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RingTailedLemur

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #495 on: February 08, 2013, 02:15:12 PM »
Has anyone responded to the message that 3 of your Facebook friends have defriended you?

I won't touch it, of course, but I wonder what the scam is - or unnecessary way to part with my cash, anyway.

No, I haven't responded to it, but I have gotten it and find it quite interesting since I am not now nor ever have been on Facebook!   ???

Apparently the whole world has 'defriended' me!   ;D

Presumably, it's bait to make you click on a link, which either tries to plant some sort of malware, or sell you something - "Want to know who they are? Enter your credit card info here, and it's all yours!"

Or "download this piece of software to find out".

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #496 on: February 08, 2013, 02:27:41 PM »

I had a purse stolen, oh, probably twelve years ago now. They took my checkbook and wrote a bunch of checks--KMart and Best Buy are the two I remember--for thousands.

Don't retailers require ID for such large sums? Here you have to show something like two proof of ID for a check over 100€ (something like 140$°

When my checkbook was stolen, the thief made a fake ID in my name and used that to pass several thousand dollars' worth of checks.

Thankfully I was not held liable for any of the checks. Unthankfully, one of the checks has been bouncing around different collection agencies for the past three years and is now stuck on my credit report, despite sending all appropriate paperwork to the credit bureaus as well as each collection agency. >:( The credit bureaus and collection agencies consider me liable because a [fake] ID in my name was presented. I've given up fighting it at this point.
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CakeBeret

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #497 on: February 08, 2013, 02:37:53 PM »
Haha - I just got one. I answered even though the name on my caller id was gibberish and i didn't recognize the number. It was some guy, who could barely speak English, calling about my "microsoft windows computer" nice try since they don't really make computers, and I know its a scam. I just said, hey, I know this is a scam, goodbye and hung up.
This one really annoys me. I've taken to sounding blank and telling them we don't have PCs. It seems to throw them.

I have never gotten one of these calls. But if I ever do, I plan to say "A computer? No...no...I don't have a computer. I do have a typewriter, though, can you see into that?"
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Lorelei_Evil

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #498 on: February 08, 2013, 02:47:58 PM »
I've done that.  At the time it was true because I didn't have a home computer.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #499 on: February 12, 2013, 01:20:38 PM »
I am a member of Barnes & Noble book stores. I pay once a year to renew and I do save quite a bit of money over the year. Two years ago, while in a store, I was told my membership was past due, and asked if I wanted to pay. I did and had the cashier add it to my total. I then saw that I was billed on my credit card two days before.

Barnes & Noble would not credit my account, and I ended up going through the credit card issuer to get a refund.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #500 on: February 12, 2013, 01:24:29 PM »
I just got an email from "Becky" with the subject line telling me that her husband is not home *wink.*  With a heading like that, I'm afraid to open it, but wonder what the scam is.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #501 on: February 12, 2013, 02:32:00 PM »
I just got an email from "Becky" with the subject line telling me that her husband is not home *wink.*  With a heading like that, I'm afraid to open it, but wonder what the scam is.

If it's like the other emails, she wants you to buy a membership to watch her webcam - she gets all your credit card info if you do.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #502 on: February 12, 2013, 02:36:00 PM »
I just got an email offering me a share  (18.6 million) of a fund for victims of disaster. The disasters included "internet or email scams".  :o
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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #503 on: February 12, 2013, 02:56:56 PM »
We moved in August 2011. Before moving, I researched all ISP's available, their rates and whether or not a contract was required.

Through my work, I received a great monthly rate on company C. No contract, no deposit, and we pay $90 for digital cable and their second tier internet per month with no service charges ever.
Company A didn't offer high speed internet or television service at our place, and their slow internet was $100 per month plus a $250 deposit and a two year contract.
Company B offered high speed internet and cable for $150 per month, with a two year contract and a $100 deposit.

I went with company C. I get mail from both companies A & B and satellite television companies offering me great low rates, when they can't beat what I have and require contracts!
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LEMon

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #504 on: February 12, 2013, 03:48:11 PM »
I just got a spam/scam email from "The King of Narnia." WOW.

