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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #600 on: February 28, 2013, 12:10:40 AM »
Here's one I am wondering about:

My Mom once got a spam that had been spoofed to look like it came from one of my e-mail addys - a rather old one on Yahoo!, actually, that I recently revived for wedding planning. I changed my password and didn't think too much on it.

However, she keeps occasionally getting spam/scam e-mails that say they're from my first & last name (say, Jedi Kaiti), but with a wholly different e-mail address - usually Yahoo! it seems, but I'm not 100% certain on that. The thing is, she is the ONLY person getting these (or at least to have mentioned it to me), and come to find out today, she's gotten some similar ones purporting to be from one of my cousins, as well!

I'm a little baffled - it can't be that someone got my contacts from that account, there are only 2 in there, neither of whom are Mom. Maybe they scraped info out of the sent mail folder, but then why haven't my DF, MOH, or officiant gotten these emails - to say nothing of photographers and other service providers I've been corresponding with.

I'm a little confoosled.

My mom's gotten two emails recently - one labeled to look like it came from my brother, and one labeled to look like it came from me. Thankfully mom noticed that the emails are different from the ones we use (and why on earth would we email her when we're both in the house with her?).
Last spring I totaled my minivan.  The very next day, I started getting emails on my gmail account offering to BUY said minivan.  I did not give that account address to anybody connected with the tow company, insurance, rental car, hospital, or any other interested party. They appeared to have come from different people.   They tapered off after a couple of weeks, but  I'm utterly baffled how I got them at all -- and why would anyone want to buy a 12-year-old minivan with the front end all squashed in?
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #601 on: February 28, 2013, 01:01:59 AM »
Anyone heard of the pet scam? Someone says they are giving away a cute little puppy or kitten to a good home as long as the recipient pays transport fees. And vet fees. And vaccinations. And, and and... You get the picture.

I once had someone on my doorstep with the art student scam. Didn't buy anything but I got the number of a hot French guy.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #602 on: February 28, 2013, 01:43:19 AM »
We got a piece of mail quoting life insurance for a MrAndy LastName.

1) That is the email we use on occasion.

2) MrAndy was the nickname for our cat that passed away over a year ago.  It's morbidly funny, selling life insurance for an ex-cat.  Makes me think of the Dead Parrot sketch, actually.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #603 on: February 28, 2013, 03:24:12 AM »
We got a piece of mail quoting life insurance for a MrAndy LastName.

1) That is the email we use on occasion.

2) MrAndy was the nickname for our cat that passed away over a year ago.  It's morbidly funny, selling life insurance for an ex-cat. Makes me think of the Dead Parrot sketch, actually.

I'm glad you said you find it funny, because I did let out a little giggle!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #604 on: February 28, 2013, 08:33:47 AM »
Here is the news article on the glass diamonds lady.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=24131698
Glass Diamonds Lady struck again!
And this time she had an accomplice, and they got $5k
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24228879&nid=960&title=woman-loses-thousands-of-dollars-in-fake-diamond-scam&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-4

Very lucrative "job" I guess....$12,000 US in two weeks.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #605 on: February 28, 2013, 09:06:59 AM »
and here is sort of one; I can't remember the whole conversation or exact wording; but this happened about two weeks ago.

first of all, I went on line and ordered an "As Seen on TV Item"  :-[ - yeah I know; but I figured it wasn't that expensive and if it doesn't work oh well.  So, anyway about two weeks ago I started getting calls on my cell phone from an 866 number; for two days I didn't answer (and they called 7 times per day  >:( ) so I figured the next day if they call I will answer, but answer angrily like "yeah, what do you want".  So, they do call and that is how I answered; and it is someone from that company thanking me for ordering the thingamajig and to thank you we want to send you a $50 (I think) gift card and some other things..  Now, I don't know why if they want to send it to me; they didn't just send it to me instead of calling, so it sounded off to me; so I told her no thanks and she said oh, but its blah, blah blah..and I said no thanks I don't want it, I only want what I ordered..she got silent and then said "okay, I'll put you down as a no" and I said right and hung up. 

kinda funny, that last week I got an email from the company that my item is on backorder ::)

kinda update on this..
I was talking to a coworker this morning and a subject was brought up that made me mention the above..he said the same thing happened to him; and he spouted off the number and I showed him my number in the missed calls log on my phone and he said yup same number..it was a gas card they were giving out along with this product that if you weren't happy with you can return in 14 days.

apparently the "as seen on TV" people (he ordered something too) sell off the phone numbers they get to another company who then try to sell you their product  :o

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my parents had their driveway asphalted when a guy came knocking on the door and said they just finished off neighbors driveway and had extra asphalt and wondered if they wanted their drive done too - my dad/mom agreed (since they wanted to have it done anyway) and they did it right then and a pretty good job too

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #606 on: February 28, 2013, 09:21:28 AM »
Here is the news article on the glass diamonds lady.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=24131698
Glass Diamonds Lady struck again!
And this time she had an accomplice, and they got $5k
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24228879&nid=960&title=woman-loses-thousands-of-dollars-in-fake-diamond-scam&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-4

Very lucrative "job" I guess....$12,000 US in two weeks.

I don't get it.  Why would you buy a diamond off the street?  At least go with the seller to a jewelry store to verity that the diamond is real before forking over thousands of money.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #607 on: February 28, 2013, 09:31:27 AM »
Here is the news article on the glass diamonds lady.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=24131698
Glass Diamonds Lady struck again!
And this time she had an accomplice, and they got $5k
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24228879&nid=960&title=woman-loses-thousands-of-dollars-in-fake-diamond-scam&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-4

Very lucrative "job" I guess....$12,000 US in two weeks.

