Three for Thursday 10.19.2023

TrustDALE's Three For Thursday

Many years ago, a very wise person told me “Just because someone is elected to an office, doesn’t mean they’re qualified to hold that office.” The new mayor of Nashville was elected with just 5.4% of those eligible to vote. I know nothing about him, and I wish him the best, but that’s stunning to me. Turns out, nearly 75% of eligible Nashville voters – didn’t. Of the 25% who did vote, the winner was chosen by a ridiculously small number of citizens. I find it fascinating how so many are quick to weigh in on how leaders are failing, or getting it wrong, when a strong argument could be made that we forfeit our right to complain if we chose not to become familiar with the issues and cast a ballot. I love our TrustDALE community, because they vote every day for companies that are willing to prove their excellence and are rewarded for doing so in the form of fair compensation and customer loyalty.

Watch this Investigation

Today’s investigation - Charity Scam. Watch because this could happen to you!

Ask Dale

Today’s Ask Dale question comes from Tom, who wants to know his rights when his mechanic isn’t communicating. Click the video for the answer.

Today's Lesson On How To Be A Savvy Consumer!

Today's seven-point lesson is on seeing through a person or entity posing as a legitimate charity.

Fast - Do they want your money NOW? I never give before I thoroughly check out the recipient.
Funds -   Is the investment required relevant to the promised payoff? I don’t even buy raffle tickets, if I don’t know if the cause is legit or worthy of the proceeds.
Found - A person who intends to rip you off will make certain he cannot be found after he gets your money. Direct solicitations often come from people you’ll never see again.
Define – Your deal by comparing Product, Offer and Price. Evaluating the charity on not-for-profit sites like will help you see how much of your dollars are going to the advertised cause.
Ensure - Your deal with an Ethical Negotiation, an Equitable Contract, and an Effective Guarantee. People willing to answer your questions about a charity and expect you to do your homework before donating are likely the most deserving.
Authenticate – Your deal by requesting References, checking Reviews, and examining government and watchdog Reports. Charities and not-for-profits not willing to be completely transparent is a red flag.
Legitimize - Your deal by determining if the company has a business license, liability insurance and is lawsuit and background checked. Real charities must be registered with their respective Secretaries of State.

Dale's New Book:
Don't Get Scammed: Get Smart!


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