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siamesecat2965

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1065 on: June 04, 2013, 02:44:19 PM »
I'm wondering where the scammer comes up with his amounts. Digital cable & internet with taxes is $100 per month, add another $10 for each tier of service on top of that.

The first notice on our door was $260. Today's was $290.

They probably figure that a lot folks won't question it, they'll just pay it, as many do, without looking carefully at their bill to see how much they actually owe each month.

ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1066 on: June 04, 2013, 02:54:42 PM »
That is the scammers intention, I am certain. At this point, I have notified the cable company and our complex office, so I am leaving it up to them.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1067 on: June 04, 2013, 05:06:04 PM »
I have a new one!

About a month ago, I saw notices on our door and all the doors in my complex from the major cable company in our area. These paper door tag notices had a past due amount written on them with a $40 collection fee. I thought it was odd, but I called the cable company to report it and to check on our account (I use an auto-payment feature).

DS came home from school today and there are notices again, this time, the "collection fee" is $60! Only, this is not something authorized by the cable company and I am sure if you pay this person, none of it will find it's way onto your account!

I'm wondering what the people who don't have cable are thinking about this whole thing.
If the scammers were at all intelligent they would only visit the places that don't have a visible satellite dish and then have to gamble that the residents didn't just have network TV only (IMO not many people do). In apartments with more than one bill-paying resident, I can see where it would be easy for one person to think that the other forgot to pay it.

Oddly and scarily, I actually knew a woman who worked for a small local car finance company. One day the boss decided it would be a good idea to send employees to go door-to-door to try and collect on the spot any payment they could from delinquent accounts. It wasn't a scam but that brilliant idea lasted one whole day...for the employees safety   ::)   She looked for a new job after that.


edit: I do know the difference between "knew" and "new"  :-[
« Last Edit: June 04, 2013, 05:32:58 PM by LazyDaisy »
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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1068 on: June 04, 2013, 05:30:14 PM »
I work with transfer admissions, but one of my colleagues worked with financial aid only. She was stalked and her house was burglarized by a student's boyfriend who was unhappy with his girlfriend's financial aid amount. Very creepy.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1069 on: June 04, 2013, 06:05:55 PM »
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$50 a tank is really getting to me.

Ha ha ha ha haaa.  $50!  Ha ha ha!  (UK bitterness)

Tell me about it. £70 to fill my car each week, that's 133.62NZD.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1070 on: June 04, 2013, 06:37:38 PM »
Sis is a hospital case worker. The doctor ordered a scammer to be discharged. He and his girlfriend decided to blame the messenger. I got a phone call at work. For the rest of the week I picked up the kids, while sis drove in circles to various police stations to get rid of the couple trying to follow her home. They got picked up for stalking and tresspassing - so they got their bed and 3 square meals a day - just not in the venue they preferred.
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KB

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1071 on: June 04, 2013, 11:23:09 PM »
Just a heads up to other Australians on the board, the 'microsoft windows virus in your computer' scam is now a 'Telstra Big Pond dangerous ISPs from your computer' scam. I did get the scammer to admit it was a scam before he hung up on me  ::) but I had to think a bit harder because I wasn't expecting the change.

Katana_Geldar

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1072 on: June 05, 2013, 07:05:34 PM »
Or another email from sprint that was phishing. They're getting very annoying.

BB-VA

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1073 on: June 05, 2013, 08:07:22 PM »
Here's one from Not Always Right about the Windows scam:

http://notalwaysrelated.com/a-window-of-opportunity/26521

I kinda hope this one is true.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1074 on: June 10, 2013, 12:22:54 PM »
I just got an e-mail from Yasser Arafat's widow. She wants to give me $17 million dollars for safe keeping. I just need to send her my name, age, occupation, telephone number, and home address.

Think it's legit? ::)

Ya know, I never pictured Mrs. Arafat as someone who would have a Yahoo e-mail address. I had her figured as a no-nonsense gmail kind of gal.  ::)


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« Reply #1075 on: June 10, 2013, 12:35:47 PM »
I received a letter from my insurance company that really comes across as phishing.  First, although it's on letterhead, it appears to be a copy (the logo is black on the letter but blue normally).  It asks me to supply the names and SSNs of everyone on my policy, and mail back the form in the provided envelope.

We're pretty sure it's legit since it has my correct name and address as well as policy numbers, and the return address is correct for the company.  Plus they allow the alternative of calling in the information, and rather than provide a number (which would be a red flag) it says to call the number on the back of my insurance card.

But still, if they already have my policy info, then they have my dependents's info, and I am sure not going to write names + SSNs down and send through the mail!

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« Reply #1076 on: June 10, 2013, 12:48:28 PM »
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We're pretty sure it's legit since it has my correct name and address as well as policy numbers, and the return address is correct for the company.  Plus they allow the alternative of calling in the information, and rather than provide a number (which would be a red flag) it says to call the number on the back of my insurance card.

But still, if they already have my policy info, then they have my dependent's info, and I am sure not going to write names + SSNs down and send through the mail!

The bolded is the important part.  You're right.  They should already have that information.  I think you should call your agent if that's possible and if not, I'd call the number on your insurance card and ask WHY they need that information  again!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1077 on: June 10, 2013, 01:36:26 PM »
I went to an art and food festival over the weekend.  Every time I went to smoke, I was asked from no less than 6 people to bum a smoke.  I know they are expensive, but I'm not so made of money that I could support my habit and their's.

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« Reply #1078 on: June 10, 2013, 02:08:00 PM »
This one made me blink because the timing made it seem legit at first.

We had to call our copier company today to order some parts and supplies. This is always a bit of a process since we have talk to several departments. Ended up that a tech will be coming out in the next day or so.

About an hour later, I got a call from "Kelly" at the "Technical department".
Didn't worry me at first because we'd just been on the phone with them.

She needed to confirm the model number of the copier. Again, the tech is bringing parts, so a verification call wasn't beyond the realm of possibility. We do have multiple machines on our account.

And then....

"Which machine did you need the model number of?"
(I was starting to get out of "this is a follow up to the call I just made" mode and go "waaaait a minute here....")

"The closest one is fine."
Ding ding ding ding!  >:(

"Which company did you say you were with?"
Click.

How rude to hang up on me!  :D
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1079 on: June 10, 2013, 02:14:08 PM »
This one made me blink because the timing made it seem legit at first.

We had to call our copier company today to order some parts and supplies. This is always a bit of a process since we have talk to several departments. Ended up that a tech will be coming out in the next day or so.

About an hour later, I got a call from "Kelly" at the "Technical department".
Didn't worry me at first because we'd just been on the phone with them.

She needed to confirm the model number of the copier. Again, the tech is bringing parts, so a verification call wasn't beyond the realm of possibility. We do have multiple machines on our account.

And then....

"Which machine did you need the model number of?"
(I was starting to get out of "this is a follow up to the call I just made" mode and go "waaaait a minute here....")

"The closest one is fine."
Ding ding ding ding!  >:(

"Which company did you say you were with?"
Click.

How rude to hang up on me!  :D


I can't believe they are still doing that one!  I remember in 1994 (!) telling people very firmly, "Our copier supplier has our model number, goodbye!"

I also got the, "I'm confirming this old order and need a new signature" bit.  I'd say, "It's OK to cancel that, I don't have a record of it."  They would say, "But then you won't get this toner."  And I'd reply, "OK."

That backfired on me.  Because soon the receptionist forwarded all unfamiliar calls to me to screen.   :(