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S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers

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Miss Tickle:
The call display showed a strange "number" last night (station 111).  Lucky for us DH answered, because it was Microsoft calling to let us know our windows computer was infected! Since DH doesn't "do" computers he handed me the phone with such a serious expression I was worried something had happened to someone. I had to show him this thread (in between bouts of gleeful laughing - it's my first scam call!) before he calmed down. I admit I wasn't polite to the scammers. I started laughing so hard I couldn't get a word out, so I just hung up.

Oh, and the Nigerian Princes have gone democratic and are now faxing us from the President's office in Ghana.

Figgie:
My Dad died in September and the house (which we live next door to) was placed on the market on March 15th.  The house is not certified for rental and couldn't be certified because of the limit to the number of rental units allowed per block in my small town.

So, I've noticed people stopping by the house and walking around the outside of it, but haven't paid much attention since there is a for sale sign in the front yard.  I just assumed they were people who wanted to look at the outside before meeting with a realtor to see the inside.

Yesterday afternoon, a young woman and her daughter knocked on the door and asked us if the house next door was for rent.  I told her that it most definitely was not for rent and in fact couldn't be rented. 

Turns out that someone had posted it on Craigslist as a rental that accepted cats and dogs was available immediately and linked to the picture of the house on the realtor's website.  We told her that it was a scam and she was very, very grateful that she hadn't sent off a money order to pay a damage deposit and first months rent.

I reported the listing to Craigslist, it was removed and has since popped back up two more times with a different email address.  Both of the new listings have been removed as of a couple of hours ago.

I feel so sorry for the young couples who get taken in by this kind of scam and am grateful that they knocked on the door and asked us about the house.  My spouse made up a large sign and put it on the front porch screen, facing the street that states that the house is not for rent.  Hopefully, that will help prevent anyone from getting scammed!

Twik:

--- Quote from: blue2000 on March 29, 2013, 10:24:06 AM ---You know, if there are any Nigerian princes or officials that actually need help, they are going to have a heck of a time convincing people...

"Hey, it's me! Gerry! I need to borrow the keys to your private plane! Leave them under the box by the hedge, so no one can see me. I have to get out of the country FAST. I'll totally pay you back when I get out!"

"Oh, come on. This scam is such old news. I'm not giving you a plane."

"Buddy, it's ME. GERRY. You know me!"

"Look. Dude. I don't know who you are, but I'm not falling for this." <click>

(next day)

"Foreign Affairs Minister Gerald Mgumbo Executed By Rebel Troops. Well , what do you know. It WAS Gerry. Oops."

--- End quote ---

Brava!

blue2000:

--- Quote from: Twik on April 01, 2013, 11:05:35 AM ---
--- Quote from: blue2000 on March 29, 2013, 10:24:06 AM ---You know, if there are any Nigerian princes or officials that actually need help, they are going to have a heck of a time convincing people...

"Hey, it's me! Gerry! I need to borrow the keys to your private plane! Leave them under the box by the hedge, so no one can see me. I have to get out of the country FAST. I'll totally pay you back when I get out!"

"Oh, come on. This scam is such old news. I'm not giving you a plane."

"Buddy, it's ME. GERRY. You know me!"

"Look. Dude. I don't know who you are, but I'm not falling for this." <click>

(next day)

"Foreign Affairs Minister Gerald Mgumbo Executed By Rebel Troops. Well , what do you know. It WAS Gerry. Oops."

--- End quote ---

Brava!

--- End quote ---

Thanks! ;D

Thipu1:
Thinking back to the 1990s we had a scammer in the library. 

It started simply.  Five people made appointments in the library for 3 pm.  They all arrived on time and one man seemed to be in charge.  We thought it was just a group of students who wanted to do some research together.  That wasn't unusual. When they left, they made the same appointment for the next week. Again, that wasn't unusual

  When the group met the following week, the man who seemed to be in charge was ordering library staffers to bring a large number of books to the table. Many of the books were of the 'fringe' sort and what he was saying sounded a little 'off' to us.    We had suspicions but couldn't really do anything until we got THE PHONE CALL.

Ms. Y called us to say that she was not feeling well and would not be attending Professor X's Class that day. 

What class?  There were no classes held in the library that were sponsored by the museum.

As it turned out, Professor X had charged these people several hundred dollars each to attend a course of pure bushwah.  He was teaching it in our library and, at that time, access to the library was free. From his point of view, it was the perfect thing.

1) He could say that his course was being held at the W Library in the Z museum. That gave him great credibility among his audience. 

2) When the class was together he could ask library personnel to bring whatever he wanted to the table and we would do it. That increased his credibility and power. In his eyes and in the eyes of his students, we were there to do his bidding.

3) He didn't have to pay any money for class space. He didn't have to pay anything for class materials.  Everything he needed was here for free. 

When we discovered that he was holding a class in the library that the museum did not authorize and for which the museum received no money, the thing was shut down very quickly.   

However, for several years afterwards we'd get phone calls asking when Professor X would be giving his class in the W Library.

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