish you all a healthy, happy time of peace and wellbeing.

At this time I want to talk about the future of this website. The North Valley Credit Union Community Announcer/EsterhazyOnline, has been open for about four months now. I really appreciate the 2000 or so hits every month, and I hope you are gaining value from it. However, the success of this venture also depends on you.

The vision for this website is not to restore the original EsterhazyOnline. It’s not intended to be an all-out news site. We are happy to leave news reporting to the Miner-Journal, and wish to support Brenda and her team in the continuance of the paper. What this site is intended to be, is the go-to place for announcements for the Esterhazy area.

So where can you play a role in its success? Simple. If we don’t know about it we can’t tell people about it. If we do know about it, we can help you promote it. Bottom line, we need you to keep us informed. So, we ask the local schools, churches, social clubs, service organizations, sports teams, youth groups, the museum, the library, etc, to please keep us in the loop. If you have an upcoming event or happening, send us the details and we’ll promote it on this site, in the calendars, and on facebook. Do that and this site will be a vibrant success. Don’t do it, and there will be less to see on this site. It’s as simple as that.

The good thing is that all non-profit, charitable and fund-raising notices are already paid for by North Valley Credit Union. So there’s no excuse for not telling us about what you have planned.

Now, what about commercial announcements? Beginning in January, 2018, we are opening the door to business adverts.¬† It won’t be a sponsorship situation like the old EsterhazyOnline, it will be an advert by advert basis, with rates yet to be announced. In short, if you have a business or commercial announcement to make, you can now promote it here as well. We will add it to the calendars, facebook, etc. There will be no longterm commitments to make, nothing to sign, you tell us, you pay us, and the announcement will go up for a prescribed time period. Once again, please get in touch with us.

Together, we can build on the foundation of this platform, let’s make it indeed the go-to place for what’s happening in Esterhazy and the area.

– Kenneth

New Publication Schedule

Effective immediately, we are eliminating the weekly publication schedule in favour of updating the site as event announcements are received. This change will allow late submissions to be published, although you will get far more publicity power if you give us plenty of advanced notice. Please remember that announcements for schools, sports teams, churches, clubs, charities, and non-commercial events are placed on this site for free. These are fully sponsored by North Valley Credit Union, so keep us informed and we will keep the public informed.

 

More than 50 dates now on November’s Community Calendar

What are your plans for November? Whatever they are, you need to keep an eye on our November Community Calendar. (Link HERE). As of today, there are more than 50 “dates” listed on that page. These include school events and happenings from Esterhazy High School, PJ Gillen School, and Macdonald School in Stockholm. There are library programs, events at the Legion Hall, Flyers games, galas, board meetings, and more.

Do you have an event coming up that we’ve not listed? This is a FREE service to schools, churches, service clubs, sports clubs, youth groups, fundraisers, etc. Why is it free? Because this service (and this site) is paid for and supported by North Valley Credit Union in conjunction with EsterhazyOnline. So, please tell us about your upcoming events and we will list them and promote them for you. Use the contact form in the menu and get in touch.

Many new additions to the Community Calendars today

There have been many new additions to the September and October Community Calendars today. These have included an announcement from Redeemer Lutheran Church regarding a bake sale, the Annual Lions Trail Ride and Wagon Trek, a Novice and Atom Hockey tournament, and all known events for both Esterhazy High School and P.J. Gillen School for those two months. More additions to follow as they are made known to us.

To see who can send us event announcements click HERE or use the menu.

To go to the September calendar click HERE or use the menu.

To go to the October calendar click HERE or use the menu.

The new EsterhazyOnline publication schedule

Just a quick “heads up” for everyone. The new EsterhazyOnline, (now NVCU Community Announcer), will work with the following publication schedule each week. Incoming E-mails, press releases, and event notice submissions, will be reviewed on a Thursday morning with a view to publishing on the site during Thursday afternoons and Fridays. If you have anything to put in for this week, please use the contact form today. Those who have the old e-mail address may use that as well. Keep us informed and we can, in turn, keep the readers informed.

By the way, thank you for all the great comments from people when I come to Esterhazy. I know you are looking forward to this site being active again, and remember, it’s all due to the vision and financial support of North Valley Credit Union.

EsterhazyOnline and North Valley Credit Union create “NVCU Community Announcer”

We have hinted on facebook, and when meeting people in town, that EsterhazyOnline is coming back. Today, we are proud to announce the opening of the re-branded, re-conceptualized site, complete with a new name… “NVCU COMMUNITY ANNOUNCER – In Conjunction with EsterhazyOnline.”

North Valley Credit Union is underwriting this new incarnation of EsterhazyOnline, and if it were not for them, this development would not be taking place. So let’s talk about what this revised version of EsterhazyOnline will be, and what it won’t be.

This re-vamped site is not setting out to be an all-out news reporting service like before. There are three reasons for this.

  1. Kenneth J. Kerr (owner of EsterhazyOnline) now lives 125km away from town and will not be attending every event like before.
  2. Kenneth is also heavily involved in advancing his career as the author of a new book and as a public speaker.
  3. The Miner-Journal newspaper is an essential community amenity, and we want to encourage and support its continued success, not compete against it.

Having said that, here is what this new site WILL be.

  1. The go-to place for public announcements and upcoming events in Esterhazy, Stockholm, and the immediate surrounding area.
  2. A brand-new information portal through which North Valley Credit Union can tell the public about who they are, what they offer, and how they interact with the community.

Both Roy Spence (CEO/GM of North Valley Credit Union – And also Mayor of Esterhazy), and Kenneth J. Kerr (Owner and operator of EsterhazyOnline) are excited to see this new venture launch, and they share the vision of this becoming a valuable service for the community.

So, who can submit press releases and announcements to be placed on this site and promoted by it?

  • Town of Esterhazy
  • RM of Fertile Belt
  • Village of Stockholm
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Esterhazy Community Daycare
  • Sports teams
  • Charities
  • Service organizations
  • Youth groups (like the Scouts)
  • Community theatre groups
  • The museum
  • The library
  • Fundraisers for town amenities

And what will the cost of these announcements be?

  • ZERO, NADA, FREE – Because North Valley Credit Union is paying for YOU to use this service! (Three cheers for NVCU!)

So, what are you waiting for? If your school, church, service organization, sports team, or youth group has an event to announce, then get in touch with us and tell us about it. Use the contact form in the menu and fire us off a request to be announced to the EsterhazyOnline audience. Your event will be included in the page headlines, added to the community calendar, and mentioned on the EsterhazyOnline Facebook.

And one more question we’ve already had… What about commercial adverts? We’re looking into that possibility, but nothing has been decided yet. If you do want to place commercial ads for your business, again, reach us through the contact form, and if there’s enough interest we’ll consider adding that feature to the site, at a cost to the advertiser of course.

Let’s make this thing ROCK people. If it’s happening out there, it should be announced on here…. GET IN TOUCH and tell everyone you know about this new public service!

Best Regards,

Kenneth

(ps… The old URL, http://www.esterhazyonline.com still brings you here!)