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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2340 on: February 25, 2014, 05:11:49 PM »
I don't know what the scam is here, but I was on Amazon, looking at a very newly-published book. As in so new, Amazon lists it as in stock, but the listed publication date is next month. The book is selling for $15 (Kindle version) - $60 (hardcover).

2 outfits have listings for used copies - at $999 each.

What???

Reviewers copy.  They are not supposed to be sold prior to the release date.

More likely, the "keep raising the price by fifty cents" algorithms are being run by people who don't have copies of the book, on the basis that if someone actually offers to buy the book for $large_sum, they can go on Amazon, buy it for the lowest price offered, and re-ship it for a profit. If someone tries to buy it and they can't find a copy cheap enough, they'll send an apology "sorry, someone else bought our only copy."
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2341 on: February 25, 2014, 05:36:34 PM »
Notice of eviction,

This notice is to inform you that your home has been foreclosed
on by the bank and you need to move out until March 27, 2014.
To make necessary arrangements you have to contact
us in the earliest possible time.

If you decide to cooperate and fulfill you obligations,
the bank will offer you a reasonable period of time for moving out.
Otherwise, you will be evicted in an administrative proceeding.
Please do contact us in the shortest possible time.

Enclosed is the detailed statement of the bank.

Real estate agency,
Emma Tailor

(The attached "detailed statement" looks like an executable file, so it's probably malware. )

I think my favorite part of this is that you have to move out UNTIL March 27th. After that you can move back in.  ;)

These eviction notices are getting sloppier! I don't know any real estate agency that signs their mail like that.  And this one seems to like the phrase "in the earliest possible time."

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2342 on: February 25, 2014, 05:37:39 PM »
I don't know what the scam is here, but I was on Amazon, looking at a very newly-published book. As in so new, Amazon lists it as in stock, but the listed publication date is next month. The book is selling for $15 (Kindle version) - $60 (hardcover).

2 outfits have listings for used copies - at $999 each.

What???

Reviewers copy.  They are not supposed to be sold prior to the release date.

Wouldn't that be too risqué and professional Darwinism? I would have guessed that promotional/reviewers copy have an identification with the name of the person/magazine/whatever that received it, and a signed agreement that they are not to be sold, lended, copied or anything.
If they can trace it back to you you don't do your illegal trading out in the open...  ::)

Albums that my old zine received for review had a hole in the plastic case. I didn't do reviews so I don't know if they received unrealeased albums, or if they did if it was a digital or real version.

ARCs (advance reading copies) usually don't have any particular identification, but they do almost always say "NOT FOR SALE" OR "ADVANCE COPY NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION" or something similar on them.  Sometimes the notice is more obvious than other times.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2343 on: February 25, 2014, 06:22:17 PM »
I will say that a reviewer who was once dear to me used to sell his movies and books to used media stores. He made hundreds of dollars a year, but wouldn't do more than 1 box at a place each year. It was wrong, but he only sold things that didn't have marks indicating advance/special copies and were already in wide circulation, so no one was wiser.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2344 on: February 25, 2014, 07:10:57 PM »
I saw a guy try to scam McDonald's yesterday, and he tried to use me to do it! This McDonald's drive through is set up like most, with a speaker where you place your order, then a window where you pay, then a window where you get your food. For some reason, this McD's likes to put a person out by the line to take orders, rather than having you use the speaker. (I'm not sure why. It's a small lot, and he stands about 3 car lengths back from the speaker. This stops the traffic there, and on this day, there was room for at least 6 cars between him and the pay window.)
When I got in line, there were 2 cars ahead of me to order. The first one ordered, then pulled around to the pay window. The second one ordered, then pulled up to the speaker. I order my usual large Diet Dr. Pepper, then heard the guy ahead of me order a large Diet Dr. Pepper at the speaker. He pulled up and paid, then moved to the pickup window. As I pulled up to the pay window, I saw the person at the window hand him a large drink, which he refused. The lady at the pay window told me my total was $7.73. I told her I just had a drink. She looked at my for a second, then ran down the hall to the pickup window. She came back with the other guy's card, cancelled a payment, and then charged a new one. The guy ahead of me had heard my order, duplicated it and paid for a drink. Then he pulled up to the pickup window, refused the drink, and told them what he had actually ordered from the guy in line. Since they had that order ready, they assumed that the orders were in the wrong order, and were about to give him the food. If the cashier hadn't realized so quickly what was happening, he would have been able to take off with the food, while only paying for a drink.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2345 on: February 25, 2014, 07:20:56 PM »
I don't know what the scam is here, but I was on Amazon, looking at a very newly-published book. As in so new, Amazon lists it as in stock, but the listed publication date is next month. The book is selling for $15 (Kindle version) - $60 (hardcover).

2 outfits have listings for used copies - at $999 each.

What???

Reviewers copy.  They are not supposed to be sold prior to the release date.

Wouldn't that be too risqué and professional Darwinism? I would have guessed that promotional/reviewers copy have an identification with the name of the person/magazine/whatever that received it, and a signed agreement that they are not to be sold, lended, copied or anything.
If they can trace it back to you you don't do your illegal trading out in the open...  ::)

Albums that my old zine received for review had a hole in the plastic case. I didn't do reviews so I don't know if they received unrealeased albums, or if they did if it was a digital or real version.

I got a promotional copy once, and it didn't have any sort of special marking or anything at all on it, as far as I remember.  And no, I didn't resell it.  :)  I think I still have it somewhere.  It was quite good, and I felt very excited to get to read the book early and write a review to promote it.

