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Nikko-chan

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #7245 on: January 14, 2018, 03:15:05 AM »
I got a voice mail from Optum RX saying that my prescription had been approved and I should call them to verify shipping. It sounded super legit- be warned.

https://community.aarp.org/t5/Scams-Fraud/Phone-Scam-OptumRX/td-p/1575579


Holy crap. I need to forward this to my sister who works for a legit company that does Optum. if they don't know yet she might have to bring it to their attention

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« Reply #7246 on: January 14, 2018, 05:11:56 PM »
I'm watching this thinking, "Didn't she ever see the movie, The Sting?"

Or the classic HAWAII FIVE-0 episode I'M A FAMILY CROOK, DON'T SHOOT with Andy Griffith?

Or The Golden Girls. This is why I side eye at people who claim you don't learn anything from tv and it even makes you dumber.

How sad this still works.

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« Reply #7247 on: January 14, 2018, 05:55:51 PM »
On another forum's discussion about scammers. An airline reservation clerk reminisced about a favorite call. (Bereavement airfares are discounts for people who have to suddenly book travel because someone died. They used to be much more common than they are now.)

"I need to get your lowest bereavement fair [sic] for Chicago to Orlando [Florida] for 6 people on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving returning on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Our grandmother died of the sudden cancer and we are needing to go to her funeral."

American Thanksgiving Day is the 4th Thursday in November. It is a very popular, and consequently expensive, travel time. The phone call was made in June.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 08:36:54 AM by nutraxfornerves »

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« Reply #7248 on: January 14, 2018, 09:19:17 PM »
Thatís a long time grandma will be in her coffin.  :o

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« Reply #7249 on: January 14, 2018, 10:52:04 PM »
And in my experience, bereavement fares aren't actually cheaper - they're just really really flexible. So if end up having to stay longer than anticipated, you can change flights without a change fee. But you're going to pay for that flexibility.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #7250 on: January 14, 2018, 11:14:17 PM »
I'm watching this thinking, "Didn't she ever see the movie, The Sting?"

Or the classic HAWAII FIVE-0 episode I'M A FAMILY CROOK, DON'T SHOOT with Andy Griffith?

Or The Golden Girls. This is why I side eye at people who claim you don't learn anything from tv and it even makes you dumber.

How sad this still works.
It only works if you're greedy enough to not do the right thing, or so blinded by greed to not ask yourself "why would a complete stranger share this cash with me?"
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« Reply #7251 on: January 15, 2018, 02:37:47 AM »
And in my experience, bereavement fares aren't actually cheaper - they're just really really flexible. So if end up having to stay longer than anticipated, you can change flights without a change fee. But you're going to pay for that flexibility.

We had to use the bereavement benefits, and they were very helpful financially, emotionally, and with timing. We had to give the name and relationship of the deceased and answer some other questions. It helped that my brother's last name was the same as uncle's and brother could use his credit card, and they still did some verifying and called us back later. It really went very smoothly and we are very grateful.

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« Reply #7252 on: January 15, 2018, 10:44:00 AM »
...  It helped that my brother's last name was the same as uncle's and brother could use his credit card, and they still did some verifying and called us back later. It really went very smoothly and we are very grateful.

How is 'verifying' done?  Do they contact the funeral home or something?    ???

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« Reply #7253 on: January 15, 2018, 11:16:25 AM »
...  It helped that my brother's last name was the same as uncle's and brother could use his credit card, and they still did some verifying and called us back later. It really went very smoothly and we are very grateful.

How is 'verifying' done?  Do they contact the funeral home or something?    ???
They had to contact the newspapers to find the funeral home, then contacted the funeral home. It was funny that they expected us to know the name of the newspaper because that is where scammers get their info.

For most of us, why would people from St. Louis know papers in Charlotte? Canít remember the year, but do remember we had a flip phone but computers werenít common yet. I had one 200 miles away, but brother didnít have one yet.

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« Reply #7254 on: January 15, 2018, 12:07:16 PM »
My one boss has struck again. She has a bad "habit" I guess you could say of not properly recording her PTO, and there is no oversight on the part of her boss. So she will do things like make an appt (not an emergency but a routine check up), anytime during the day they give her vs. before or after work, taking 2 hours at lunch for a yoga class and then running errands after, and so on. I'm convinced since she rides after work, using her time is unacceptable, and since no one polices her time, she does what she does.

Anyway, both last year and the year before she had PTO she has to use or lose, plus carryover (we are allowed to carry over as much as you get in a year) so if your vacation is 3 weeks ,you can carry that much over. So i guess she must have had issues with our payroll system (which we just switched a couple of months ago) and the old one is inaccessible. so i overheard the head of our finance dept, who came by to tell her she has x hours this yer. Which really amounts to her carrying over her full vacation entitlement, as she has double what she gets each year.

there is no way in heck she legitimately had that much left over, but as I said, no oversight, and she seems to have a different idea of how things work, so she will log in, then take 3+ hours for an appt, or whatever, log back in, and consider it a full day worked. and not put any time down. Me? its half a day of PTO ifi do that.

no one to complain to either as our dept is small and only my boss and I would have any reason to care. i'm just so pissed off right now since i follow the rules, and she does not, and benefits from it. Sadly, she isn't the only one here that does that.

