In November, I wrote about the process involved in filing claims if you had been a victim of a wire fraud scam involving wire transfers through Western Union. Since then, I have received emails from several readers asking for more information. Since the deadline for filing a claim is Feb. 12, you should be taking action if you haven’t already done so.
The lure of easy money has gotten a lot of people in trouble over the years. Get-rich-quick hucksters have always been around, looking for potential victims motivated by need or greed. Even people who would ordinarily be skeptical have been taken in, often paying thousands of dollars for books, seminars and “secret” codes and methods of getting something for nothing. Most often, though, they end up with empty pockets.
Once every few days, my mailbox contains an official-looking letter with a dire warning: My car’s warranty is about to expire, and if I don’t do something about it I’ll be on the hook for some major expenses that won’t be covered by my car’s standard warranty. The letter even has my car’s make, model and year as it tries to persuade me to shell out thousands for an “extended warranty.” Often, the letters refer to vehicles I no longer own, or which are still covered by the factory warranty.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".