SheltieMom, that's a crazy scam!  Bet it works a lot, though.  Very sneaky.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2346 on: February 26, 2014, 05:47:11 AM »
I got this gem earlier this week ...


Hubbell
     Simply Compassionate
   Death notification
      
We would like to express our deepest sorrow for the untimely death of your beloved
friend and inform you about the life service celebration that will take place at
Hubbell Funeral Home on February 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Please follow this link to get funeral invitation.
Please be there to honor the memory of your friend with her closest people.

Our best wishes and prayers,
Armaan Ratliff,
Funeral home assistant

99 North Indian Rocks Road | Belleair Bluffs, Florida 33770
Phone 727-584-7671 | Fax 727-584-1073

Now this is a real funeral home (as far as I know), but no one I know has died, let alone across the state. I've never heard of getting a funeral invitation like this and the link (which I just hovered over) goes to bajainflables.com
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2347 on: February 26, 2014, 08:40:00 AM »
Dazi, you may want to notify the legit funeral home that it seems someone is using their name for a possible scam.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2348 on: February 26, 2014, 09:46:28 AM »
The funeral home knows about it and has been having a lot of trouble as a result. E-mailed death notice really a phishing scam

The link downloads malware.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2349 on: February 26, 2014, 10:22:57 AM »
So far I have won the UK lottery.  4 times.    I live in the US

I've won the United Nations lottery.  Twice.

I'm a relative of a poor Nigerian lady who's husband was being chased by someone, didn't know who, but he has died and now they are after her and would I please, being her only relative, help her hide her money until she can find out what's going on?  Oh and she is sick and in a wheelchair to boot.

I have gotten the Life Alert phone calls and the Microsoft Windows phone calls numerous times.

Yesterday I won a cruise.  My tenth.  Woo!

Oh and when I'm on said cruises I'm sure my new Internet Alarm system will keep my house safe.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2350 on: February 26, 2014, 10:33:41 AM »
I will say that a reviewer who was once dear to me used to sell his movies and books to used media stores. He made hundreds of dollars a year, but wouldn't do more than 1 box at a place each year. It was wrong, but he only sold things that didn't have marks indicating advance/special copies and were already in wide circulation, so no one was wiser.

I don't think there is anything wrong with selling them once the book/movie/record is in wide circulation. You can't keep everything so what else can he do with it? Throw it away?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2351 on: February 26, 2014, 10:49:33 AM »
We have a lot of reviewers in our neighborhood.  It isn't unusual to find a box of books or CDs out on the sidewalk for 'adoption'.

They're not really throwing the material away because someone will take it home but they're scrupulous about not selling the things. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2352 on: February 26, 2014, 12:51:12 PM »
I will say that a reviewer who was once dear to me used to sell his movies and books to used media stores. He made hundreds of dollars a year, but wouldn't do more than 1 box at a place each year. It was wrong, but he only sold things that didn't have marks indicating advance/special copies and were already in wide circulation, so no one was wiser.

I don't think there is anything wrong with selling them once the book/movie/record is in wide circulation. You can't keep everything so what else can he do with it? Throw it away?

Since it was part of our publication's policy that we were not to profit from any 'freebies' from work (a pretty standard journalistic policy), he was free to do whatever, except sell it. MOST copies of movies and books were sold at an annual office charity sale.

I got lots of free books, wine, ice cream, movie tickets. I never sold any of them.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2353 on: February 26, 2014, 01:03:46 PM »
I will say that a reviewer who was once dear to me used to sell his movies and books to used media stores. He made hundreds of dollars a year, but wouldn't do more than 1 box at a place each year. It was wrong, but he only sold things that didn't have marks indicating advance/special copies and were already in wide circulation, so no one was wiser.

I don't think there is anything wrong with selling them once the book/movie/record is in wide circulation. You can't keep everything so what else can he do with it? Throw it away?

someone who reviews things locally gives them to the local library booksale.  Which is why I have a few reviewer copies on my shelves :)

Since it was part of our publication's policy that we were not to profit from any 'freebies' from work (a pretty standard journalistic policy), he was free to do whatever, except sell it. MOST copies of movies and books were sold at an annual office charity sale.

I got lots of free books, wine, ice cream, movie tickets. I never sold any of them.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2354 on: February 28, 2014, 03:28:07 PM »
So, my thief and scammer brother, about whom I have posted about in this thread before, is apparently getting out of jail soon. My other brother and his wife have sent out a family missive asking all of us to help him re-integrate. Essentially, brainstorm about how to help him find a job, a support group, and feel loved and accepted and keep him away from his darn problems so he doesn’t get another sentence.

I am trying to find a diplomatic way to say “No way in E-hell.” Scam Brother was in a detention facility for a while during his teen years, when he got out we congregated to help him. He made choices that landed him in a jail for a while. When he got out, we gathered again. He then started stealing from people’s homes; my mother’s prescriptions, jewelry, expensive knick knacks. He put on a fake wedding (she was already married so they couldn't get a wedding license) and got a lot of gifts. His “wife” had a baby and I gave them a lot of baby stuff, figuring the baby shouldn't suffer. He abandoned the woman and child (who did prove to be his genetically), continued to cheat and steal…tried to mooch from me once for a substantial sum…and not only went away for theft and breaking parole but got an extra charge for terrorizing a witness, due to threatening my sister and her family when she testified against him.

Right now I have “I wish you the best in your endeavors, but we are unable to assist with the process at this time. Scam Brother is not allowed in or near my home or my children. If he approaches us he will be removed forcibly. Thank you.” My husband is in full support of this but I can just hear the “faaaamily” bugle call now.
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