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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2475 on: March 29, 2014, 08:37:24 PM »
It's been a weird week for me. Friday when I got home I found I had an envelope in the mail with my address handwritten on it. Inside was a three-page handwritten letter, on looseleaf notebook paper, which seemed to be from someone in an evangelical religion, along with a bunch of related pamphlets. I guess I don't know exactly what they wanted, as I merely skimmed the letter then threw the whole thing away. I'm still amazed by the handwritten letter--imagine all that they sent out, all over the neighborhood.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2476 on: March 29, 2014, 11:13:53 PM »
I am getting calls from an Oregon number on my cell phone with no message being left.

Then twice I have received calls from a +10000000000. I don't know what number that is, and they don't leave messages.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2477 on: March 29, 2014, 11:33:56 PM »
We get calls from 000-000-0000 quite often. I pick up, say hello, and if there is no immediate (within 2 seconds), I hang up.

When I am watching the grandkids, I don't pick up the phone if I don't recognize the number that comes up on the caller ID.

Heh, my habit got my DH nowhere yesterday. He called the landline of OldestDD&family (where the kids and I were) and the number that appeared on the ID was the 000-000-0000 number. So I didn't answer.

Oh well, if he wants to block his number from Caller ID, then he's taking the gamble (and losing) if he wants me to answer the phone.

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« Reply #2478 on: March 29, 2014, 11:40:20 PM »
We've gotten a couple of the Microsoft scam calls this week.  DH answered the last one.  After hearing the first part of the spiel, he just laughed & said " I'm a Cyber Security specialist.  Get lost."  Totally true.  He is getting CISSP certification.   >:D  ;D  We probably have the tightest security of any home network, and a lot better than most corporations.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2479 on: March 30, 2014, 11:41:41 AM »
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t's been a weird week for me. Friday when I got home I found I had an envelope in the mail with my address handwritten on it. Inside was a three-page handwritten letter, on looseleaf notebook paper, which seemed to be from someone in an evangelical religion, along with a bunch of related pamphlets. I guess I don't know exactly what they wanted, as I merely skimmed the letter then threw the whole thing away. I'm still amazed by the handwritten letter--imagine all that they sent out, all over the neighborhood.

It may not be a scam. Take a look at this previous post of mine. There are denominations that carry out this kind of activity. They consider it a way for "shut-ins" to be able to promote the religion.

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=130886.msg3047172#msg3047172

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« Reply #2480 on: March 30, 2014, 01:26:45 PM »
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t's been a weird week for me. Friday when I got home I found I had an envelope in the mail with my address handwritten on it. Inside was a three-page handwritten letter, on looseleaf notebook paper, which seemed to be from someone in an evangelical religion, along with a bunch of related pamphlets. I guess I don't know exactly what they wanted, as I merely skimmed the letter then threw the whole thing away. I'm still amazed by the handwritten letter--imagine all that they sent out, all over the neighborhood.

It may not be a scam. Take a look at this previous post of mine. There are denominations that carry out this kind of activity. They consider it a way for "shut-ins" to be able to promote the religion.

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=130886.msg3047172#msg3047172

Yipe! The mass-manufactured feeling of that is so tacky and cynical, I think.

I'm very curious if any of my neighbors in the apartment building got one. It had my name but not my apartment number on it, I noticed. The gist of the letter seemed to be complaining about rising crime and how that happened because people didn't believe in Specific Tenets. I have not been the victim of a crime (fortunately! I think I would be terribly upset by this if I had). Some of our local papers do police blotters and I wonder if maybe someone in my building had something minor that was mentioned there (minor in the sense that the landlord didn't feel the need to make everyone in the building aware), and this person decided to launch a campaign focused on all the tenants.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2481 on: March 30, 2014, 06:26:51 PM »
^^ Add to that a preschooler loudly asking "who is it, who is it!?" over and over, because if it's daddy or grandma,of course he wants to say hi!

