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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1860 on: October 22, 2013, 08:39:51 PM »
I purchased RFID blocking wallets for myself, DH and DS after we got our passports and found out they have RFID chips in them. We then found our Disney annual passes have RFID chips in them. I know that some credit/debit cards have them as well. The wallets have foil lining that blocks the chips from being read.

What happens with these metal wallets when you fly?  Any problems with TSA?

I haven't flown in a year or so - so no idea - I haven't had the metal wallet for more than three months, yet.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1861 on: October 22, 2013, 10:18:47 PM »
I just had to get a new debit card recently, too. Only one weird charge showed up - $29 to PeoplePC (the charge said in Boulder, CO, but the only PeoplePC I could find is an ISP out of Georgia). Got a new card, but need to talk to the credit union about where we are on getting that $29 back.

And I just checked my account and there's a NEW charge from them pending!!!!

On your brand new card?

Since the transaction is "pending" the online entry isn't specifying if it's a point of service transaction or what, but the CU's fraud office is supposed to call me tomorrow.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1862 on: October 22, 2013, 11:11:19 PM »
I purchased RFID blocking wallets for myself, DH and DS after we got our passports and found out they have RFID chips in them. We then found our Disney annual passes have RFID chips in them. I know that some credit/debit cards have them as well. The wallets have foil lining that blocks the chips from being read.

What happens with these metal wallets when you fly?  Any problems with TSA?

I haven't flown in a year or so - so no idea - I haven't had the metal wallet for more than three months, yet.

Intriguing.  Will it work to put a piece of tin foil in a regular wallet? I had a lady get really close to me and follow me in the store today.  My purse was zipped so she wasn't trying to steal anything (neither was I ;)).  Either she was store security or she was trying to scan me.  It was uncomfortable for a bit.

Modified to add:  I just Googled it and found sites recommending putting tinfoil in the lining of your purse to block scanners (so the "tin foil hat people" ARE onto something :o).  I think pieces of foil in your wallet would work just as well.  Good to know!
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1863 on: October 22, 2013, 11:44:22 PM »
I purchased RFID blocking wallets for myself, DH and DS after we got our passports and found out they have RFID chips in them. We then found our Disney annual passes have RFID chips in them. I know that some credit/debit cards have them as well. The wallets have foil lining that blocks the chips from being read.

What happens with these metal wallets when you fly?  Any problems with TSA?

I haven't flown in a year or so - so no idea - I haven't had the metal wallet for more than three months, yet.

Intriguing.  Will it work to put a piece of tin foil in a regular wallet? I had a lady get really close to me and follow me in the store today.  My purse was zipped so she wasn't trying to steal anything (neither was I ;)).  Either she was store security or she was trying to scan me.  It was uncomfortable for a bit.

Altoid tins work to hold credit cards and I have two of the metal wallets and have flown now problem.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1864 on: October 23, 2013, 07:47:12 AM »
I purchased RFID blocking wallets for myself, DH and DS after we got our passports and found out they have RFID chips in them. We then found our Disney annual passes have RFID chips in them. I know that some credit/debit cards have them as well. The wallets have foil lining that blocks the chips from being read.

What happens with these metal wallets when you fly?  Any problems with TSA?

I used, for ages, an old fashioned "cigarette case' as a metal wallet, and TSA never minded--it was clearly my wallet, apparently to them.
(it was pretty similar to this:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/108863355/retro-propaganda-wallet-vintage-rosie?ref=sr_gallery_2&ga_search_query=metal+wallet+rosie+&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=metal+wallet+rosie
I still use something similar, which I just tuck into a 'normal' wallet)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1865 on: October 23, 2013, 08:21:25 AM »
My office just got a call from a person who sounded like he was in a very busy call center.  He didn't identify himself or the company he supposedly was working for.  Just launched into asking me to give him the make and model of the copier in our office.   ::)  Yeah, like I haven't heard that one before...

So, to have a little fun and see where this went, I asked why he needed to know that information.  He said he represented the Blahblahblah Publishing Co. who were rewriting the operating manual for our copier.  He wanted to verify which one we had to that they could send us a new one.  I put on my best "innocent, young woman who doesn't know any better" voice, and asked all kinds of circular questions, just to keep him on the phone and to stop him scamming someone else. 

He finally got to the point of almost yelling at me to just give him the make and model number, and I finally flatly said, "NO.  This is a scam."  He hung up on me.  :)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1866 on: October 23, 2013, 01:39:45 PM »
You guys are going to love this...

IT WAS MY CHIROPRACTOR. Apparently they have new owners, or the owners got a new card processing service, something like that.

Alas, that information came too late to prevent debit card #2 from being cancelled. I called my CU this morning, explained in brief what was up, and the rep said that we'd have to cancel the new card. I replied "well can I talk to someone who can look into this in more depth?" and she said she'd see if anyone in loss prevention could take the call, and put me on hold. Apparently while I was waiting she cancelled my card and transferred me to a very nice woman who had a heck of a time finding the 1st transaction on my old card. So she talked to card services and called me back. Seems that with their help, she was able to get the merchant ID from the transaction, and found out it was a chiropractic service.

I called the chiropractor and lodged a complaint about the new name appearing on the card transactions. It seems I am far from the first to complain. And I get to wait another week for yet another new debit card.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1867 on: October 23, 2013, 03:34:21 PM »
Your chiropractor is PeoplePC?
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1868 on: October 23, 2013, 03:48:03 PM »
Nope, but their new billing service makes it look like that.
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1869 on: October 23, 2013, 03:59:49 PM »
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1870 on: October 23, 2013, 07:48:06 PM »
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For the record, I got this idea from a bank, since I did not have a credit card at the time:  Open a 2nd checking account at your same bank(mine let me have it for free), one that only you access and that does *not* have a direct deposit to it.  Use this account for only online transactions.  So, when I pay bills online, I move money into that account for the bills, then pay the bills.  That's how the guy only got $50, and didn't wipe out my entire bank account, which would have been devastating. 

Thank you for this tip!! I forgot my bank gave me *another* free checking account when I refinanced my mortgage with them.  I just logged into paypal now and switched the accounts I had link.  You may have saved me a lot of trouble :)


Can someone tell me what the scam is with the copier/toner model number?  I'm curious!

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« Reply #1871 on: October 23, 2013, 07:49:57 PM »
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For the record, I got this idea from a bank, since I did not have a credit card at the time:  Open a 2nd checking account at your same bank(mine let me have it for free), one that only you access and that does *not* have a direct deposit to it.  Use this account for only online transactions.  So, when I pay bills online, I move money into that account for the bills, then pay the bills.  That's how the guy only got $50, and didn't wipe out my entire bank account, which would have been devastating. 

Thank you for this tip!! I forgot my bank gave me *another* free checking account when I refinanced my mortgage with them.  I just logged into paypal now and switched the accounts I had link.  You may have saved me a lot of trouble :)


Can someone tell me what the scam is with the copier/toner model number?  I'm curious!

When you tell them what kind of copier you have, they send you a box of ink/toner.  Then a ridiculously overpriced invoice for it.  And they try to claim you ordered it, since of course they sent the right kind, so you must have.  Then they threaten to sue you if you don't pay or send back the toner.

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« Reply #1872 on: October 23, 2013, 07:50:38 PM »
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For the record, I got this idea from a bank, since I did not have a credit card at the time:  Open a 2nd checking account at your same bank(mine let me have it for free), one that only you access and that does *not* have a direct deposit to it.  Use this account for only online transactions.  So, when I pay bills online, I move money into that account for the bills, then pay the bills.  That's how the guy only got $50, and didn't wipe out my entire bank account, which would have been devastating. 

Thank you for this tip!! I forgot my bank gave me *another* free checking account when I refinanced my mortgage with them.  I just logged into paypal now and switched the accounts I had link.  You may have saved me a lot of trouble :)


Can someone tell me what the scam is with the copier/toner model number?  I'm curious!
Here you are

http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/supplies.asp

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1873 on: October 23, 2013, 07:53:03 PM »
We do the double account too - hubby's check goes into a savings account with no debit access. Then I transfer bill money into the checking account after I figure the bills - with enough to pad for an "oops". 

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« Reply #1874 on: October 23, 2013, 09:39:19 PM »
DH is a collector of widgets.  My friend's now ex bf, Al, also liked these widgets.  DH had several of these widgets and agreed to sell one to Al for $25 over the phone.  The widget was worth $75, but Al was a friend and didn't have much money so DH cut him a break.  Al comes over to get the widget and said he only had $20.  DH said that was fine.  Al then asked if he could have the widget for free because his wallet was in the car and he didn't feel like getting it.  (The car was parked on the street outside our house, not a long walk at all).  DH said 'no money no widget'.  Al went to go get his wallet.  Both DH and I were a bit dumbfounded that Al thought he would get the widget for free, especially after DH cut him a really good deal on it.