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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1095 on: June 11, 2013, 04:50:48 PM »
Tons of phishing emails this week at work. I send any that fall through the filters to our IT guru, and he has to disable the links before sending them to staff for an FYI.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1096 on: June 11, 2013, 05:08:49 PM »
Hmm, I seem to get "S E X Y housewives want to meet you!" ones and lots of ones that want to deposit (mostly) $2500 into my account. How did I lose all the Nigerian princes who need me to help them with their millions? Could it be because I am taking away their s e x y housewives?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1097 on: June 11, 2013, 06:05:31 PM »
We've been getting calls on our home phone from a computer that wants us senior citizens to be safe in our homes by signing up for one of those necklace-type devices with the press button "when we've fallen and can't get up".

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1098 on: June 11, 2013, 06:20:43 PM »
We've been getting collection calls on our phone (number we've had for a long time, so unlikely to be a person who used to have the number).  I can't think of any bill we have that could have gone to collections, so I'm hoping it's a scam (rather than something that we have totally missed).  I haven't managed to pick up on any calls yet, though, so we'll see.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1099 on: June 11, 2013, 07:09:03 PM »
I can't stand all the times I walk near a smoking area, though, minding my own business, and some stranger comes up and asks me for a lighter. Come on, you can support your cigarette habit and always make sure you have smokes on you, but you can't keep track of a lighter? Really?

Oh, I could always keep track of a lighter. Didn't mean that lighter would have enough fluid in it to make it through my daily stuff. And it was really hard to tell a disposable lighter that was running low, so I'd sometimes find myself with a dead lighter, and smokes I couldn't light (which, even years after quitting, I still maintain is worse than no smokes).

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1100 on: June 11, 2013, 10:18:54 PM »
We've been getting collection calls on our phone (number we've had for a long time, so unlikely to be a person who used to have the number).  I can't think of any bill we have that could have gone to collections, so I'm hoping it's a scam (rather than something that we have totally missed).  I haven't managed to pick up on any calls yet, though, so we'll see.

I've gotten a lot of those recently. A quick reverse look-up on the net says that some of the numbers belong to known scammers. They barrage you with calls for a 'debt' and hope you pay up without checking too closely.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1101 on: June 12, 2013, 06:35:19 AM »
Yesterday was the first time the "your payment for electrical company hasn't gone through" didn't land directly in my spam box.
Seeing has I don't pay the electricity (and the whole "it failed on your bank end so log in in our website" with typo would clue me in) it cannot be anything else than spam.
The fact that I live in France and that they used a .PL address (Poland) should also be a clue  ::)
And since they copied the original website with a jpg ( so it's unresponsive, nothing links anywhere), and it's hosted by "besttyreworld.fr ", you really have to pay no attention whatsoever to actually believe it.
Sadly it works, my own mother would probably fall for that (well, not that one, she knows there's no reason electrical company would contact her).

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1102 on: June 12, 2013, 07:36:31 AM »
Beggar, yes.  Moocher or Scammer, no.  Annoying, definitely yes.

Yesterday we received a letter with red letters that said, 'URGENT! THIRD NOTICE!'. 

It was an appeal from the ASPCA.  :o

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1103 on: June 12, 2013, 07:40:36 AM »
Not really a scam, either, but I hate the envelopes from the cable company that say "Important Account Information" where the contents are just advertisements.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1104 on: June 12, 2013, 09:57:29 AM »
Not really a scam, either, but I hate the envelopes from the cable company that say "Important Account Information" where the contents are just advertisements.

Verizon does that.  Every once in a while, I throw out the bill, thinking it is an ad.  After paying late a couple of times, I now have automatic withdrawal for that account.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1105 on: June 12, 2013, 09:59:23 AM »
Beggar, yes.  Moocher or Scammer, no.  Annoying, definitely yes.

Yesterday we received a letter with red letters that said, 'URGENT! THIRD NOTICE!'. 

It was an appeal from the ASPCA.  :o

I think I posted about this earlier, but after a brief respite our daily calls from the Red Cross have started again. DH has donated blood in the past and they want him to again, but they don't seem to grasp that the best way to get him to do it is not through constant harassment. I can't really imagine that that would work for anyone.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1106 on: June 12, 2013, 10:38:09 AM »
Not really a scam, either, but I hate the envelopes from the cable company that say "Important Account Information" where the contents are just advertisements.

Verizon does that.  Every once in a while, I throw out the bill, thinking it is an ad.  After paying late a couple of times, I now have automatic withdrawal for that account.

I get this from a couple of different utilities.  *Usually* you can tell because the envelope is slick and shiny if it's promotional, plain matte if it's a real bill.  But I tend to open everything anyway just to check, so it's not generally an issue.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1107 on: June 12, 2013, 10:54:38 AM »
Beggar, yes.  Moocher or Scammer, no.  Annoying, definitely yes.

Yesterday we received a letter with red letters that said, 'URGENT! THIRD NOTICE!'. 

It was an appeal from the ASPCA.  :o

I think I posted about this earlier, but after a brief respite our daily calls from the Red Cross have started again. DH has donated blood in the past and they want him to again, but they don't seem to grasp that the best way to get him to do it is not through constant harassment. I can't really imagine that that would work for anyone.

There are probably a few people who do, "just for the sake of a quiet life".  I'd probably do the opposite.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1108 on: June 12, 2013, 10:57:19 AM »
Beggar, yes.  Moocher or Scammer, no.  Annoying, definitely yes.

Yesterday we received a letter with red letters that said, 'URGENT! THIRD NOTICE!'. 

It was an appeal from the ASPCA.  :o

I think I posted about this earlier, but after a brief respite our daily calls from the Red Cross have started again. DH has donated blood in the past and they want him to again, but they don't seem to grasp that the best way to get him to do it is not through constant harassment. I can't really imagine that that would work for anyone.

There are probably a few people who do, "just for the sake of a quiet life".  I'd probably do the opposite.

I donated to Red Cross once. Got calls for months. I got calls within two weeks after donating asking me to come in again. Um, no. Sorry. I like not passing out when I stand up, thanks.

I was sorely tempted to tell them that I'd taken up all sorts of illicit drugs and been tested positive for some sort of horrible bloodborne disease to stop them calling, but I ended up having to change phone numbers anyway. And the place I donate now only does one reminder call when you're eligible to donate again asking if you'd like to set up an appointment. Just the one call, which is great.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1109 on: June 12, 2013, 11:05:56 AM »
I haven't given blood for a few years because of this. I would go somewhere else, but Red Cross is the only donation center in my area afaik. I was getting weekly calls (sometimes twice a day when they did), always during dinner time or some other very odd hour (like 8:30am). They also once called because 'they had a shortage of my blood type' and someone near me needed a transfusion.

Now, I completely understand why they would try to call close donors in an emergency situation. And I would want to help, if I could.
But my type is O+ ó the most common type.
And 'near me' was a much larger city over four hours away from where I live.

It just seemed like they were massively inflating the urgency, especially from the callerís reaction when I pointed out that it was 4 hours away. I got a distinct high-volume call center vibe after that.