 The caller got "sorrywedon'tdodonationsoverthephone pleasemailusthanksbye!" click! and I explained to DS that it wasn't daddy or grandma.

I might have been sorely tempted to hand the phone over to the preschooler!  >:D

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2482 on: March 30, 2014, 06:52:45 PM »
I came home today to find magnetic business cards for moving services on every door on our building and the one across.

Use legitimate advertising, and I might use your business. Trespass on private property to illegally (posted at all entrances) stick your business cards everywhere? Nope.

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« Reply #2483 on: March 30, 2014, 07:04:49 PM »
^^ Add to that a preschooler loudly asking "who is it, who is it!?" over and over, because if it's daddy or grandma,of course he wants to say hi!

 The caller got "sorrywedon'tdodonationsoverthephone pleasemailusthanksbye!" click! and I explained to DS that it wasn't daddy or grandma.

I might have been sorely tempted to hand the phone over to the preschooler!  >:D

I knew a family that did this.  The kid LOVED it.  The telemarketers, not so much.

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« Reply #2484 on: March 30, 2014, 08:02:09 PM »
^^ Add to that a preschooler loudly asking "who is it, who is it!?" over and over, because if it's daddy or grandma,of course he wants to say hi!

 The caller got "sorrywedon'tdodonationsoverthephone pleasemailusthanksbye!" click! and I explained to DS that it wasn't daddy or grandma.

I might have been sorely tempted to hand the phone over to the preschooler!  >:D
I've done that.  Hey, they ASKED for him, full name including middle name.   >:D

I think hermanne's case EvilMama would say to the child (in the caller's hearing) "It's not Daddy or Grandma, it's a man who wants me to give him money" and then go into the "no donations over the phone" spiel.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2485 on: March 30, 2014, 09:15:11 PM »
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When sitting with the grandkids, I tell them "we are not going to answer the phone - that's someone trying to sell us something."

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2486 on: March 30, 2014, 09:18:05 PM »
Well, I got rid of the land line phone.

I still get calls to my mobile, but can assign them to a silent ring tone or block them.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2487 on: March 31, 2014, 06:56:43 AM »
It's been a weird week for me. Friday when I got home I found I had an envelope in the mail with my address handwritten on it. Inside was a three-page handwritten letter, on looseleaf notebook paper, which seemed to be from someone in an evangelical religion, along with a bunch of related pamphlets. I guess I don't know exactly what they wanted, as I merely skimmed the letter then threw the whole thing away. I'm still amazed by the handwritten letter--imagine all that they sent out, all over the neighborhood.

We get these about once a year and it's always a little sad.  We don't think it's a scam because no money is ever requested.  We do think it's a sincere attempt to spread the word about the person's beliefs. 

Still, it's sad because the letter is poorly phrased and the handwriting is the loopy sort favored by Tween-aged girls. 
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2488 on: March 31, 2014, 02:49:50 PM »
I work for a university where I was previously a student, so I get all kinds of interesting spam and scams in my email - some targeting staff, but even more targeting students.

This is what I got over the weekend, from a nonsensically named gmail account:
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All classes on Monday (3/31) and Tuesday (4/1) have been canceled due to recent developments in the revealing of the truth about life and death.  All students are being granted extra time to review this important material.

The document in reference is rumored to have been submitted to The Truth Contest [URL REDACTED] by UNIVERSITY students.  Google "Truth Contest" if you prefer to not click on links in emails. On the website homepage, click the top entry, The Present.

This is much more important than class, so take these days off to seek and learn the truth of life to start anew after spring recess. All of your professors have been notified.

Sincerely,

UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT'S REAL NAME
President
UNIVERSITY
Office of the President

I hope nobody was dumb enough to fall for that.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2489 on: March 31, 2014, 02:59:37 PM »
I came home today to find magnetic business cards for moving services on every door on our building and the one across.

Use legitimate advertising, and I might use your business. Trespass on private property to illegally (posted at all entrances) stick your business cards everywhere? Nope.

At least they were magnetic. I'm tired of scraping off actual stickers!