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Inside MCC’s January 2016 eNewsletter:

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SCAM ALERT - Mystery Shopper Scams

Believe it or not, getting paid to shop is a legitimate way to make money. "Mystery shopping" involves going under cover as a typical consumer to help stores learn more about their customers' experiences. Mystery shoppers are usually reimbursed for their purchases, and often given a small payment. There is even a company called Secret Shopper that facilitates this service for businesses.

The problem comes in when scammers pretend to be a legitimate provider of secret shoppers to take advantage of people who want to pursue this line of work. They use email and newspaper ads to lure victims, then give them an initial "assignment" of checking out a money wiring service. They send a check, which the "shopper" is instructed to deposit into a bank account, then wire part of it back. Of course, the check is bad so the victim is left in the position of having to pay the bank for the missing funds.

If you're interested in becoming a mystery shopper, follow these suggestions to avoid this scam:

~Legitimate mystery shopper requests appear online for free so don't respond to newspaper want ads or emails promoting these positions.

~Never pay a fee or wire money to an unknown source.

~Mystery shopping doesn't require certification so don't be fooled into paying for it.

There are resources available if you do become a victim: Contact your local police department, the Federal Trade Commission, or your state's Attorney General.


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GO PINTEREST-ING! - Cool Stuff to Pin on Your Pinterest Boards

Creamy Hot Cocoa With Cute Snowflakes

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Snow Angel Cupcakes Are A Holiday Treat

Beautify On A Budget With DIY Wall Décor


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FEATURED MOBILE APPS - These Are Well Worth A Look

With PlayerFM, you can find, subscribe to, and play podcasts with an easy interface. Use the "Play Later" feature to save episodes for later listening.
Learn more here... https://player.fm/

Just when you thought getting food delivered couldn't be any easier, there's GrubHub. Find your favorite places, order, and pay -- all through the app.
Learn more here... https://www.grubhub.com/

Finding Rover
Like insurance for lost dogs, Finding Rover allows you to enter your buddy's photo into a database for easy identification in case he gets lost.
Learn more here... http://www.findingrover.com


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SITES OF THE MONTH - Great Sites to Check Out in January

Site of the month thumbnail image Dream Home Giveaway
Here's your chance to win not only your dream home, but also complete furnishings, a new car, and $250,000 in cash! Just enter the HGTV Dream Home 2016 sweepstakes before February 18. Meanwhile, you can browse photos of this Florida paradise, check out videos, and vote for your favorite space.

Site of the month thumbnail image Expand Your Knowledge With Bite-Sized Courses
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to broaden your knowledge of the world, this site offers an easy way to do it. You sign up to get free content emailed to you each morning that can be digested in just five minutes. Choose from 62 courses across 10 different categories including art, health, history, science, and more.

Site of the month thumbnail image Restaurant Copycat Recipes
Craving some of your usual restaurant picks but don't want to go out to get them? This site features user-submitted recipes for many classic favorites. Brew up some Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee, prepare Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi, or create Denny's-style French Toast. Complete with directions, reviews, and nutrition information.

Site of the month thumbnail image Clever Ideas For Repurposed Storage
From lunchbox-turned-electronics-organizer to dishrack-turned-file-holder, this slideshow gives you 25 great suggestions for using old storage items in new ways. Looking for a way to round up art supplies? Look no further than an unused cake tray. Want a unique wall shelf? Try an old suitcase.


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  • Molalla Youth Sports.
  • MHS Singing Christmas Tree.
  • Molalla Manor Resident Wish List Fund.
  • Molalla Foothills Backpack Buddies program.
  • Molalla Foothills Adult Center meal program.
  • Molalla Kiwanis Key Club.
  • 2016 FRS Youth Tour.
  • Country Christian School for sponsorship of their 2016 annual auction and dinner.
  • MHS newspaper, The Crier, for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • MHS drama production, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”.
  • MHS Yearbook class.
  • MHS Dance Team.
  • Molalla FFA Alumni annual auction & dinner fundraiser.
  • 2015-2016 MHS Band.
  • KAPA dance-a-thon fundraiser.


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TWO TO VIEW - Amazing Videos You Don’t Want to Miss

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Lighting Up The Slopes
You've never seen night skiing like this! Suits of LED bulbs and beautiful colored lights on the mountain make the skiers' descent something to behold.

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Firefighter Rescues Kitten
Prepare yourself by getting out the tissues before watching this heartwarming video of a firefighter saving a kitten from a burned house.


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SHORT TUTORIAL/FAQ - How Can I Get Rid of Facebook Ads?

Question: The ads on Facebook are really annoying, and there are so many of them. Is there a way to eliminate them?

Answer: The reason Facebook is free to users is that the company makes money by selling ads. As much fun as Facebook is, remember that its true customers are its advertisers, and the product they're buying is your attention. So, Facebook would be doing a disservice to its customers if it removed all ads. However, you can reduce the number of ads you see and make them less annoying. Here's how:

~When you see an ad, move your mouse pointer to the upper-right corner and click on the "X." Then you'll see some options for how you want Facebook to treat similar ads in the future. Pick the one that makes the most sense for you. You can use a similar method for sponsored posts in your news feed - in this case, you'll see a down-arrow in the upper-right corner.

~Many Facebook ads are customized for your interests based on your online browsing behavior. (This is why you might notice ads for that cute scarf you were looking at on Amazon right after you viewed the item.) Tools on the Digital Advertising Alliance Consumer Choice Page allow you to learn which companies use this method and opt out from them.

~Facebook gives you an option to adjust your ad preferences within its settings. To access these options, go to your home page and click the down arrow in the upper-right corner of your screen. Select "Settings." In the left-hand column, choose "Ads," then make your selections from there.

If all else fails, consider trying a browser extension like Facebook Ad Block, which claims to remove all ads from your Facebook page.


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Best regards,

- Your MCC Team

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