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#### jedikaiti

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3180 on: August 28, 2014, 11:25:27 PM »
I believe Publisher's Clearing House actually shows up at your door if you win. They make a huge production out of it too - they want to get your exited reaction on camera.

I've always wondered what PCH does when the person isn't home.  Hang around waiting?  Ask a neighbor if the lucky winner still lives there?

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#### Dazi

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3181 on: August 29, 2014, 05:38:28 AM »
I believe Publisher's Clearing House actually shows up at your door if you win. They make a huge production out of it too - they want to get your exited reaction on camera.

I've always wondered what PCH does when the person isn't home.  Hang around waiting?  Ask a neighbor if the lucky winner still lives there?

From my understanding, they actually scout you for a few days. Then once you are home, someone relays the message to the production team that are parked nearby.
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#### nutraxfornerves

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3182 on: August 29, 2014, 10:00:47 AM »
PCH says:
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Question - What if I'm not home when the PCH Prize Patrol comes?
Answer - If you are our lucky winner, the Prize Patrol, headed by Dave Sayer, will use all of their resources to locate you and present you with your prize. When our famous Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol awards a prize in person, they make every effort to find that winner. If the winner is at work, on vacation, or away from home, the Prize Patrol will find them.

The Prize Patrol has never failed to track down the winner of our SuperPrize awards!

They also note that winners of lesser awards are notified "via an overnight express carrier such as UPS, FedEx or USPS Express Mail and occasionally via email. Major prize award and SuperPrize winners are not notified via email."

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#### Twik

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3183 on: August 29, 2014, 10:04:57 AM »
I believe Publisher's Clearing House actually shows up at your door if you win. They make a huge production out of it too - they want to get your exited reaction on camera.

I've always wondered what PCH does when the person isn't home.  Hang around waiting?  Ask a neighbor if the lucky winner still lives there?

From my understanding, they actually scout you for a few days. Then once you are home, someone relays the message to the production team that are parked nearby.

I can see it now:

Police: We've caught the guy casing the house! Hands up!

Dude: Don't shoot! I'm from Publisher's Clearing House!
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#### nutraxfornerves

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3184 on: August 29, 2014, 12:33:38 PM »
Direct and to the point. Sent to the general email address of a friend's business:

Respected sir
Can you help me some money for buy a laptop if possible sir please
Thanking you
Yours faithfully
[Name redacted]
Prasent adress [sic] [Room number in student lodging at a university in India]

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#### artk2002

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« Reply #3185 on: August 29, 2014, 12:46:31 PM »
http://www.techcentral.co.za/we-scam-the-indian-call-centre-scammers/50579/

That was good. I've taken them up to the point where they want to install the remote control software and cut things off.
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#### Miss Misery

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3186 on: August 29, 2014, 01:38:44 PM »
Now I'm being bombarded by e-mails from Penny/Simone/Socorro who wants to chat with me because she's bummed from a recent break-up or because she saw my profile on the 'net and -gosh- thinks I'm sssoooo hot!

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« Reply #3187 on: August 30, 2014, 11:43:08 AM »
There's truly nothing new under the sun.  While researching my family genealogy, I came across the Sir Francis Drake Association Hoax.
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In 1913 thousands of people with the last name Drake received a letter from the "Sir Francis Drake Association," an organization founded for the purpose of settling the estate of the legendary British buccaneer who had died 300 years earlier. The letter claimed that the estate was still tied up in probate court, and that since Drake's death in 1596 the value had grown to an estimated $22 billion. Any Drake descendant who wanted a share of the estate was 'Welcome-all they had to do was contribute toward the$2,500-a-week "legal expenses" needed to pursue the case. When the estate was settled, each contributor would be entitled to a proportional share. There was no time to waste-the fight was underway and any Drake descendant who hesitated risked being cut out entirely. To claim a part of the estate, the “descendants” would have to pay for legal expenses to trace their lineage to Sir Francis Drake and move the claim through the legal system. In all, approximately 2 million dollars was collected.
source: http://coryfamsoc.com/articles/francis_drake_hoax.html

Thousands of people fell for the hoax.

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#### Sirius

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3188 on: August 30, 2014, 02:07:03 PM »
Great news everyone! According to not one, but two emails that somehow ended up in my Spam folder today, Sveltana wants to marry me!

I'm so delighted! Thank you, Russian bride spammer.

Can I now plan an atrocious shower with a gimme-pig gift registry that will elicit an epic collective gasp from all of you? Please? Pretty please?

Svetlana wants to marry me, too.  The hussy.