I don't get it.  Why would you buy a diamond off the street?  At least go with the seller to a jewelry store to verity that the diamond is real before forking over thousands of money.
That's why so many people accused the first scammed lady of being "in on it," not really scammed but made it look like she was, to prey on the public's goodwill.

Now that a second lady has fallen for the scam, I have to wonder if people are going to accuse this victim of being "in on it" too.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #608 on: February 28, 2013, 01:17:50 PM »


my parents had their driveway asphalted when a guy came knocking on the door and said they just finished off neighbors driveway and had extra asphalt and wondered if they wanted their drive done too - my dad/mom agreed (since they wanted to have it done anyway) and they did it right then and a pretty good job too


My in-laws had the same thing happen when their road got re-paved. Only, my in-laws didn't have a permit to have the new driveway installed, and had to scuff it up so it didn't look new.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #609 on: February 28, 2013, 01:27:56 PM »
We got a piece of mail quoting life insurance for a MrAndy LastName.

1) That is the email we use on occasion.

2) MrAndy was the nickname for our cat that passed away over a year ago.  It's morbidly funny, selling life insurance for an ex-cat. Makes me think of the Dead Parrot sketch, actually.

I'm glad you said you find it funny, because I did let out a little giggle!

It's been a year, so I don't mind.  Besides, the kitty just wanted people to be happy, I can't imagine he wouldn't find it funny, either.  It sounds weird personifying a cat, but he sure had a lot of personality.  :)

On the diamond scam...

Should diamonds have a natural IOR anyways?  I'd think it'd be pretty easy to compare glass to real diamonds on the basis of light refraction alone. :)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #610 on: February 28, 2013, 02:16:28 PM »
The landlord for my studio had the parking lot entrance to his resturant widened and paved by giving the guys working on the road free lunch for a week.  Too bad my tax money paid for it :(  but at least my studio rent didn't go up :)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #611 on: February 28, 2013, 03:13:42 PM »
In my in-law's case, they had to pay for the road improvement by amount of frontage, so it didn't faze them.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #612 on: February 28, 2013, 09:20:33 PM »
my parents had their driveway asphalted when a guy came knocking on the door and said they just finished off neighbors driveway and had extra asphalt and wondered if they wanted their drive done too - my dad/mom agreed (since they wanted to have it done anyway) and they did it right then and a pretty good job too
Might work if it was true AND they had a really short driveway.  But when someone showed up at my door with that scam, I said "If you have enough asphalt left over to properly do a 60-foot driveway, then you don't know what you're doing.  Go away."

Staceym, how thick is your parents' driveway?  We did get ours done later, and it's 4-5 inches thick.  If your parents' is much thinner, then they got scammed.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #613 on: February 28, 2013, 09:47:23 PM »
Here's one I am wondering about:

My Mom once got a spam that had been spoofed to look like it came from one of my e-mail addys - a rather old one on Yahoo!, actually, that I recently revived for wedding planning. I changed my password and didn't think too much on it.

However, she keeps occasionally getting spam/scam e-mails that say they're from my first & last name (say, Jedi Kaiti), but with a wholly different e-mail address - usually Yahoo! it seems, but I'm not 100% certain on that. The thing is, she is the ONLY person getting these (or at least to have mentioned it to me), and come to find out today, she's gotten some similar ones purporting to be from one of my cousins, as well!

I'm a little baffled - it can't be that someone got my contacts from that account, there are only 2 in there, neither of whom are Mom. Maybe they scraped info out of the sent mail folder, but then why haven't my DF, MOH, or officiant gotten these emails - to say nothing of photographers and other service providers I've been corresponding with.

I'm a little confoosled.

My mom's gotten two emails recently - one labeled to look like it came from my brother, and one labeled to look like it came from me. Thankfully mom noticed that the emails are different from the ones we use (and why on earth would we email her when we're both in the house with her?).

I've gotten a couple of these recently.  It does worry me a bit - they will be coming "from" my aunt or friend but with the wrong email address.  They ALSO use my first name in the email title.  And this has been to my work email no less.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #614 on: February 28, 2013, 09:57:01 PM »
Here's one I am wondering about:

My Mom once got a spam that had been spoofed to look like it came from one of my e-mail addys - a rather old one on Yahoo!, actually, that I recently revived for wedding planning. I changed my password and didn't think too much on it.

However, she keeps occasionally getting spam/scam e-mails that say they're from my first & last name (say, Jedi Kaiti), but with a wholly different e-mail address - usually Yahoo! it seems, but I'm not 100% certain on that. The thing is, she is the ONLY person getting these (or at least to have mentioned it to me), and come to find out today, she's gotten some similar ones purporting to be from one of my cousins, as well!

I'm a little baffled - it can't be that someone got my contacts from that account, there are only 2 in there, neither of whom are Mom. Maybe they scraped info out of the sent mail folder, but then why haven't my DF, MOH, or officiant gotten these emails - to say nothing of photographers and other service providers I've been corresponding with.

I'm a little confoosled.

My mom's gotten two emails recently - one labeled to look like it came from my brother, and one labeled to look like it came from me. Thankfully mom noticed that the emails are different from the ones we use (and why on earth would we email her when we're both in the house with her?).

I've gotten a couple of these recently.  It does worry me a bit - they will be coming "from" my aunt or friend but with the wrong email address.  They ALSO use my first name in the email title.  And this has been to my work email no less.

They're even getting the SPELLING of my name right - and it's an odd one!
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