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Midge

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2550 on: April 28, 2014, 03:36:21 PM »
I finally got the "Windows support" scam phone call this weekend you guys!

We've been getting the "Rachel from Card Services" ones (these might just be in the U.S.), and the "This is Stephanie, and I'm calling about your account," and free cruises, and Kirby vacuums, but never the Windows support one!

I've also been answering all the calls whether I recognize the number or not, figuring if I can talk to an actually person, I might be able to tell them to knock it the you-know-what off and stop calling us. Phone rings, "PRIVATE CALLER," I answer:

Scammer: This is Sameer, and I am calling from Windows support about your computer, okay?

Me: Oh, you're full of cr*p. *hangs up*

I don't know why I'm so delighted that we finally got that one. My only regret is that I didn't string him along, or think of a better response.

nayberry

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2551 on: April 28, 2014, 04:07:41 PM »
so the back story,  the OP had fraudulent charges and the card provider didn't believe them/didn't care,  when it was passed on to a debt collection agency (whilst still being disputed) the OP decided to have a little fun.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=741653&highlight=fun+debitas

i don't think there's any really bad language, but it'll make you laugh at the ingenuity :)

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heartmug

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2552 on: April 29, 2014, 11:17:41 AM »
My sister-in-law:  I am now wise to her dropping off her son in the afternoon to "hang out with us" when we go to visit.  ("Oh you are staying at a hotel that has a pool!")  Doesn't matter if it is noon, 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 every.single.time nephew has not eaten lunch.  No more!
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2553 on: April 29, 2014, 02:09:31 PM »
so the back story,  the OP had fraudulent charges and the card provider didn't believe them/didn't care,  when it was passed on to a debt collection agency (whilst still being disputed) the OP decided to have a little fun.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=741653&highlight=fun+debitas

i don't think there's any really bad language, but it'll make you laugh at the ingenuity :)

This guy is wonderfully evil! >:D
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peach2play

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2554 on: April 29, 2014, 04:00:58 PM »
so the back story,  the OP had fraudulent charges and the card provider didn't believe them/didn't care,  when it was passed on to a debt collection agency (whilst still being disputed) the OP decided to have a little fun.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=741653&highlight=fun+debitas

i don't think there's any really bad language, but it'll make you laugh at the ingenuity :)

This guy is wonderfully evil! >:D

I lost two hours at work (thankfully we are reactive so no issue there) reading this web page.  My office mate wondered why I was laughing like a loon.

ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2555 on: April 30, 2014, 12:59:03 PM »
My university and the surrounding area have a fairly high number of panhandlers. Some have pets.

Yesterday I saw one of the usual panhandlers with his dog. Talking on his iPhone 5. Walking down the street.

Today I saw a new panhandler who put her very nice Galaxy 4 phone in her bra before unfolding her sign to ask for money.

I know there are programs for subsidized phones, but neither of those phone models are included and cost in excess of $500, which would pay for a hotel room to share.
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Piratelvr1121

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2556 on: April 30, 2014, 01:36:35 PM »
Yeah, I have seen ads at the Headstart and other places around here for the kinds of phones you can get and they're very basic phones, I doubt they even issue smartphones at all.
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Amoreade

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2557 on: April 30, 2014, 05:50:44 PM »
Having a good phone isn't indicative of being well off, those phones could be gifts or hand-me-downs.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2558 on: April 30, 2014, 05:54:51 PM »
True, but the cost for a data plan is expensive.
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Amoreade

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2559 on: April 30, 2014, 06:02:25 PM »
True, but the cost for a data plan is expensive.
Not all of them. Plus if the phone is a gift the plan may be a part of it, I pay my brothers phone bill as he couldn't afford it on his own and it's worth it to be able to contact him.

nayberry

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2560 on: April 30, 2014, 06:09:52 PM »
so the back story,  the OP had fraudulent charges and the card provider didn't believe them/didn't care,  when it was passed on to a debt collection agency (whilst still being disputed) the OP decided to have a little fun.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=741653&highlight=fun+debitas

i don't think there's any really bad language, but it'll make you laugh at the ingenuity :)

This guy is wonderfully evil! >:D

I lost two hours at work (thankfully we are reactive so no issue there) reading this web page.  My office mate wondered why I was laughing like a loon.


It's one of my "pick me up" threads, that and one about "old style disasters" there's a story about a builder and expanding foam that makes me cackle ;)
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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2561 on: April 30, 2014, 06:45:11 PM »
The subsidized plan does not include smart phones or data plans. Both of these phones are no older than 1 year, so I don't see how they could be hand me downs.

Regardless, I think they could be another resource for the people.
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Redneck Gravy

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2562 on: May 01, 2014, 11:15:49 AM »
I keep books for about 8 companies...one of them is a small landscaping firm (less than five employees).  He is constantly looking for help and he pays top dollar for that work (it's just hard work).  Had a fellow hired that worked one morning then came by to fill out his paperwork - the minute I asked for a copy of his social security card and driver's license he balked. 

He is on disability and wants to be paid in cash only.

Owner said write him a check for the half day and tell him goodbye.  We are not hiring people that want to beat the system on our tax dollars. Words cannot describe how furious this makes me and we see it all the darn time.

Had a friend of mine just get audited by the IRS - she didn't get the SS # for a couple of yard people that did work around her office, IRS said either get their info or lose the deduction.  I love this! 

MommyPenguin

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2563 on: May 01, 2014, 11:57:44 AM »
Can you report people who do that?  Or is there no ay to report the guy without an SS#?
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2564 on: May 01, 2014, 12:35:43 PM »
True, but the cost for a data plan is expensive.
Not all of them. Plus if the phone is a gift the plan may be a part of it, I pay my brothers phone bill as he couldn't afford it on his own and it's worth it to be able to contact him.

I know of at least one case where a homeless and drug-addicted family member's parents paid for his "fancy and expensive" (not really) phone and data plan, so he could be in touch with his sponsors, work, and so that they could check in with him regularly and find out if he was alive or dead on any given day.

Please, people, give up the idea that if you see someone with what you perceive as an expensive piece of technology, that it indicates they are moocher/scammers and not really in need. Technology can be produced and repurposed so inexpensively these days, and it's not unusual for certain charities to help a homeless individual get a second-hand laptop or discarded cell phone so that they can attempt to find work or stay in touch with their family. Many places of employment or social services can't do anything unless they can register a phone number and/or email address where they can reach you.

This is like the complaint that "99% of welfare recipients have refrigerators!" Er... in most states, it's illegal for parents to NOT have a way to keep and preserve food for their families long-term. It's hardly an indicator of frivolity.