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« Reply #7255 on: January 15, 2018, 01:44:53 PM »
My one boss has struck again. She has a bad "habit" I guess you could say of not properly recording her PTO, and there is no oversight on the part of her boss. So she will do things like make an appt (not an emergency but a routine check up), anytime during the day they give her vs. before or after work, taking 2 hours at lunch for a yoga class and then running errands after, and so on. I'm convinced since she rides after work, using her time is unacceptable, and since no one polices her time, she does what she does.

Anyway, both last year and the year before she had PTO she has to use or lose, plus carryover (we are allowed to carry over as much as you get in a year) so if your vacation is 3 weeks ,you can carry that much over. So i guess she must have had issues with our payroll system (which we just switched a couple of months ago) and the old one is inaccessible. so i overheard the head of our finance dept, who came by to tell her she has x hours this yer. Which really amounts to her carrying over her full vacation entitlement, as she has double what she gets each year.

there is no way in heck she legitimately had that much left over, but as I said, no oversight, and she seems to have a different idea of how things work, so she will log in, then take 3+ hours for an appt, or whatever, log back in, and consider it a full day worked. and not put any time down. Me? its half a day of PTO ifi do that.

no one to complain to either as our dept is small and only my boss and I would have any reason to care. i'm just so pissed off right now since i follow the rules, and she does not, and benefits from it. Sadly, she isn't the only one here that does that.

Sounds like one boss I had when a contractor: she would make snarky comments about me having time off sick [I think I had a total of 4 days in 18 months], and boasting about how she was never sick...

She had at least as much time away from the office with her not-illness as I did my illnesses, because instead of booking the first/last doctor's appointment as I did, she returned to her home town [not where she lived in London], and would take an 11am appointment [say], so not rock up to work until gone 2pm.  As I was paid hourly, I minimised my time lost to appointments, but she never took a half day off for all those half days she didn't attend.  If I were to add in her dentist/hygienist visits, that would be even more [again, I used to schedule first/last appt, and do both back-to-back, but she would use half a day each time to visit her home town - added up to 2 days a year, if she had no treatments done].

I guess it's nice to work above the level where snark is received. :-\
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« Reply #7256 on: January 16, 2018, 12:52:46 PM »
...  It helped that my brother's last name was the same as uncle's and brother could use his credit card, and they still did some verifying and called us back later. It really went very smoothly and we are very grateful.

How is 'verifying' done?  Do they contact the funeral home or something?    ???

At Delta, we asked for the information -- who died, when, when was the funeral, what was the funeral home -- put that in the reservation notes, and called it done. It wasn't worth the bad publicity to actually do any digging, and as a previous poster stated, it's not actually cheaper, it's just flexible.

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« Reply #7257 on: January 16, 2018, 04:11:47 PM »
...  It helped that my brother's last name was the same as uncle's and brother could use his credit card, and they still did some verifying and called us back later. It really went very smoothly and we are very grateful.

How is 'verifying' done?  Do they contact the funeral home or something?    ???

At Delta, we asked for the information -- who died, when, when was the funeral, what was the funeral home -- put that in the reservation notes, and called it done. It wasn't worth the bad publicity to actually do any digging, and as a previous poster stated, it's not actually cheaper, it's just flexible.

It was Delta. I guess things have changed a lot since then. I thought it was very reasonable at the time.

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« Reply #7258 on: January 16, 2018, 05:24:18 PM »
We're inundated in this area with the utility company scam phone calls, but they seem to have stopped after the local news programs all did stories on them. Thanks to the  extensive coverage, local TV stations!

This is the one where "Michelle" or "Susan" leaves a message that your utility bill has been reviewed and you are eligible for certain discounts. All you have to do is call this number in the 740 area code.

740 is my area code.

I'm all irritated about my electric right now. The HOA renews their aggregation every year, and I keep having to change it back so my bill doesn't go up by half. I'm fairly certain that the HOA is getting kickbacks from the alternate company.

Shouldn't you be able to tell the company that you want to do business with that they are not to switch you without your express consent? We had do that with our phone company to keep them from switching us. Our company came up with a code for us to use.

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« Reply #7259 on: January 17, 2018, 11:03:36 AM »
We're inundated in this area with the utility company scam phone calls, but they seem to have stopped after the local news programs all did stories on them. Thanks to the  extensive coverage, local TV stations!

This is the one where "Michelle" or "Susan" leaves a message that your utility bill has been reviewed and you are eligible for certain discounts. All you have to do is call this number in the 740 area code.

740 is my area code.

I'm all irritated about my electric right now. The HOA renews their aggregation every year, and I keep having to change it back so my bill doesn't go up by half. I'm fairly certain that the HOA is getting kickbacks from the alternate company.

Shouldn't you be able to tell the company that you want to do business with that they are not to switch you without your express consent? We had do that with our phone company to keep them from switching us. Our company came up with a code for us to use.

This, and I'd also file a complaint with your state's utility regulator.  No one, not even your HOA, should be able to switch your utility provider without your expressed consent.