#### Where's the Quiet?

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« Reply #3189 on: September 04, 2014, 09:17:59 PM »
Well, here's a new one...I get to help a woman "re-profile" some money to help her with her divorce!

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Hi,

How are you and your family?

I'm  Mrs Haiyan Li Helen  from China and married to Mr.George Carr from England.We have lived together for some years now and own our business together but now we are having some misunderstandings which have lead to us filling for divorce in the Law Court now. The court ruling/judgement will commence in few weeks coming and i have 1,150,000 million pounds(One million one hundred and fifty thousand pounds, from our joint investment business) deposited in my own bank by my husband when we were in good terms.He is making plan to take this money because he thinks am not a British woman, so he can cheat on me.

If the court judgement commence and we officially divorce,i will loose this fund because of the agreement we had when the money was deposited in my account, therefore i solicit for your help as my partner in business so i could transfer this fund to you in your country as the BENEFICIARY to the fund as soon as possible,since in our agreement, i have the rights to use the money for business purposes and get more income,and once we officially get divorced,i will come over to your country for us to share the fund on 70/30% basic ,and i will be using my share for investment in your country.I will direct you to the bank for the immediate transferring of this fund to you as soon as i hear from you. I will furnish you more details when i receive your reply.

Regards as am waiting for your immediate response and provide me your personal your full names,full address,and  mobile number for proper communication and for security reasons.

Haiyan Li Helen

I'm wondering why her not being British means it's okay to cheat on her (or maybe that means cheat her out of money?). Also, it's very generous of her to invest in my country!

#### Tea Drinker

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3190 on: September 04, 2014, 10:13:37 PM »
Most likely either "he thinks that since I'm not British, he's better than me and doesn't owe me fidelity" or "he thinks that since I'm not British and he is, a British court will rule against me and let him have all the money."

I have no idea of whether any British court would do that, but it's just plausible that an angry soon-to-be-divorced person would think it might--and "just plausible" is better than average for that sort of story.
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#### zyrs

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3191 on: September 05, 2014, 12:15:19 AM »
We received three phone calls a couple of days ago from "Microsoft Tech Support".  It was a recorded female voice stating that our computer was generating errors and we should press 1 to talk to a technician.

We just hung up the phone.

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« Reply #3192 on: September 07, 2014, 04:55:10 PM »
This may be a legitimate offer but I doubt it-I am now getting calls at one of my offices for a business loan to help my cash flow issue. We don't have a "cash flow issue" and I don't know why we are suddenly being inundated with these calls.

One call had a very thick, distinctive Indian accent and I kept telling her no we did not want a loan, she said, "perfect, how much would you like?"  Zero, we would like zero - get it, nothing, nada, no money.  "Perfect let me transfer you to my supervisor to get started on the qualifying process."  Supervisor with similar accent comes on the phone, "I understand you are interested in a loan for $25,000 to help your business?. No, I said we aren't interested in any amount, zero, nothing. She started talking about interest rates and I gave up and hung up. But the calls keep coming... I would be very, very careful with this kind of call. Or rather, I would hang up at once. There is a scam where the call is recorded and then edited, so that it sounds like you did, indeed accept the loan. #### Elfmama • Member • Posts: 7006 • Derailing threads since 2001! ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #3193 on: September 07, 2014, 05:00:50 PM » This may be a legitimate offer but I doubt it-I am now getting calls at one of my offices for a business loan to help my cash flow issue. We don't have a "cash flow issue" and I don't know why we are suddenly being inundated with these calls. One call had a very thick, distinctive Indian accent and I kept telling her no we did not want a loan, she said, "perfect, how much would you like?" Zero, we would like zero - get it, nothing, nada, no money. "Perfect let me transfer you to my supervisor to get started on the qualifying process." Supervisor with similar accent comes on the phone, "I understand you are interested in a loan for$25,000 to help your business?.  No, I said we aren't interested in any amount, zero, nothing. She started talking about interest rates and I gave up and hung up.

But the calls keep coming...

I would be very, very careful with this kind of call. Or rather, I would hang up at once. There is a scam where the call is recorded and then edited, so that it sounds like you did, indeed accept the loan.
They try to get you to say "Yes" to something, anything.  "Is this XYZ business?" What do you normally answer but with "yes," right?
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#### Mergatroyd

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##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #3194 on: September 07, 2014, 05:03:00 PM »
That's scary!

Ooh, in other news, I've just recieved an email from Western Union notifying me that the UN has sent me 650,000\$ !! They must think I'm a great peacemaker.
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