Bet it's Edmund.

LOL!

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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #505 on: February 12, 2013, 04:08:17 PM »
This would be listed under Scammer Fail:

Right before Christmas, a package was delivered to me at home. From Apple. My DH was there and asked if I had ordered anything. Nope. So, I opened it up. It was a Mac Book Pro laptop. I was confused, DH wondered aloud if it was a gift from my stepmom (she gave DD an iPad last Christams). I said I wasn't that good this year, besides all our computers are Windows. The packing slip didn't indicate who paid for it.

So, I called Apple, and asked them. They said MyName ordered it. Umm, no I didn't. How was it paid for? With this credit card, and he read off my credit card number! Ack! He had my name and address, but a different email address. The Apple CSR and I discussed the situation. He recommended that I call my credit card company, then the police, then back to Apple.

I called the CC company, they cancelled the transaction and my card. They sent a new card the next business day. The police came and took a report. I gave the trooper a copy of the pack list and the print out showing the cost of the item. He told me not to hold my breath on him finding the person.

Then back to Apple to return the laptop. They emailed me a return shipping label.

What kind of idiot steals a credit card, goes shopping, and then has the stuff shipped to the real CC holder's house?

That happens a lot in my area, the thief usually lies in wait on the delivery day.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #506 on: February 12, 2013, 04:24:31 PM »
I just got a spam/scam email from "The King of Narnia." WOW.

Bet it's Edmund.

LOL!

HIGH KING Edmund.
I thought Peter was the High King.

I think the High King Edmund is from the movie. http://forum.narniaweb.com/viewtopic.php?p=126899
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #507 on: February 13, 2013, 07:17:00 AM »
This would be listed under Scammer Fail:

Right before Christmas, a package was delivered to me at home. From Apple. My DH was there and asked if I had ordered anything. Nope. So, I opened it up. It was a Mac Book Pro laptop. I was confused, DH wondered aloud if it was a gift from my stepmom (she gave DD an iPad last Christams). I said I wasn't that good this year, besides all our computers are Windows. The packing slip didn't indicate who paid for it.

So, I called Apple, and asked them. They said MyName ordered it. Umm, no I didn't. How was it paid for? With this credit card, and he read off my credit card number! Ack! He had my name and address, but a different email address. The Apple CSR and I discussed the situation. He recommended that I call my credit card company, then the police, then back to Apple.

I called the CC company, they cancelled the transaction and my card. They sent a new card the next business day. The police came and took a report. I gave the trooper a copy of the pack list and the print out showing the cost of the item. He told me not to hold my breath on him finding the person.

Then back to Apple to return the laptop. They emailed me a return shipping label.

What kind of idiot steals a credit card, goes shopping, and then has the stuff shipped to the real CC holder's house?

That happens a lot in my area, the thief usually lies in wait on the delivery day.

Me again, that would not have worked in this case. FedEx had called the day before to make sure that someone would be here to sign for the package. Besides, I live in the woods. The only people who can find us are FedEx, UPS, USPS and the Jehovahs Witness.

Now, if the thief had ordered an iPad, I would have considered it a sign from the gods and kept it. :)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #508 on: February 13, 2013, 08:12:39 AM »
Haha - I just got one. I answered even though the name on my caller id was gibberish and i didn't recognize the number. It was some guy, who could barely speak English, calling about my "microsoft windows computer" nice try since they don't really make computers, and I know its a scam. I just said, hey, I know this is a scam, goodbye and hung up.

Yeah, I got that one a couple of weeks ago. I laughed, told him I knew very well he wasn't from Microsoft, and hung up.


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #509 on: February 13, 2013, 08:16:32 AM »
Got the air duct cleaning one again last night.  I just don't understand why they don't take my name off their list.  Every time they call me, I hang up as soon as they say their name.  So they are just wasting their time (and mine).

(I've tried polite; I know just hanging up is somewhat rude.  With the frequency these people call me, it's a whole lot less rude than what I really want to do.  And it saves on my blood pressure.)
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