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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2505 on: April 02, 2014, 02:19:05 PM »
I'm going to have to spend a fortune on plane fares and lawyers next week. I have to be in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Seattle for the court appearances, all on the same day, unless I take care of them via the "attached document."

I have to be in Fort Worth and Grand Rapids.  ::)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2506 on: April 02, 2014, 09:37:40 PM »
I got a call today from a Montana area code saying that the FBI is looking into "charges" and I need to comply . . . I didn't catch it all as I was grocery shopping and not really paying attention to the recording. I did get a bit of a chuckle before I hung up though
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2507 on: April 02, 2014, 10:47:10 PM »
Has anyone been getting the ones from someone with "higher education"? They sound absolutely idiotic - can't seem to figure out what to say if you vary from the expected script.
No, I won't let you talk to my autistic son who is not going to college.
Silence.
Then they ask for him again!
I don't know what the scam is but I'm very close to getting a whistle to blow in the phone after getting four calls a day, day after day. We have been nice and requested to be put on their Do Not Contact List. I have told them son is autistic and not going to college.
And just today, DH finally blew a gasket and yelled and screamed at them to get him a supervisor (they were "on break" and the person never did get a supervisor). DH threatened them with a lawsuit for harassment if they call again and they didn't call again today - maybe we finally got rid of them.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2508 on: April 02, 2014, 11:22:40 PM »
Has anyone been getting the ones from someone with "higher education"? They sound absolutely idiotic - can't seem to figure out what to say if you vary from the expected script.
No, I won't let you talk to my autistic son who is not going to college.
Silence.
Then they ask for him again!
I don't know what the scam is but I'm very close to getting a whistle to blow in the phone after getting four calls a day, day after day. We have been nice and requested to be put on their Do Not Contact List. I have told them son is autistic and not going to college.
And just today, DH finally blew a gasket and yelled and screamed at them to get him a supervisor (they were "on break" and the person never did get a supervisor). DH threatened them with a lawsuit for harassment if they call again and they didn't call again today - maybe we finally got rid of them.

You could always inform them that [Son'sName] is actually the name of the family dog, and if they persist, continue saying there is no human person with that name and the only person in the house with that name is the dog. And he doesn't have to go to college. :3

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2509 on: April 03, 2014, 09:24:25 AM »
I'm going to have to spend a fortune on plane fares and lawyers next week. I have to be in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Seattle for the court appearances, all on the same day, unless I take care of them via the "attached document."

I have to be in Fort Worth and Grand Rapids.  ::)

I have to be in Anchorage.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2510 on: April 03, 2014, 10:29:42 AM »
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Has anyone been getting the ones from someone with "higher education"? They sound absolutely idiotic - can't seem to figure out what to say if you vary from the expected script.

We're not getting calls, but for the past year or so we have been inundated with mail and brochures from various colleges and schools addressed to someone named "Paul Jones" (not the real name).  Neither my husband and I are named Paul Jones, and I moved into my house when it was brand new, so no one but us has ever had that address.  I've been trying to figure out how all these different schools got our address for this person.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2511 on: April 03, 2014, 10:58:50 AM »
Got 'Air Duct Cleaning' again last night.

I should just quit answering the phone unless I'm expecting a call.  And even then, I can let the answering machine screen it for me.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2512 on: April 03, 2014, 11:01:55 AM »
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Has anyone been getting the ones from someone with "higher education"? They sound absolutely idiotic - can't seem to figure out what to say if you vary from the expected script.

We're not getting calls, but for the past year or so we have been inundated with mail and brochures from various colleges and schools addressed to someone named "Paul Jones" (not the real name).  Neither my husband and I are named Paul Jones, and I moved into my house when it was brand new, so no one but us has ever had that address.  I've been trying to figure out how all these different schools got our address for this person.

A mis-typed address on a mailing list, maybe?  Maybe "Paul" signed up for college information, but they made a mistake putting his address in...

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2513 on: April 03, 2014, 11:19:58 AM »
There are many scholarship websites that one can fill out. Is it possible Paul Jones put the wrong address? I know those lists are sold to colleges.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2514 on: April 03, 2014, 11:59:45 AM »
You know, they've probably get a lot more bites if they pretended to be one of those "forgotten bank accounts" sites, notifying people that they still had $583 in the bank account from 2004 in some realistic bank (Bank of America, Citibank, something or other), and would they like to transfer it to a current bank account?  And keep the number low (in American dollars).
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2515 on: April 03, 2014, 01:30:27 PM »
Got 'Air Duct Cleaning' again last night.

I should just quit answering the phone unless I'm expecting a call.  And even then, I can let the answering machine screen it for me.

That's what I do.  I figure the answering machine is the equivilant of a butler saying, "Madame is not receiving today.  Would you like to leave your card?"

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2516 on: April 03, 2014, 02:10:46 PM »
Got 'Air Duct Cleaning' again last night.

I should just quit answering the phone unless I'm expecting a call.  And even then, I can let the answering machine screen it for me.

That's what I do.  I figure the answering machine is the equivilant of a butler saying, "Madame is not receiving today.  Would you like to leave your card?"

Heh. When I was a nanny, I'd often answer the house phone even if my boss was sitting right there. I'd ask "Who's calling, please?"  repeat the name they gave me, and my boss would either shake her head or hold her hand out for the phone.

This was before Caller ID was popular and the family was very active in the community, so ignoring calls wasn't always an option. My boss greatly appreciated it when I picked up first, especially when it was the end of long day.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2517 on: April 05, 2014, 03:35:07 PM »
Got this one today:

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This is to notify you that all our customer about the latest
development concerning all the payment that are left in our custody,
which yours are inclusive beside your. Our western union office is now
offering a bonus for the New year 2014 to help all our customer to
receive they funds of $2.5USD which you will be receving $5,000 USD
per day.Here is
what we need from you to complete the transfer,

Your Name_______________
Your Country_____________
Mobile phone No____________
Your home address___________
A copy of your ID

Bellow is your first payment for $5000usd sent today in your name.

Sender Name: John Philip
REFENCE: 788-164-56
Question= When
Answer= Today
Amount Sent: $5000.00

Note:that Only Fee Request for You Is $89 for re-activate of the Refence
to your name No More Fee again after that.

REGARDS,
Mr.Jem musa

Why do they have to re-activate my refence number?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2518 on: April 07, 2014, 09:45:15 AM »
Refence, refence....

NO MORE FEE again after that

I'm rolling in the floor - thinking refence as in using a fence to resale stolen items and then REfencing them

Okay, I'm just filled with evil thoughts today   

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2519 on: April 07, 2014, 11:07:06 AM »
I'm not sure if this is a scam or if my number is very close to the number the caller is trying to dial and they're really bad at it. 

Every now and again, I get a few calls from someone in Romania (I looked up the country code).  I have a habit of not answering numbers I don't recognize, figuring if it's someone really trying to get in touch, they'll leave a message.  This particular caller never does.  Yesterday, they called 6 times in 15 minutes.  If they don't leave a message, I don't call back, figuring it was a wrong number or a telemarketer.

Anyone else ever get these calls?  Dh and I are speculating that it's either a thing where if I pick up, I'll somehow be charged a lot of money for the call or if I call back, I'll be charged a lot of money for the call.  I have heard of the latter, but those usually ring only once and this caller rings a few times.

Either way, I've been ignoring it but has anyone else had experience with these?