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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1305 on: July 08, 2013, 12:05:25 PM »
I feel very sorry for immigrants with not a lot of English or understanding of how the US government works who receive a message like this. For the naÔve, this could be terrifying.

Here's a current scam that is happening in Chinatown:
http://scam-detector.com/face-to-face-scams/new-yorks-chinatown-blessing


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« Reply #1306 on: July 08, 2013, 05:09:36 PM »
I feel very sorry for immigrants with not a lot of English or understanding of how the US government works who receive a message like this. For the naÔve, this could be terrifying.

Here's a current scam that is happening in Chinatown:
http://scam-detector.com/face-to-face-scams/new-yorks-chinatown-blessing

That website is freezing my computer :(.  Can you please give a summary?

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« Reply #1307 on: July 08, 2013, 05:17:19 PM »
That website is freezing my computer :(.  Can you please give a summary?

Nutshell version:

Some scammers are listening in to private conversations overheard publicly (such as conversations at a restaurant table or while standing in line, etc.)  Then the people are approached by the eavesdroppers who now have some information about them from listening to their conversations, and the scammers will basically threaten them with a curse unless they pay money.  Apparently in some groups, people take 'curses' very seriously, particularly the elderly.

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« Reply #1308 on: July 08, 2013, 05:42:56 PM »
There has been a recent variation of that scam in San Francisco. Elderly women are told that they are already cursed, but if they bring their life savings and all their valuables to be "blessed," the curse can be removed. What is removed, of course, is all the valuables.

San Francisco News
Scammers targeting superstitious elderly Chinese


In New York, a woman who had read the fliers set up a sting with the police. Scam Suspects Become the Victims. She filled her bag o' goodies with "newspaper clippings and a couple of water bottles." Three detectives joined her in meeting the scammers.
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« Reply #1309 on: July 08, 2013, 10:38:18 PM »
Some scammers are listening in to private conversations overheard publicly (such as conversations at a restaurant table or while standing in line, etc.)  Then the people are approached by the eavesdroppers who now have some information about them from listening to their conversations, and the scammers will basically threaten them with a curse unless they pay money.  Apparently in some groups, people take 'curses' very seriously, particularly the elderly.

When I was a family entertainer (magician) and did shows for adults occasionally, this was what 'psychic entertainers' called "pre-show work". You'd be amazed what tidbits you can glean from looking in the windows of cars in the driveway (how many kid car seats, what work-related books lying around, etc) or listening closely to conversations outside the bathroom door or in the kitchen.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1310 on: July 09, 2013, 07:25:54 AM »
I got a FB message today... I think he loves me.

Rose is Famous for Grace...
Advocate is Famous for his Case...
Horsesí are Famous for Race...
But you are Famous for Smile on your Face...! o
My heart beat is Famous for your beautiful profile photo, that why I used this moment and opportunity to say I really want you to be faithfully heart doctor of my time I can see it in your eyes that you from the sky, please donít be offended my Dear I want to chart with if donít mind
Have a Nice Day

should I respond?  ::)

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« Reply #1311 on: July 09, 2013, 07:29:55 AM »
I got a FB message today... I think he loves me.

Rose is Famous for Grace...
Advocate is Famous for his Case...
Horsesí are Famous for Race...
But you are Famous for Smile on your Face...! o
My heart beat is Famous for your beautiful profile photo, that why I used this moment and opportunity to say I really want you to be faithfully heart doctor of my time I can see it in your eyes that you from the sky, please donít be offended my Dear I want to chart with if donít mind
Have a Nice Day

should I respond?  ::)

With an apostrophe there? Run. Run far and fast. Anybody who can misuse an apostrophe like that is Up To No Good.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1312 on: July 09, 2013, 11:04:15 AM »
So, what does he want to chart with you anyway? Why not graph ?

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« Reply #1313 on: July 09, 2013, 11:26:09 AM »
So, what does he want to chart with you anyway? Why not graph ?

I like a guy who's good for a graph.
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« Reply #1314 on: July 09, 2013, 11:28:55 AM »
...   I really want you to be faithfully heart doctor of my time ...

I didn't even realize you are a cardiologist!   ;D

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« Reply #1315 on: July 09, 2013, 11:48:02 AM »
...   I really want you to be faithfully heart doctor of my time ...

I didn't even realize you are a cardiologist!   ;D

and he is famous  for his heart beat  ;D

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« Reply #1316 on: July 09, 2013, 02:33:39 PM »
...   I really want you to be faithfully heart doctor of my time ...

I didn't even realize you are a cardiologist!   ;D

and he is famous  for his heart beat  ;D

It's a love beat.

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« Reply #1317 on: July 09, 2013, 03:16:21 PM »
Sigh, and I'm old enough to remember that song...

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« Reply #1318 on: July 09, 2013, 08:52:56 PM »
I get phone calls showing "Private Caller" and hear silence or breathing and then they hang up.  What's that all about?

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« Reply #1319 on: July 09, 2013, 09:01:16 PM »
Got a good one today in my email. It's about a job (I'm not looking right now) and pays very well! The job description:

The position of accounts receivable officer entails the following duties:
coordinate payments from our clients, receive payments which come in form of certified checks or united states postal money orders, process payments at your local bank, and forward 90% of funds received to a branch office as instructed. The remaining 10% is your wage. Since this position is need-based you will have plenty of free time while enjoying a good income.

To break it down, your job entails the following:
Receive payments on our behalf from our clients.
Process these payments at your bank.
Forward the balance money after deducting your service charge as you will be instructed.

Pay:
Every assignment in form of payment received from clients, you're entitled to 10% (your service charge) which excludes the charges of processing western union/money gram to any regional office accountant. Also you get a monthly salary of $1500 which comes at the end of every month, plus other incentives and benefits which includes tax holidays.

But I think my favorite part was this, under required information for interested applicants:

Have you ever responded to an email like this? NO:
If Yes, what is the outcome: