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Amara

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2130 on: December 24, 2013, 12:14:40 PM »
Also, if nothing else "the court of Washington" is beyond ridiculous.

VorFemme

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2131 on: December 26, 2013, 08:15:23 PM »
VorFemme - this is the best fabric store in the San Francisco Bay Area  when it comes to clothing fabric.  I generally drool my way through their first floor fabrics - it's glorious stuff.

http://www.britexfabrics.com/fabric/wool-fabric/wool-coating.html

Actually - Fabric Mart (? - must check email later to verify the name of the place) had a clearance sale of a number of wool coating fabrics under $20 a yard.  I just ordered a bit over five yards of a dark graphite gray (in case I need to make the coat longer, since I am taller than average) and the added shipping still added up to less than $70 (discount for first order).  I can even make a "matching" scarf" - maybe a do a little felting, embroidery, or something to make it stand out as coordinating instead of the same fabric....?
Let sleeping dragons be.......morning breath......need I explain?

Where's the Quiet?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2132 on: December 26, 2013, 08:20:17 PM »
My uncle's recent sob story to my parents was how one of the cousins has been wearing the same winter coat for THREE years and just can not for the life of her find a new, warm coat for under $400!!!!! She's looked in all the right places - REI, EMS, Banana Republic, GAP. The only places in the world who sell coats.

Could you please send them some money so they can buy a new coat. Wearing a 3 year old coat has been such a struggle.  She'll cash the check when she gets back from her "girls weekend" in near by "Big City".


Wow...wonder what they'd think of my wearing the same coat since I was 13! lol My kids think it's hilarious, I'm just happy that is still in good condition and it is very warm.

Back on topic, I just found out today that court summons are no longer required to be physically served, they can now be sent directly to people's spam boxes:

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Notice to Appear in Court,

This is to advise that you are required to attend
the court of Washington in January 14, 2014 for the hearing of your case.

Please, kindly prepare and bring the documents related to this case to Court on the date mentioned above.
Attendance is compulsory.

The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter, please, download and read it thoroughly.


RANDOLPH Tate
Clerk to the Court.

And of course, there is a zip file attached. It's from the international law firm of Hogan Lovells. I wonder if this is because the courier lady in the below link is mad that she was never released?

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=121827.msg2904269#msg2904269

ETA: I had two pages to go to finish reading the thread and didn't, only to find Zyrs received a similar one. Zyrs, did yours list the same law firm?
« Last Edit: December 26, 2013, 08:25:59 PM by Where's the Quiet? »

PastryGoddess

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2133 on: December 26, 2013, 08:49:05 PM »
I got the same email this morning as well. 

JoW

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2134 on: December 26, 2013, 09:36:15 PM »
Anyone who shopped at the USA target recently should check their statements carefully. My cousin is a victim of this one.
http://www.policymic.com/articles/77351/stolen-target-credit-card-data-likely-now-on-the-black-market

According to a lady I work with,  a lot of the credit card companies also dropped people's limit to $100 in an effort to control the damage.
And there's a secondary scam.  Scammers are sending emails that claim to be from Target investigating the security breach.  In those emails they ask for personal information, everything they need to steal your identity and spend your money.

If in doubt visit the Target website. 

zyrs

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2135 on: December 27, 2013, 01:37:10 AM »
Quote from: Where's the Quiet? link=topic=121827.msg3076803#msg3076803  Zyrs, did yours list the same law firm?
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Mine listed Isabella Tailor as the clerk of the court - the best part of it was the the salutation:

Notice of appearance in court NR#5317
Notice to Appear
To Me
Today at 9:26 AM
Notice to Appear

because every official document I've ever gotten has always been addressed "to Mr. Zyrs" rather than "to me".

RubyCat

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2136 on: December 27, 2013, 10:26:29 AM »
Here's one:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/wareham/newsnow/x2132765702/East-Wareham-woman-arrested-for-re-selling-fraudulently-obtained-charity-gifts

A woman went to a local charity asking for toys for her young children. Turns out her children are grown and she was caught selling the toys. I'm happy to see she's being prosecuted.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2137 on: January 03, 2014, 02:03:14 PM »
I'm wondering if this is a scam?

My husband has started getting annoyingly frequent calls to his cell phone from a number in Rhode Island. When he answers it, a robo-voice says "We have an important message for (and gives a name of some person we have never heard of)." It then says, "If you are (random person), please press one." It does not give any other option. My husband tried just sitting on the line, waiting to see if he'd get the chance to state that he is not Random Person, and nor does he know Random Person, but the call cut off. So then DH suggested that if it happened again, maybe he should just press 1, just to try and get someone real on the phone to clear up the mistake, but I told him that I'm afraid that it might be a bill collector call or a scam call, and that pressing 1 (which would suggest "Yes, I am Random Person") would only create more problems. I suggested that he just block the phone number.
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« Reply #2138 on: January 03, 2014, 02:07:58 PM »
Miss March, that doesn't sound like a scam, but it does indeed sound like a collections company.  I wouldn't suggest that he press 1 on this, because for most collections agents, he'll be able to tell them that he has no relationship to the person they seek, but for a few they'll hound him anyway because they'll assume he's lying, and the risk isn't worth it these days when technology can solve the problem so thoroughly.  I'll second simply blocking the number.

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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2139 on: January 03, 2014, 02:21:29 PM »
My phone has the option to block certain phone numbers and won't show when they call after that. I recommend you use that feature.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2140 on: January 05, 2014, 04:26:51 PM »
Got a call from Montreal.  We have relatives in Canada so I answered.  Some woman spoke French and hung up.  I thought they got the wrong number, but decided to look it up and found pages of that number on 800Notes and the same thing happening to others (French then hanging up.)  Wonder what scam is.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2141 on: January 05, 2014, 06:42:59 PM »
Got a call from Montreal.  We have relatives in Canada so I answered.  Some woman spoke French and hung up.  I thought they got the wrong number, but decided to look it up and found pages of that number on 800Notes and the same thing happening to others (French then hanging up.)  Wonder what scam is.

Hey that happened to me too, the other night (I'm in SoCal).  I heard a flurry of French on the phone, then she hung up.  I didn't think anything of it until now...

What IS up?

siamesecat2965

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2142 on: January 05, 2014, 07:09:17 PM »
I'm wondering if this is a scam?

My husband has started getting annoyingly frequent calls to his cell phone from a number in Rhode Island. When he answers it, a robo-voice says "We have an important message for (and gives a name of some person we have never heard of)." It then says, "If you are (random person), please press one." It does not give any other option. My husband tried just sitting on the line, waiting to see if he'd get the chance to state that he is not Random Person, and nor does he know Random Person, but the call cut off. So then DH suggested that if it happened again, maybe he should just press 1, just to try and get someone real on the phone to clear up the mistake, but I told him that I'm afraid that it might be a bill collector call or a scam call, and that pressing 1 (which would suggest "Yes, I am Random Person") would only create more problems. I suggested that he just block the phone number.

I had thus happen for a period of time. I was getting calls for someone I'd never heard of, from law firms, collection agencies etc. what I kept doing was calling back the number, and telling them I don't know who this is, this is not her number, and never has been, and please correct your records. I never had any issues, they apologized and never called again. I was never hounded or had anyone insist I must know this person

Amara

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2143 on: January 05, 2014, 07:18:45 PM »
If this helps anyone, please feel free to use it. When I got a telephone number about ten or fifteen years ago I was immediately besieged by phone calls from creditors, collection agencies, and individuals wanting me to accept international collect calls. It was unreal because I would get as many as thirty calls a day! It took a full month before the calls slowed down and six or seven months before they finally ceased. When I checked with the phone company, I discovered the former "owner" of the number owed them a considerable amount of money too.

So from then on what I did was ask the phone company, when I was getting a new number, if there had been any outstanding balance on it. If there was it was a sure bet that more creditors would follow because if there was one unpaid bill there were going to be many more. If not, it would likely be fine. And it has proven so for me.

WolfWay

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2144 on: January 05, 2014, 10:31:17 PM »
Not quite sure if this was a scam or not. Last Friday, a nicely dressed guy holding a set of car keys was standing by the intersection of a road I was driving down at about 9.30am, walking from car to car, asking for money. He was gesturing with his keys up the road, saying his car had run out of gas and could people please help him get enough gas to get home. When I had gotten through the intersection, I didn't see any car on the side of the road, so I'm not sure where he was pointing to with his keys.

At 3pm, when I drove the same route later, he was still there. I'm pretty sure he would have gotten enough donations for a couple of litres of fuel in 6 hours, which makes me suspicious. Surely in 6 hours, he could also have made alternative arrangements? Called a friend, or gotten to nearby ATMs to withdraw some cash, or figured out something other than asking people for gas money at traffic lights.

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